Author: Pratik Asthana

Saina and Ajay advance into the quarters

Sarawak, Jan 19: Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram moved into the quarterfinals of Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold Badminton tournament at Sibu Indoor Stadium on Thursday.

Former world number one Saina defeated Hanna Ramadini of Indonesia in straight games 21-17, 21-12 in 42 minutes. Sixth seed Jayaram dismissed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-12, 15-21, 21-15.

However, there was disappointment in Men’s doubles for third seed Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy, as the duo were upset by the unseeded Indonesian pair of Hendra Arpida Gunawan and Markis Kido 17-21, 21-18, 12-21.

Results involving Indians:

Mens’s Singles: Ajay Jayaram dismissed Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-12, 15-21, 21-15

Womens’s Singles: Saina Nehwal beat Hanna Ramadini 21-17, 21-12

Mens’s Doubles: Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy lost to Hendra Arpida Gunawan and Markis Kido (Indonesia) 17-21, 21-18, 12-21, Law Cheuk Him & Lee Chun Hei Reginald (Hong Kong) beat Arjun & Ramchandran Shlok 21-14, 21-17

Womens’s Doubles: Aparna Balan & Prajakta Sawant lost to Chiang Kai Hsin & Hung Shih Han (Chinese Taipei) 18-21, 14-21.

Mixed Doubles:  Manu Attri and Jwala Gutta lost to Tontowi Ahmad & Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (Indonesia) 18-21, 10-21, Yong Kai Terry Hee & Wei Han Tan (Singapore) beat Prajakta Sawant & Yogendran Khrishnan 21-17, 21-17

STI News – 16.01.2017

India’s women boxers finish 3rd at the 6th Nation’s Cup in Serbia

Vrbas, Jan 15: Indian women boxing team finished commendable 3rd at the 6th Nation’s Cup here on Sunday.

continued to impress as four of them, including former World Championships silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi (48kg), entered the finals of the 6th Nation’s Cup in the Vrbas, Serbia where the country is now assured of six medals.

Sarjubala, the reigning national champion, defeated local favourite Gayane Panyan to enter the summit clash.

The others, who made the final cut are Priyanka Chaudhary (60kg) and Pooja (69kg). Seema Poonia is also through to the final without fighting a single bout so far as her category features only three boxers.

Priyanka, on the other hand, got the better of Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volosenko, while Pooja also triumphed over a Kazakh rival in Valentina Khalzova.

Meanwhile, in the semifinals on Saturday, former Asian Games bronze-medallist Kavita Goyat will square off against Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova. Another Indian to make the semifinals is Neeraja, who defeated Greece’s Aik Koutsogeorgopoulou.

She will next be up against Sweden’s Katrin Noren in the semifinals.

The tournament is the first for Indian women boxers under the tutelage of new coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu, who served as the men’s coach for more than two decades.

Earlier in the day, riding on fine centuries by Baba Indrajith (138) and Abhinav Mukund (122), Tamil Nadu declared their second innings at 356 for six.

Brief score:

Tamil Nadu – 305 (Baba Indrajith 64, Vijay Shankar 50, Kaushik Gandhi 50, Abhishek Nayar 4/66, Shardul Thakur 4/75) & 356/6 dec (Baba Indrajith 138, Abhinav Mukund 122, Balwinder Sandhu Jr 2/67)

Mumbai – 406 (AP Tare 83, Suryakumar Yadav 73, Abhishek Nayar 58, Vijay Shankar 4/59) & 5/0

Day 4: Stumps – Mumbai need 246 runs with 10 wickets in hand.


Nagpur, Jan 4: Gujarat beat Jharkhand by 103 runs on day 4 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, here on Wednesday.

Chasing a modest target of 225, Jharkhand were dismissed for 111 in their second innings. Jasprit Bumrah took six wickets in a brilliant display of fast bowling. Earlier, in the day Gujarat were dismissed for 252 in their second innings.

Brief scores:

Gujarat – 390 (Priyank Panchal 149, Parthiv Patel 62, Ajay Yadav 3/67, Rahul Shukla 3/71) & 252 (Manpreet Juneja 81, Chirag Gandhi 51, Shabaz Nadeem 5/69)

Jharkhand – 408 (Ishank Jaggi 129, Ishan Kishan 61,  Kaushal Singh 53, RP Singh 6/90) & 111 (Kaushal Singh 24, Jasprit Bumrah 6/29, RP Singh 3/25)

Man of the Mantch: Jasprit Bumrah

STI News – 03.01.2017

Ranji Trophy 2016 – Semifinals – Day 2
Rajkot, Jan 2: Mumbai were trailing Tamil Nadu by 134 runs with six first wickets in hand at stumps on day 2 at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, here on Monday.

Brief score:
Tamil Nadu – 305 (Baba Indrajith 64, Vijay Shankar 50, Kaushik Gandhi 50, Abhishek Nayar 4/66, Shardul Thakur 4/75)

Mumbai – 171/4 (Suryakumar Yadav 73, Praful Waghela 48)

Day 2: Stumps – Mumbai trail by 134 runs

Nagpur, Jan 2: Jharkhand were trailing Gujarat by 176 runs with five first wickets in hand at stumps on day 2 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, here on Monday.

