Sports News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Sports News Hyderabad wins third consecutive match; leads table Captain Kane Williamson led from the front with a solid fifty as Sunrisers Hyderabad shrugged off initial wobble to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets in their IPL match in Kolkata on April 14. Calm Shreyasi strikes gold in double trap Shreyasi Singh shot her way to a career-best show to win the gold medal in the women’s double trap while there was a bronze each for Om Mitharval and Ankur Mittal in the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday. Cricket for communal harmony: Muslim United Club to organize tournament in Karwar The Muslim United Club of Karwar will be organizing Uttar-Kannada district level overarm tennis ball cricket tournament in Maladevi ground, Karwar from 13th April to 22nd April 2018. Brilliant Manu nails gold, Heena wins silver Manu Bhaker was in a league of her own as she shattered two records en route to adding the Commonwealth Games gold medal. Mangaluru Premier League cricket tourney to kick-off from 30 March in Riyadh Mangaluru/Riyadh: Mangaluru Cricket Association Riyadh to Host MPL (Mangaluru Premier League) T-15 Cricket tournament for the very first time in Riyadh, starting from March 30, 2018. Bizarre ways of ball tampering: Mint, zipper, teeth and now sandpaper Teeth, zipper, mint and add sandpaper to it now, the desperation to extract reverse swing in unfavourable conditions has driven international teams to find bizarre ways to tamper the ball. 'Cruel betrayal': Cricket's heart broken in Australia over ball-tampering Being Australia's cricket captain is widely seen as the second most important job in the country behind the prime minister. Many would argue it holds even more prestige. BIFA to represent Karnataka 7 team in All India Senior National Football 7 tourney Bhatkal Inter Football Association (BIFA) is all set to start its journey in the national level games as it will be representing Karnataka State in All India Senior National Football 7 championship 2018 'Bhatkal Sports Academy' to be launched soon issued a press release recently here announcing the launch of its desirous project of new sports academy by next few weeks in Bhatkal. India beat South Africa by 28 runs in first T20I India defeated South Africa by 28 runs in the opening twenty20 international to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series here today. Virat is best batsman in world cricket: Shastri India’s head coach Ravi Shastri feels that the sheer impact of Virat Kohli’s brilliance makes him “world’s best batsman” at the moment. Arrows rally to hold Vasco 2-2 in I-League Young guns from Indian Arrows showed a lot of heart as they rallied twice holding defending defending champions Aizawl FC to a creditable 2-2 draw in an I-League encounter, here today. Imran Tahir claims racial abuse by Indian fan South African spinner Imran Tahir has alleged that he was racially abused by an Indian fan during the fourth ODI against India in Johannesburg on Saturday, prompting the country’s board to launch an investigation. South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said the tweaker was abused while he was carrying out his duties as the 12th man in the match that India lost by five wickets. IPL Player Auction 2018: Expected Good Bid But Not Such Huge Amount, Says Jaydev Unadkat Overwhelmed by "surreal" bidding for him during the IPL auction, it took Jaydev Unadkat some time to believe that franchises were so willing to break their banks to grab a fast bowler. Unadkat was training with his Saurashtra teammates in Rajkot for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy and asked team physio to inform him when his name comes up for bidding during the IPL auctions. Asadullah outclassed Lion to lift 'YMSA NGT-Bhatkal Trophy' championship title in the final A dominant Asadullah Sports Association stamped their authority with a crushing 5-wicket win over Lion Sports Center in the final match of the YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy at taluka stadium, Bhatkal on Sunday. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Asadullah thrashes ANFA; to meet Lion in the final Team Asadullah managed to knock ANFA by 2 wickets in the semi-final to meet Lion in the final at taluka stadium, Bhatkal on Saturday afternoon. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Lion enters into finals after defeating Azad by 2 wickets Lion Sports Center (LSC) made its way into finals after defeating Azad Youth Club (AYC) by 2 wickets in the semis played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: ANFA beat USFA by 27 runs In the super eight league of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy, ANFA knocked USFA by 27 runs making straight its way into semis in the tournament played at Taluka stadium, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Team Asadullah enters into semis after thrilling win over Manki NSA Team Asadullah Sports Association (ASA) was fruitful in entering into semis after knocking Manki NSA by 10 runs in YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy being played at Taluka stadium here at Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Abdullah-Mudassir records highest partnership of 118* as Azad massacred Moonstar Abdullah Bette and Mudassir Beary completely massacred the Moonstar’s bowling attack at taluka stadium on Wednesday, in which Abdullah and Mudassir scored 37 runs off 25 balls and 62 off 40 balls respectively to hand their team a 10 wickets victory. