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December 6, 2017

HWL Final: India pip Belgium to enter semis

Bhubaneswar, Dec 6: Goalkeeper Akash Chikte put up a superlative show as India edged past Belgium 3-2 via penalty shootout to enter the semi-finals of the FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Final here on Wednesday.Chikte blocked four Belgian attackers during the shootout, while Lalit Upadhyay, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh were on the mark for India. Gurjant Singh (31st minute), Harmanpreet (34th) and Rupinder (46th) scored in the regulation time for India. Loick Luypaert (38th and 46th) converted two penalty…

Ranji quarter-finals begin on Thursday

New Delhi, Dec 6: The quarter-finals stage of the Ranji Trophy is all set to begin on Thursday with the top two teams from four groups taking on each other to qualify for the semi-finals of the prestigious domestic cricket tournament.Karnataka will face Mumbai in Nagpur, Delhi will take on Madhya Pradesh in Vijayawada, Gujarat will take on Bengal in Jaipur and Kerala will battle it out with Vidarbha in Surat. Karnataka and Delhi, who qualified from group A, remained unbeaten in the round-robin stages while defending…

Dhananjaya, Roshen performed in tough conditions: Chandimal

New Delhi, Dec 6: Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Wednesday heaped praise on centurion Dhananjaya de Silva and debutant Roshen Silva for helping the team salvage a draw in the third and final Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla here.Dhananjaya (119 retd hurt) and Roshen (74 not out) played vital knocks to salvage a draw in the final Test against India here. Dhananjaya could not carry his innings and left the ground following a glute muscle injury while Roshen made sure he batted till the end to keep the Indian…

Military must stay away from politics: Army chief

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said the military should keep away from politics, adding that the armed forces will do well by remaining above politics."Of late, we have seen politicisation of military. We operate in a very secular manner. We have a very vibrant democracy, where the military should stay far away from the polity," the General said at a seminar on 'Media as a force multiplier for national security' organised by the United Services Institution. "In that…

India to use specialist slip fielders on overseas tours: Pujara

New Delhi, Dec 6: With India experimenting with various players in the slip cordon during the home season, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara on Wednesday said the team will finally zero in on a settled unit during their overseas tours, starting with the visit to South Africa later this month.Despite winning the three-match series against Sri Lanka 1-0, India dropped quite a few catches, thanks to the rotation of various players in the crucial slip positions. "We are having a chat about it (slip catchers), we will…
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