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Day: March 26, 2023

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Indian boxing’s dream weekend: Nikhat Zareen wins 2nd world title, Lovlina Borgohain her 1st

Teary eyes and a roar towards the camera — Nikhat Zareen went through the full wringer of emotions after a closely-fought gold-medal match that saw her emerging as World Champion for the second straight year. It was the culmination of an arduous tournament in which she had to overcome as many as six challengers owing to her unseeded status. Winning back-to-back golds at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was a feat achieved only by the legendary Mary Kom. At just 26 years, Nikhat is slowly filling those giant shoes. The crowd-favourite beat Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam 5-0 at a packed KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi on Sunday. But the unanimous decision was no reflection of how close the bout was. Nikhat Zareen after winning the 50-kg category gold at the World Boxing Champions...
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Watch: Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar attend Mumbai Indians’ WPL final vs Delhi Capitals

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and India captain Rohit Sharma were at the Brabourne Stadium to cheer for the Mumbai Indians women’s team as it took on the Delhi Capitals in the Women’s Premier League final on Sunday. Other players from the men’s team of the Mumbai Indians like Ishan Kishan were also in the stands to root for the home side. Mumbai beat Delhi Capitals by seven wickets in the final to become the first-ever WPL winners. Batting first, Delhi scored 131 runs with skipper Meg Lanning top scoring with 35 before she was run out, and Shikha Pandey scoring an unbeaten 27. Issy Wong and Hayley Matthews had both claimed three wickets each while Amelia Kerr chipped in with two more. The legendary @sachin_rt in the house for the #Final 😃🙌🏻 Follow the match ▶️ https://t.co/N0U4w...
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Harry Kane on target again as England ease past Ukraine

Harry Kane underlined his status as England’s greatest international goalscorer and Bukayo Saka dazzled again in a comfortable 2-0 win over Ukraine to put Gareth Southgate’s team in control of Euro 2024 qualifying Group C on Sunday. Fresh from scoring his 54th goal in the 2-1 victory over Italy on Thursday, Kane made up for a couple of missed chances to break the stalemate in the 37th minute. Arsenal youngster Saka, again England’s brightest spark, then doubled the lead before halftime with a sensational curler that left the visitors and their 4,000 fans deflated. Two #EURO2024 qualifying wins from two! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/lN6SSMNgQm — England (@England) March 26, 2023 Ukraine had their moments and enjoyed some pressure after the interval but never really looked capable of claiming only ...
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This is a special moment for all of us: Mumbai Indians captain Harmanpreet Kaur after winning WPL

Mumbai Indians’ Harmanpreet Kaur on Sunday created history when she became the first captain to lift the Women’s Premier League trophy after defeating Delhi Capitals by 7 wickets in a thrilling final. Kaur’s (37) partnership with player of the match Nat Sciver-Brunt (60) was pivotal in swinging the match in Mumbai’s way after they had lost openers Hayley Matthews and Yastika Bhatia early. Talking about her experience in playing the first WPL and winning it, she said, “Great experience, we were waiting for so many years. Everyone enjoyed this throughout the dressing room. It feels like a dream, for everyone here. So many people were asking when WPL will come and that day is here, and we are so happy and proud.” 𝗖.𝗛.𝗔.𝗠.𝗣.𝗜.𝗢.𝗡.𝗦! 🏆@mipaltan captain @ImHarmanpreet receives the #TATAWPL T...
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South Africa defeat West Indies in record T20 run chase

