Here are the top developments in Indian sports on Sunday, December 4.
Punjab dethrones Tamil Nadu for the men’s title
Punjab beat defending champions Tamil Nadu 94-80 in the men’s final of the 72nd National Basketball Championship at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indoor Hall on Sunday.
Amritpal Singh and Gurbaz Singh Sandhu took the match away from Tamil Nadu’s grasp, scoring 63 between them.
Punjab led 44-39 at half-time and Tamil Nadu came back strongly scoring 32 points in the third quarter, but Punjab controlled the title race.
In the women’s final, Railways beat Kerala 110-64 after leading 48-22 at half-time. The last quarter was the most entertaining as the teams scored 59 points but Railways did enough to sail away with the trophy.
The Railways team after winning the women’s national basketball championship. | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Punjab’s Gurbaz and Railways’ M. Pushpa were adjudged the “most valuable players” of the tournament.
Men (final): Punjab 94 (Amritpal Singh 32, Gurbaz Singh Sandhu 31, Amjot Singh 14) bt Tamil Nadu 80 (A Aravind 21, Jeevanathan 20, Munin Bek 11).
Third place: Railways 88 (Sahil 32, Palpreet Singh 18, Rakesh Singh 10, Ratan Singh 10) bt Rajasthan 71 (Lokendra Singh 16, Deepak Choudhary 13, Piyush Meena 12).
Women (final): Railways 110 (Dharshini 19, M Pushpa 15, Madhu Kumari 11) bt Kerala 64 (Jayalakshmi 17, Anu Maria 13).
Third place: Delhi 74 (Raspreet Sidhu 27, Garima Gosain 18, Kritika 15) bt Karnataka 53 (Pavani Sangwan 15, Roshni John 12, Lopamudra 10).
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Durganshi wins ITF junior girls title
Durganshi Kumar defeated compatriot Sreenidhi Balaji 6-4 7-6 (0) in the girls’ final of the ITF junior tennis tournament in Pokhara, Nepal.
The two doubles titles were won by the Indian teams of Sagar Kumar & Swastik Sharma and Sreenidhi and Laxmisiri Dandu.
Boys (semi-finals): Ke Hau Hung (Tpe) bt Smit Patel 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles (final): Sagar Kumar & Swastik Sharma wo Euom Dong Hyeon (Kor_ & K Karunaga’s (Mas).
Girls (final): Durganshi Kumar bt Sreenidhi balaji 6-4, 7-6(0).
Doubles (final): Sreenidhi & Laxmisiri Dandu bt Kkaira Chetnani & Durganshi 6-2, 6-2.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
Railways beat SAI in Nehru women’s tournament
The Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) registered a 6-0 victory over the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in the Nehru women’s hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium on Sunday.
CRPF (Parimala Soreng) drew Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy, Amritsar (Jaspreet Kaur) 1-1.
Railway Sports Promotion Board (Gagandeep Kaur, Anupa Barla, Preeti Dubey, Devika Sen, Amrinder Kaur, Upasana Singh) bt Sports Authority of India, Delhi 6-0.
– Kamesh Srinivasan
I-League: Mumbai Kenkre draw Gokulam Kerala
Mumbai’s Kenkre FC drew 1-1 with Gokulam Kerala FC in their fifth round match in the I-League on Sunday.
An early first-half goal from Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte was canceled out by a second-half strike from Shijin Thadhayouse as the hosts leveled the two-time champions at the Cooperage Stadium.
Gokulam Kerala are now fifth in the league table with eight points from five matches, while Mumbai Kenkre have five points from as many matches and are in ninth place.
Kenkre FC had a dream start when they took the lead after three minutes.
Trying to block a cross from Al Azhar Delhiwala, Gokulam’s Rahul Raju gets a hand, giving Kenkre a free kick. Azfar Noorani’s free-kick was missed by the Gokulam defense and found its way to Ralte in the six-yard box, who slotted into the open goal.
Building from behind, the runner-up slowly grew into the match. Midway through the first half, Gokulam started to put pressure on the home defence. However, Kenkre, adapted to the counter-attacking game, continued effectively in his strategy.
In the 24th minute, Mumbai Kenkre caught the visitors on the counter attack. Aravindraj Rajan won the ball in midfield and fed it to Aman Gaikwad on the right wing.
Gaikwad crossed the ball to Rajan, who continued into the box. With goalkeeper Shibinraj Kunniyil alone to beat, Rajan took a low shot, which was saved by Kunniyil.
At the other end, Gokulam striker Auguste Somlaga found himself on the edge of the penalty area but his shot went wide. Ten minutes after the break, Gokulam almost equalized.
Farshad Noor took a left-footed shot from the edge of the box, aimed for the bottom corner, but defender Tenzin Samdup Kenkre deflected it into the corner. Gokulam received the blanks fired from behind but could not make any use of them.
Kerala Cameroon coach Richard Towa Gokulam made three changes at the break.
One of the substitutes, Arjun Jayaraj, almost equalized for the visitors two minutes into the second half. PN substitute Noufal passed the ball into the box for Jayaraji, who took a powerful shot but it went over the bar.
Jayaraj once again went full-on when he crossed the ball into the box and after blocked shots and a missed clearance the ball fell to Shijin Thadhayouse who equalized for Malabarians in the 54th minute as the Kenkre keeper failed to stop Samdup. a rather weak effort.
On the hour mark, Kenkre’s Aman Gaikwad teed the ball up to Raju inside the box, but the striker could not connect with his header. Nine minutes later, Kynsailang Khongsit played a quick one-on-one with Raju and, as a defender, had a shot but Kunniyil saved it.
Unnati, Anish has won silver in the Asian Junior Championship
Indian shuttlers Unnati Hooda and Anish Thoppani signed off with silver medals at the 2022 Badminton Asia Under-17-15 Junior Championship in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Sunday.
The men’s doubles pair of Arsh Mohammad and Sanskar Saraswat also finished second best as the Indian contingent ended the prestigious event with three silver and two bronze medals.
Odisha Open champion Unnati, who is the first Indian girl to reach the under-17 final of the continental tournament, went down 18-21, 21-9, 14-21 against Thailand’s Sarunrak Vitidsarn.
Anish lost 8-21, 24-22, 19-21 to Chung-Hsiang Yih in the Under-15 boys singles final.
Arsh and Sanskar fell 13-21, 21-19, 22-24 to top Lai Po-Yu and Yi-Hao Lin of Chinese Taipei.
All three Indian finalists went one game down, won the second game, but failed to convert the third.
After losing the first game, Unnati dominated the next game. The decider was neck and neck until 14-14 for the Thai to win.
In the beginning, Anish was slow and his opponent from Chinese Taipei took full advantage of this to win the first game.
The Indian regrouped in the second game to force a decider. Despite the tense situations, he was seen to calm down and this gave results as he pocketed the tougher second game 24-22.
The decider was close, but mistakes at crucial points hurt the Indian’s chances as he fell in a tight final match.
Earlier, Gnana Dattu’s boys’ singles and doubles team of PV’s Bjorn Jaison and Aathish Sreenivas bagged bronze medals in the under-15 category.