Sri Lanka defeated the Indian team in the third T20 and won the three-match series 2–1 in their hosting. In the Tokyo Olympics, the legendary boxer Mary Kom suffered a defeat in the pre-quarterfinals and was out with a defeat.
New Delhi. Sri Lanka defeated the Indian team by 7 wickets in the third T20 on Thursday and registered a 2-1 win in the three-match series. At the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, the Indian team could only manage 81 runs for the loss of 8 wickets and Sri Lanka achieved the target in 14.3 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. In the Tokyo Olympics, the legendary boxer Mary Kom had to face defeat in the pre-quarterfinals and her journey came to a halt in the Grand Kumbh of the Games. American gymnast Simone Biles gave up her event at the Olympics, prioritizing mental health.
Sri Lanka defeated India by 7 wickets in the third T20I to win the three-match T20I series 2–1 in their hosting. At the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, the bowlers of the host team threw out India's inexperienced batting and allowed them to score 81 runs for 8 wickets. After this, Sri Lanka achieved the target in 14.3 overs for the loss of three wickets. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga of the hosts gave the best performance on his birthday and took 4 wickets for 9 runs. India managed to play the full 20 overs and exceed their lowest score (74 runs, vs Australia, 2008). This is India's lowest score in T20 after playing the full 20 overs. In this match, Sandeep Warrier made his international debut at the age of 30.
A poor record was recorded in the name of a veteran batsman and opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was leading Team India on the Sri Lanka tour. In the third and deciding T20 International match of the series, Shikhar Dhawan returned to the pavilion without opening the account. He was playing his first ball of the innings but Dushmanta Chamira caught Dhananjay de Silva and showed him the way to the pavilion. Dhawan became the first Indian captain to have a 'Golden Duck'.
India's legendary female boxer MC Mary Kom was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics and lost to Colombia's boxer in the pre-quarterfinals. Considered a medal contender, Mary Kom lost 2-3 to Colombia's boxer Valencia in the pre-quarterfinals. Valencia showed an amazing game in this match of 51 kg category. Valencia, who won the bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, won the first round but in the next two rounds, 6-time world champion Mary Kom made a comeback. However, the judges ruled in favor of Valencia.
American gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of the women's team finals and all-around events of the Tokyo Olympics. Biles could not defend her title at the Olympics. America's superstar gymnast decided to quit competition to focus on her mental health. Biles felt that he was not mentally prepared. Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri supported his decision. Shastri tweeted, 'Take all your time Simone Biles. You have achieved this right (by your achievements) even at this young age. It may take 48 hours or 48 days, you don't need to give any explanation to anyone. You too Naomi Osaka.'
On the sixth day of the Tokyo Olympics, on 29 July, Indian players performed well and raised hopes of medals. India has got only one silver medal so far. The Indian hockey team has made it to the quarter-finals with the third win. At the same time, female badminton player PV Sindhu has also entered the last-8 with a third consecutive win. India also won in boxing and archery.
Pakistan Prime Minister and former captain Imran Khan have praised the players of the Afghanistan cricket team. He said that despite the tough challenges faced by the countrymen and its players in Afghanistan, this team has performed exceptionally well at the international level. Imran, who led the team to the World Cup under his captaincy in 1992, said that no other country in the history of the game has achieved as much success as Afghanistan in such a short time. Imran made this remark during a session with a delegation of the Pak-Afghan Youth Forum (PAYF). He said, 'The condition Afghanistan cricket is in at the moment, it has been achieved by other countries in 70 years.'
Young opener Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav have also got a place in Team India's Test team. Both these players have been selected for the England tour but now the place of Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav is in danger. Both these players are in isolation in Sri Lanka. Both these players had to be out of the T20 series after coming in contact with Krunal Pandya and now according to media reports, these two players are not sure to go to England. If reports are to be believed, soon BCCI can announce the options of Suryakumar and Prithvi Shaw.
Legendary Rahul Dravid, who took over as the head coach of Team India on the Sri Lanka tour, has said that after winning the ODI series, he tried to give opportunities to some players. Net bowlers were included in the team after Krunal Pandya was found to be Kovid-19 positive before the second T20 and after that 8 players went into isolation. In the second T20, Rituraj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, and Chetan Sakaria got a chance to make their T20 debuts, while in the third T20, Sandeep Warrier got a place. Talking to Ten Sports, Rahul Dravid said that after winning the ODI series, we tried to give chances to some players. It was possible because of the circumstances here. He said, 'I believe that if you have got a place in the team, then you are ready to play. Whether there are 15 players in the team or 20 players.
Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that Varun Chakraborty should be given a place in Team India for the T20 World Cup. Harbhajan said in a conversation with Sports that during the net session of Chennai Super Kings, Varun Chakraborty harassed Mahendra Singh Dhoni a lot and got him out several times. Not only in the net session, but Chakraborty had also dismissed Dhoni twice in IPL 2020. He said that Varun gets a little nervous, but the more he plays, the better he will do.
Australia's Keno Slalom female player Jessica Fox won the gold medal in the C-1 event of the Tokyo Olympics. Apart from this, he won the bronze medal in the K-1 event. She has claimed that she uses condoms to fix her kayak. Fox, the silver medalist of the London Olympics, has also shared a video clip on her Instagram page. In this video, it can be seen that a member of his crew is using a condom to repair the kayak.