Lawn Bowls final Highlights, India vs SA, Commonwealth Games: IND women eye maiden gold medal; INDIA WINS GOLD; beats South Africa 17-10 in final

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That’s it from Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the women’s fours lawn bowls finals from Day 5 of the Commonwealth Games. India scripted history and brought home its first medal in the sport.

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Here are the LIVE updates from Victoria Park:

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    And Indian anthem echos across the Victoria Park, in Birmingham.
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    Here are the final positions in the women’s fours competition:
    Gold – India, Silver – South Africa, Bronze – New Zealand
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    The medal ceremony is underway.
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    The medal ceremony will be taking place shortly. Stay tuned for updates.
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    India then managed to close out the contest with two more points in the last round and take the gold home.
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    But, a strong End 14 pulled India back into the driver’s seat.
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    South Africa had managed to cut down India’s 8-2 lead and then take a 10-8 advantage.
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    They came under pressure at one point but held their nerve to come back into the contest.
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    India gets its first medal in lawn bowls with a score of 17-10.
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    AND INDIA SEALS THE GOLD MEDAL!!!!
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    South Africa complete the formality of their last attempt.
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    Snyden is way off the mark on her second-last attempt.
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    The Indian quartet has scripted history today.
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    India just won bowl away from a gold.
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    India retain their advantage going into the final two bowls.
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    Though three attempts still remain, India have one hand on the gold medal.
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    Saikia gives the advantage back to India.
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    South Africa hold a one bowl advantage but India have a five-point cushion.
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    South Africa need 6 points from the last end to win the contest. India can see the finish line.
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    After End 14 – India 15-10 South Africa
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    Snyden comes close but fails to stop India winning three points.
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    With South Africa’s one attempt left, Rupa Rani has pushed two of India’s bowls closer to the target.
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    India holds a one point advantage with two bowls left.
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    Saikia with a good bowl to get a second Indian bowls closer to the target.
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    India in advantage after three bowls from End 14.
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    After End 13 – India 12-10 South Africa
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    End 13 goes to India. They take two points and are ever so closer to the gold medal.
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    Rupa Rani plays it safe and rolls the bowl wide on her final attempt.
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    South Africa’s Snyman moves the target closer to two Indian bowls.
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    With two bowls left, India has a one bowl lead.
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    South Africa’s fifth bowls nudges a second Indian bowl closer to the target.
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    India’s Skip Tirkey with some useful tips from the other end.
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    End 13 begins and it is advantage India after two bowls.
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    After End 12 – India 10-10 South Africa
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    Rupa does yet again! The Indian Skip gets two points for India at a crucial stage of the contest and levels the scores.
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    Rupa Rani yet again with an accurate throw. Though South Africa still hold the advantage, India might just get the end.
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    Two rolls to go from End 12.
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    It’s neck-and-neck between the two team from End 12.
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    CONFIRMED: The two teams have agreed to end the contest after 15 ends. So India has four more rounds to turn the tie.
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    After End 11 – India 8-10 South Africa
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    Rupa Rani fails to cut South Africa’s advantage.
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    Snyman with another accurate throw when it mattered. She places a second bowl near the target.
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    Oh no! Pinki’s second bowls hits the target closer to South Africa’s bowl.
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    A good shot from Pinki puts India into advantage.
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    South Africa again better placed after the first two bowls.
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    Just when the the tie was moving towards India, South Africa have jumped right back into the picture.
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    After End 10 – India 8-8 South Africa
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    South Africa are level! They have been exceptional.
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    Last two rolls from End 10.
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    South Africa lead again from End 10.
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    South Africa are within striking distance now. After End 9 – India 8-6 South Africa.
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    South Africa still manages to take two points from End 9.
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    Rupa Rani again cuts down the advantage South Africa held.
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    South Africa yet again with a brilliant throw under pressure. Advantage South Africa now.
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    India ahead after five bowls. Three still to go.
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    Update: India’s Mridul Borgohain trails 8-20 in his men’s singles contest.
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    A close start to End 9 as both India and South Africa place their bowls close to the target.
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    After End 8 – India 8-4 South Africa
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    Snyman, however, replies with accuracy to give two points for South Africa.
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    Just missed! Rupa Rani managed to move the target but couldn’t cut down the one point for South Africa.
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    Rupa Rani succeeds in cutting down South Africa’s advantage to just one.
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    South Africa with brilliant display of bowling. They are in contention for three points at the moment.
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    Unlucky! Saikia’s last roll nudges an opponent bowl and increases South Africa’s advantage.
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    South Africa ahead of India after four bowls. India needs to find some special rolls to take End 8.
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    South Africa’s bowl just slightly ahead of India’s after three bowls.
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    End 8 bowling commences.
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    Still a long way to go but India have opened up a healthy lead now.
