New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) The following are the top/expected sports stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Press conference copies of fifth women's ODI between India and South Africa.
*Report of Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala.
*Report of All England Championship badminton tournament.
*Olympic qualified fencer Bhavani Devi's press conference.
STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IND-PREVIEW In must-win game, India aim to negate toss factor Ahmedabad, Mar 17 (PTI) India would aim to take the toss out of equation and put up a much improved all-round show against a formidable England in their to bid to level the series in the fourth Twenty20, here on Thursday.
SPO-CRI-IND-2nd LD W0M South Africa seal ODI series 4-1, give India plenty to think about ahead of World Cup Lucknow, Mar 17 (PTI) South Africa added salt to India's wounds by registering a five-wicket win over the hosts in the low-scoring fifth and final women's ODI to seal the series 4-1 here on Wednesday.
SPO-CRI-IND-RATHOUR Three failures doesn't change the fact that KL is our best T20 batsman: Rathour Ahmedabad, Mar 17 (PTI) Three cheap dismissals can't change the fact that KL Rahul is India's 'best T20 batsman' and it won't be long that one shot or one innings will get him back to his best, batting coach Vikram Rathour said, promising support for the struggling opener.
SPO-CRI-ENG-BUTTLER Morgan is a pioneer in white ball cricket: Buttler Ahmedabad, Mar 17 (PTI) Skipper Eoin Morgan is one of the white ball 'pioneers', who has propelled English cricket to a different level with his incredible leadership, reckons his deputy Jos Buttler.
SPO-CRI-T20-RANKINGS Kohli returns to top 5 in ICC T20I rankings Dubai, Mar 17 (PTI) Following his stellar performance in the ongoing series against England, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday broke back into the top of the ICC T20 batsmen rankings.
SPO-CRI-WOM Women's ODI: Nagaland all out for 17, Mumbai chase down target in 4 balls Indore, Mar 18 (PTI) In a bizarre women's game, domestic giants Mumbai bundled out minnows Nagaland for a paltry 17 in the ongoing Senior One-Day Trophy and then chased down the target in just four balls without any loss, here on Wednesday.
SPO-VIRUS-BAD-IND Indian contingent cleared to take part in All England after three shuttlers test negative in retests Birmingham, Mar 17 (PTI) The Indian badminton contingent has been cleared to participate in the All England Championships after the players, who had tested positive for COVID-19, returned negative in retests conducted by the governing body (BWF) on Wednesday.
SPO-SHOOT-WC ISSF World Cup: India can set an example for other nations, says Raninder New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) The upcoming shooting World Cup in Delhi, the first international event for an Olympic sport in India amid the COVID-19 pandemic, can be a benchmark for other countries, NRAI President Raninder Singh said on Wednesday.
SPO-TENNIS-IND Bopanna-Qureshi pair loses first match after reunion Acapulco, Mar 17 (PTI) The 'Indo-Pak pair' of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul Haq Qureshi lost its first match after rejoining forces, bowing out of the ATP 500 event here on Wednesday.
SPO-BAD-ALLENGLAND-DELAY Start of All England badminton delayed due to inconclusive COVID reports Birmingham, Mar 17 (PTI) The start of the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships was on Wednesday delayed by a couple of hours following a 'significant number' of inconclusive COVID-19 test results, the organisers informed.
SPO-GOLF-LAHIRI Lahiri gets back to action at PGA National Palm Beach (Florida), Mar 17 (PTI) Seeking to regain his form and rhythm, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will return to what he considers his home course, the PGA National, for the Honda Classic this week. PTI SSC SSC SSC