The Indian women’s football team bowed out of the Olympic Qualifiers after being held 3-3 by hosts Myanmar at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium here on Tuesday.
Despite finishing on level points with Myanmar (7 points from 3 matches) in Group A, India failed to progress to an inferior goal difference of +4, in comparison to Myanmar’s +8.
Sandhiya had given the Indian women an early lead in the 10th minute but a hat-trick from Win Tun for Myanmar (17th, 21th, 72th) held India as Sanju’s 32nd minute strike and Ratanbala Devi’s 64th minute goal couldn’t help gather the visitors three points.
Sanju came close to giving India the lead as early as the 2nd minute when her shot from close range, off a Dangmei Grace cross, went out for a corner.
The women had to wait eight minutes more before surging into the lead. In the 10th minute, Ratanbala burst out on the right flank, and released a low cross for Sandhiya Ranganathan, who made no mistake to finish from inside the box giving India the lead.
The lead, however, was short-lived as Myanmar scored two goals in five minutes. First, in the 17th minute, Win Tun’s header from inside the box equalised the deficit for the opponents.
Four minutes later, Myanmar took the lead from the spot. Goalkeeper Linthoi Devi dived to her right to save the penalty, but Win Tun lurching around scored off the rebound to make it 2-1 for the hosts.
Myanmar goalkeeper May Nwe fluffed her lines and made a howler of a clearance that fell to Ratanbala Devi, who chested it down for Sanju. Making little mistake, Sanju buried her chance in the back of the net to level proceedings in the 32nd minute as both teams headed to the interval at 2-2.
In the second half, Myanmar dominated the opening minutes, and the Indian defence had to shut the opponents with some astute defending.
In the 64th minute, Ratanbala Devi turned the tide for India. The midfielder cut into the box from the right flank and unfurled a curling shot which crashed into the back of the Myanmar net leaving the opponent custodian dumbfounded, giving India the lead as the scoreline read 3-2.
Eight minutes later, Win Tun completed her hat-trick, finishing from close range to equalize Myanmar’s deficit.
India could have sealed the fate in the 76th minute when Sanju ran clear of the defensive mix, but the Myanmar custodian made a good reflex save from close range to tip her shot over the bar.
A minute later, Dangmei Grace burst through but this time the custodian put her body on the line to shield the ball.
Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket
All-rounder Yusuf Pathan, who was part of India’s two World Cup-winning teams, on Friday announced retirement from all forms of cricket.
A hard-hititng batsman and effective off-spinner, 38-year-old Pathan was part of the Indian teams that won the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 World Cup in India. MS Dhoni was captain of both teams.
“I officially announce retirement from all forms of the game. I thank my family, friends, fans, teams, coaches and the whole country wholeheartedly for all the support and love. I am sure you will continue to encourage me in future as well,” Pathan, who represented Baroda in domestic tournaments, said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The Baroda-based Pathan’s last appearance with the Indian team was in a T20 international against South Africa in Johannesburg on March 30, 2012.
After making his international debut during the 2007 T20 World Cup, against Pakistan in Johannesburg, Pathan played 22 T20Is in which he scored 236 runs and picked 13 wickets. He also played 57 ODIs for India, scoring 810 runs and taking 33 wickets.
Records that were laid to rest in 3rd Test in Ahmedabad
A host of records fell during the third five-day Test between host India and England and Virat Kohli’s team won by 10 wickets inside two days at the Narendra Modi Stadium here on Friday. The win gave India a 2-1 lead in the five-Test series.
Spinners reigned supreme as they captured 28 of the 30 wickets to fall in the day-night Test played with the pink ball.
The fourth Test will also be played in Ahmedabad, starting on February 24.
List of records that fell in the third Test:
It was the shortest Test match in terms of balls (842) since the Second World War.
Both sides scored a cumulative 387 runs — the lowest in a Test match in Asia, surpassing the grand total of 422 scored by Pakistan and Australia in Sharjah in 2002.
England’s second innings’ 81 is the second-lowest by any visiting team India.
England’s total of 193 runs in the two innings is the lowest ever for any team in India.
India’s 145 is the lowest first innings total since 1909 by a team that went on to win the match by 10 wickets.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel’s match haul of 11/70 is the best match figures in a day-night Test, surpassing Australian Pat Cummins’s 10/62 against Sri Lanka in Brisbane in January 2019.
Patel’s figures are also the cheapest 10-wicket haul by an Indian in Test cricket, surpassing Ashwin’s 12/85 against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 2012.
Patel is the fourth Indian to take five-wicket hauls in three or more consecutive Test matches.
Ashwin is the fourth Indian after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417) to take 400 Test wickets.
Ashwin is the second fastest, in terms of matches, to reach 400 Test wickets (77 matches) after Muttiah Muralitharan (72).
England’s aggregate of 193 runs in this Test is their lowest in a Test since 175 (93 and 82) scored against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1983/84
Virat Kohli (22) overtook MS Dhoni (21) for most Test wins as Indian captain in India.
Joe Root’s 5/8 is the most economical five-wicket haul in the history of Test cricket.
All-rounder Natalie Sciver helps England women secure series win over New Zealand
England women secured an unassailable 2-0 win over New Zealand with a seven-wicket win in the second ODI on Friday. Natalie Sciver led the way with bat and ball as England dismissed New Zealand for 192 runs and then chased down the target in 37.4 overs.
Sciver took three wickets and scored 63 runs in the chase. Opener Tammy Beaumont was England’s top run scorer with an unbeaten 72 while wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones scored an unbeaten 46.
Brooke Halliday anchored the faltering New Zealand innings with her second half-century of the series. She fell to Sciver on 60 and the second-highest scorer for the hosts after Halliday was number nine Hannah Rowe with an unbeaten 29.
England had earlier won the first ODI by eight wickets. The series is being played at the University Oval in Dunedin and the third and final ODI will be played on Sunday.
Brief scores: New Zealand Women 192 in 49.5 overs (Brooke Halliday 60, Hannah Rowe 29 not out; Natalie Sciver 3-26, Katherine Brunt 2-34) lost to England Women 194/3 in 37.4 overs (Tammy Beaumont 72 not out, Natalie Sciver 63, Amy Jones 46 not out; Brooke Halliday 1-18) by seven wickets with 74 balls remaining.
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