Aug 12, 2016 07:16(IST)
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Men's Singles Badminton: Srikanth Kidambi wins his first match in the Play Stage over Mexico's Lino Munoz 21-11, 21-17. 07:10(IST)
Three match points for the Indian!
Kidambi Srikanth converts on the very first one.
It's nail-biting time in this badminton singles match!
Srikanth and Munoz are tied at 17-17.
Well! Srikanth beginning to look tired on court and Munoz takes advantage to surge ahead. The Mexican leads 16-13.
Lino Munoz showing great fight in this second game while Kidambi Srikanth's level has dropped considerably. 12-12.
At the changeover in the second game, Srikanth leads 11-9. Munoz is playing better in the second game and has stepped up his movement.
In the second game, Srikanth raced ahead only for Munoz to fight back. 6-6
Srikanth then wins the next two points and is back in the lead. 8-6.
Badminton: Srikanth Kidambi takes the first game 21-11 over his opponent Lino Munoz! 06:42(IST)
9 Game Points for Kidambi Srikanth!
Superb point construction from the Indian as he draws Munoz to the net and then smashes past him. 16-10 lead for Srikanth.
Another brilliant pick-up followed by an overhead smash from Srikanth! The Indian surges ahead to 15-7.
At the change of ends, it's 9-7 to the Srikanth.
In the next point, he conjures a brilliant smash to move to 10-7. Playing much better now.
The Mexican strings together three points to take a 6-4 lead. Srikanth pulls one back but then commits an error and it's 5-7 in the first game.
Kidambi Srikanth is the only male Indian in the badminton draw. His opponent is ranked 85 in the world.
3-3 to start off the match.
06:27(IST) Badminton singles:
India's Kidambi Srikanth takes on Mexico's Lino Munoz.
Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: India have one point while the USA moves to 12 in the group. India now play Argentina in their last match. They need to beat them in that match and hope Australia beats Japan in order to qualify for quarters. 05:33(IST)
Hockey Updates: Full time: India women lose 0-3 against USA . Kathleen Bam the star with 2 goals. Not a single win for India so far! 05:25(IST)
Hockey Updates: US gets a yellow card. They are down to ten and can India take some advantage of this? 05:15(IST)
Hockey updates: GOAL!! Melissa Gonzalez makes it 3-0 for USA. Thunderous counter-attack. 05:14(IST)
Hockey Updates: Indian goalkeeper Savita saves the situation, taking the ball on her gloves. Kathleen Bam again all over the Indian circle. Green card to Rani Rampal...India down to ten. 05:07(IST)
Hockey Updates: End of Q3: India 0-2 USA. 05:05(IST)
Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: Upfront, India look disjointed. They do get the attack going but then shoot blindly into the circle hoping a deflection might be successful counter by US...they get their 5th PC, flick takes a deflection and goes out. 05:01(IST)
Hockey updates: GOAL!! Another solo goal from Kathleen Bam. She doubles the lead for USA , her 5th in 2 matches. 04:59(IST)
Hockey Updates: Kathleen Bam all over the Indian circle, playing both the flanks. 04:57(IST)
Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: India had the numbers in the US circle but the defenders clear. Kathleen Bam then had the ball at the other end but couldn't beat the Indian defenders. 04:55(IST)
Hockey Updates: India finally get a chance to go forward but Vandana dives to deflect the ball. USA pretty tight at the back. 04:40(IST) Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: The US would be upset that they couldn't convert territorial advantage into goals. India, on the other hand, have to hold. Too many turnovers destroying any hopes of a counter attack.
Hockey updates: End of Q2: India 0-1 USA. 04:36(IST) Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: Katie gets a green card. US down to ten. India should take advantage.
Hockey Updates: Indian defence too shaky. Losing possession on multiple occasions. Nikki Pradhan gives the ball away in the dangerous area but the defence does well to thwart the attack in a scramble. 04:25(IST)
Hockey Updates: India's first attack and even though they put the ball in goal, it is not allowed as it hit Preeti on its way into the net. 04:22(IST) Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: Close call for India again. This time Kathleen Bam not able to push the ball in after a great pass from Kelsey. India losing every 3rd or 4th move to the US. Taking too much pressure....USA almost get the second but Savita saves and clears. Kathleen Bam is proving to be a constant menace for India.
Hockey updates: End of Q1: IND 0-1 USA 04:16(IST)
Hockey Updates: GOAL!! Kathleen Bam with brilliant trickery to give USA the lead. IND 0- 1 USA. 04:12(IST)
Hockey Updates: Match being played at a high pace. But India losing too many balls in the middle. Errors creeping in, India need to send long hits when on the counter attack. 04:07(IST)
Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: USA pressing hard from the right flank. Good ball play there but the Indian defence alert with Monika clearing. Vandana going down the left flank and instead of cutting right she passes down the flank... 04:05(IST)
Hockey Updates: USA have started off on a positive note. They pressing very hard with the Indian defence holding it tight. 04:04(IST) 04:04(IST)
Hockey updates: India vs USA is underway! 03:59(IST)
Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: It will be tough for the Indians to hold the speedy American women who also play with a very strong positional sense. Yet again, if India has any chance it will depend on their goalkeeper Savita. India's defence line is tough but can they hold off the USA team for long periods ? 03:58(IST)
Sania Mirza/Rohan Bopanan will play Andy Murray/Heather Watson in the QFs of mixed doubles.
