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Saturday, February 13, 1999
Yadav, Sehwag lead
President's XI reply
Waugh appointed captain
sales pick up for Indo-Pak Test
Yadav, Sehwag lead President's XI reply
KOCHI, Feb 12 (PTI) Pakistan XI spinners Nadeem Khan and Shahid Afridi claimed five quick wickets after tea to restrict Board Presidents XI to 282, a lead of 35, just as the home team propelled by J.P. Yadavs 62 and Virender Sehwags quickfire 66 were going strong in the three-day match today.
Pakistan, who declared their first innings closed at 247 for nine, were 27 for no loss in their second essay. Saeed Anwar was batting on 10 and Shahid Afridi on 15 at stumps on the penultimate day at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.
The home team, 249 for five at tea, suffered a dramatic collapse thereafter engineered by left-arm spinner Nadeem Khan (4/87) and leg spinner Afridi (3/36), who prised out the remaining five batsmen for the addition of just 33 runs.
The day, however, belonged to stocky Sehwag, who was at his devastating best as he cut and drove with impunity. He first concentrated on fast bowlers Azhar Mahmood and Shoaib Akhtar and then meted out the same treatment to the spinners, clouting them to all corners of the ground.
The Delhi allrounder, one of the World Cup probables, got off to a cautious start and once he got his eye in, there was no stopping him. His 66 came off 83 balls and contained eight fours and a six off Mushtaq Ahmed.
Flamboyant Yadav, who scored 62 off 102 balls with seven fours and four sixes, was the next best scorer.
Earlier, the Board Presidents XI resuming on their overnight 35 for no loss got off to a brisk start against Azhar Mahmood and Shoaib Akhtar.
But Gagan Khoda (20) going for a wild swing to an outside the off-stump ball was well caught by Inzamam-ul Haq at second slip.
The other opener Shiv Sundar Das hung around for 135 minutes before a mix-up with Yadav cost him his wicket. He was run out for 26, made with the help of three boundaries.
Lanky Yadav, who lived a charmed life, then took the fight to the rival camp. He struck seven fours and four sixes, making most of the reprieves he was given.
He was first bowled of a no-ball, then given two lives, first by Moin Khan when on 9 and then on 39 with Afridi grassing a catch off Mushtaq Ahmed.
Yadav added 50 runs with skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar (22) for the third wicket in just 58 minutes.
He finally fell to Nadeem Khan, who had him caught by Saeed Anwar.
But Sehwag continued from where Yadav left off. He was particularly harsh on legspinner Mushtaq Ahmed, heaving him for a mighty six.
Mushtaq turned out to be the most expensive bowler conceding 61 runs in his 18 overs without taking a wicket.
Sehwag and Kaif put on 54 runs for the fifth wicket before Kaif was out lbw to Afridi.
But shortly after tea, Sehwags tenure at the crease was also terminated by Nadeem Khan who got him to edge one to wicketkeeper Moin Khan after he had added just two runs to this team-time score of 64 with eight boundaries to begin the slide.
The home team who were going strong at tea on 249 for five in a bid to accelerate the scoring lost the remaining wickets for a mere 33 runs.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla was run out going for a suicidal second run for 17. He was followed by MSK Prasad (0), Murali Karthik (1) and N. Anantha-padmanabhan.
Nadeem Khan returned the most successful bowler taking four for 87 followed by Afridi with a tally of three for 36.
Pakistan (1st innings): 247 for 9 decl
Board Presidents XI:
SS Das run out 26
Gagan Khoda c Inzamam b Mahmood 20
J.P Yadav c Anwar b Nadeem Khan 62
H. Kanitkar c Wasti b Nadeem Khan 22
Mohd. Kaif lbw b Afridi 21
Virender Sehwag c Moin b Nadeem Khan 66
L.R. Shukla run out 17
MSK Prasad c and b Nadeem Khan 0
K Ananthapadmanabhan c Nadeem Khan b Afridi 19
Murali Karthik c and b Afridi 1
Debashish Mohanty not out 0
Extras (lb-4, b-5, w-1, nb-18) 28
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-82, 3-132, 4-151, 5-205, 6-250, 7-257, 8-264, 9-281
Bowling: S. Akhtar 12-1-35-0, A. Mahmood 17-4-54-1, Mushtaq Ahmed 18-8-61-0, Nadeem Khan 28-9-87-4, S. Afridi 8.3-0-36-3.
