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Asian Games 2023 October 5 Schedule: Indians In Action, Events And Timing



India have already surpassed their best-ever medals tally at the Asian Games but the athletes will be looking to inch closer to the impressive 100-medal mark on Thursday (October 5). A Belliappa and Man Singh will be in action during the Men’s Marathon and medals in the event will be the perfect way to finish a marvelous campaign in athletics at Asian Games 2023. The wrestling campaign also continues with multiple wrestlers vying for medals while the archery will see two Indian teams looking to qualify for the medal rounds. Veteran squash player Saurav Ghosal will also feature in the singles final.

(Asian Games 2023 Medals Tally | Asian Games 2023 Full Schedule)

Here’s the full schedule for Indian athletes at Asian Games 2023 on October 5 –


4:30 am: Athletics – A Belliappa and Man Singh in the Men’s Marathon.

6:10 am: Archery – Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami and Parneet Kaur vs Hong Kong in women’s team quarterfinals. Followed by medal rounds.

6:30 am onwards: Bridge – Men’s team final.

7:30 am onwards: Wrestling – Antim vs Jasmina Immaeva in women’s 53kg round of 16 match. Followed by medal rounds.

Narinder Cheema vs Lee Seyeol (South Korea) in women’s 97kg Greco-Roman quarterfinal. Followed by medal rounds.

Mansi vs TBD in women’s freestyle 57kg quarterfinal. Followed by medal rounds.

Pooja Gehlot vs Manlika Esati (Thailand) in women’s freestyle 50kg round of 17. Followed by medal rounds.

Naveen vs TBD in men’s Greco-Roman 130kg quarterfinal. Followed by medal rounds.

11:30 am: Squash – Haridner Pal Sandhu and Dilipa Pallikal vs Malaysia mixed doubles final.

12:15 pm: Archery – Ojas Deotale, Abhishek Verma and Samadhan Jawkar vs Bhutan in men’s team quarterfinals. Followed by medal rounds.

2:30 pm: Squash – Saurav Ghosal vs Ng Eain Yow (Malaysia) in men’s singles final.


6:30 am: Sepaktakraw – India vs Thailand in men’s regu group match.

6:30 am: Roller skating – Shreyasi Joshi and Merlin Arpoudam in women’s inline freestyle skating speed slalom preliminary first run.

After 6.30 am: Ju-Jitsu – Kamal Singh vs Shyhberdi Rahmanov in men’s 62kg round of 32.

Tarun Yadav vs Can van Thang (Vietnam) in men’s 62kg round of 32 match.

Navya Pandey vs Odgerel Batbayar (Mongolia) in women’s 48kg round of 32 match.

Anwesha Deb vs Wu Guanshan (China) in women’s 48kg round of 16 match.

6:50 am: Badminton – PV Sindhu vs He Bingjiao (China) in women’s singles quarterfinals.

7:30 am: Sepaktakraw – India vs Vietnam in women’s regu group match.

7:30 am onwards: Soft tennis – Chirag Patel and Raga Sri; Jay Meena and Aadhya Tiwari in mixed doubles group matches.

7:50 am: Badminton – HS Prannoy vs Lee Zii Jia (Malaysia) in men’s singles quarterfinals.

8 am: Kabaddi – India vs Chinese Taipei in men’s group match.

11:30 am: Sepaktakraw – India vs Philippines in men’s regu group match.

11:30 am: Roller skating – Jinesh Nanal and Vishvesh Patil in men’s inline freestyle skating speed slalom preliminary first run.

12:30 pm: Sepaktakraw – India vs China in women’s regu group match.

12:30 pm onwards: Chess – Men’s team round 7.

1:30 pm: Hockey – India vs China women’s semfinals.

1:30 pm: Kabaddi – India vs Japan in men’s group match.

2:30 pm: Badminton – Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty vs JJ Nge and Johann P (Singapore) in men’s doubles quarterfinals.

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No Pakistan – Sunil Gavaskar’s T20 World Cup Semi-Finalists Picks Are India And…




The 2024 T20 World Cup semi-final is fast approaching. The Indian cricket team, led by Rohit Sharma, is already in the USA where they will begin their title quest from June 5 with a match against Ireland. India also have have Pakistan, USA and Canada in its group. The real Test for India will, however, start from the Super Eight stage, where it is most likely to qualify. From the Super Eight Stage, the top four sides will enter the semi-final. At the 2022 T20 World Cup, India were knocked out of the semi-finals by eventual champions England.

