Showing posts with label Asian Games. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Asian Games. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Asian Games 2014 : It will be Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh for Gold Medal?


Cricket`s minor nations get a rare chance to shine on the big stage when the Asian Games Twenty20 competition opens on Saturday in the absence of powerhouses India and Pakistan.
Defending champions Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only two Test nations playing in the 10-country men`s tournament that follows the women`s event at the Yeonhui cricket field in Incheon.
India, who also snubbed the inaugural competition four years ago, again chose to stay away due to their cricket`s board reluctance to be part of multi-discipline Games.
Pakistan are fielding only their women`s team, which won the gold in Guangzhou in 2010, as the men prepare for the series against Australia starting in the United Arab Emirates next month.
Bangladesh, who won the men`s competition four years ago to give the nation their first ever Asian Games gold medal, are at full-strength except for skipper Mushfiqur Rahim who has taken time off to get married.

The Tigers welcomed back star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who served out a disciplinary ban, and seamer Rubel Hossain. They replaced Sohag Gazi and Al-Amin Hossain, who were reported for suspect bowling actions recently.

Sri Lanka are led by Lahiru Thirimanne, who was part of the national squad that won the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh in April.
But is the sports minnows and their unbridled enthusiasm that promises to light up a tournament that the Korean organisers wanted scratched before the Asian Cricket Council stepped in.
Kuwait make their Games debut with home grown cricketers that include the rare instance of a father, Mahmoud Bastaki, and his son Fahad playing in the same team.
Hong Kong will consider themselves medal aspirants following their shock win over hosts Bangladesh at the World Twenty20 and prepared themselves by touring Sri Lanka.
South Korea make their cricket debut after hiring Bangladesh`s former English coach Julien Fountain to teach baseball players the nuances of the willow sport.

"One important tip to them was to play with a straight bat," Fountain said, after observing most batsmen slogging in true baseball style."
Afghanistan, who have qualified for the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February-March, will miss most of their top players who are currently touring Australia.
"The tournament is wide open," said former Bangladesh captain Aminul Islam, who works with the Asian Cricket Council. "One short passage of play in T20 can decide a match so no team can be underestimated."

To even out the competition, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Hong Kong have been given a bye into the quarter-finals where they will be joined by four minnows after a league phase.
In the women`s event which starts on Saturday, defending champions Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Japan will await four teams from the league in the quarter-finals.
Source : AFP

Sri Lanka National Men’s Squad for Asian Games 2014

The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 15 member squad for the 17th Asian Games, scheduled to be held from 19th September to 04th October 2014 in Incheon,Korea.
1. Lahiru Thirimanna – Captain
2. Upul Tharanga- V. Captain
3. Kithuruwan Vithanage
4. Dinesh Chandimal
5. Ashan Priyanjan
6. Shehan Jayasooriya
7. Asela Goonerathne
8. Alankara Asanka
9.   Kosala Kulasekara
10. Dilhara Lokuhetti
11. Chathuranga kumara
12. Isuru Udana
13. Chathuranga De Silva
14. Jeewan Mendis
15. Ramith Rambukwella

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jitu Rai gives India first gold from Asian Games

World No.5 Jitu Rai Saturday emerged champion in the men's 50 metre pistol event to give India its first gold medal from the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range here.

It was India's second medal of the day from the shooting ranges. Shweta Chaudhry had won the bronze, the first medal for India from Incheon, in the 10m air pistol event earlier in the day.

Rai, who won the World Championship silver medal earlier this month to book the Olympic berth, shot a total of 186.2 in what was a rollercoaster final round. He had fired 559 in the qualification round to finish seventh and make the cut for the finals.
The silver medal went to Vietnam's Hoang Phuong Nguyen with a final score of 183.4 while China's Wang Zhiwei settled for the bronze with a tally of 165.6.
It was a tough field in the final that saw three-time Olympic champion Jin Jongoh of South Korea finishing seventh with a score of 92.1. Expectations were high from Jin, who shattered a 34-year-old world record enroute to his World Championship gold earlier this month in Granada, Spain. But the South Korean, who topped the qualification round, disappointed and was the second to be eliminated in the finals.

For the Indian Army shooter, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, it was a bumpy ride to the gold medal. Starting at seventh place in the final round, he jumped to fourth and again dropped to sixth before making a tremendous recovery to clinch the gold medal.
Going into the final shot, Rai opened up a slim lead of 0.2 points over Nguyen. In the final shot, Nguyen failed to hold his nerve and shot a poor 5.8 and Rai ran away with the gold shooting 8.4.
Among other Indians in fray, Om Prakash and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the final round finishing 10th and 16th respectively. Om shot 555 while Omkar had a score of 551.

The Indian team comprising, Rai, Om and Omkar, finished fourth and missed the team bronze by five points. The team gold was won by Chinese trio Pang Wei, Pu Qifeng and Zhiwei with a total score of 1,692.
The silver went to the South Korean team comprising Jin, Lee Daemyung and Choi Youngrae with a total score of 1,670. Both South Korea and Vietnam were tied on 1,670 but the hosts got the silver on account of their better x. The Koreans shot 31x while Vietnam had 25x. The Vietnam team comprised Hoang Xuan Vinh, Nguyen Hoang Phuong and Tran Quoc Cuong.

Source : IANS

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