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TN to take on  Bengal in Hazare final

New Delhi: A confident Tamil Nadu with a host of experienced limited overs specialists will start as favourites against a youthful Bengal side led by their inspirational skipper Manoj Tiwary in the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy, here on Monday. Both Bengal and Tamil Nadu have proved their mettle in the limited overs format having played back-to-back finals in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 editions. On both occasions, it was Tamil Nadu, who comfortably went past the finishing line with Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay scoring centuries. It will be an occasion when Tiwary and his young boys can extract revenge against Vijay Shankar's team who are known to fire on big occasions. On paper, Tamil Nadu may be slightly better side than Bengal on a man to man basis. Dinesh Karthik with 495 runs is a match-winner on his day. A breezy 65-70 runs from Karthik can turn the match on its head. "Bengal are a fantastic side and I would not like to believe that Tamil Nadu are favourites tomorrow. The best part is that we have had players who have performed throughout the tournament," seasoned Karthik said. "It would have been great had Abhi (Abhinav Mukund), (Murali) Vijay and (Ravichandran) Ashwin been there as they were a part of earlier triumphs. But they are on national duty so we knew won't get them. But one player we genuinely miss is T Natarajan for the variations that he can bring," he added.

Santiago Nieva to be new boxing coach

New Delhi: The International Boxing Association's coaches commission vice-Chairman Santiago Nieva will be India's new foreign coach for men boxers, filling a position left vacant by Cuban B I Fernandes in 2014. "Mr Nieva has been recommended by AIBA to us and he comes with good experience. I am confident of good results," Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President President Ajay Singh told PTI. Nieva, an AIBA three star coach, was attached with the Swedish men's team until last year. He quit the position after the Rio Olympics. The Sweden-based Nieva, who even represented Argentina during his competitive days, is being brought on board till the World Championships this year after which the federation will take a call on the extension of his contract. The World Championships are scheduled from August 25 to September 3 in Hamburg, Germany. He will be arriving in India tomorrow and immediately take charge in Patiala, where one of the two national camps is currently being conducted.The 42-year-old, a former bantam and featherweight boxer, served as the Swedish national coach for eight years and was inducted into the AIBA coaches commission in 2015.

Talwinder stars in Rest of India's win

Bhubaneswar: Forward Talwinder Singh struck twice to lead Rest of India (ROI) to a 4-1 win over Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) in an exhibition match at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday. ROI was led by PR Sreejesh while PSPB was captained by VR V Raghunath. Roelant Oltman's coached ROI's breakthrough came in the 34th minute after the master strategist Dutchman made key changes in the halftime break that was perfectly executed by his team. Santa Singh who scored a stunning field goal to take a much-needed 1-0 lead. Talwinder doubled the lead with a 41th minute field goal while Ajit Kumar Pandey who was part of the Junior World Cup winning team scored in the 53th minute to take the score to a formidable 3-0. PSPB made a late comeback with a successful penalty corner converted by Harmanpreet Singh, who is now part of the senior men's core probables for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, in the 56th minute. It was a respite for PSPB which boasts of a fine line-up featuring SV Sunil, SK Uthappa, Harjeet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, Devinder Walmiki among the others. Rest of India scored almost immediately and showed their dominance with a 57th minute goal by Talwinder to win the match.        aag

 
 
 

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