Hockey updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: Indian women's team ready to take on the United States. A huge challenge for the Indian women. At the moment sitting at the bottom of Pool B with Japan. The USA is a force in this Olympic tournament, a build up for them which has been happening since the 2014 World Cup. 03:51(IST)
Schedule update: India women's hockey team will be in action against the USA next. Match starts at 4 am IST. 03:47(IST) 03:45(IST)
Mixed Doubles Tennis: Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza win 7-5, 6-4 over Australia's Sam Stosur and John Peers. 03:39(IST)
A hold each for both teams and now India are just one game away from victory. 5-3. John Peers to serve to stay in the match.
In his own service game, Rohan Bopanna starts off with two double faults but then recovers well to consolidate their break.
India lead 7-5, 4-2 over Australia.
Oh well. A really tragic double fault from John Peers and India have been gifted with a break. They'll take it. 3-2.
BREAK POINT for India on Peer's serve! Bopanna receiving. Big chance here.
The Aussies have definitely stepped up their game with both Peers and Stosur returning much better. An easy hold for the Australian duo. 2-1.
Three deuces and Bopanna has responded with a big serve every single time. Tough hold. 1-1.
Early trouble for Rohan Bopanna on serve in the second set. He's stretched to deuce but he comes up with a massive ace to bring up advantage.
03:07(IST) Mixed Doubles Tennis:
It took Sania Mirza/Rohan Bopanna three set points but India finally bag the opening set in 36 minutes. 7-5.
One set point comes and goes for India. Sania Mirza misses her first serve and Peers makes an excellent return.
The exchange of break continue! Three straight breaks and Sania Mirza will now once again try and win the first set for India. 6-5.
Bopanna broken! It's back on serve in the first set at 5-all. Stosur to serve now. Can the Indians break again?
Uh oh! Trouble for Bopanna as he now faces two break points on his own serve.
Saves one with a big ace!
And the Indians break! Great work at the net by Bopanna and he will now serve for the first set at 5-4.
Break point opportunity for Sania and Rohan but John Peers erases it with a perfect ace down the tee. Deuce.
02:49(IST) Mixed Doubles Tennis:
4-4. No breaks of serve in the match yet. But the Aussie are constantly putting Sania and Rohan under pressure. They have come with a clear game plan - attack Sania at the net and make the most of her service games. Couple of very tight games for the Indian duo.
02:44(IST) Artistic Gymnastics:
USA's Simone Biles wins women's all-around gymnastics gold at Olympics; teammate Aly Raisman takes silver!
1-0 to the Australian team as Peers holds to love. Bopanna starts the serving for India.
The Aussies start off proceedings by serving first. John Peers opens with a big serve into the Sania forehand.
02:28(IST) Mixed Doubles Tennis:
The mixed doubles draw have 16 teams overall. The Indians will be hoping to get past the disappointment of the men's and women's doubles with a win here.
Leander Paes is on the sidelines cheering for the Indian duo!
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In the mixed doubles, India's Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are up against Australia's Samantha Stosur and John Peers.
The Indian men's hockey team qualified for knock-outs for the first time since Moscow Games in 1980, on Friday.
Hockey updates: Breaking: Some GOOD NEWS for India: The Indian men's hockey team have qualified for the knock-outs for the first time since Moscow Games in 1980. Even though they lost their match 2-1 against Netherlands earlier in the day, it was a 4-4 draw between Germany and Argentina that propelled them into the knock-outs. Click the above link to read the full report. 00:45(IST) Indians still in action for India today:
Sania Mirza/Rohan Bopanna in mixed doubles first round against Australia's Samantha Stosur/John Peers.
Indian women’s hockey team will take on USA at 4:00 AM IST
Kidambi Srikanth starts his singles campaign in badminton at 5:30 AM IST against Mexico's Lino Munoz.
00:33(IST) Golf Men's Individual Update:
India's Anirban Lahiri ends the day at +3 over par and SSP Chawrasia ends at even par.
Chawrasia is currently ranked 27th and Lahiri is 50th.