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    India extends its lead. After End 7 – India 8-2 South Africa
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    India hang on to the advantage as South Africa came agonisingly close. India take a point.
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    The last two bowls now.
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    A straight and weighted throw from Saikia shifts the positioning in India’s favour.
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    South Africa with the advantage from End 7 so far.
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    The first two bowls from End 7 completed and India is closer to the target.
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    After End 6 – India 7-2 South Africa
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    A solid round for India as they secure three points.
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    As things stand, India might get two points from this end.
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    There is something about Rupa Rani Tirkey. She comes up with a magical roll to get the bowl to absolutely hug the target.
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    Rupa Rani Tirkey takes a close look at the positioning of the bowls before her attempts.
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    With two bowls remaining from End 6, India is in hunt for one point.
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    End 5 is underway and India is better placed after three bowls.
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    India just snatched a point from South Africa. Is it the momentum swinging in India’s favour?
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    After End 5 – India 4-2 South Africa
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    You can count on Rupa Rani Tirkey! – The India Skip manages to pierce gaps with pin-point accuracy and give India one point.
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    South Africa manages to find the target and move it closer to its bowl.
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    Update: India’s Mridul Borgohain trails 5-9 in his men’s singles contest.
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    India ahead at the half way mark.
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    India begin End 5 and are better positioned after first two throws.
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    There will be 18 ends contested in the final. The team can, however, agree to end the contest earlier.
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    After End 4 – India 3-2 South Africa
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    India gets one point and takes the lead.
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    Rupa Rani Tirkey with a great bowl in her last attempt.
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    Rupa Rani Tirkey to take India’s final rolls.
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    India slightly better placed with two rolls left.
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    Saikia’s first roll manages to find the target and swing the advantage in India’s favour.
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    South Africa comfortably placed after four throws from End 4.
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    The action commences from End 4.
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    After End 3 – India 2-2 South Africa.
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    India take a point from the third end.
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    South Africa again cut down India’s advantage. Two rolls to go.
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    A reminder: Both teama gets a total of eight throws from each end.
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    Four throws completed from End 3 and India are closer to the target.
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    Advantage to India after the first couple of rolls.
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    The contest is underway from End 3.
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    After End 2 – India 1-2 South Africa
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    A precise throw by South Africa’s Skip Snyman takes the end to South Africa.
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    A weak set of throws by India allows South Africa to cut down the deficit.
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    Saikia to roll for India now.
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    Advantage India at the halfway mark from End 2.
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    Pinki pushes South Africa’s bowl further away from the target with her first attempt.
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    A good start by India – It has two bowls closer to the target.
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    End 2 begins, India rolls first.
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    After End 1 – India 1-0 South Africa
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    Rupa plays it safe in the last roll and gives India the first end.
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    South Africa’s last roll nudges India’s bowl closer.
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    Rupa’s first roll hits the target.
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    The Skip Rupa Rani Tirkey in action now.
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    Saikia makes a brilliant roll. Advantage India. Two attempts left in End 1.
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    Pinki with a couple of strong attempts – She gives a slender advantage to India.
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    After first two rolls, South African bowls are closer to the Jack.
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    Lovely Choubey makes the opening roll for India.
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    And we’re off – South Africa to roll the Jack.
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    India’s line up: Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki, Lovely Choubey, Nayanmoni Saikia.
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    The players are on the rink. The match is almost underway.
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    South Africa is unbeaten in the tournament. It, however, played a draw against New Zealand.
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    A reminder: South Africa’s women’s fours team won medals in 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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    We’re just moments away from the final.
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    Here is Indian women’s fours team’s road to the final.
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    India, however, had lost its opening encounter to England.
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    India’s women’s fours team is currently on a four match unbeaten run.
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    India’s Mridul Borgohain will also be in action later today in the men’s singles format.
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    Results: Women’s pairs – India 9-18 New Zealand
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    Results: Women’s triples – India 15-11 New Zealand
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    India was also in action in the women’s triples and women’s pairs format.
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    India’s women’s fours team will be in action shortly.

When and where to watch

The final will be telecast from 4:15 pm IST on Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV.

India’s women’s fours lawn bowls team scripted history on Monday when it guaranteed the country’s first medal in the sport. Today, they aim to seal the top spot in the final against heavyweight South Africa.

A medal in lawn bowls, a sport not that popular in India, is a feat to be remembered. A gold medal will be a cherry on top.

Now, a little bit about the women who achieved the feat for India. The four players in the team – Rupa Rani Tirkey, Nayanmoni Saikia, Pinki and Lovely Choubey – come very different walks of life. To know more about them,  have a go at this cracking read from  Santadeep Dey.

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