PKL 2019 highlights: Bengal Warriors crush Dabang Delhi, U Mumbai beat Tamil Thalaivas

first_img Next PKL 2019 highlights: Bengal Warriors crush Dabang Delhi, U Mumbai beat Tamil ThalaivasDespite going down 33-42 against Bengal Warriors, table toppers Dabang Delhi maintain their position in the Pro Kabaddi League points-table whereas U Mumba edged out Tamil Thalaivas 36-32 in another match.advertisement Press Trust of India PanchkulaSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 23:06 IST Players in action during PKL 2019 match between Bengal Warriors and Dabang Delhi. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBengal Warriors closed the gap with table toppers Dabang Delhi with a comfortable 42-33 winU Mumba edged out Tamil Thalaivas 36-32 to move to the fourth spotThe Warriors now have 78 points, just four behind DelhiBengal Warriors closed the gap with table toppers Dabang Delhi with a comfortable 42-33 win over the leaders in a Pro Kabaddi League match, here on Monday.The Warriors now have 78 points, just four behind Delhi.In another match, U Mumba edged out Tamil Thalaivas 36-32 at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex to move to the fourth spot in the table with 59 points.Maninder Singh completed his 10th Super 10 of the season but injured himself too. He opened the account for Warriors by taking out Vishal Mane in the first raid of the game but Ravinder Pahal’s quick dash ensured he found himself on the bench in his next raid.Despite leading 3-1 in the early exchanges of the match, Delhi lost control of the game when Sukesh Hegde got two touch points for Warriors.Rinku Narwal’s two tackles and consecutive successful raids from Mohammad Nabibaksh and Maninder Singh meant they inflicted the first all-out of the game.Soon, the Warriors inflicted the second all-out when Naveen got tackled and Hegde took out Joginder Narwal in a one-on-one raid. The halftime scoreline read 25-14 in Bengal Warriors’ favour.Dabang Delhi continued their shoddy defending as they crumbled like a pack of cards and got all-out for the third time.The Warriors built a mammoth 14-point lead but Maninder injured his left shoulder while conducting the raid and sat out for the remainder of the game.Naveen trimmed the opposition manpower and the defenders kept their cool to inflict the first all-out on the Warriors but could prevent their rival from winning.advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Pro Kabaddi LeagueFollow Bengal WarriorsFollow Dabang DelhiFollow U MumbaFollow Tamil Thalaivaslast_img read more

Connecting to Central Asia

first_imgThe Shanghai Cooperation Organisation 2019 summit is on the cards and might help India in a variety of ways. To be held in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, SCO 2019 envisages a flurry of themes to be pursued between major economies such as China, Russia and India amidst other smaller central Asian nations. Pakistan also is a party to this summit, however, no sort of bilateral talks between neighbours is likely despite Pakistan making an exception in its airspace, allowing PM Modi to take a flight to Bishkek without any detours. India would rather be meeting his Chinese counterpart as well as Russian President Putin in a bid to open increased cooperation in the Central Asian region through proper dialogues with Russia and China on the occasion. The 19th summit of SCO in Bishkek is apparently new for India who along with Pakistan only recently joined the group in 2017. Though in essence, SCO’s theme encapsulates multilateral agenda comprising regional cooperation in IT, environment, healthcare, sports, security, et al apart from combatting drug-trafficking and terrorism. There are several issues stacked up but large attention would be directed towards regional security paradigm, counterterrorism and trade. China implicitly urged member countries not to bring up the issue of state-sponsored terrorism in the fray in an attempt to prevent Pakistan’s isolation. It is understood that China may also encourage a resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan after relations further soured in the wake of what happened at Pulwama. SCO remains an opportunity for Modi and Xi to meet and discuss future bilateral meets, if not the details then just the dates. This is the first meeting between leaders of the two nations after China agreed to list Azhar in the UNSC sanctions committee. Scope of a Wuhan-style meet has been doing rounds ever since China agreed to list Azhar amidst global pressure since that has been a longstanding Indian demand that foreign players helped fulfil. Both countries have walked a mile since the Doklam standoff that had degraded relations between the fast-growing Asian economies and it may be a good time to discuss potential bilateral scope. Though SCO boasts of a recently-built Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) which focuses on periodic counterterrorism exercises involving member countries, China and India can reinvigorate this combat the rising forces of terror that have targetted South Asia in recent times viz. Pulwama carnage and Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. Sidelined by India for its notorious play, evident from India’s interest in BIMSTEC instead of SAARC and no invitation for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, Pakistan must seize the SCO platform to make a global statement regarding its intentions which on the surface are to counter terror outfits but rather ambiguous on the inside. Also Read – Securing nutritionIndia’s participation in SCO comes with a great incentive of carrying forward its Connect Central Asia policy. After stressing on ‘neighbourhood first’ policy affirmed by Modi’s visits to Male and Colombo, India stands at the crossroads of two potential development chapters on the foreign front – Central Asia and South Asia. India is wary of China’s expanding silk route through its economic colonialism which has rendered countries in debt of it, allowing China to take key infra away from them in the form of ports or roads. This has opened the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) for China to dominate. India realises the strategic importance of IOR and hence, strengthening relations with the Maldives and Sri Lanka – key IOR nations – who are indebted to China is a priority. India’s focus on BIMSTEC and its participation in SCO will ensure a comprehensive neighbourhood first policy whereby India bridges Central Asia and South Asia by being a mediator of trade and security cooperation between nations of the two international groups. In the rising tension of Sino-US trade war, enhanced cooperation between Asian economies is the best way to check US’s unilateralism, even as India has significantly grown its ties with the US. SCO has a wide scope but it can only be utilised if tapped on the right fronts and with a consensus reached between its member nations.last_img read more