World Sports: PV Sindhu And Co Beat Thailand, Bag Historic Badminton Asia Team Championships Title

After beating Australia the previous day, the Indian women's hockey team notched up another win at the FIH Pro League, edging out USA in a penalty shootout. Catch the highlights of all the action on Sunday, February 18 here

PV Sindhu and the Indian women's badminton team are in action at the Badminton Asia Team Championships. File Photo


Welcome to the highlights of our coverage of the sports news and events on Sunday, February 18, 2024. India won the third Test against England by a mammoth 434-run margin in Rajkot, courtesy another blistering Yashasvi Jaiswal double century and Ravindra Jadeja's all-round heroics. This was India's biggest-ever victory margin by runs in Test history.

But before that, the Indian women's badminton team wrote a fresh chapter in the country's sporting history, annexing the Badminton Asia Team Championships title. PV Sindhu and Co edged out Thailand 3-2, with young Anmol Kharb again proving saviour in the deciding fifth match.

Later in the evening, a buoyant Indian women's hockey team beat USA in a thrilling penalty shootout at the FIH Pro League. Catch the highlights of all the sporting action here. (Cricket News | Football News)


PV Sindhu Takes The Opening Game

Ace shuttler PV Sindhu has taken the opening game against Supanida Katethong 21-12. Still a long way to go in the game but a nice start by the Indian.


ICYMI: City Dig Deep To Hold Chelsea 

Central midfielder Rodri equalised seven minutes from time as Manchester City held Chelsea to a draw to keep themselves in the hunt for the title. Chelsea, surprisingly, led through Raheem Sterling, before retreating into their shell as legs and heads tired, allowing the Citizens to find a breakthrough before the end.

Huge Boost For India In BATC2024!

Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand have won their doubles tie 21-16, 18-21, 21-16. India are now just one win away from a historic result; what a brilliant showing by the women's team this has been all around!


Thailand Take Game 3 In BATC2024

Busanan Ongbamrungpham has beaten Ashmita Chaliha toh bring Thailand back into the tie. India, still, are one win away from the win, but a victory for Thailand in game four will open up the tie for a decider.


Two-Apiece In BATC2024 Women's Final

Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard run rampant against the Indian pairing of Priya Konjengbam and Shruti Mishra, winning the match 21-11, 21-9 in under half hour. This bout will be decided by the fifth and final game between Anmol Kharb and Pornchipa Choeikeewong.


History Made!

17-year-old Anmol Kharb wins her tie and India are the BATC2024 Women's Champions! What a moment for the teenager and the Indian badminton contingent overall!

They bag the gold by beating Thailand 3-2.

India Set England 556 To Chase For Win

Another double century by Yashasvi Jaiswal, his second in two games, and a half-century by Sarfaraz Khan helps India finish with a flourish on Day 4 of their Test match against England, who have the monumental task of attempting to chase down 556 runs for the win.

AIFF Announce Turkey Cup Squad

Coach Landam Chaoba Devi will lead the 23-woman-squad into the Alanya based tournament. Here's the squad, in full.

Goalkeepers: Shreya Hooda, Elangbam Panthoi Chanu, Monalisha Devi Moirangthem

Defenders: Ashalata Devi Loitongbm, Ranjana Chanu Sorokhaibam, Dalima Chhibber, Juli Kishan, Astam Oraon, Shilky Devi Hemam.

Midfielders: Anju Tamang, Sangita Basfore, Karthika Angamuthu, Manisha, Kajol Dsouza, Indumathi Kathiresan.

Forwards: Grace Dangmei, Soumya Gugloth, Karishma Purushottam Shirvoikar, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Sanju, Pyari Xaxa, Kaviya Pakkirisamy, Jyoti.

Mustafizur Rahman Hospitalised 

The Bangladesh bowler received an accidental blow to his head during a training session of his team in the Bangladesh Premier League and had to be rushed to the hospital.

"During practice, a ball hit directly at the left parietal area (head) of Mustafizur Rahman. There was an open wound at his parietal area and we have worked with compression bandage to stop bleeding and immediately shifted him to Imperial hospital," a BCB media release stated. (PTI)

Manchester United In Action Later

The Red Devils will face Luton Town in one of the two ties scheduled for today. Brighton and Hove Albion will take on Sheffield United for the other.

However, the Premier League matchweek will continue onward. Later in the week, Manchester City will face Brentford while Liverpool will play Luton in two extra games.

MS Dhoni Picked As Skipper Of GOAT IPL Team

Iconic Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been selected as the leader of IPL's all-time greatest team which was picked to celebrate the success of world's most-popular T20 league which was launched in 2008, PTI reports. The selection panel consisted of former cricketers Wasim Akram, Matthew Hayden, Tom Moody and Dale Steyn. About 70 journalists were also part of the selection process. Australia's fiery David Warner and India's batting main stay Virat Kohli were chosen as openers while 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle was given the number three spot in batting order.

Women's FIH Pro League: India Leading USA 1-0

Riding high with their 1-0 victory over the mighty Australia in their previous match, the Indian national women's hockey team has begun the clash against USA well. Savita Punia and Co are 1-0 ahead in the second quarter, courtesy a penalty corner conversion by Deepika in the 19th minute. This is the team's last match in the Rourkela leg, after which their FIH Pro League 2023-24 campaign pauses, before a resumption in Antwerp, Belgium in May.

Women's FIH Pro League: India Beat USA In Shootout

After a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time, the Indian women's hockey team have emerged victors via penalty shootout against the USA in their last FIH Pro League 2023-24 match of the Rourkela leg. India scored in the 19th minute through young drag-flicker Deepika Kumari and the US equalised through Ashley Seesa in the 45th minute. In the shootouts, Mumtaz Khan and Sonika were on target for the hosts, while Leah Crouse scored for the losing team.

La Liga: Real Madrid Held 1-1 By Rayo Vallecano

Real Madrid could see their Spanish league lead cut, after being held to a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano in their La Liga 2023-24 clash. Joselu put Madrid ahead only three minutes into the match against their southern Madrid rivals, but the hosts equalized through Raul de Tomas in the 27th. The draw moved Madrid six points clear of second-place Girona, who visit fifth-placed Athletic Bilbao tomorrow.

Bundesliga: VfL Bochum Beat Bayern Munich

In a match that had to be suspended midway due to fan protests, Bayern Munich were eventually edged 2-3 by VfL Bochum in a Bundesliga 2023-24 clash. Harry Kane scored a stoppage-time goal to raise hopes of a fightback, but it eventually proved to be too little, too late for the German football powerhouses. This was Bayern's third straight loss across competitions.

That's All Today!

And with that, time for us to call it a night. Sporting action continues on the morrow, and we will be back with all the updates across disciplines as they happen. Until then, goodbye.