Top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara stood tall with his 36 not out as India trail Australia by nine runs at Tea on day two of third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Holkar Stadium, here on Thursday.
Host India’s dominance continued as both the men’s and women’s teams registered wins against their opponents on the second day of the 4th Asian Kho Kho Championships being held at Tamulpur in Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), Assam, on Tuesday.
For the Indian women, it was an easy outing against Malaysia. Nasreen-led Indian side thrashed their opponents by 64 points and an innings. India scored 79 points in the first innings against Malaysia’s 15.
Captain Nasreen and Archana Majhi were at their attacking best helping their team earn maximum points in front of the roaring crowds.
“It was an amazing match. We are upbeat and excited. We have been able to put pressure on the opponents since the start of the game. This has helped up to carry on with our good run,” captain Nasreen said after the match.
Nasreen thinks Nepal and Bangladesh can give a tough fight to the Indian team which has been unbeaten so far.
“We are expecting some tough challenges from our neighbours – Nepal and Bhutan. But we are working hard to overcome whatever challenges come on the way,” she added.
However, it was a tough contest between Indian men and Iran. The hosts managed to win the dual by 4 points and an innings.
In other matches in the women’s section, Bangladesh defeated South Korea by 63 points and an innings. Nepal also tasted victory against Indonesia by 58 points and an innings. Sri Lanka registered a win against Bhutan by 47 points and an innings.
In men’s matches, Bangladesh registered a win by 60 points and an innings against Indonesia. Nepal got the better of their neighbours Bhutan by 23 points and an innings. Sri Lanka beat South Korea by 50 points and an innings.
Altogether 16 teams (both male and female) are participating in this event. The participating countries are – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and hosts India.
The event is being organised by the Kho Kho Federation of India (KKFI) and is being hosted by the Assam Kho Kho Association (AKKA) with support from the BTR Government.