India produced a spirited performance to beat Japan 1-0 and clinch the bronze medal in the Asia Cup. After missing out on a place in the final on goal difference following an exciting 4-4 draw with South Korea, defending champions India came out with purpose and scored a field goal through Raj Kumar Pal in the seventh minute and then defended well to seal the deal. South Korea clinched a record fifth Asia Cup title by beating Malaysia 2-1 in the summit clash. Manjae Jung (17th) and Taeil Hwang (52nd) scored two field goals for Korea. Earlier in the day, India started brightly and pushed hard in the first five minutes of the match but their attacks fizzled once out inside the opposition D. The Indians, however, broke the deadlock in the seventh minute from a brisk counter-attack with Uttam Singh doing all the hardwork.
Diya moves court seeking inclusion in team
Mumbai paddler Diya Chitale has filed a writ petition against the TTFI in the Delhi High Court seeking her inclusion in the team selected for the CWG. Diya has been named as a reserve player in the four-member women’s team for the CWG. The main members of the teams are Manika Batra, Archana Kamath, Sreeja Akula and Reeth Rishya. The team, however, is still provisional as it awaits approval from the Sports Authority of India.
Hope ton leads WI to ODI win vs Netherlands
West Indies opener Shai Hope struck his eleventh ODI century to lead his team to a seven-wicket win over the Netherlands in Amstelvee, in a game reduced to 45 overs. Although the Dutch only made 240 for seven, the target was adjusted under the Duckworth Lewis method to 247 which the West Indies passed with 11 balls to spare. Hope, who made 119 not out, and fellow opener Shamarh Brooks quickly got to grips with the damp conditions that allowed the Dutch seamers to move the ball around, adding 120 for the first wicket. Brooks rattled out 60 from 67 balls before Logan van Beek dismissed him with a superb return catch. Van Beek removed Nkrumah Bonner leg before first ball and Aryan Dutt bowled Nicholas Pooran for seven to leave the West Indies in slightly dangerous territory at 133 for three.
Australian cricketers arrive in Sri Lanka
The Australian cricket team arrived in Colombo last week without new coach Andrew McDonald, who has tested positive for Covid. Pat Cummins captains the side which will play two Tests, while the Aaron Finch-led team will compete in five ODIs and three T20 internationals. Australia's first tour of Sri Lanka in six years, which features eight limited-overs matches and two Tests, marks the beginning of McDonald's tenure since succeeding Justin Langer in the job last month.