Pakistan (2nd innings):
Saeed Anwar batting 10
Shahid Afridi batting 15
Extras (nb-2) 2
Total (for 0 wkt, 12 overs) 27
Bowling: Mohanty 6-2-14-0, Shukla 4-0-10-0, Kartik 2-0-3-0.
Paes-Bhupathi duo crash out
DUBAI, Feb 12 (PTI) Defending champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out of the doubles event of Dubai Open tennis tournament, losing to Australian pair of Joshua Eagle and Andrew Florent in the second round here yesterday.
The top-seeded Indian duo, fresh from their loss in the Australian Open final, were totally off colour and were dismissed in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 by the Aussie pair.
Eagle-Florent take on Wayne Black of Zimbabwe and Sandon Stolle of Australia in the next round.
Playing a predominantly baseline game, the Australian pair did not allow Paes-Bhupathi much chance to come to the net, which is their forte. The loss came as a big disappointment to the large crowd of Indian expatriates who were hoping for some good tennis by world-beating Indian team.
Paes-Bhupathi, who ended the 1998 season ranked second in the world and were favourites to take over after number one Dutch pair of Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis split due to Eltinghs retirement, failed to hold their serve early in the first set.
To make matters worse the duo committed several unforced errors as the Aussie pair did not give the Indians much time to get hold of their game.
The Indians lost tamely as Paes, by far the weaker server of the two, was broken in the seventh game of the second set and the rivals held their serve in the next game to wrap up an easy win.
Earlier last night, Paes-Bhupathi quelled a stiff challenge from Argentinians Pablo Albano and Daniel Orsanic 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to move into the second round.
In a cliffhanger which could have gone either way, the experience and temperament of the Indians saw them win the nail-biting tie-breakers to advance to the next round.
Doubles third seeds Don Johnson and Francisco Montana and fourth seeds Piet Norval and Kevin Ullyett were knocked out of the tournament last night.
Officials overreacted, says Agassi
SAN JOSE, (California), Feb 12 (AP) What separates cursing at yourself in frustration from uttering obscenities that get you tossed out of a tennis tournament? Andre Agassi, ejected from the Sybase Open, says officials overreacted to his comments.
Agassi, leading by a set but trailing in a second-set tiebreaker against 120th-ranked Cecil Mamiit, was defaulted from a tournament for the second time in his career Wednesday night for a series of profanities.
The default will cost him $ 13,000 and a loss of rankings points that could drop him one or two places from his No. 7 world ranking.
Agassi said the curses were directed at himself and that he covered his mouth with his hand when he said the last two of his three obscenities. ATP Tour supervisor Tom Barnes said the curses were aimed at linesman Al Klassen.
"The words I used werent singling him out at all. To default because one linesman thinks Im making something personal with him is a bit of a stretch, Agassi said. "The judgement was made that the line was crossed. I dont think the line was crossed. I wasnt even making eye contact with the linesman.
Agassi, seeded second, won the first set 6-0 in just 18 minutes against Mamiit, a qualifier who had never made it past the second round of an ATP tour event. But in the second-set tiebreaker, trailing four points to none, a frustrated Agassi began cursing.
Klassen went to chair umpire Steve Ullrich to report Agassis first comment, and Agassi was warned for an audible obscenity. As Klassen returned to his chair, Agassi waited until Klassen got close and made a muffled comment.
He was penalised a point for another audible obscenity. Agassi said he knew the next such violation would result in default.
But as Klassen returned to his chair a second time, Agassi repeated his previous comment and Barnes was called to the court. He conferred with Ullrich, who penalised Agassi for verbal abuse and defaulted him awarding the second-round match to a stunned Mamiit, who pleaded with Ullrich to continue play.
"That was the hook. Three and youre done, Agassi said.
"Thats all you get.
Michael Chang said all players are aware of the rules about defaulting on the third violation, though he was somewhat surprised at Agassis ejection.
