The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *India’s pre-match press conference copy from Rajkot.
*Ranji Trophy semifinals in Bengaluru.
*A copy on CWG-bound Indian athletics team.
*Report of Indo Masters Invitational golf tournament.
*Report of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour.
STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-IND-SA-PREVIEW India in need of Pant’s pyrotechnics in another must-win game against SA By Bharat Sharma Rajkot, Jun 16 (PTI) Under pressure India skipper Rishabh Pant will be hoping to tide over his struggles with the bat and help the hosts improve their middle overs play when they take on South Africa in the fourth T20 International here on Friday. SPO-CRI-SA-NORTJE Anrich Nortje in relentless pursuit of finding the ‘missing ingredient’ By Bharat Sharma Rajkot, Jun 16 (PTI) South African speedster Anrich Nortje says he remains a work in progress and is constantly trying to find the ‘missing ingredient’ in his bowling after coming back from a long injury lay-off.
SPO-BAD-LD IND Prannoy storms into quarterfinals; Sameer, Ashwini-Sikki lose in Indonesia Open (Eds: Updating with latest results) Jakarta, Jun 16 (PTI) One of the heroes of India’s epic Thomas Cup triumph, HS Prannoy continued his rich vein of form as he stormed into the quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 tournament with a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus here on Thursday.
SPO-RACE-MAINI Maini gears up for third round of 2022 DTM Championship at Imola Meuspath (Germany), Jun 16 (PTI) India’s Mercedes-AMG driver Arjun Maini is all geared up to compete in the third round of the 2022 DTM Championship, set to take place at the historic Imola race circuit in Italy this weekend. SPO-CRI-ICC-MENON ICC retains Menon in Elite Panel, set for maiden neutral umpire appearance in Sri Lanka By Bharat Sharma Rajkot, Jun 16 (PTI) India’s Nitin Menon has retained his place in the ICC Elite Panel and is set to make his maiden appearance as a neutral umpire in Sri Lanka later this month.
SPO-FOOT-CHENNAIYIN-RAFIQUE Chennaiyin FC rope in ISL winner Mohammed Rafique Chennai, Jun 16 (PTI) Chennaiyin FC have signed former Indian Super League (ISL) winner Mohammed Rafique on a two-year deal ahead of the upcoming season, the club said on Thursday.
SPO-GOLF-WOM-IND Diksha hopes to re-kindle winning memories, Tvesa eyes reversal of form in London London, Jun 16 (PTI) India’s Diksha Dagar will look to rekindle the great memories of her team triumph, while compatriot Tvesa Malik will eye a reversal of form when they tee off at the Aramco Team Series, which combines a team event with individual competition.