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock celebrates his century during the second T20 cricket match between South Africa and West Indies, at Centurion Park, in Pretoria, South Africa on March 26, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP South Africa set a new record for chasing in international T20 cricket when they scored 259 for four to beat West Indies by six wickets at Centurion on Sunday in a game described as “pretty crazy”.Johnson Charles smashed a 39-ball century for the visitors as they posted an imposing 258 for five, the joint sixth-highest total in T20 internationals.However, Quinton de Kock responded with 100 from 44 balls, a maiden T20I century, while fellow opener Reeza Hendricks hit 68.“It was pretty, pretty crazy. When we came off halfway, we thought we had enough,” said West Indies skipper Rov...
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Women’S Premier League: DC vs MI Highlights: Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals to win inaugural WPL title | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Harmanpreet Kaur-led Mumbai Indians won the inaugural Women's Premier League title on Sunday, after registering a thrilling seven-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals in the summit clash at the Brabourne stadium.All-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt played a gritty knock of 60 not out, off 55 balls, to take Mumbai home in a tight low-scoring final against Delhi.As it happened: WPL 2023 FinalAfter restricting Delhi to a below par 131 for 9, Mumbai chased down the target with three balls to spare in front of a partisan crowd. Sciver-Brunt and skipper Harmanpreet, who scored 37 off 39 balls, added a match-winning 72 runs for the third wicket as they reached 134 for 3 in 19.3 overs. 𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗠𝗔𝗜𝗗𝗘𝗡 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗠𝗣𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗢𝗙 #𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗔𝗪𝗣𝗟!CONGRATULATIONS @mipaltan 👏👏#TATAWPL | #DCvMI | #Final https://t....
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PM Modi congratulates Lovlina, Nikhat for winning gold at World Boxing Championships | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated boxers Nikhat Zareen and Lovlina Borgohain for winning gold medals at the Boxing World Championships in the national capital.While Nikhat added a second world title to her name, Lovlina broke the 'bronze jinx' to claim her first-ever gold medal at the tournament."Congratulations @LovlinaBorgohai for her stupendous feat at the Boxing World Championships. She showed great skill. India is delighted by her winning the Gold medal," PM Modi wrote in a Tweet.Congratulations @LovlinaBorgohai for her stupendous feat at the Boxing World Championships. She showed great skill.… https://t.co/vWwkVeVZeZ— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1679844832000"Congratulations to Nikhat Zareen for her spectacular victory at the World Boxing Championsh...
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Ravindra Jadeja promoted to A+ category as BCCI announces annual player contracts | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been promoted to A+ category after his recent exploits against Australia in the Test series as BCCI announced the annual player contracts for Team India for the 2022-23 season.India skipper Rohit Sharma, former captain Virat Kohli will continue to remain in the top category that will see players take home a whopping Rs 7 crore. India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has been injured since July 2022, managed to retain his place in the A+ category.All-rounders Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, pacer Mohammed Shami, wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Axar Patel feature in Grade A category (Rs 5 crore).After failing to regain his touch in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, KL Rahul has been demoted to Grade B while out of the national team since ...
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Lovlina Borgohain wins tense dramatic finish for first 75kg world title

To give India their fourth gold medal, Lovlina Borgohain defeated Australia’s Caitlin Parker in the 75kg weight category final at the 2023 Women’s World Boxing Championships. After Lovlina edged the first round 3-2, and lost the second round 1-4, it was a tense and dramatic finish to the bout which ended in India’s favour after a contentious third round went in favour of Lovlina 3-2, and both the observer and evaluator awarded their points from the bout review to the Indian for her to win 5-2. “This bout was a big test,” she told the media after the bout. “I didn’t succeed fully, only 90%, in the strategy we had planned. The plan was to be on the offensive in the first two rounds and stay defensive on the third. Our coaches told me to stay on the counter-attack, and I’m glad it worked.”...
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Quinton de Kock’s dazzling ton powers South Africa to highest successful T20I run chase | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The SuperSport Park in Centurion witnessed a batting mayhem as South Africa brushed away West Indies by six wickets to register the highest ever successful run chase in T20Is. A jaw-dropping 517 runs were scored in the match as bowlers from both the sides were taken to the cleaners. For the hosts, it was opener Quinton de Kock, who went ballistic with a 43-ball ton to lay a solid platform in chase after West Indies raked up their highest ever T20I total of 258 for five. Johnson Charles fired the fastest T20I century for West Indies in the shortest format after hosts opted to bowl first on a batting paradise. The 34-year-old Charles smashed his ton off 39 balls, eight fewer than Chris Gayle’s previous best mark. He hit 11 sixes -- half of the West Indies total for the innings ...
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WATCH: No ball or not? Early Shafali Verma wicket off a high full toss debated early in WPL final