"Its not an easy decision to make, said Chang, the tournaments fourth seed. "Andres such a great draw in San Jose and you dont want to lose a guy like that.
Tournament director Barry Mackay also was stunned at the exit of his best gate attraction.
"Obviously, its a big disappointment, Mackay said. "It was shaping up to be a great match. I wasnt listening, so I didnt hear what Andre said. Im for enforcing all the rules, but I think they were a little quick, frankly.
Barnes announced yesterday that Agassi will be fined $ 7,500 for the outburst and will forfeit the $ 5,500 in prize money he would have gotten for reaching the second round.
Its not the way you ever want to go out of a tournament, Agassi said. "Im not too happy about it.
It was the second default of Agassis career. He was ejected from the RCA Championships in Indianapolis in 1996 for cursing officials during a match against Daniel Nestor in which Agassi also won the first set and was struggling in the second.
Waugh appointed captain
SYDNEY, Feb 12 (PTI) Steve Waugh, was today named as Australias new Test cricket captain and he immediately promised to impose on his team a greater sense of ruthlessness than his predecessor did.
Waugh the 33-year-old all-rounder replaces Mark Taylor who retired from the international cricket last week to become 40th captain of Australia.
A veteran of 111 Tests with 7,213 runs to his credit, Steve Waugh was appointed captain by Australian Cricket Board with the Kangaroos ready to embark on tour of West Indies starting February 22.
"To be named captain is a great honour," Waugh told a news conference. "It is something I never thought would come in my way."
Waugh, who saved Australia many a time with belligerent knocks and also excelled in bowling at the slog over stage of the innings in one-dayers, said: "Growing up as a kid I wanted to play for Australia and its always been my dream."
ACB chairman Denis Rogers said Waugh would lead the Aussies in both Tests and limited-over matches. He had previously served as captain of the one-day team and vice-captain of the Test team.
Shane Warne, 29, would be Waughs deputy for the West Indies tour.
Reuters adds: Although Waugh was the obvious candidate to replace Taylor, there was speculation among sections of the Australian media that Warne may get the job ahead on him.
"No-one has a right to own the Australian captaincy or be in the Australian cricket side. If Im not performing or not doing the job and theres someone better, then I expect the selectors to pick that person."
Warne, with more than 300 wickets in 68 Tests, was considered a better long-term prospect than the injury-prone Waugh who, at 33, is in the twilight of his career.
Warne is four years younger than Waugh and has impressed the selectors with his aggressive leadership style while filling in this season for the injured Waugh as captain of the one-day team.
His reputation was damaged, however, when he admitted last year that he had taken money from an Indian bookmaker for information on pitch and weather conditions during Australias 1994 tour of Pakistan, although the selectors said the issue had no bearing on the leadership. Steve Waughs twin brother Mark made similar admissions.
Waugh said he did not plan to radically change the way Australian teams approached their matches although he hinted that he would be less inclined to take the sort of risks that Taylor often made in the pursuit of victory.
"Australia could probably have drawn a few more games that we lost over the last couple of years and thats one area Ill be trying to improve," Waugh said.
Hair escapes punishment
MELBOURNE, Feb 12 (Reuters) Australian cricket umpire Darrell Hair has escaped punishment despite being found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.
Hair was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last month on four counts of misconduct over comments he made in a book about Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
An independent panel established by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) found Hair guilty yesterday of two of those charges but decided not to punish him because there were no provisions in the ICCs existing code of conduct relating to umpires.
ICC chief executive David Richards said in a statement today that the council would look at reviewing their regulations in light of the decision.
Hair, who called Muralitharan for throwing on seven occasions during a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1995, was charged by the ICC in January after Sri Lankan officials complained when he criticised Muralitharans bowling action in his memoirs "decision maker".
In the book, Hair described the bowlers action as "diabolical" and said he would have no hesitation no-balling him in the future.
World Cup live on ESPN, Star Sports
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (UNI) ESPN and Star Sports have unfolded an ambitious plan to telecast live all the 42 matches of the cricket World Cup beginning in England on May 14.
Talking to reporters here today, Rik Dovey, senior vice-president of ESPN, said an extensive package of as many as eleven programmes will be telecast in the run-up to the World Cup.