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Ikrama's all-round performance guides Lion to an easy win over Sunshine Bhatkal: All-rounder Ikrama Motia inspired Lion Sports Center by smashing rollicking 68 of 29 deliveries with 4 boundaries and 6 sixes, while in the bowling, he claimed 3 wickets giving just 10 runs against team Sunshine in the YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: 3 time man of the match Hameed sails ANFA to a 13-run victory over Azad Youth Club Man of the match, Abdul Hameed Gawai was a star performer of the match claiming 3 wickets of Azad Youth Club, was successful again in inspiring ANFA to register a victory by 13 runs in YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Despite Zaid's 77, Asadullah Association fails to restrict Lion Sports Center from reaching target Despite Zaid Kazia's 77, Asadullah Association lost to Lion Sports Center by 2 wickets in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Nasrullah's hittings, Zakwan's bowling guide Moonstar to knock USFA by 13 runs Efficient players of Moonstar, Nasrullah Askeri hit rollicking 99 of 59 deliveries smashing 13 boundaries and 4 sixes, while Zakwan claimed 4 wickets giving 29 runs helping their team to knock USFA by 13 runs in YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Bapu brothers lead Manki NSA to an easy win over Sunshine Uzaif Hasan Bapu hit 44 of 21 deliveries, while Salman Hasan Bapu claimed 3 wickets giving 21 runs guiding Manki NSA to a thrilling win over Sunshine by 6-wickets in YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Imran Lanka smashes his way into record books hammering 114*, helps ANFA to crush Moonstar by 9-wicket Bhatkal: A star performer of the match, Syed Imran Lanka smashed his way into the record books hitting unbeaten 114 of 44 deliveries which helped ANFA to easily crush Moonstar by 9 wickets in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy in Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Team Asadullah defeat Sunshine by 5 runs Asadullah defeated Sunshine by 5 runs in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy, played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal today afternoon. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Mudassir of Azad smashes 56*, Waseem claims 5 wickets; thrash USFA by 8-wicket It was a match for Azad Youth Club, a team which gave an outstanding performance in batting as well as in bowling in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy in Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Lion Sports Center gets 5-wicket win against Manki NSA In the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy, Lion Sports Center lashed over Manki NSA getting an easy win by 5-wickets, played at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Ahmed hammers 59, shines in the ground guiding 5-wicket win to Sunshine against Al-Eman Ahmed Ibrahim Mohtesham was a star performer of the match giving a high volt batting performance hitting 8 boundaries and 2 sixes that helped Sunshine Sports Center hammer Al-Eman Sports Center by 5-wickets in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy in Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Faizan, Siddharth help Moonstar clinch easy win against Al-Falah Faizan Chamundi and Siddharth of Moonstar Sports Center claimed 3 and 2 wickets respectively guiding their team to an easy win by 30 runs against Al-Falah Youth Service Organization in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: USFA's bowling give tuff fight for team Madeena; USFA won by 27 runs Despite an easy target set by USFA, Madeena Welfare Society failed to reach it, leaving USFA win by 27 runs in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Asadullah Sports Association thrash Shaheen Murdeshwar in low scoring game, win by 7 wickets Asadullah Sports Association (ASA) produced a dominant performance to hammer Shaheen Murdeshwar by 7 wickets in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Sadiqeen roars hitting 60* with 10 boundaries, helps Lion Sports Center win by 7-wicket The batting, as well as bowling performance of Lion Sports Center, remained outstanding in the league match held against Sultan Youth Welfare Association today at YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy in Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Azad Youth Club beats Manki RSA by 1-wicket Azad Youth Club had a successful chase to Manki RSA by scoring a target run of 200 with fall of 9 wickets in 20 overs in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy at Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Abdul Hameed's 4-wicket claim leads ANFA to grab victory over Kattaveera by 31 runs It was a game for Abdul Hameed Gawai, an outstanding bowler of team ANFA, who claimed 4 wickets from Kattaveera in the league match of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy held here at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Salman, Faisal smashes unbelievable hittings: Manki NSA beats Young Star by 2-wicket Manki NSA performed superbly in the second innings having able to cross the target by scoring a total of 172 with fall of 8 wickets in 18.4 overs and registered its victory against Young Star