BREAKING! Saina Nehwal beats Lohaynny Vicente 21-17 21-17 in her opening game of the preliminary stage of Women's Singles badminton 21:28(IST)
Badminton Update! Saina Nehwal inching towards a victory in the first round clash against L Vicente. Leads the Brazilian 17-14 21:25(IST)
Badminton Update! Local favourite Vicente shows signs of a fightback, but Saina has managed to maintain a four-point lead. 14-10 the score in favour of the Indian 21:20(IST)
Badminton Update! Saina Nehwal in the driver's seat in the second game. Leading the Brazilian Vicente by 11-5 21:17(IST)
Badminton Update! The second game is now underway and Sain Nehwal has raced to a 5-2 lead. 21:16(IST) 21:15(IST) 21:15(IST)
Saina grinds it out in the first game!! 21:13(IST)
SAINA WINS 1st GAME: Saina Nehwal's class prevails over the Brazilian. Wins first game 21-17 21:12(IST)
17-17!! Saina Nehwal isn't having it all her way against the Vicente 21:09(IST)
Badminton Update! Great battle on as Saina Nehwal is tied at 16-16 in the first set against Brazilian Vicente 21:06(IST)
Badminton Update! It's neck and neck in the first set as the local girl draws level at 13-13 with Saina Nehwal in the first set of the preliminary round match 21:02(IST)
Added challenge for Saina 21:01(IST) 20:59(IST)
Badminton Update! Saina Nehwal is leading 7-5 in the first set of her preliminary round match against Brazil's Lohaynny Vicente 20:23(IST) 20:19(IST)
BREAKING: Shiva Thapa Loses Round 3 ends and the judges score the bout 30-27 to Ramirez. Shiva Thapa out of the Rio Olympics. India now has Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishnan left in the Olympics. 20:17(IST) 20:16(IST)
Thapa losing to straight jabs The difference has been technical and its been a lesson for the Indian. Thapa not using a straight jab as compared to Ramirez who has gained maximum points from his right-hand. 20:14(IST)
Boxing update At the end of Round 2 the judges scores the bout Ramirez takes it 10-10-10 to Thapa's 8-9-9. Misery for the Indian at this point! 20:11(IST)
Boxing Thapa seems to slow for Ramirez who puts a flurry of punches on the Indian. This looks like its going to be a uphill task for Thapa. 20:09(IST)
Boxing update At the bell, Shiva Thapa loses 10-9 in the opening round. 2 more for the Indian to make up. 20:08(IST) Rio de Janeiro: India will aim to keep their winning momentum intact when they take on the Netherlands in their penultimate men's hockey Pool B encounter at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.
India started their campaign with win 3-2 win over Ireland, but went down to reigning Olympic champions Germany 1-2 before getting back to winning ways against Argentina with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.
File photo of Saina Nehwal. Reuters
India will go into this penultimate match of Pool B with six points and are currently placed at No.3, after two-time defending champions Germany and last edition's runners-up Netherlands, in the points table.
The victory against Argentina on Tuesday was emphatic also because it gave them their first win in last six matches against the South American side.
India have so far scored most of their goals via penalty corners, with Rupinder Pal Singh scoring three goals in as many matches.
A confident Indian skipper PR Sreejesh anticipated the next two matches in pool stage will be crucial in determining their opponent in the quarter-final. India will face Canada in the last pool match on Friday.
"We are only done with three matches and have two more to go. We need to play harder and better because it will determine whom we play against in the quarter-finals. The higher we finish in the points table, the lesser ranked team will play with us from the other pool," Sreejesh said.
A close 3-2 win against Ireland in their opening match, a nail-biting 2-1 loss against Germany, and a convincing 2-1 win against Argentina, only goes to prove that the team is gaining the required momentum and is improving their performance match-by-match, assessed Sreejesh.
"If you see, the team has gradually improved from where we started. The opening match with Ireland was tough with a close win. But the second match against Germany was totally different. We had improved considerably from the first match though we did not score as many goals," the ace goalkeeper said.
"In the third match, we scored and also played well in all the areas. I can see the consistency in the team and the way we are performing is instilling confidence in every player. If we keep up this momentum, then definitely I feel we can do wonders," stated the 28-year-old from Kerala.
Speaking on the game against Netherlands, he said, "Netherlands is one of the top ranked teams in the world and a win against them will give us more confidence.
"It's important we keep up the rhythm. They have an experienced line-up and to do well against them means we need to be extremely well-prepared both mentally and physically.”
After being held by Argentina 3-3 in their first match, the Netherlands have thrashed Ireland 5-0 and Canada 7-0.
Led by 2015 World Player of the Year, Robert van der Horst, the Dutch team boasts of some of the best technically gifted players. The European champions are known for their tactical and calculated game.
Van der Horst has been a key figure in the Dutch defence and in his 262 appearances, he has shown his long-range passing skills to great effect. He will be paired in defence with Mink van der Weerden, who is also a terrific drag-flicker. Behind the duo will be veteran Jaap Stockmann in goal.
Weerden is in fine form, scoring six goals in the past three matches. His goal tally now stands at 70 goals from 100 matches.
The Dutch midfield has some of the best creative midfielders in Billy Bakker (135 caps), Robert Kemperman (145), Sander Baart (110) and Valentin Verga (12) -- they will give a tough test to their Indian counterparts.
They have two experienced attackers -- Jeroen Hertzberger (88 goals in 186 matches) and Rogier Hofman (202 matches) -- apart from young forwards like Bob de Voogd and Mirco Pruijser.
First Published On : Aug 12, 2016 07:25 IST