He said the viewers will be provided a feast of features, including panel discussions, star profiles, statistics, quizzes and flashbacks of historic matches.
During the World Cup, the two channels will feature ball-to-ball live coverage of every match. Up-to-date information will be brought to the viewers from a live studio located in London.
A special crew from these channels will be following the Indian team during the entire tournament, Dovey said. Besides daily coverage, there will be a 30-minute breakfast show everyday to give the information the viewers require first thing in the morning.
"Our objective is to make our coverage a most enjoyable and memorable experience for millions of our viewers across the sub-continent", said R.K. Singh, chief executive officer of ESPN Software India.
There will be a 13-episode 30 minute quiz show involving two teams from India and Pakistan. The Indian team will be led by Sunil Gavaskar, consists of Ravi Shastri, Krishnamachari Srikanth and Sanjay Manjrekar while the Pakistan team will be led by Asif Iqbal with Zaheer Abas, Rameez Raja and Sikander Bakth.
A 30-minute spotlight programme will profile each of the eight teams. It will analyse star players from each team, their recent performances and chances in the World Cup.
Eight 60-minute shows will trace tournaments won by India over the last one-and-a-half years and assess the team's strength and weakness.
The following are the matches featured:
India vs Australia at Sharjah, 1998, preliminary match.
India vs Australia at Sharjah, 1998, final
Pakistan vs India at Karachi, 1997, 2nd ODI
India vs Australia at Kochi, 1998, Pepsi triangular
India vs Zimbabwe at Baroda, 1998, Pepsi triangular
India vs Australia at Kanpur, 1998, Pepsi triangular
India vs Kenya at Calcutta, 1998, Coca Cola triangular final
India vs Sri Lanka at Colombo, 1998, Singer-Akai Cup final.
A six-episode 60-minute series will show highlights of the 'man of the series' performances in the last six World Cups besides a 60-minute 5-episode series on each finals played from 1975 to 1992.
A 29-episode 60-minute programme will bring highlights of each match played in the 1996 World Cup held in the sub-continent. The series will also feature a two-and-a-half hour episode of the final.
Interviews of players like Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar who were in the Indian team that won the 1983 World Cup will be interviewed in a four-episode 30-minute programme.
A studio-based show will analyse, in two 60-minute sessions, the fortunes of each teams besides a 6-episode weekly preview showcasing the teams' training, venues, selection and other topics.
There will also be a
personal, feature on coaches, managers besides the
players. "Cricket classics", another programme,
will show a recap of winning moments of great cricket
teams from the 70s to the early 90s.
Ticket sales pick up for Indo-Pak Test
CALCUTTA, Feb 12 (PTI) With just a few days left, sale of tickets for the inaugural Asian Test championship tie between India and Pakistan has picked up with a large number of cricket fans queuing up at ticket counters since morning.
Serpentine queues were seen in front of ticket counters at the Eden Gardens much before they opened on the first day of public sale of tickets.
After a rather lukewarm response on the first day of ticket sales on Wednesday, tickets worth Rs 67 lakh were bought by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) affiliated clubs yesterday, with all the clubs buying almost their full quota of tickets.
The poor response by the CAB-affiliated clubs on the first day itself prompted CAB authorities to put a limited portion of the Rs 400 and Rs 500 tickets on public sale from today.
As usual, CAB was expecting a near full house for the India-Pakistan Test match to be held amidst tight security from February 16 to 20.
"The response has been very good today. We are expecting a big turn out at the Eden Gardens as usual, a senior CAB official said.
Cricket fans waited patiently in long queues for hours to buy their tickets for the match which has generated much interest after the Indo-Pak Test series ended in a 1-1 draw.
"For us this is the final. It may be a different series but we will treat it as the final. The Eden has proved lucky for India quite often and I hope we can win against Pakistan, said an excited Shankar Ganguly who stood in the queue for more than two hours.
"I was wondering whether I will be able to get a ticket for this match. I dont mind waiting for hours to get one. I think it's worth it, he added.
The historic Eden Gardens is also gearing up for hosting the crucial match with some blocks of the stadium being given a facelift.
The electronic scoreboard at Eden would flash statistics and data regarding the players and the game for the benefit of the spectators. The informations would be downloaded from the internet.
