|Monday, March 27, 2000,
Inzamam, Waqar inspire big Pak win
Bagan trounce Tollygunge 4-0
SHARJAH, March 26 (PTI) Indias abysmal batting and bowling scotched their hopes of sealing a final berth within distance as Inzamam-ul Haqs seventh one-day hundred inspired Pakistan to their first win by a huge 98-run margin to bounce back into reckoning in the Coca Cola Cup cricket triseries tonight.
The burly Haq blasted five sixes and seven fours in an awesome show of power to make an unbeaten 121 off only 114 balls and raised a 151-run unbeaten fourth wicket stand with Yousuf Youhana (56) as Pakistan amassed 272 for three wickets on skipper Moin Khan winning a good toss and choosing to bat.
Needing to post their second league victory in three outings and seal a final spot at Pakistans expense, the Indian batsmen showed little fight against a Waqar Younis (5/31) led pace assault to collapse and finish at 174 for 9 in 50 overs.
Skipper Saurav Ganguly (7) and an out-of-touch Sachin Tendulkar (10) fell early as Pakistans formidable pace attack undermined Indias daunting chase from the outset to leave the result in no doubt much before the end.
The setback has left India in a must-win situation against the unbeaten South Africa (2 wins) in their last league tie tomorrow. Both India and Pakistan have two points each after a win and two defeats, but Indias net run rate is the poorest.
On a pitch that helped batsmen much better than in the previous matches, Indian bowlers had no clue to stop the rampaging Haq, declared Man of the Match, with Waqar Younis and their own batsmen failed to respond under pressure.
Set an asking rate of 5.46, both Ganguly and Tendulkar found runs hard to come by against the experienced Wasim Akram and Younis and were deceived by clever slower deliveries as they tried to hit out from the word go.
Ganguly gave a tame return catch to Younis in the fourth over and Tendulkar, having scored only five and 11 in the previous two outings here, was bowled through the gate trying to turn an Akram ball to the legside the very next over.
The desperate move to promote Sunil Joshi (3) went awry as a fired up Younis had him caught behind by Moin Khan, who also took good catches to send back Rahul Dravid and Mohd Azharuddin before India were reduced to a sorry 99 for six in the 29th over.
Dravid (29-46 b, 3x4) was just beginning to open out after the scoring had stagnated when he guided a wide rising ball from Akhtar to Moin Khans safe gloves while Azharuddin (20-46 b, 1x4) was beaten by an away swinger from Younis to be dismissed in an identical fashion.
Dravid and Azhar, who had together scripted victory in their first league tie against Pakistan, could not maintain the scoring rate as well as keep their wickets intact.
Once Ajay Jadeja was bowled by Younis, who bowled really quick and with variety, the match was as good as over. The excellent bowling was backed up by superb fielding and attacking placements hardly gave many chance to the Indians.
Pakistans net run rate jumped to 0.31 after the win while Indias slipped to 1.37, leaving them with no chance but beat the Proteas.
Imran Nazir c Kumble b Agarkar 11
Shahid Afridi st Karim b Kumble 28
Younis Khan c Azharuddin b Joshi 44
Inzamam-ul Haq not out 121
Yousuf Youhana not out 56
Extras (lb-2, w-8, nb-2) 12
Total (for 3 wkts, 50 overs) 272
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-55, 3-121.
Bowling: Agarkar 10-0-50-1, Prasad 10-0-63-0, Kumble 9-0-66-1, Singh 10-1-34-0, Joshi 9-2-42-1, Ganguly 1-0-4-0, Tendulkar 1-0-11-0.
Ganguly c and b Waqar 7
Tendulkar b Akram 10
Dravid c Moin b Akhtar 29
Joshi c Moin b Waqar 3
Azharuddin c Moin b Waqar 20
Jadeja b Waqar 20
Robin Singh c Moin b Arshad 22
Karim c Younis b Arshad 13
Agarkar b Waqar 20
Kumble not out 14
Venkatesh Prasad not out 0
Extras (lb-2, w-11, nb-3) 16
Total (for nine wkts, 50 overs) 174
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-20, 3-25, 4-63, 5-90, 6-99, 7-131, 8-137, 9-172.
SHARJAH, March 26 (PTI) Wasim Akram has said he quit as Pakistan captain after a disastrous Australian tour early this month because he had stopped enjoying the job and his cricket board (PCB) was not giving him enough support.
Akram, who is struggling with a groin injury that is proving a setback in the ongoing triangular one-day cricket tournament here, however, said he was keen to reach 400 Test wickets he has taken 383 scalps and break the world mark.
He denied hiding the injury to make the team for this tournament after missing two Tests in the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka at home. It was the first time in eight years that he had groin trouble, he said, and said it was a common injury suffered by fast bowlers. The star all-rounder also refuted allegations that Pakistan fast bowlers tampered with the ball and told PTI that such charges were made only when his countrymen bowled reverse swing, an art which we invented.
Asked about quitting as captain, Akram said though I am still enjoying the game, I was not enjoying it as a captain. I had enough of it. Besides, I wasnt getting enough support from the PCB. I was not in it for power. I just wanted to shape Pakistans new generation of cricketers.
In an obvious reference to some former cricketers who have suggested that he call it a day, Akram, who is an acute diabetic, said the disease had never prevented him from giving off his best and that people have unnecessarily made an issue out of nothing in Pakistan....
