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SA vs SL: Proteas roll over Srilanka in 03 days, win by 10 wickets

Johannesburg, Jan 05: South Africa completed a sweep of their two match series against Sri Lanka as they strolled to a 10-wicket win on the third day of the second test on Tuesday.

South Africa knocked off a target of 67 runs without loss as openers Dean Elgar (31 not out) and Aiden Markram (36 not out) saw them to victory at the Wanderers Stadium – with two and a half days of the contest still remaining.

Success in Johannesburg followed a convincing innings and 45-run triumph in the first test in Pretoria last week and turns around a poor run of test form over the last year.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 211 in their second innings, surviving only 95 minutes of Tuesday’s morning session. They resumed their second innings at 150-4 overnight with a tenuous five-run lead but with captain Dimuth Karunaratne not out on 91 and hoping to set the home side an imposing target to chase in the fourth innings.

Karunaratne reached his 10th test century off 123 balls as the visitors began in aggressive fashion, but a misjudged pull shot saw the Sri Lanka skipper top edge Anrich Nortje to be caught by Wiaan Mulder in a major blow to their hopes, just 20 minutes into the day’s play. He was dismissed for 103.

Niroshan Dickwella, who scored 36, followed in the next over as Lungi Ngidi (4-44) took another crucial wicket, setting off an end to the resistance among the lower order.

Lutho Sipamla cleaned up the tail with three wickets in 12 balls, including bowling Wanindu Hasaranga for 16, to finish with figures of 3-40.

Sri Lanka, who won the toss and elected to bat, scored 157 in their first innings and South Africa replied with 302, with Elgar top scoring on 127.

South Africa now look ahead to their first visit in 14 years to Pakistan, where they will play two tests and three Twenty20 internationals later this month, while Sri Lanka return home to host England in two tests in Galle. The first starts on Jan. 14.

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BCCI suspends all age-group tournaments with eye on COVID-19 situation

(Asian News Hub) – With an eye on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend all age-group competitions like the upcoming Vinoo Mankad Trophy and will assess the situation further post the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In a letter to the state associations, accessed by ANI, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah informed them of the situation and the decision to suspend age-group competitions at present as that would require inter-city travel and creation of bio bubbles.

“The domestic season 2020-21 started unusually late owing to the countrywide lockdown on account of the global pandemic.

The pandemic meant that we had to wait until January 2021 to start our domestic season and as discussed in the 89th AGM, we began our season by hosting the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy ahead of the IPL Auction.

“The domestic T20 tournament was followed by the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which was successfully conducted at different centres in India with New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium hosting the final between UPCA and MCA on Sunday, 14th March.

“The Women’s Senior One Day Trophy is also currently underway at different centres with the final scheduled to take place on 4th April. While our endeavour was to get in as many matches as was practicable across different age groups in the season, prevailing circumstances have now forced us to suspend all age-group tournaments.

This is on account of the fact that active COVID cases are on the rise and organising tournaments requires intercity travel, strict quarantine measures and the creation and maintenance of bio-secure bubbles for the participants,” he explained.

The secretary then added that with the board exams round the corner, it would be appropriate to plan the age-group games post the IPL slated to be held between April 9 and May 30.

“Moreover, the situation is presently not conducive in some states.

Considering the fact that the 10th and 12th board examinations are also around the corner across India, it is prudent that our young athletes have the opportunity to prepare and focus on these crucial examinations.

“Furthermore, our players’ health, safety and well-being are our primary concern. I assure you that we will continue exploring a window for organising the age-group tournaments post the IPL 2021,” he added.


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Range level U-19 T20 Cricket Tournament concludes; Khanyar Knight Riders lifts the title

(Asian News Hub) – The final match of the U-19 T20 cricket tournament was played between Khanyar Knight Riders and Ganderbal Reds today. The cricket tournament was commenced on 21th February at SK Stadium Sonwar Srinagar.