Meanwhile, armed policemen and commandos maintained round-the- clock vigil of the pitch at the Eden Gardens as a precautionary measure.
Pete Sampras and Philippoussis win
SAN JOSE (California), Feb 12 (Reuters) Pete Sampras and Mark "Scud" Philippoussis overpowered and outclassed their second-round opponents, reaching the quarter-finals of the Ennis Tournament in San Jose.
Top seed Sampras handled Argentine Martin Rodriguezs lethal inside-out forehand in a 7-5 6-3 victory, while third seed Philippoussis thrashed Dutchman John Van Lottum 6-2 6-1.
But before they get to a highly anticipated semifinal matchup, the two must get past their quarter-finals opponents.
The 22-year-old Philippoussis will face American Justin Gimelstob, a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) winner over compatriot Chris Woodruff.
The Australian was in peak form against Van Lottum, smoking winners from the back court and effectively closing on the net. A 1998 US Open finalist, Philippoussis recently lost a five-set fourth-round heartbreaker to Thomas Enqvist at the Australian Open. The tall free-swinger said he has shaken the loss off and is improving daily.
In his first tournament in 10 weeks, Sampras tested his full arsenal of shots against the 29-year-old Journeyman Rodriguez, playing from the baseline, frequently chipping his backhand and trying out his forehand down the line.
The owner of 11 Grand Slam finals served the lights out, slamming six aces and winning 94 per cent of his first-serve points. He never faced a break point. The Californian also banged 17 winners and won 36 of 45 net approaches.
In a minor upset, Aussie veteran Mark Woodforde took down eighth seed Ramon Delgado of Paraguay 6-2 6-3.
Vijay Kumar surges ahead
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 A costly mistake by defending champion Basad Ali jeopardised his chances of retaining the title as Vijay Kumar moved to the top of the leader card at the end of the third day of the Rs 5 lakh Cyanamid Open Golf Championship today.
At the 7,097-yard,par-72 Royal Calcutta Golf Club Vijay was one-under 71 to aggregate four-under 212. Overnight leader Basad was two strokes behind after playing a two-over 74 round, which included a triple bogey on the par-4 16th hole . Moving up steadily was the Classic Indian Open champion Feroz Ali, who played two-under today to tally level-par 216 after 54 holes. Another Calcutta golfer, Indrajit Bhalotia was in fourth place at one-over 217.
Plummeting down to joint seventh position at three-over 219 along with three others was Uttam Singh Mundy, who played a five-under 67 round yesterday. He was completely out of sorts today as he finished the day six-over 78. In joint fifth place were Chandigarhs Ranjit Singh and Mohammed Islam of Patna at two-over 218.
Vijay, leader of the
current seasons Order of Merit with earnings of
over Rs 10.5 lakh this season, played a round which
included five birdies and four bogies. He made a bogey
from the green edge on the 3rd and then three-putted the
14th. "My putting wasnt exactly of the
standard I would like," said Vijay whose first
birdie was a result of a 20-footer putt on the par-3 2nd
Dinesh sets a new meet record
HISAR, Feb 12 R.K Yadav of Delhi Central Secretariat bagged the gold in 5000 m race clocking 16:24.5 sec. on the second day of the All India Civil Services Athletic Championship here today.
Pawan Dhankar of Madhya Pradesh finished second with 16:30.3 while J.N. Goi of Mumbai closely following him remained third clocking 16:31.0.
Earlier Dinesh Rawat of Delhi Central Secretariat set a new meet record in the mens 400 meter race by clocking 48.03 sec. He broke the last year record of Subhash Mandal of RSB Calcutta who had clocked 48.09 sec. S. Kalyana Sundaram of Chennai (50.7) and Suresh Shetty of Mumbai (50.7) and Suresh Shetty of Mumbai (50.8 sec.) finished second and third, respectively.
Dependera Kumar of Delhi Central hurled the Javelin to 67.40 m to win the gold while Jeny Varghese of Chennai threw it to 54.98 m to finish second and Sarabjeet Singh of MP hurled 51.48 m to secure the third place.