The 2023 Women’s Premier League final got off to a fiercely contested start as Issy Wong came in to bowl the second over with Shafali Verma on strike and just the two runs on board from Nat Sciver-Brunt’s first. It started off with Shafali lofting last game’s hattrick-star for a six down long on and a slash through point for four on the second. Chaos would ensue on the third and Verma miscued a high full toss straight to the fielder at backward point. Just as the Mumbai players ran to celebrate the wicket, Shafali and her captain at the non-striker’s end, Meg Lanning called for a possible waist high no-ball. The on-field umpire’s would go upstairs for a check. The third umpire however, deemed the decision in Mumbai’s favor as the wicket stood with both Lanning and Shafali not pleased by...
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WPL final | Delhi Capitals wins toss, opts to bat against Mumbai Indians

DC captain Meg Lanning and MI skipper Harmanpreet Kaur at the toss during the Women’s Premier League final Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians at Brabourne Stadium on March 26, 2023 in Mumbai. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Delhi Capitals skipper Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat first against Mumbai Indians in the final of the Women's Premier League here on Sunday. While MI decided to go with the same playing XI, DC brought in Minnu Mani for Poonam Yadav. DC had qualified directly for the final after topping the league stage points table, while MI made it to the summit clash after beating UP Warriorz in the eliminator on Friday.Playing XIs: Mumbai Indians: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Yastika Bhatia (w), Hayley Matthews, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Melie Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Issy Wong, Amanjot...
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Data analytics will help Indian shooting make better decisions: NRAI high performance director Pierre Beauchamp | More sports News – Times of India

BHOPAL: Pierre Beauchamp will complete one year in office next month as the high performance director of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). The ISSF World Cup at the MP State Shooting Academy here was his first assignment on home soil, and the Canadian isn't disappointed because the hosts won just a single gold medal, rather he is happy with the progression from qualification to finals.Compared to the last World Cup in Cairo, India's conversion from qualification score to podium finishes has risen by 34 per cent. If it was 50 per cent in Cairo, in Bhopal it grew to 84 per cent.Those are the kind of numbers Beauchamp has been working on over the last one year, but that is nothing new for the former ice hockey player.His stints as the McGill University coach or a sports scien...
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Nikhat Zareen clinches second successive World Boxing Championships gold with 5-0 win over Thi Tam Nguyen | Boxing News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star India boxer Nikhat Zareen rewrote the record books, clinching her second successive Women's World Boxing Championships title in the national capital on Sunday. Nikhat outclassed Nguyen Thi Tam of Vietnam 5-0 in the 50kg fly weight final to retain her World title. With the win, Nikhat became only the second Indian to win multiple gold medals after legendary MC Mary Kom at the Women's World Boxing Championships. Mary Kom won six World Championships gold in her illustrious career (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018)Nikhat now has Worlds gold in 2022 and 2023 editions.The Indian’s breath-taking performance saw her prevail in the first round with a 5-0 scoreline before Nguyen bounced back in the second round with a 3-2 scoreline to set up a grand slam finish. In the final ...
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How Indian shooting is turning to data analysis to return to the Olympic podium

Bhopal: Team India at the shooting World Cup followed a routine. At the firing line, the shooters would do their thing. A few yards behind them, the coaches hawkishly watched every shot, every movement, making tiny interventions when necessary. And behind the coaches, a bespectacled, grey-haired man walked around with a thick file in his hand. It is a dossier on every Indian shooter: their competition analysis, respiration rates, skin temperature, muscle tension, heart rates and even their wellness and nutrition data. “I am looking for numbers in everything,” says Dr Pierre Beauchamp, Indian shooting’s High-Performance Director. In a sport of decimals, India has turned to a numbers man. Beauchamp has played ice hockey and coached teams. He’s worked with footballers and golfers, speed sk...
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Watch: Fans go ballistic in Virat Kohli’s first training session of season for RCB | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The fever of the Indian Premier League started gripping the cricket fans across the country with Virat Kohli hitting the nets in the first training session for Royal Challengers Bangalore turned out to be the icing on the cake for them.As soon as Kohli made his way into the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday amid huge cheers from the fans, videos of the former RCB skipper emerged on social media in no time in which he was seen warming up, doing batting practice chatting with Australian player Glenn Maxwell.The roar for Virat Kohli at Chinnaswamy - The bond of King Kohli & Big show Maxwell, beautiful. https://t.co/N68FTqELYS— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) 1679828372000After regaining his form, Kohli opened up in a chat with RCB recently, saying that he is back to playing the wa...