Heavy rain played spoilsport in the third T20I between West Indies and Pakistan, leaving the hosts needing a victory in the final match of the series to draw the campaign.
Pakistan had won the second T20I of the four-match series by seven runs on July 31, while the first match too was abandoned because of rain.
Only eight deliveries were possible on Monday (IST) in Guyana, with the West Indies racing to 15/0 in that time. Andre Fletcher hit two sixes in his unbeaten 14 off six, with Chris Gayle making one off two.
Fletcher's second six, smashed back over the head of bowler Mohammad Wasim, came off the final ball of the innings, with a heavy downpour setting in.
The rain continued for the next hour and a half, after which there were hopes of a shortened match but that was ultimately not possible, with one part of the field still waterlogged.
It is the second match of the tour to have been washed out, with the series opener only seeing nine overs of play.
The two teams will next meet on Wednesday (August 4, IST) in the final T20I of the series.
Both sides will be hoping for kinder weather as they prepare for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November.
Indian rifle shooting duo of Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar and Sanjeev Rajput failed to reach the final of the mens 50m rifle 3 positions at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.
Tomar, the gold medallist in the event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi this year, finished 21st with a score of 1167 and 63 Xs, while Rajput was placed 32nd with a score of 1157 and 55 Xs at the Asaka Shooting Range.
Sergey Kamenskiy of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) topped the qualification with a score of 1183 and 73 Xs.
Other finalists include Changhong Zhang of China, Jon-Hermann Hegg of Norway, Milenko Sebic of Serbia, Miran Maricic of Croatia, Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine, Petar Gorsa of Croatia and Yury Shcherbatsevich of Belarus.
Henrik Larsen of Norway, who created a flutter with a perfect 400 out of 400 in prone, faltered in the standing series and missed out on the final by just one point.
Tomar started well by scoring 99 in the first series of the kneeling position. He followed it up with a perfect score in the second series. Though he slipped to 95 in the third series, Tomar finished the stage with another perfect score. A total of 397 from kneeling kept him in second place.
Tomar started his prone position series with 98 and 99. But his next two series of 97, resulting in a score of 391, pushed him out of the top eight.
The 20-year-old didn't have the best of beginnings in the standing position with 95 in the first series, inclusive of four consecutive 9s in the start. He improved to 96 in the second series. But Tomar slumped to 93 in the third series, which included five 9s and one eight. A score of 95 in the final series wasn't enough for him to get into the final.
On the other hand, Rajput, the experienced shooter, never looked to qualify for the final during the entire duration of the event.
The 40-year-old had shot 96 followed by 99 in the first two series at kneeling. But a flurry of 9s in the third series resulted in 95. He shot 97 in the final series but finished 25th at the end of kneeling with a score of 387.
In prone, Rajput began well with a 97 followed by a perfect score of 100 in the second series. Consecutive series of 98 saw his score in prone become 393 and a 23rd place.
In standing, he shot 94 in the first series. But 93 followed by 95 twice in the rest of the standing series meant Rajput finished with a final score of 1157 at 32nd place out of 39 shooters in the event.
With Rajput and Tomar unable to reach the final, India's campaign in the sport at the Tokyo Olympics has now ended with zero medals.
Only Saurabh Chaudhary was able to reach the final of an event, finishing seventh in the men's 10m air pistol final while the rest of the contingent couldn't clear the qualification stage.
India's top woman sprinter Dutee Chand failed to advance in 200 metres, finishing last in her heat at the Tokyo Olympics, clocking 23.85 seconds to ends seventh. Her personal best in 200m is 23.00 seconds, set at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
The 25-year-old Dutee was 38th out of 41 in the overall standings despite a season's best time of 23.85.
Namibia's Christine Mboma won the heats with a timing of 22.11 seconds, a new national record, while Gabrielle Thomas of the USA -- the world-leading time holder for the season -- was second in 22.20 seconds.
Niger's Aminatou Seyni came in third with a timing of 22.72 seconds to seal the three automatic qualifying slots for the semi-finals.
The top three finishers from each heat along with the three fastest timings across the seven races make the semifinals, which will be held later on Monday. The final is scheduled for Tuesday.
Earlier, the Indian sprinter had bowed out of the 100m competition on the opening day of track & field competitions, clocking 11.54 seconds to finish seventh in her heat that also featured two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica.
The world champion, however, was later pipped by her compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah in the final for the gold medal. Shericka Jackson took the bronze medal in the women's 100m to complete the all-Jamaican podium.
Social media came alive following Dutee's 200m sprint, with few complimenting the runner for achieving her season's best time, while others were critical of her performance.
"Dutee Chand's vacation in Japan interrupted by 100 and 200 heats. Short interruptions, though. #Athletics #Olympics," wrote a fan on twitter.