Sports Center in YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy league match in Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: ANFA's efforts bring positive response; defeats Shaheen Makhdoom by 3 wickets Team ANFA's efforts in chasing Shaheen Makhdoom brought positive response as it eliminated Shaheen Makhdoom by 3 wickets in the Knock-Out round of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Jasim, Venkatesh bowling help Al-Eman Sports Center to Knock-Out YMSA YMSA on the chasing side failed to hit a target of 167 runs against Al-Eman Sports Center and limited its efforts to 151 with fall of all wickets in 20 overs in the Knock-Out round of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy in Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: High-Voltage Sanaan's 12 Boundaries, 5 sixes make Shaheen Murdeshwar seal victory over Al-Hilal Association huge number of crowd witnessed an exciting and entertaining batting performance of Sanaan, a high-Voltage batsman of Shaheen Murdeshwar, who hammered 108* of 61 balls against Al-Hilal Association in YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy at YMSA ground, Bhatkal YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Fusair-Niyamat partnership guide Lion Sports Center an easy win against Prince Manki It was an easy win for Lion Sports Center by 69 runs when team Prince Manki failing to chase a target score of 205, stuck at 135 with fall of 8 wickets in 20 overs in knock-out round of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy in Bhatkal. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Bowlers, Mursaleen help Moonstar to knock Noor Sports Center by 8 runs Mursaleen hammered 40(33), while Syed Sirajuddin and Siddharth claimed 3 and 2 wickets respectively, helping Moonstar Sports Center get an easy win by 8-run over Noor Sports Center in the knock out round of YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal on Wednesday morning. BIFA organizes Football tourney in Dubai The Bhatkal Inter Football Association (BIFA) in Dubai organized football tournament in which four teams Team A, B, C & D participated consisting of 11 players in each, recently. YMSA NGT-Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Noufil sets unique record as Al-Falah clinches win over YMSA Noufil Kharuri was a star performer for team Al-Falah who managed to restrict YMSA to total of 90 runs in 15 overs in the league match of YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy played at YMSA ground, Bhatkal on Tuesday afternoon. YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Ilyas, Abrar bring Madeena to easy win against Al-Jamia Team Madeena's Abrar (53(40)*) brought an easy 9-wicket win for Madeena Welfare Society against Al-Jamia Sports Center in YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy league match at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Al-Wafa's pain in vain as Santosh rescue Kattaveera to stunning win Team Al-Wafa's efforts went in vain after Kattaveera Sports Club got a stunning win by 4-wicket in the league match of YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy here at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Efficient chase by SYWA beats Cosmos by 4-wickets, Sarfaraz becomes Sultan of the match Sultan Youth Welfare Association made a match with an excellent chase against Cosmos Sports Center to reach a target by scoring 207 runs with fall of 6 wickets in 19.5 overs in the league match of YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Despite efforts, Haneef Welfare Association loses by 12-run against Manki RSA : It was a sensational win for RSA Manki against Haneef Welfare Association by 12 runs in the league match of YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Sunshine shines as Zulal hits unbeaten 51, defeats team Gousia by 67 runs Sunshine Sports Center (SSC) clinched an easy win against Gousia Sports Center (GSC) as the sunshine players shined on the ground with their magnificent efforts bringing an innings score of 232-8 (20). Gousia, failing to chase, hinged at 165 with loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Azad Youth Club steer 41-run win over Royal Sports Center Danish Jabali came up with a boosting display to steer Azad Youth Club (AYC) to a 41-run win over Royal Sports Center (RSC) in a YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 trophy league match at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. YMSA NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: All-rounder Naveed leads Young Star to 24-run win over Labbaik Nawayath All-rounder Naveed Anjum inspired Young Star Sports Center (YSSC) to a 24-run victory against Labbaik Nawayath in the league match of NGT YMSA Bhatkal T20 Trophy here at YMSA Ground, Bhatkal on Saturday. NGT YMSA Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Shayan's last-minute six knocks SSSC under shock giving USFA win by 2 wickets Mohammed Shayan Tonse's game changing last-minute six thrilled USFA to win by 2 wickets against Super Star Sports Association (SSSC) in NGT leather ball T20 trophy at YMSA ground, Bhatkal. NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: Asadullah gets big win over Beena Vaidya A collective efforts helped team Asadullah Association to climb over a thrilling seven-wicket win against Beena Vaidya in NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy played at YMSA stadium, Bhatkal. NGT Bhatkal T20 Trophy: NSA Manki wins over Coastal King by 3 wickets an opening match of NGT Bhatkal trophy, NSA Manki won against Coastal King by 3 wickets after scoring 150 runs in 18.3 overs with a fall of 7 wickets here at YMSA ground, Bhatkal on Thursday. India captain Virat Kohli grabs second position in ICC Test rankings Riding on his career-best 243 in the third Test against Sri Lanka, India captain Virat Kohli today jumped three places to grab the second position among batsmen in the ICC Test rankings. Kohli's double ton was followed by a 50 in the second innings as he finished with 610 runs in the series, which India won 1-0 after the first and third Test ended in draws in Kolkata and New Delhi. Kohli, who slammed back-to-back double-centuries and recorded three-figure scores in three consecutive matches, started the series in sixth position but has leapfrogged David Warner, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson and Joe Root after the stupendous run which saw him average 152.50. India close in on win as SL totter at 31/3 in pursuit of 410 India hurtled towards their ninth successive series victory as they left Sri Lanka precariously placed at 31 for three and staring at another humiliation in the third and final Test here today. The visiting Lankans were set an improbable victory target of 410 to level the three-match series. It will be a miracle if Sri Lanka manage to make it. The 16 overs that they batted during the final 85 minutes of the fourth day's play was with an aim to survive rather than play positive cricket. Kohli blasts ton as India reach 371-4 in Sri Lanka Test Skipper Virat Kohli hit 156 as India reached 371-4 at the close of the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Bhatkal's Yusuf Motiya to represent K'taka in National Athletics meet in Jharkhand A 26-Year-Old sportsman of the town, Muhammad Yusuf Motiya s/o late Usman Motiya, will be representing Karnataka in the 22nd National Athletic sports meet organized for deaf sportsmen at Ranchi in Jharkhand state. As per the information, Yusuf Motiya is the first player from Bhatkal who was selected for Karnataka team in National level. Also, Yusuf is the only sportsmen from Uttar Kannada district to play in this event. Mirabai Chanu wins gold medal in Weightlifting World Championship Mirabai Chanu today became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, exorcising the ghosts of her forgettable outing at the Rio Olympics. Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women's 48kg, in the process setting a new national record. Pakistan spinner Ajmal retires from cricket, criticises ICC Pakistan's ace spinner Saeed Ajmal has brought the curtains down on his cricket career with a "heavy heart", criticising the ICC's protocol to assess bowling actions on his way out. After a successful but controversial career, off-spinner Ajmal finished with 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last of which was at Galle in Sri Lanka in 2014, where his bowling action was reported for a second time. His action was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the UAE in 2009. Kohli rested for Lanka ODIs, Rohit named captain Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has been playing non-stop cricket for the past year and a half, has been rested from the 15-member squad for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, beginning December 10 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. In Kohli's absence, India's vice-captain and opener Rohit Sharma has been named to lead the limited-overs squad against the islanders, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced. Kohli, however, will continue to captain the Test squad in the third game of the ongoing three-match series, which will be held at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi from December 2. Bhatkal: Two students from Anjuman selected for University teams Two students from Anjuman Degree College and PG center of Bhatkal were selected for the Karnataka University's Kabaddi and Shuttle Badminton team. It may be noted that the KUD sports teams are composed of the best players from every division of the state.  Host Parashuram wins Inter-District Kabaddi Tournament in Bhatkal Host Parashuram Bhatkal defeated Jala-durga Udupi by 17-14 in the final to win Kabaddi Championship title at the Inter-District Kabaddi Tournament. The two days flood light Kabaddi tournament was ended on Monday early morning. Kohli double ton puts India in command of 2nd Test Skipper Virat Kohli hit a blistering double century to hand India a massive first innings lead of 405 as the hosts tightened their grip on the second Test against Sri Lanka on day three on Sunday. India declared on 610-6 after Rohit Sharma (102) had completed his hundred, as they seek to go one up in the three-match series. The visitors were in early trouble on 21 for one at stumps in Nagpur, still trailing India by 384 runs. Indo-Pak series is more than a sport: MS Dhoni Former India Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday said that as India-Pakistan cricket match is more than a sport to the country, the government should have the final say on bilateral series. Dhoni, during a visit to Baramulla, said, "When we talk about cricket, in most people's opinion it is a sport, but when it comes to India and Pakistan series, it is much more than