Former cricketers recently took their pick for the potential semi-finalists at the 2024 T20 World Cup. While everyone picked India are one of the semi-finalists, Sunil Gavaskar did not pick last edition’s runner-up Pakistan as one of his semi-finalists.     

Following is the list of the T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final picks of experts.  

Ambati Rayudu: India, England, New Zealand, South Africa

Brian Lara: India, England, West Indies, Afghanistan

Paul Collingwood: England, West Indies, Australia, India

Sunil Gavaskar: India, Australia, England, West Indies

Chris Morris: India, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia

Matthew Hayden: Australia, India, England, South Africa

Aaron Finch: India, Australia, England, West Indies

Mohammad Kaif: India, Pakistan, Australia, England

Tom Moody: Australia, India, South Africa, England

S. Sreesanth: India, Pakistan, Australia, England

Former Australia skipper and Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting is hopeful of Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant making a “huge impact” in the T20 World Cup at the USA and the West Indies, scheduled to commence on June 1.

Pant made his comeback to competitive cricket after a gap of more than 14 months in the recently-concluded IPL. He not only captained DC in the season but also donned the wicketkeeping gloves despite doubts over his fitness after recovering from multiple injuries sustained in a horrific car crash.

After being named in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup, Ponting said his inclusion was evident following his “remarkable comeback”. The veteran feels Pant will make a significant impact in the T20 showpiece.

“I was asked when I was over there what I thought about him. He’d been picked in the Indian squad, and I basically said he’d be one of the first players picked, and sure enough he was. So, great to see him back out there playing again. I’ve enjoyed every moment of working with him. Obviously, he’s been the captain of the Delhi Capitals, and I’ve been the coach there,” Ponting told The ICC Review.

“But it’s been a remarkable comeback, and hopefully he has a huge impact on this World Cup,” he added.

With IANS inputs

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Matheesha Pathirana: Sri Lanka’s Death ‘Sensation’ For T20 World Cup




Young fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana has rattled the world’s top batsmen with his toe-crushing yorkers in the Indian Premier League and looks set to boost Sri Lanka’s chances in the T20 World Cup. The 21-year-old, dubbed “Baby Malinga” for an unorthodox slinging style of delivery, reminiscent of compatriot Lasith Malinga, has only played 12 ODIs and six T20 matches for Sri Lanka but has already established himself as a death-over specialist. Pathirana took 13 wickets in just six matches for Chennai Super Kings this IPL season before returning home early due to a hamstring injury that left his Sri Lanka teammates ruing his possible absence. 

But all seems well as the bowler has departed with the Sri Lankan squad, led by Wanindu Hasaranga, for the showpiece 20-over tournament starting June 1 in the West Indies and United States.

“Sri Lanka are banking on Matheesha Pathirana to turn around their fortunes in the upcoming T20 World Cup,” cricket writer Rex Clementine wrote in The Island newspaper.

“Pathirana was a sensation in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings. He has showcased (a) glimpse of his skill sending down unplayable death overs,” Clementine added.

“If he is able to get his line right without being wayward, he will have a major impact in this competition.”

Malinga is equally excited about the prospect of seeing the young tyro using “his pace and his yorker”.

“But the biggest thing I see with Matheesha is his big heart,” Malinga told Cricinfo. 

“He’s very positive in the match. Those aren’t things we can teach him. Those are things he’s got naturally. Even in the year he first came into the IPL, he didn’t have any fear, or any doubts.

“If you tell him this is what we need at this time, he has the ability to do that. 

“He’s got the ability to make a decision. He’s quite clear in his thinking.”

Sri Lanka’s chief selector Upul Tharanga has also backed the youngster to choke opposition batsmen in the final few overs along with 29-year-old pacer Nuwan Thushara

The prospect of seeing those two in tandem sets Malinga purring.

“In the T20 format you are always talking about the yorker because that’s the ball that stops sixes from happening,” he said.

“To have two bowlers who can bowl yorkers like the two of them can in the same tournament… That’s crazy, that’s absolutely mad.

“I think (Sri Lanka’s) bowling line-up is the best in the world.” 