Results: 400 m (Hurdles)
Men 1. Parvaz Shaikh (Mumbai) 58.2 sec, 2. S. Kalyana Sundaram (Chennai) 58.3 sec, 3. Dushani Kale (Mumbai) 1:00.4 sec.
High Jump (Women): 1. Grijimol Antony (Cochin) 1.50 m, 2. Suchitra Desai (Mumbai) 1.30 m, 3. Manorama K.M. (Calcutta) 1.25 m.
Long Jump (Women): 1. Sarampa Viswas (Calcutta) 5.29 m, 2. Madhuri Saha (Calcutta) 5.16 m, 3. Grijimol Antony (Cochin) 4.85 m.
High Jump (Men): 1. Sheopat Singh (Delhi Central Sectt.) 1.85 m, 2. Leju V.S. (Kerala) 1.70 m, 3. Uppal Viswas (Calcutta) 1.70 and Azad Singh (Delhi Civil Sectt.) 1.70 m.
1500 m(Men): R.K. Yadav (Delhi Central Sectt.) 4:16.25, 2. Sahji Patel (RSB Mumbai) 4:23.07, 3. Datta Sarde (RSB Mumbai) 4:23.62.
800 m (Women): 1. Urmila More (RSB Mumbai) 2:28.8 sec, 2. Shafi Johan (RSB Cochin) 2:31.5 sec, 3. Usha Kurn (CRK Kerala) 2:53.4 sec.
200 m (Women): 1. Kanti Kapila (Delhi Civil Sectt.) 26.9 sec, 2. Mamta (Delhi Civil Sectt.) 27.7 sec, 3. Urmila More (Chennai) 28.9 sec.
Shot put (Men): 1. Suvasis Banerjee (Calcutta) 14.72 m, 2. J.P. Singh (Delhi) 14.24 m, 3. P. Selva Kumar (Chennai) 14.17 m.
Hammer throw (Men) 1. Sehdev Yadav (Delhi) 53.24 m, 2. Sudhir Putran (Mumbai) 47.68 m, 3. Charanjeet Singh (Haryana) 29.60 m.
Javelin throw (Women): 1. Sonali Lanjekhar (Mumbai) 28.08m, 2. Minu Sakia (Assam) 24.94 m, 3. Roshni Gulati (Delhi Sectt.) 24.78 m
Pole vault (Men): 1. Satpati Pal (Calcutta) 4.00 m, 2. Ram Partap Yadav (Kanpur) 3.40 m, 3. K.T. Xavier (Cochin) 3.30 m.
Vandana remains sole leader
NEW DELHI, Feb 12 Vandana Agarwal did not attain her yesterdays peak form. She could card three over par 75. But she retained her drivers position with an aggregate of 147 on the second day Biloo Sethi Golf Challenge Trophy Championship at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) course here today.
Anjali Chopra played the best round of the day. She carded even par score of 72. But that could help her tie for the second position (aggregate 148) with Shruti Khanna, who fired one over 73.
Nonita Lal Qureshi and Urvashi Sodhi were tied at 150 for the fourth place. Nonita had two over 74 and Urvashi three over 75. They were followed by Parnita Garewal. She again played much below her potential. She carded five over 77 to yesterdays four over 76. Her aggregate of 153 placed her at sixth slot.
The 16 of these participants qualified for the Ladies All-India Championship, which begins on February 15.
Vandana began well with a birdies on the first. But then she bogeyed the next and had a double bogey on the third one. The remaining six she played on par to be out in two over 38. In the back nine, she marred her 10th while the remaining eight she played par to get a score of one over 37. Her days aggregate was 75 and total for two days 147.
Anjali was focussed on her game this morning. She was in two under 34 with birdies on the 1st, the 7th and a solitary bogey on the 4th. In the back nine, she faltered here and there and could get the card of two over 38. Her days total was even par 72 and aggregate of 148 for two days.
Shruti was still struggling for her form. She was out in 37 and in 36 to get an aggregate of 73, one over.
Parnita was not upset at her sub-standard display in the two-days competition. She feels that she will get going when the main round begins from Monday to Thursday.
Judging from the form shown in two days, there is likely to be keen tussle for the title in the 82nd competition.
