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May 23, 2014

Japan ends China’s Thomas Cup domination

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Olympic champion Lin Dan watched helplessly as badminton powerhouse China’s decade-long Thomas Cup reign came to a spectacular end after Japan pulled off a huge upset with a 3-0 victory in the semi-final of the men’s team event on Friday.

Japan will face Malaysia in their maiden Thomas Cup final on Sunday after Lin’s old rival Lee Chong Wei inspired the Malaysians to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Indonesia in the second semi-final. Ranked a lowly 58th, a reflection of his infrequent outings since winning the gold at London Olympics, “Super Dan” was eligible to play only the third singles but his team mates could not stretch the contest to that point as China’s bid for a 10th Thomas Cup title came unstuck.

May 23, 2014

China’s Thomas Cup domination ended by Japan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Badminton powerhouse China’s decade-long Thomas Cup reign came to a spectacular end after Japan pulled off a huge upset with a 3-0 victory in the semi-final of the men’s team event on Friday.

World number two Chen Long lost 21-13 21-11 to Kenichi Tago and the Chinese, winners of the last five editions, fell further behind when they lost the first doubles match.

May 23, 2014

Shuttlers smash proposed scoring changes

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Badminton does not need an alternative scoring system and tweaking the existing format would be “idiotic”, according to a number of the world’s top shuttlers.

The Badminton World Federation has opened discussion on the sidelines of the ongoing Thomas and Uber Cup in New Delhi, seeking views on a new scoring system that it hopes would make the game shorter, more exciting and television-friendly.

May 23, 2014

Badminton-Shuttlers smash proposed scoring changes

NEW DELHI, May 23 (Reuters) – Badminton does not need an alternative scoring system and tweaking the existing format would be “idiotic”, according to a number of the world’s top shuttlers.

The Badminton World Federation has opened discussion on the sidelines of the ongoing Thomas and Uber Cup in New Delhi, seeking views on a new scoring system that it hopes would make the game shorter, more exciting and television-friendly.

Apr 7, 2014

Leg spin placates master blasters at stellar World T20

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Now that the dust has settled on Sri Lanka’s maiden World Twenty20 triumph in Bangladesh, leg-spinners across the world can raise a toast to a craft that shone against a barrage of power-hitting over the past three weeks.

Modern powerful bats, field restrictions and the brevity of the format instilled fears in many minds that Twenty20 cricket would reduce the rarest of slow bowlers to cannon fodder.

Apr 7, 2014

Cricket-Leg spin placates master blasters at stellar World T20

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 7 (Reuters) – Now that the dust has settled on Sri Lanka’s maiden World Twenty20 triumph in Bangladesh, leg-spinners across the world can raise a toast to a craft that shone against a barrage of power-hitting over the past three weeks.

Modern powerful bats, field restrictions and the brevity of the format instilled fears in many minds that Twenty20 cricket would reduce the rarest of slow bowlers to cannon fodder.

Apr 7, 2014

Departing Sangakkara powers Sri Lanka to maiden T20 title

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Kumar Sangakkara shone in his 20-over International swansong to help Sri Lanka break their jinx and lift a maiden World Twenty20 title with a comfortable six-wicket victory over former champions India on Sunday.

The departing duo of Sangakkara (52 not out) and Mahela Jayawardene (24) contributed the top two scores for Sri Lanka who chased down a 131-run victory target with 13 balls to spare.

Apr 7, 2014

Captain Dhoni defends struggling Yuvraj

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sprang to team mate Yuvraj Singh’s defence after the left-hander’s struggle with the bat in the World Twenty20 final loss to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Struggling to hit or rotate strike, Yuvraj looked a shadow of the player who was the architect of India’s 20-over World Cup victory in 2007 and the 50 overs World Cup in 2011.

Apr 6, 2014

Cricket-India captain Dhoni defends struggling Yuvraj

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 6 (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sprang to team mate Yuvraj Singh’s defence after the left-hander’s struggle with the bat in the World Twenty20 final loss to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Struggling to hit or rotate strike, Yuvraj looked a shadow of the player who was the architect of India’s 20-over World Cup victory in 2007 and the 50 overs World Cup in 2011.

Apr 6, 2014

Cricket-India captain Dhoni defends struggling Yuvraj

MIRPUR, Bangladesh, April 6 (Reuters) – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sprang to team mate Yuvraj Singh’s defence after the left-hander’s struggle with the bat in the World Twenty20 final loss to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Struggling to hit or rotate strike, Yuvraj looked a shadow of the player who was the architect of India’s 20-over World Cup victory in 2007 and the 50 overs World Cup in 2011.