SL v IND: Deepak Chahar's unbeaten half-century, India captured the series

SL v IND: Deepak Chahar's unbeaten half-century, India captured the series

Sports Desk:  Fast bowler Deepak Chahar scored an unbeaten 69 as India thrashed Sri Lanka by three wickets in the second ODI to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 275 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs, thanks to half-centuries from openers Avishka Fernando (50) and Charit Aslanka (65). 

India achieved a thrilling victory by scoring 277 for 7 in 49.1 overs. This is India's 93rd win against Sri Lanka and with this it has also made the record for most wins in ODIs against any country. India surpassed Australia's record of 92 victories against New Zealand and Pakistan's 92 victories against Sri Lanka and became the new record holder.

Playing XI: 

India:  Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Ishan Kishan (wk), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav 

Sri Lanka:  Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charit Aslanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Vanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chamira, Ishan Jayaratne 


Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Tokyo Olympics: Indian pair lose in mixed doubles, Manika-Sutirtha start with victory

Sports Desk: India's hopes of winning a medal in the mixed table tennis event were dashed on Saturday but Manika Batra and Sutirtha Mukherjee started the campaign with a win in the women's singles event of the Tokyo Olympics here. India's table tennis campaign started on a disappointing note after Achant Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra lost in the last 16 of the mixed doubles category. The Indian pair lost 0-4 to third seeds Lin Yun Ju and Cheng I Ching of Chinese Taipei.

Although world No. 62 Manika defeated Britain's 94th-ranked Tin Tin Ho 4-0 in the opening singles event, 98th-ranked Sutirtha also impressed in her Olympic debut, returning from a fall. She defeated Sweden's 78th-ranked Linda Bergström 4-3 (5-11, 11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-5). Sutirtha will now face Fuyu of Portugal in the second round while Manika will take on Margita Pesotska of Ukraine, ranked 32.

Earlier, Lin Yun Joo and Cheng I Ching gave the Indian pair 11. 8, 11. 6, 11 . 5, 11 . defeated by 4. 5 in the first two games. 1 and 5. After taking a lead of 3, the Indian pair could not maintain the momentum. The 12th-seeded Indian pair could not face the 19-year-old Lynn's flanks, who had made it to the Olympics from a qualifying event. There was no response to his drives from the forehand and backhand. The Indian pair scored 5 in the first game. 1 lead but after that Lin and Cheng scored eight points in a row.

Sharath said after the match, “We should have put pressure on him by winning the first game. The same should be done against the best team. Lynn is one of the best players and he showed." He said, "He forced us to make mistakes. He put up good winners on the returns. After yesterday's warm-up match against Romania, I was feeling better. The draw could have been better but now the focus will be on singles." Sharath and Manika had played together for only three days in the national camp before leaving for the Olympics. Both had raised their Olympic medal hopes by winning bronze medals at the Asian Games.