For the junior contest, Parnita retained the title with an aggregate of 153. She was hard pressed by her colleague Irina Brar (Chandigarh), who got a runner-up position with an aggregate of 154. She played rounds of 79 and 75. Among the juniors, her todays score of three over 75 was the best.
Nomi Qamar, Radhika emerge
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 India and Pakistan tennis players today shared one tie each in the junior girls and boys singles section of the Centurion-ITF Junior Circuit Tennis Championship which concluded at the CLTA courts, Sector 10 here today.
Radhika Tulpule in girls section justified her yesterday's fine win over Shruti Dhawan. She fought tooth and nail and survived the hard-hitting challenge of young Nida Wasim of Pakistan, at 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (3) Nomi Qamar, the unseeded player of Pakistan, surprised the top seed Kedar Tembe of India giant tournament from 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2.
The second seed local doubles combination of Akshay Vishal Rao and Sunil Kumar upset top seed Karan Doctor and Kedar Shah in three thrilling sets before former won at 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. The girls doubles had already been won by the Indian combination of Shruti Dhawan and Gautam Sheetal yesterday when they defeated Radhika Tulpule and R. Mandke.
The girls final tie between Nida and Radhika started with Radhika dominating by winning the first set at 6-2 in just 28 minutes. It seemed Nida was exhausted after playing many tough matches for the past few days but that was proved wrong by this Karachi girl who like yesterday, came from behind in the second set. She was trailing at 1-4. A superb backhand chip gave her the decisive point and then there was no stopping for this PIA-sponsored girl as the score stood at 4-4. At this moment, Radhika having advantage of the height and of course the home crowd, tried to outwit the Pakistani lass who smashed her way to a fine 6-4 victory in the second set which lasted 39 minutes.
The third set began on a positive note for the Nida, who surged ahead at 4-2. Later the scores were level at 5-5. A long rally involving deep forehand slices accompanied by crosscourt smashes made the match more interesting. Nida again moved ahead at 6-5 but at this stage Pakistan girl conceded a point which levelled the score 6-6. At tie breaker as Radhika wrapped up the title by winning this set at 7-6 (3).
The ninth class student Nomi Qamar based at Karachi and the dark horse of this tournament, stunned top seed Kedar Tembe in three sets. Qamar lost the first set at 2-6 and like Noida he too came from behind to recover the lead of 1-4 in the second set by making it 4-4 and then 6-6, the set ultimately went in favour of Nomi at 7-6(6). The third set started with Tembe leading by 2-1, but the agile, Qamar never gave any chance to Tembe and won at 6-2 in just 31 minutes.
Air Force soccer
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 (BOSR) The 7 Wing Air Force team bagged the Western Air Command Inter Area Football Championship by defeating 12 Wing AF by 4-2 in the final played here today. Air Commodore Mr S.K. Banerjee, Air Force Commanding 12 Wing Air Force, presented the trophy to the winners.
The championship organised by the WAC Sports Control Board began on February 8 in which 10 teams of WAC participated. The matches were played on league-cum-knockout basis.
In the today's final match, both the teams were equal at 1-1 till the completion of the normal time and additional 15 minutes failed to yield any goal. In the tie breaker Warrant Officer R. Singh and Cpl Bhattacharya scored for the losers while Cpl Jayanta Ghose, Sgt D. Bandopahdya, Cpl P. Biswas and LAC Apusbananda excelled for the winners.
Hawks Academy runner-up
ROPAR, Feb 12 The local Hawks Academy finished runner-up in the prestigious K.D. Singh Babu Sub Junior Invitation All-India Hockey Tournament held in Lucknow recently.
According to Mr S.S. Saini, secretary, Hawks Club on it's way to final, the Hawks Academy trounced Gujrat by 19-0, routed Vidharbha by 12-0, overwhelmed Haryana by 6-0 in the semi-final before losing to Uttar Pradesh in the final by a solitary goal.
The academy won a cash prize of Rs 15,000. Seven players were selected for sub junior national hockey camp by selectors.
The academy was runners up in the same tournament last year also.
RCF win golf title
CHANDIGARH, Feb 12 (BOSR) Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala won the All India Railway Golf Championship which concluded recently at Ram Bagh Club, Jaipur. Western Railway finished runner-up.
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