"Dutee Chand finished 38th overall (out of 41 athletes). She clocked 23.85s in her Heat, where she finished last. Dutee's PB (23.00s) would have been enough to make it to Semis (Last athlete to qualify clocked 23.26s) #Tokyo2020," wrote another fan.
"Dutee Chand finished last in her heat & failed to qualify for semifinals of 200m just like she did in 100m. Disappointing is not even appropriate word to describe her performance," wrote another fan.
However, fans also appreciated her season's best, with one of them tweeting, "Hard-Luck @DuteeChand. You made India Proud. Immense hope and scope for Athletics."
China's top seed Chen Yufei defeated Chinese Taipei's world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying 2-1 in the badminton women's singles final at the Tokyo Olympics here.
Scores seesawed from the onset before Chen led from a 17-17 tie to 21-18. Chen raced to an 11-8 lead in the second game, but Tai recovered from 12-14 down to win 21-19. In the decider, Chen dominated to clinch a 21-18 victory.
Chen, 23, who is a two-time bronze medallist at the World Championships, thus took her first Olympic gold in her competition debut, reports Xinhua.
"It was unbelievable and I feel so happy," Chen said. "My head went blank when I scored the last point."
"Even when I lost the second game, I told myself not to give up and hold on to my belief," Chen said.
Tai said that she made many mistakes in the first half of the decider, adding that it was hard for her to come back. "I think I played pretty well today, but she [Chen] just played better."
Tai said she will take a break after the end of this year before deciding where to go next.
Earlier, India's No.7 Pusarla Venkata Sindhu beat Chen's teammate He Bingjiao 21-13, 21-15 to bag the bronze.
Taking inspiration from the men's team that got into the medal rounds after a gap of four decades, Indian women's hockey scripted a historic moment of their own by making their maiden entry into the semifinals at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Monday.
India defeated world No. 2 Australia 1-0 in the quarterfinals to storm into the last-four stage, marking their maiden entry into the medal round with a brilliant performance against a team that had dominated the tournament so far and was one of the favourites to win the gold medal.
Drag flicker Gurjit Kaur scored the all-important goal in the 22nd minute with a powerful flick that deflected off a defender's stick into the goal.
The Indians then defended superbly and did not allow Australia, three-time gold medallists in the Olympics, to score in the entire second half with defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Udita and Gurjit Kaur and midfielder Monika, standing like a wall to guard the goal. And whenever the Aussies got past them, goalkeeper Savita was there to save India as she pulled off at least seven brilliant saves to thwart the Hockeyroos.
The Indians attacked aggressively, defended stoutly and controlled the midfield that allowed them to enjoy possession in the first half. Australia could not get into their rhythm early on and kept chasing the ball in the entire match.
India dominated the first half; they enjoyed more possession and also created better chances against an Australian team that had dominated Pool B with an all-win record in five matches.
They were not cowed down by the reputation of the world No. 2 team and stood toe-to-toe with the mighty Hockeyroos.
Australia earned the first chance when Ambrosia Malone struck the post off their first penalty corner.
The Indians too were unlucky not to take the lead in the first quarter as Sharmila's shot at the far post came off the upright. Vandana Katariya made a superb run to the left backline and sent in a pullback to Lalremsiami who had positioned herself near the far post. However, her deflection came off the post as the two teams went into the first-quarter break goalless.
The Indians started aggressively and did not allow the Aussie forwards, who have been rampant in the group stage, many chances. They defended well and in numbers, especially Deep Grace Ekka and Monika were solid and brilliant as they cut down many Australian moves.
Goalkeeper Savita was rock solid and pulled off a number of good saves.
The second quarter changed the complexion of the match as the Indians went into the lead, leaving Australia frustrated.
India earned a penalty corner in the 21st minute of the match and went ahead, increasing the pressure on the Hockeyroos. Drag flicker Gurjit Kaur, who had failed to score a single direct goal despite a bag full of chances, struck for India, her drag-flick getting deflected from a defender's stick and looping over goalkeeper Rachael Ann Lynch's outstretched leg into the goal.
Australia attacked in numbers but found the Indian defence, especially goalkeeper Savita, impregnable. The Australians earned three penalty corners but could not capitalise on any. They had seven shots at the goal.
Tokyo, Aug 1 (IANS) Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won the bronze medal in women's singles badminton at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
Sindhu defeated China's He Bingjao 21-13, 21-15 at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza to add a second medal to India's tally at the Olympics.
It is Sindhu's second medal at the Olympics after she won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also becomes the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals.
With Sindhu's bronze, India has now equalled its tally of 2016 Rio Olympics.
Caeleb Dressel of the United States won his fourth gold at the Tokyo Olympics triumphing in the men's 50m freestyle here on Sunday.
