Asia Cup, Jakarta
Indian men’s hockey team scored two fantastic field goals to beat Japan 2-1 in its first Super 4 league match and avenge its loss in the pool stage.
Indian team scored two field goals through Manjeet (8th minute) and Pawan Rajbhar (35th) to register a narrow win. India will play Malaysia in its next Super 4 stage match on Sunday.
In the Super 4s, India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia will play each other once with the top two teams progressing to the final.
Rohan Bopanna and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop upset second-seeded Croatian duo of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in a thrilling three-setter to progress to the men’s doubles quarterfinals.
Bopanna and Middelkoop, 16th seeds, saved five match points during their 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (10) win over Mektic and Pavic. In the men’s doubles quarterfinals, Bopanna and Middelkoop will face Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara of Finland.
In the mixed doubles, Bopanna, along with Slovenia’s Andreja Klepac, began his campaign with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Great Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and USA’s Asia Muhammad.
India suffered a 0-2 defeat to Jordan in an international football friendly match. The 91st-ranked West Asian side left it late as Monther Abu Amara (75th minute) and Abu Zraiq (90+4) found the net while India, placed at 106th in the FIFA rankings, barely managed a shot on target at the Qatar Sports Club.
India, which is preparing for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup final round qualifiers, will take on Cambodia on June 8 in Kolkata in a Group D match.
Sharjah Masters chess tournament
Abhijieet Gupta (6 points) caught up with two others at the second spot, after beating Turkey’s Mustafa Yilmaz in the eighth and penultimate round.
Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov (6.5) continued to lead. S. P. Sethuraman won and joined Arjun Erigaisi, D. Gukesh at five points while S. L. Narayanan, Aryan Chopra, Nihal Sarin, Abhimanyu Puranik and Aravindh Chithambaram drew to reach 4.5 points.
Shooting World Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan
Rudrankksh Patil shot 628.8 and made to the final of men’s air rifle in the fourth place. The final for the top eight will be shot on Sunday.
Olympian Deepak Kumar shot 626.8 in the RPO section. Paarth Makhija (624.7) and Dhanush Srikanth (623.8) placed 26th and 35th respectively in a field of 76 shooters.
Shreya Agrawal (627.0) and Ramita (626.2) finished 24th and 29th respectively in a field of 96 shooters.
India’s Shubhankar Sharma had a lot more birdies than bogeys, unlike the first two days, in the third round of the Dutch Open to close in on Top-10. Sharma, who survived a rash of bogeys on his second nine but still made the cut, was in good form in the third round, following up his 71-71 with a 69 at 5-under for 54 holes. The two-time DP World Tour winner, Sharma, who went through a rough period missing four cuts in his last five starts, has so far netted 15 birdies, but also given away 10 bogeys.