Brief scores:
Gujarat – 390 (Priyank Panchal 149, Parthiv Patel 62, Ajay Yadav 3/67, Rahul Shukla 3/71)

Jharkhand – 214/5 (Ishan Kishan 61, Ishank Jaggi 40*, RP Singh 3/48)

Day 2: Stumps – Jharkhand trail by 176 runs

SAFF Women’s Championship 2016

Siliguri, Jan 2: India Nepal 3-1 in the semifinals SAFF Women’s Football Championship 2016 at the Kanchenjunga Stadium here on Monday.

For India Kamala Devi opened the scoring in the 45th minute. In the 58th minute Indumathi doubled lead. Sabitra Bhandari reduced the margin in the 75th minute from a penalty. But Sasmita Malik’s goal in the 83rd minute sealed the match in India’s favour. At half-time India were leading by one goal to nil.

India – 3 (Kamala Devi 45, Indumathi – 58, Sasmita Malik – 83′) beat Nepal – 1 (Sabitra Bhandari 75 (P))


STI News – 02.01.2016

Ranji Trophy 2016 – Semifinals – Day 1
Rajkot, Jan 1: Tamil Nadu were 261 for the loss of 6 wickets against Mumbai at stumps on the opening day of their semifinal match at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, here on Sunday.

Brief score:
Tamil Nadu – 261/6 (Baba Indrajith 64, Kaushik Gandhi 50, Vijay Shankar 41*, Abhishek Nayar 2/56, Shardul Thakur 2/64)


Nagpur, Jan 1: Gujarat were 283 for the loss of 3 wickets against Jharkhand at stumps on the opening day of their semifinal match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, here on Sunday.

Brief scores:
Gujarat – 283/3 (Priyank Panchal 144*, Parthiv Patel 62)

STI News – 28.12.2016

65th Senior National Volleyball Championship for Men and Women
Chennai Dec, 28: Railways, Punjab, Kerala beat

Quarter Finals – Men

Railways beat Andhra Pradesh: 25-20, 25-20, 25-23

Punjab beat Services: 25-22, 25-18, 25-19

Kerala beat Himachal Pradesh: 25-14, 25-11, 25-13

Quarter Finals – Women

Railways beat Uttar Pradesh: 25-13, 25-08, 25-17

Andhra Pradesh beat Telengana: 25-23, 25-18, 25-06

Maharashtra beat Tamil Nadu: 25-18, 25-07, 25-11

Santosh Trophy 2017

Dec 28: In an East zone encounters, Railways beat Bihar 4-0, while Jharkhand and Sikkim played out a goal less draw.

In North zone encounters, Punjab beat Uttarakhand 3-0, while Jammu & Kashmir and Haryana played out a 1-1 draw.

North Zone

 Group B Matches Won Draw Loss Points
Punjab 1 1 0 0 3
Haryana 1 0 1 0 1
Jammu & Kashmir 1 0 1 0 1
Uttarakhand 1 0 0 0 0

 East Zone

Matches Won Draw Loss Points
Railways 1 1 0 0 3
Jharkhand 1 0 1 0 1
Sikkim 1 0 1 0 1
Bihar 1 0 0 0 0








121st All Inda Beighton Cup 2016 – Fixtures & Results

The 121st edition of the Beighton Cup hockey tournament is being organised by Bengal Hockey Association from 19th to 27th December, 2016 at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex, Kolkata.

After the pre quarter final matches, the teams will be divided into four groups of three each. The top teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals.

Results updated till 23.12.2016

Quarter Final Teams

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Bharat Petroleum Indian Oil Punjab & Sind Bank Punjab National Bank
RCF Kapurthala Army XI ONGC Bhubaneswar Hostel
Police Athletic Club Central Secretariat ERSA CAG, Delhi

Pre Quarter-Finals

19.12.2016 – Monday
Match 1 Canara Bank – 1 Police Athletic Club – 5
Match 2 CAG, Delhi –  1 (5) Central Railways – 1 (4)
20.12.2016 – Tuesday
Match 3 Central Secretariat –  5 SAI Training Centre – 1
Match 4 ERSA – 7 Howrah Union – 0


21.12.2016 – Wednesday
Match 5 Bhubaneswar Hostel – 3 CAG, Delhi – 1
Match 6 Bharat Petroleum – 12 Police Athletic Club – 1
Match 7 Indian Oil – 8

Central Secretariat – 1

22.12.2016 – Thursday
Match 8 Bharat Petroleum – 6 RCF Kapurthala – 3
Match 9 Punjab National Bank – 5 Bhubaneswar Hostel – 2
Match 10 ERSA – 6 Punjab & Sind Bank – 4
23.12.2016 – Friday
Match 11 Army XI – 5 Central Secretariat – 3
Match 12 RCF Kapurthala – 12 Police Athletic Club – 0
Match 13 ONGC – 5 ERSA – 2
24.12.2016 – Saturday
Match 14 Punjab National Bank  CAG, Delhi
Match 15 Punjab & Sind Bank ONGC
Match 16 Indian Oil Army XI


26.12.2016 – Monday
Match 17 Winner of Group A Winner of Group D
Match 18 Winner of Group B Winner of Group C


27.1.2016 – Tuesday
Match 19 Winner of 1st Semi Final Winner of 2nd Semi Final


BWF Superseries Finals 2016 -PV Sindhu beat Akane Yamaguchi in opening game

Congrats @Pvsindhu1 on winning 1st match of BWF Superseries Finals 2016 Click To TweetDubai: World No. 10 PV Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 12-21, 21-8, 21-15 in her opening game of BWF Superseries Finals 2016 in Dubai on Wednesday.