The reigning world champion touched home in an Olympic record time of 21.07 seconds, 0.48 seconds before Florent Manaudou of France. Bruno Fratus of Brazil took a bronze in 21.57 seconds.
The 24-year-old Dressel has had three gold prior to Sunday's final -- from 100m freestyle, butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay.
Emma McKeon of Australia beat world record holder Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden in the women's 50m freestyle final, sprinting to a 23.81-second finish, edging world champion Sjoestroem by 0.26 seconds.
Defending champion Pernille Blume of Denmark came third in 24.21 seconds. This is the sixth medal in Emma's fruitful journey in Tokyo, after two gold and three bronze medals.
Robert Finke of the United States won the men's 1,500m freestyle, his second gold in Tokyo after the first from 800m freestyle.
With a quick sprint in the last 50m, Finke broke out from the fierce competition, finishing in 14 minutes and 39.65 seconds to stand on top of the podium again in his Olympic debut.
Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine touched home 1.01 seconds behind, adding a silver to his 800m freestyle bronze. Florian Wellbrock of Germany, who led the eight-man final for the majority of time, had to settle for a bronze in 14:40.91.
The withdrawal of Simone Biles from the floor exercise final in women's artistic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics has caused some anger amongst the fans on social media.
"Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor (on Monday) and will make a decision on beam later this week. Either way, we're all behind you, Simone," read a tweet from USA Gymnastics on Sunday.
As the tweet about Simone not defending her floor exercise title from the 2016 Rio Olympics came, it was met with people wishing for her to get well soon.
"I think her actions will help other athletes with mental blocks during competition. The #Twisties are real, dangerous and should not be ignored," tweeted a user.
"Good for her. This is a sport that your mind MUST be right. Hopefully she'll do what's best for HER. She's proven she's the GOAT," read another user's Tweet.
At the same time, some fans have asked why she doesn't withdraw from all events altogether.
"If it's that bad why didn't she just withdraw altogether from the rest of the events?" asked one user.
"Simon (e) just needs to remove herself from the whole Olympics. Its a distraction to the whole team wondering if shes going to be in it.. Not a game as you now put stress on the team at the last minute. Not good," commented another user.
One user termed her stay at Tokyo as a nightmare. "She really needs to just take herself out of the competition all together at this point. What a nightmare Olympics this has been for her, minus the Team silver."
Simone's withdrawal came after being unable to do a two-and-a-half twisting vault in the first rotation of the team final on Tuesday. She pulled out from the rest of the team event, where the USA won silver. She further pulled out from the individual all-around, vault and uneven bars finals.
Through her stories on Instagram on Friday, Simone showed that she was trying to overcome the twisties but it wasn't happening. "My mind and body are simply not in sync. For anyone saying I quit, I didn't quit."
Simone has got support from USA teammates Sunisa Lee, MyKayla Skinner, former gymnasts Aly Raisman, Dominique Moceanu and other sportspersons as well as prominent personalities of the world.
The balance beam final will take place on August 3 on the final day of gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics.
Indian boxer Satish Kumar lost to world No. 1 Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals of the men's super-heavyweight boxing at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday. Satish put up a brave front but lost the bout by a unanimous decision.
Satish was the first boxer from his category in India to qualify for the Olympics. He entered the ring at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena on Sunday despite seven stitches above his left eye and chin during his pre-quarterfinal win against Ricardo Brown of Jamaica. The 32-year-old was given medical clearance to fight in the quarterfinal in the morning.
In the first round, Jalalov landed his punches on the target, asserting his dominance. Satish hanged in there but couldn't clinch the result in his favour.
The tall Uzebk's domination continued in the second round, going for the offence from the word go and countering every move of Satish. He timed his punches well and made a powerful left hook which rattled Satish.
The result was a foregone conclusion even before the final round began. Jalalov displayed stern defence through footwork while countering punches from Satish, who tried to unsettle him. By the time 15 seconds were left in the bout, Jalalov got a chance to hit a clear punch, assuring his victory.
Jalalov was clearly the more superior boxer. By winning the match 5-0, he now has the chance to better his fifth-place finish from 2016 Rio Olympics. It was also the third time Jalalov defeated Satish. Satish's ouster meant the end of India's challenge in men's boxing at the Tokyo Olympics.
Lovlina Borgohain is now the only Indian boxer left in the Tokyo Olympics. The Assamese has been assured of a medal by advancing to the semifinals of the women's welterweight category.
Tokyo, July 31 (IANS) India's hopes of winning a gold medal in badminton and seeing PV Sindhu go one better than her silver won at the 2016 Olympic Games were dashed after the sixth seed lost in straight games to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-Ying 18-21, 12-21 on Saturday.
The Indian ace, who lost in the singles final at the Rio Olympics, will now fight for bronze medal against Chinese He Bing Jiao on Sunday.