Pathirana returned figures of 4-28 in Chennai’s 20-run win over Mumbai Indians this season, taking player of the match honours and overshadowing a century by India captain Rohit Sharma

He took key wickets including T20 specialist Suryakumar Yadav in the eighth over and then returned at the death to bowl Romario Shepherd with his trademark slinging delivery.

Father-figure Dhoni

Pathirana has made a consistent impact in the world’s most popular T20 league since joining Chennai and credits his performance to the mentorship of team mainstay M.S. Dhoni, India’s former captain. 

“In my cricket life, mostly he is playing my father’s role,” Pathirana said on Chennai’s YouTube channel.

“He always takes care of me, and gives me some advice on what I have to do — similar to my father when I’m in my home,” he added.

“He’s just telling me small things, but it makes a lot of difference, and it gives me a lot of confidence.”

Dhoni last year suggested that Pathirana should steer clear of Tests to focus primarily on the 20-over format.

Pathirana has also been a broadcaster’s favourite with a wicket celebration that sees him fold his hands to the chest and look to the sky, which the youngster admits is modelled on Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sri Lanka, who won the title in 2014, begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in New York on June 3 and also face Bangladesh, Nepal and the Netherlands in the group stage.

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West Indies Ready To Knock Home T20 World Cup ‘Out Of This World’




It is heaping a lot on to the shoulders of a player who has only played three T20Is but West Indies’ hopes of triumphing in their home World Cup may just rest with young fast bowler Shamar Joseph. The 24-year-old from Guyana may be inexperienced in this form of the game with only six matches to his credit, including one chastening outing for Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL, but he has pace. Just as England were so keen to have Jofra Archer back in their ranks, so the West Indies want Joseph.

They know that in any form of the game pace is a match-winner which is why he got the nod ahead of another young quick Matthew Forde.

“Shamar Joseph has the pace, he has skills with the new ball,” said coach Daren Sammy when he named the squad.

“Not saying Matthew Forde doesn’t but when you look at the role, it makes it easier for us to now pick the personnel to fit that role.”

Joseph, who had been working as a security guard a year earlier, hit the headlines in January when he ripped through Australia’s much-vaunted batting line-up to win a Test in Brisbane.

Playing in only his second Test, Joseph took 7-68 as the West Indies won by just eight runs, their first win in Australia since 1997.

It was a compelling performance which showed that Joseph had the game and technique, not to mention a nose for the theatrical, for the grand arena.

The objective for the West Indies, who are in Group C with Afghanistan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Uganda, is evidently to become the first team to lift the T20 World Cup three times — they enjoyed successes in 2012 and 2016, when Carlos Brathwaite smashed England’s Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the last over to win the final.

Johnson Charles and Andre Russell, one of the most accomplished all-rounders in the format, played in both of those victories and are back again for another tilt.

Home ‘motivation’

However, the pressure of playing in their own back yard could prove a burden.

Even with Brian Lara in their side, they flopped when they hosted the 2007 ODI World Cup.

“It is not going to be easy, but we are one of only two nations to have won it twice so we are going to try and make it three,” said former fast bowler Curtly Ambrose who was bowling coach in 2016.

“And no other nation has ever won it (T20 World Cup) on home soil, so all that is motivation for the guys to do well.”

Another pressure is recent history. Since that 2016 win, things have gone downhill steadily for a side that once ruled the cricket world.

The West Indies badly flunked the last two T20 World Cups.

Kieron Pollard‘s team was eliminated in the group stage in the UAE in 2021 with just one win, while Nicholas Pooran‘s side failed to qualify for the main round in Australia a year later.

Worse than that, West Indies did not even qualify for the ODI World Cup in India last year.

Ambrose, however, prefers to accentuate the positive saying the West Indies “have a very, very good team”.

“Once the guys start playing consistent cricket and smart cricket, I believe we can take the trophy,” he added.

There is certainly plenty of match-winning talent in the side.

Left-hander Pooran had an impressive IPL, scoring 499 runs at a strike rate of 178.21 for Lucknow Super Giants, is the lynchpin of the middle order, although Shai Hope and skipper Rovman Powell are both proven performers.

Meanwhile, Shamar Joseph, assuming he plays, and fellow fast bowler, his unrelated namesake Alzarri Joseph, will give them some enviable firepower with the ball.

“What we’ve been able to do throughout the last year as a T20 group, the players we’ve exposed, has brought us to this moment,” said Sammy. “And I think we’re about to knock it out of this world.” 

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