that. It is also a diplomatic and political decision." Australia inch closer to win first Ashes Test As David Warner and Cameron Bancroft crossed a 100 run partnership, here on Day 4 at the 'Gabbatoir'; the Australian team seized complete control of the first Ashes Test. Chasing 170 in the fourth innings, after their fast bowling ripped through England in the morning session; the Australian openers looked quite at ease when they came in to bat. Smith's masterful ton as England crack in Ashes battle Steve Smith produced a defiant unconquered century and Josh Hazlewood claimed two wickets to leave England reeling as Australia cracked open the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Saturday. The Australian skipper played one of his greatest Test knocks with an unbeaten 141, crafted over eight and a half hours, to deliver his team a 26-run lead over the tourists on the third day. Paceman Hazlewood compounded the tourists' woes with the wickets of Alastair Cook (7) and James Vince (2) in his opening two overs before a nasty Mitchell Starc lifter thundered into Joe Root's helmet grille late in the day. Ritu won silver in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship India wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) clinched the silver medal in the Under-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship at Poland. The 23-year-old, who had won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship last year, lost against Turkish Wrestler Demirhan in the gold medal bout to settle for a silver. First Test between India and Sri Lanka ends in draw Bhuvneshwar Kumar took four quick wickets to give Sri Lanka a scare but the visitors held on to draw the first Test against India on Monday's final day. Rain delays start of India-Sri Lanka first Test The first day's proceedings in India-Sri Lanka opening Test was delayed as there was no let up from rain and the conditions remained overcast because of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal. The entire Eden Gardens ground remained under thick white tarpaulin cover, while the strip had three layering on it, as it's been raining since yesterday and there is more forecast of rain for next 24 hours because of the system over west- central Bay. There was a brief hope in the morning as the drizzle had stopped and the cover on the wicket was removed while the groundsmen were pressed into action with four super soppers to drain the water. Dravid named Bengaluru FC ambassador Bengaluru FC today announced former India captain Rahul Dravid as their ambassador for the upcoming ISL season. "It s great to be an ambassador for Bengaluru FC, a team who I have been tracking across the last four seasons. Also, the connect is instant given I am a Bangalore boy," said Dravid. Indian ace Pankaj Advani wins 17th World Billiards Championship title Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani today clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed his arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship here. Advani beat Russell 6-2 (0-155, 150-128, 92-151, 151-0, 151-6, 151-0, 150-58, 150-21) to defend the 150-up format title he had won in Bengaluru last year. The Indian did not have an ideal start to the best-of-11 summit clash as Russell drew first blood with a well-crafted break of 155. Mary Kom strikes gold at Asian Women’s Boxing Championships M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships, winning a fiercely contested summit clash in Vietnam on Wednesday. Up against North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi, the five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist Indian prevailed in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to add another accolade to her already crowded cabinet. India beat New Zealand by 6 runs in a thriller, clinch T20 series 2-1 Indian bowlers defended a modest-looking 67 with admirable discipline as the hosts pipped New Zealand by six runs in the rain-hit third Twenty20 to claim the series 2-1, on Tuesday. Playing spoilsport, the rains reduced the decisive match of the series and first ever International match at Greenfield Stadium to an eight-over per side affair. India women win Asia Cup, qualify for World Cup The Indian women's hockey team won the Asia Cup crown with a 5-4 win over China in a shootout and qualified for next year's World Cup, here on Sunday. The score was 1-1 at full-time after China found a 47th-minute equaliser through Tiantian Luo to cancel out Navjot Kaur's goal in the 25th minute. Bumrah backs rookie pacer Siraj to do well in future Jasprit Bumrah has backed debutant fellow-India pacer Mohammed Siraj to learn from his mistakes and come good in future after he received a hammering from New Zealand batsmen in the second T20I here. Siraj, 23, was given the second over to bowl and overall he gave away 53 runs for the prize wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. Mary Kom named Youth World Championships ambassador Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom was today named ambassador of the AIBA Women's Youth World Championships to be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26. Besides five world titles, Mary Kom also has an Olympic bronze medal to her credit. Sindhu hits out at airline staff for 'rude' behaviour Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu today accused an Indigo airline ground staff of