Tai Tzu-Ying will face Chen Yu Fei of China in the final.
Sindhu began well as she raced to a 6-3 lead, having won four straight points with her aggressive play. The Taiwanese was yet to find rhythm and like in Friday's quarter-final, Sindhu thought she would demoralise her opponent with initial aggression.
She then moved to an 8-4 lead and looked like she would run away with the set against a player she trailed 5-13 in head-to-head.
At the break, Sindhu led 11-8. However, Tai Tzu's ability to use sharp angles and be precise with her baseline play was to become Sindhu's undoing as she found retrieval of shots very difficult as the match progressed.
The Taipei player won three straight points to level scores at 11.
Sindhu again opened up a two-point lead at 16-14 but Tai Tzu had by then found her feet. She wiped out the advantage with a perfect drop from the deep as Sindhu was deceived into believing that it would come to baseline. The Taiwanese followed it with a sharp-angled slice.
Sindhu tried to keep pace but her opponent was just too good. Tai Tzu then hit a down-the-line smash into the backhand corner to walk away with the first game 21-18.
The second game turned out to be a cakewalk as Tai Tzu, carrying the momentum, took early points. Sindhu fought back to make it 3-2 but then Tai Tzu's drop shots came into play.
Tai Tzu landed three successive drop shots which dipped late while being very close to the net as Sindhu tried to reach out for them. Tai Tzu got her trademark sharp-angled finish at the net in the opposite direction.
Sindhu's power was no match to Tai Tzu's deft touch. The 27-year-old opened up an 11-7 lead and never allowed the 26-year-old Indian any room to come back.
Sindhu smiled helplessly, looking at her coach as she struggled to find a solution to counter Tai Tzu's acute angles and deceptive shots.
The Indian lost the first game in 21 minutes and the second in 19 minutes to went down in 40 minutes.
In the other semi-final played before Sindhu's match, Chen overpowered her Chinese compatriot He in three games 21-16, 13-21 and 21-12 in 79 minutes.
Nina Christen of Switzerland won her maiden Olympic Games gold with a victory in women's 50m rifle 3 positions here on Saturday. Taking a 10m air rifle bronze a week ago, the 27-year-old set an Olympic record of 463.9 points for the gold, improving the previous mark held by German Barbara Engleder by 5.3 points.
Russian shooter Yulia Zykova, who rewrote the Olympic qualification record at 1,182 points earlier, bagged silver with 461.9 points. Her compatriot Yulia Karimova won her second bronze following the one in 10m air rifle mixed team event.
Earlier, the duo of Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant in the event continued a sorry show for the Indian shooters, failing to make it to the finals of the event at the Asaka Shooting Range.
Anjum, silver medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, finished 15th with a score of 1167 and 54 Xs, while Tejaswini was placed 33rd with a score of 1154 and 50 Xs, with the top-eight qualifying for the final.
Yulia Zykova of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) had topped the qualification with an Olympic record of 1,182 with 78 Xs, inclusive of a hat-trick of perfect 100s in prone position.
Other finalists included Sagan Maddalena of the US, Jolyn Beer of Germany, Yulia Karimova of the ROC, Andrea Arsovic of Serbia, Nina Christen of Switzerland, Ziva Dvorsak of Serbia and Jeanette Hegg Duestad of Sweden.
Anjum started well by scoring 390/400 in the kneeling position, which kept her in top-15. She followed it with a score of 395, including a perfect 100 in the second series in the prone position, enough to keep her in the top-10.
She looked set to reach the final. But the 27-year-old, hovering around the 8th position, started her standing series with an 8. Her next two shots were just 8 and 9. Her first series score of 94 followed by 96 in second series meant she slipped outside the top-10.
With the final standing series to go, Anjum had given hopes of a final-eight finish with six 10s. But an 8 led to her being out of contention for the finals. Eventually, two 10s and a 9 in the last three shots meant that Anjum finished at an overall score of 1167 in 15th position.
On the other hand, Tejaswini, who at 41 is India's oldest Olympic debutant, never seemed to be in the hunt to qualify for the final during the entirety of the event.
The experienced shooter had shot 92 with just 3 10s in the second series at kneeling. She shot 98 and 97 but finished outside the top-30 at the end of kneeling with a score of 384.
In prone, Tejaswini shot two series of 98 and 99 with the total score of 394. In standing, she shot 94 in the first series. But 93, 95 and 94 in the rest of the standing series meant she finished with a final score of 1154 at 33rd place out of 37 shooters in the event, ending her Olympics debut on an upsetting note.
India now have just one shooting event left at the Tokyo Olympics. Sanjeev Rajput and Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar will be in action in the qualification stage of the men's 50m Rifle 3 Positions event on August 2.