Rio Olympics 2016 highlights Day 6: Srikanth wins opener, India women lose in hockey

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Rio Olympics 2016 highlights Day 6: Srikanth wins opener, India women lose in hockey
  • 07:16 (IST)

    That's all the Indian action for Day 6!

    Thank you so much for tuning in. Do make sure to follow our live blog later in the evening today for action from Day 7.  

  • 07:11 (IST)

    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. 

  • 07:06 (IST)

    It's nail-biting time in this badminton singles match!

    Srikanth and Munoz are tied at 17-17. 

  • 07:02 (IST)

    Well! Srikanth beginning to look tired on court and Munoz takes advantage to surge ahead. The Mexican leads 16-13. 

  • 06:59 (IST)

    Lino Munoz showing great fight in this second game while Kidambi Srikanth's level has dropped considerably. 12-12. 

  • 06:56 (IST)

    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. 

  • 06:52 (IST)

    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. 

  • 06:44 (IST)

    Badminton: Srikanth Kidambi takes the first game 21-11 over his opponent Lino Munoz! 

  • 06:42 (IST)

    9 Game Points for Kidambi Srikanth! 

  • 06:39 (IST)

    Superb point construction from the Indian as he draws Munoz to the net and then smashes past him. 16-10 lead for Srikanth. 

  • 06:37 (IST)

    Another brilliant pick-up followed by an overhead smash from Srikanth! The Indian surges ahead to 15-7. 

  • 06:34 (IST)

    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. 

  • 06:31 (IST)

    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.

  • 06:28 (IST)

    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. 

  • 05:33 (IST)

    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 UpdatesKathleen 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.

  • 04:39 (IST)

    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. 

  • 04:32 (IST)

    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.

  • 04:19 (IST)

  • 04:17 (IST)

    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.

  • 03:56 (IST)

  • 03:55 (IST)

    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.

  • 03:30 (IST)

    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.

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

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.

Updated Date: Aug 12, 2016 07:26 AM

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