misbehaving with her while travelling from Hyderabad to Mumbai, calling it a very bad experience. World number two Sindhu claimed that the staff behaved rudely with her and an air hostess intervened to advise him against doing so. "Ground staff (skipper) Mr Ajeetesh behaved very badly and rudely with me. When the air hostess Ms. Ashima tried to advise him to behave properly with the passenger (me), but to my surprise he behaved very rudely with her. If these type of people work for a reputed airline like Indigo they will spoil their reputation," Sindhu wrote on her twitter handle. ICC gives clean chit to Virat Kohli for using walkie-talkie during India-New Zealand first T20 The International Cricket Council today gave a clean chit to India skipper Virat Kohli who was seen using a walkie-talkie during the first T20 International against New Zealand here. Kohli was sitting at the dug-out and TV footage showed him talking on the walkie talkie at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. I am not leaving with selectors' permission: Nehra  Just-retired India pacer Ashish Nehra has made it clear that his farewell from cricket was not decided by the selectors and he was the one who took a call on bidding adieu to the game. "When I started playing cricket, I didn't take any selector's permission. When I am leaving, I am not leaving with their permission," Nehra said after his final game, the first T20 against New Zealand which India won by 53 runs last night. The terse statement was in response to a question on chief selector MSK Prasad's comment a few days ago that Nehra had been told he would not be considered for selection beyond the T20 series against New Zealand. India beat NZ by 53 runs in first T20I India finally tasted success against the team that has been their Achilles heel for long in this format when they outplayed butter-fingered New Zealand by 53 runs in the first Twenty20 International here tonight. At the end of the lopsided game that was also veteran seamer Ashish Nehra’s last in competitive cricket, hosts India sauntered to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Fittingly, Delhi players Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan carried Nehra on their shoulders after the win. Double gold for India in Commonwealth Shooting Championship India continued their strong showing at the Commonwealth Shooting Championship, winning a gold each in the mens 10m air pistol and womens 10m air rifle events, respectively, here today. Kohli becomes 6th Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs Virat Kohli today became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the series-deciding third game against New Zealand here today. Kohli got to the landmark in the 37th over when he guided one off Grandhomme towards the third man for a four. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had reached the milestone last year while other Indians who have done so are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. BCCI suspends Pune curator after tampering claims in sting The BCCI on Wednesday suspended the curator of Pune's cricket stadium after he was seen in a TV sting operation claiming that he could tamper with the pitch ahead of the second India-New Zealand ODI. In the sting operation by India Today TV, curator Pandurang Salgaoncar is seen and heard speaking to an undercover reporter, who poses as a bookie, while standing on the pitch of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium. The 68-year-old Salgaoncar is seen agreeing to tamper with the pitch to suit the requirements put forth by the reporter. Ranji Trophy: Siraj celebrates India call-up with 4 wkts, Rahul fails Mohammed Siraj celebrated his India call-up with a four wicket haul as Hyderabad dismissed Karnataka for 183 on the first day of a Ranji Trophy group A encounter. At stumps, Hyderabad were 51 for 3 with Kolla Sumanth unbeaten on 34. Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA player award Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA's best player award. The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on yesterday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar. Pak vs SL ODI series: Usman Shinwari leads Pakistan’s 5-0 sweep Left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari destroyed Sri Lanka with a five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a convincing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final match for a 5-0 clean sweep of the series on Monday. Shinwari’s 5-34 in seven overs reduced Sri Lanka to 103 all out in 26.2 overs in Sharjah before openers Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq (45 not out) knocked off the paltry target in 20.2 overs. Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer in India T20 squad, Murali Vijay included in test squad Rookie Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj and prolific Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer were the two new faces in the Indian T20 squad announced today for the three-match series against New Zealand starting November 1. Despite speculation, skipper Virat Kohli has decided against taking rest from the New Zealand leg and the first two Tests against Sri Lanka, starting November 16. The first two Tests against Sri Lanka are to be held in Kolkata and Nagpur. Latham, Taylor overshadow Kohli as New Zealand win by 6 wkts  New Zealand batsmen showed clinical efficiency in a tricky chase to spoil Virat Kohli's milestone match with a comfortable six-wicket victory over India in the opening One day International, here tonight. For the 'Black Caps', young gun Tom Latham (103 no) and senior pro Ross Taylor (95) batted with lot of purpose, chasing down a target of 281 in 49 overs with minimum fuss. Sreesanth hints at playing for another country After the Kerala High Court refused to lift the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI, former India pacer S Sreesanth has hinted that he might play for another country. He said since BCCI has banned him from playing in India, he has the freedom to play cricket for any other country. Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez reported for suspect bowling action Pakistan off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the third one-day international against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, the International Cricket Council said Thursday. The ICC said the match officials' report, which was handed over to the Pakistan team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 37-year-old's bowling action during the match on Wednesday. New Zealand warm up with victory against President’s XI New Zealand found some much-needed momentum heading into the ODI series against India, as they beat Board President’s XI by 33 runs after Ross Taylor and Tom Latham struck breezy centuries in a warm-up match here on Thursday. Owing to Taylor’s 102 and Latham’s 108 (both retired out) on a flat Brabourne Stadium track, New Zealand notched up a mammoth 343 for nine in the allotted 50 overs. Kerala High Court restores life ban imposed on Sreesanth by BCCI A division bench of the Kerala High Court today restored the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan, gave the verdict on a petition filed by the BCCI against a single-judge bench's order, lifting the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer. Pakistan will play in ICC leagues only if India honours MoU: PCB chief Najam Sethi The Pakistan Cricket Board has agreed to be a part of the World Test and One-day leagues, announced by the ICC, only if the BCCI honours the MoU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play bilateral series. "PCB will only sign on the document for participating in the World Test and ODI leagues if India fulfils its obligations to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan outlined in the MoU signed between the two boards," PCB chairman Najam Sethi told the media in Lahore. Throw corrupt politicians out from Pakistan: Musharraf Former President of Pakistan, Gen. (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf  has said that all the corrupt politicians of Pakistan should be thrown out, reported Pakistan's English daily, The Express Tribune. Addressing a rally in Karachi via phone from Dubai, Musharraf accused the ruling PML-N politicians of speaking against the judiciary and the Army. He accused them of creating chaos in the country, and urged the Supreme Court to take notice of the situation. De Kock, Amla help Proteas thrash Bangladesh Blistering centuries by Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla helped South Africa claim a thumping 10-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first ODI of the three-match series here at the Diamond Oval on Sunday. Chasing 279 to win, De Kock (168*) and Amla (110*) came out with a master-class and never allowed Bangladesh to be on top of them. India beat Pakistan 3-1 to top pool in Asia Cup Hockey Favourites India continued their winning momentum defeating arch-rivals Pakistan 3-1 in a pool encounter of the 10th men's Asia Cup hockey tournament, here today. After the two easy wins against Japan (5-1) and hosts Bangladesh (7-0), as expected India had a relatively tough outing against Pakistan but managed to maintain their all-win record. India controlled the proceedings for the better part of the match, barring the final quarter when Pakistan, trailing 0-3, came hard on the Indian defence in search of goals. Dhawan back in ODI team; Karthik, Thakur too recalled Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and pacer Shardul Thakur were today recalled for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand while selectors continued to ignore senior spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Aswhin. Opener Shikhar Dhawan has also returned to the ODI team after missing the series against Australia due to his wife's illness. However, he did play the T20 series against Australia. Ind-Aus: Final T20 International called off over wet outfield The final Twenty20 International between India and Australia was today called off without a ball being bowled here. As a result of the abandonment, the three-match T20 series ended tied 1-1. The two captains Virat Kohli and David Warner, umpires and match officials decided that no play could be possible because of a soft outfield. Dominant India maul Bangladesh 7-0 in Asia Cup Hockey Meet Favourites India produced yet another clinical performance to maul minnows Bangladesh 7-0, registering their second consecutive win at the men's Asia Cup hockey tournament, here today. India beat Japan 5-1 in the opening encounter. Ranked 6th in the world, Indians were no match for their less-fancied rivals as they controlled the proceedings from start to finish en route their emphatic win.