On the closing ceremony, DIG CKR Shri Amit Kumar-IPS was Chief Guest and SSP Srinagar Dr. M.Haseeb Mughal-JKPS as a guest of honour. Zonal SsP of Srinagar city and other officers of Range Police headquarters viz, Srinagar & Ganderbal Districts attended the closing ceremony.

The final match was played at  SK Cricket Stadium Sonwar Srinagar between Khanyar  Knight Riders (KKR) and Ganderbal Reds in which KKR emerge as winners of the tournament by defeating Ganderbal Reds by 03 wickets in the final over of the match. Earlier, Ganderbal Reds won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 122/9 in 20 overs and set target of 123 for KKR to win. In reply in an interesting match, KKR chased the target in the final over of the match and won the title by 03 wickets.

Syed Mohsin of KKR was chosen as man of the match and Sirsheel Abass, Captain of KKR was declared as man of the series.

While speaking on the closing ceremony, DIG CKR Shri Amit Kumar-IPS  said that J&K Police is organizing various sports events for youth and together we are working for peace and unity, which is our joint responsibility.

Speaking on the occasion, the DIG CKR congratulated the winning and runners-up teams. He appreciated the Organising Committee and other partner agencies, persons for the successful conduct of the mega event. He also thanked the media fraternity for covering the event with wide publicity.

He said the excitement and response shown by the players from 06 of Central Kashmir Range teams (02 each from Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal) in the event is appreciable. He said that J&K Police has always been on the forefront in providing platform to youth and guide them in following their goals by organizing different events.

The DIG CKR presented trophies, cash prizes to the winner and runner up teams. Besides,  presented trophies, cash prizes to the man of the match and man of the series.

The event was organised by Range Police Headquarters Srinagar under the aegis of Civic Action Programme (CAP) of Jammu and Kashmir Police and witnessed an overwhelming response of the youth from Central Kashmir Range.

The two captains of the final match thanked the J&K Police for providing platform for them to show their talent and expressed their hope that such events will be organised in future also.

Two best teams from Range level tournament will now compete in the Zonal competition in the coming days.

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Girls must be empowered, given freedom of choice says Rashida Simnani first lady Wrestler from Kashmir

Jahangeer Ganaie

(Asian News Hub) – A girl from south Kashmir who has represented J&K at mega-events in Taekwondo and baseball is also the first lady wrestler of Kashmir who has represented J&K at the national level.

Currently teaching martial arts to dozens of girls, Syed Rashida Simnani, 21, a resident of Drabgam village in Rajpora area of Pulwama district who is currently pursuing her graduation degree from Women’s College Srinagar has so far won many medals at national and international tournaments.

Simnani while talking with news agency—KNO, said that she was taking take part in competitions since childhood and got attached to it.

Without any coach and family support initially, Simnani was selected in wrestling in a school-level competition.

“While taking part in school and district level competitions she reached to the national level and become part of the national team in 2017,” she said.

“Twice I have represented J&K at the national level in baseball and in wrestling. I have won a bronze medal in wrestling,” she said, adding that during braid chopping incidents in Kashmir, she started a camp at a government school in her locality to teach women self-defence.

Simnani said later after getting training under an eight week certificate course in Health and fitness from National Sports Authority of India (NSAI) in Patiyala, she was selected to represent India at international Stage in Taekwondo where she got a silver medal.

After winning medals, her family started supporting her and based on my sports achievements, she was appointed as a fitness coach on contractual basis at Women’s College Srinagar, which she continued on a volunteer basis after contract expired.

Simnani said that with a growing crime there is a need to teach girls about self defence and other basics besides that there is a need to empower girls and give them freedom of choice so that they can face any challenge bravely and choose their future themselves.

In absence of any coach and infrastructure, she wasn’t able to pursue her dream as she wants to represent India at various level in wrestling.

“The government especially Sports Authority of India and local sports councils must reach to every athlete especially of rural areas so that their talent won’t go waste and they won’t go discouraged,” she said, adding that at present she is teaching dozens of girls wrestling and other sports in Srinagar as well as in her area.

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