Sindhu was off to a slow start against Yamaguchi, ranked 8th in the world won the opening game 21 – 12. In the second game, both the players were tied at 7 – 7, before the Indian came into her own to win 14 out of 15 points.

In the third and final game, 2016 Rio Olympics Silver medallist took an initial 6 – 3 lead, as she went into the break leading 11 – 7. The Indian maintained her lead after the break to take the game 21-15 and with that also the match.

Sindhu will next meet world number 6, Sun Yu of China in her second Group B fixture on Thursday.

Junior Hockey World Cup 2016 – Spain qualify for Quarters; Belgium, Germany and Malaysia win on day 4

Day 4 #JHWC2016 Ger bt Jpn 6-1, Bel bt Neth 3-2, Malaysia bt Egypt 2-0, Esp draw NZ 3-3Click To TweetLucknow: On the fourth day of the Junior Hockey World Cup 2016, Belgium, Germany and Malaysia were winners in their respective matches, while Spain played out a draw against New Zealand at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

In the opening match of the day, six-time winners and defending champions Germany thrashed Japan 6-1 in a Pool C encounter. With three wins from as many games, Germany topped Pool C and will take on Pool D runners up in the quarterfinals.

The second match of the day turned out to be a close contest as Belgium edged out Netherlands 3-2 in a Pool B game.With today’s win Belgium moved to the top of the pool with six points from two matches.

In another Pool B, last minute entrant Malaysia beat Egypt 2-0 to keep their hopes alive. In their opening match Malaysia were comprehensively beaten 7-2 by Netherlands.

In the last match of the day Spain played out a 3-3 draw with New Zealand. Both Spain and New Zealand finished with four points from three matches. However, the European side advanced to the quarter-finals on the basis of superior goal difference.

Brief Scores of Day 4:

Germany 6 (Anton Boeckel 25′ and 39′, Constantin Staib 3′, Ole Thies Prinz 54′, Timm Herzbruch 58′, Lukas Windfeder 63′) beat Japan 1 (Ryo Ozawa 67′).

Belgium 3 (Thomas Verheijen 48′, Quentin van Lierde 56′, Henri Raes 9′) beat Netherlands 2 (Terrance Pieters 38′, Bram van Groesen 64′)

Malaysia 2 (Zulhamizan Mohamad 13′, Khaliq Hamirin 61′) beat Egypt 0

Spain 3 (Llorenc Piera Grau 21′, Enrique Gonzalez de Castejon 62′, Jan Lara Rosell 69′) draw New Zealand 3 (Sam Hiha 44′, Jonty Keaney 59′, Dylan Thomas 66′)

India’s tour of Australia – Aussies beat India 4 – 3, level the series

Australia, ranked number one in the world defeated India by 4-3 in the second test to level the two-Test series in Bendigo, Victoria, here on Wednesday.

However, it was the Indians who draw the first blood courtesy a sixth minute goal by Akashdeep Singh. In the 13th minute Aussies drew level through Tent Mitton’s strike, as both teams ended the first quarter 1 – 1.

In the second quarter, V R Raghunath put India in lead again in the 22nd minute, only to conceed a goal in the next minute as Jake Whettyconverted a penalty corner. The action continued as captain Raghunath again put India back in lead within two minutes. India went into the half time leading by  3 goals to 2.

In the third quarter, Aussies again equalized for the third time in the match, when Jeremy Hayward sucessfully converted a penalty corner. As temper flared, 4 yellow card were issued (out of which 3 were to Indian player) in the 3rd quarter itself.

With the scores level at 3 – 3, the Kookaburras uped the ante in the final quarter. It was Jeremy Hayward’s late strike, just 6 min from hooter that ensured a 4 – 3 victory for the hosts. 

Brief Score:

AUSTRALIA 4 (Trent Mitton 13′, Jake Whetty 23′, Jeremy Hayward 38′, 54′) beat INDIA 3 (Akashdeep Singh 6′, VR Raghunath 22′ and 25′)

Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy advance to the next round of the Macau Open 2016

congrats @AtriManu @buss_reddy on reaching nxt roundClick To TweetThe men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Chan Alan Yun Lung and Li Kuen Hon of Hong Kong in three games 21-11, 17-21, 21-9 at the $120,000 Macau Grand Prix Gold at Macau on Wednesday.

The Indian pair seeded third here, will face Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya of Singapore in the next round.