Punjab defended a modest 134 against Uttar Pradesh as Suresh Raina’s half-century and a three-wicket effort from Bhuvneshwar Kumar went in vain for UP in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Punjab posted 134 for seven in a Group A game with opener and wicketkeeper Simran Singh scoring 43 off 41 balls. Anmolpreet Singh (35 off 27) was another batsman who made a valuable contribution. Bhuvneshwar was impressive with with figures of three for 22 in four overs. However, UP fell short of the target and ended at 123 for five in 20 overs to lose by 11 runs. Raina, playing his first competitive game in over 18 months, made an unbeaten 56 off 40 balls but it wasn’t enough to take his team over the line.
80% want Tokyo Games cancelled or delayed
About 80% of people in Japan say this year’s Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled or delayed as worries mount about a record surge in coronavirus cases across the country, a Kyodo News poll showed on Sunday. The survey found 35.3% want the Games to be cancelled and 44.8% favoured another delay. The world’s biggest multi-sports event, postponed last year due to the pandemic, is scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8 in the Japanese capital.
Odisha, Chennaiyin miss chances, play goalless draw
Odisha FC and Chennaiyin FC traded missed chances to play out a goalless draw in their Indian Super League match here on Sunday. Odisha had three shots on target while Chennaiyin managed just two exemplified how much both sides cancelled out each other. Chennaiyin had a couple of chances to get a winner but their forwards were unable to convert.
C Kavi Rakshna, Divyansh Panwar win their events
Tamil Nadu’s C Kavi Rakshna and Rajasthan’s Divyansh Singh Panwar won the women’s and men’s 10m Air Rifle events, respectively, at the National Shooting T2 trials today. In the men’s event, Punjab’s Arjun Babuta topped qualification for the second trial running, with 632.1, to lead the field of eight into the finals. But it was Tokyo Olympics quota holder Divyansh Singh Panwar of Rajasthan who had the last laugh in the 24-shot final round. — Agencies