Akram said his aim was to play top-flight cricket for another two years.
The all-rounder who became the prime target of enraged cricket fans and officials after losing badly in the World Cup final against Australia in England last year, said critics back home were those who are determined to get. But I stopped bothering about it a long time ago.
The highest wicket-taker in one-dayers and the only man to go past 400 wicket, Akram said he was happy that unlike critics at home people around the world looked upon him as a role model who has overcome diabetics to perform at the top.
Akram, who was at the centre of unfounded betting and match-fixing allegation in the wake of the World Cup defeat, said he could not help if controversies chased him.
I cant help it. Somehow I seem to attract controversy. The gutter press of Pakistan, I dont read it any longer. I have stopped getting worked up on it. I cant sue them. Unlike in India, the court cases in Pakistan just drag on. The only way I can reply is by performing at the top level, he said.
Asked whether it was getting more difficult to perform day in and day out, he said he ensured he received enough rest before each match.
Akram said his psychologist wife Huma had also trained him with a few techniques that helped him approach a game in a focussed manner.
Asked about improving upon the record for the highest number of Test wickets, currently held by Kapil Dev with Caribbean paceman Courtney Walsh just two scalps adrift at 432, Akram said I want it... . I am fit and I want to play. If record happens, it would be great.
Asked how Pakistan managed to produce a steady stream of fast bowlers unlike India though conditions were similar in both countries, he said legendary all-rounder Imran Khans rise was a critical factor.
He was the worlds best and a role model. Maybe the physique of our boys, with good strength and strong shoulders, makes a difference too, he added.
On accusations that Pakistan bowlers tampered with the ball, the left-arm paceman who himself is regarded a master of reverse swing said: When we do it, it is tampering. When others do it, it is reverse swing. It is this art which we invented. I think the rest just could not accept our success and started accusing us. Now everyone is doing the same thing.
Asked what went into
making a quality fast bowler, Akram said: You need
to be mean. You need to let know the batsman you are
holding court in the middle. You dont need to speak
to him or sledge him. Just dominate him mentally.
WELLINGTON, March 26 (AFP) Chris Cairns launched a savage counter-attack to edge New Zealand in front of Australia on a lively third day of the second cricket Test here today.
The first innings centurion lashed six sixes and three fours in a buccaneering unbeaten 61 to put on an unbroken 105-run partnership with captain Stephen Fleming to rescue the Kiwis from imminent defeat.
At the close with two scheduled days to play, New Zealand were 189 for five a lead of 68 runs after Australia, who were all out for 419 at lunch, established a first innings lead of 121 runs.
Up until Cairns arrival at the crease with New Zealand teetering at 84 for five, and still 37 runs from wiping out the deficit, Australias bowlers were in charge, with Lee and Warne outstanding.
But just when all looked hopeless for the Black Caps at 84 for five and leg spinner Shane Warne looking menacing, Cairns produced the batting pyrotechnics to bludgeon New Zealand out of immediate trouble.
Cairns, who smashed 109 in the first innings, clubbed Warne for three sixes, express bowler Brett Lee for two and Greg Blewett for another.
With Fleming playing the watchful role, New Zealand wiped out Australias lead and began posting a target which could, with 100 or so more runs, put some pressure on Australia as they chase their record ninth straight Test victory.
Cairns has been the player of the Test and his huge hits were the tonic for the New Zealand side, again second best for much of the third day.
He hooked a 140 km/h flyer from Lee for a six out of the ground and into a nearby roadside garden and he straight hit over Lees head of another six.
But Cairns had a lucky escape when he given the benefit of the doubt by the video umpire when he casually failed to ground his bat in going for a second run and the wicket was knocked down from a throw from the outfield.
Minutes passed before the green light came on to keep him at crease but video replays showed his boot appeared to be on the crease, and not over it, which means he would be out.
The Australians, watching the replay on the large screen, were angered by the decision to give Cairns a big reprieve.
Earlier, captain Steve Waugh was left 151 not out as Australia were dismissed for 419.
New Zealand (1st innings): 298
Australia (1st innings): (318 for 5 overnight):
Slater c Parore b McMillan 143
Blewett c Astle b Doull 0
Warne lbw b Vettori 7
Langer c Parore b Cairns 12
M Waugh c Sinclair b Cairns 3
R Waugh not out 151
Martyn c Parore b McMillan 78
Gilchrist c Parore b OConnor 3
Lee lbw b OConnor 0
Miller c and b McMillan 4
McGrath c and b Cairns 14
Extras (lb1, nb3) 4
Total (all out, 102.3 overs) 419
Fall of wkts: 1-8, 2-29, 3-47, 4-51, 5-250, 6-364, 7-375, 8-375, 9-386, 10-419
Bowling: Cairns 26.3-2-110-3, Doull 19-3-78-1, Vettori 15-1-50-1, OConnor 26-2-78-2, Astle 11-2-45-0, McMillan 23-10-57-3.
New Zealand (2nd innings):
Horne b Lee 14
Spearman c Langer b Miller 38
Sinclair b Lee 0
Fleming not out 53
Astle b Warne 14
McMillan c M Waugh b Warne 0
Cairns not out 61
Extras (5 lb, 3b, 1nb) 9
Total (58 overs) 189
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-46, 3-69, 4-88, 5-88.
CALCUTTA, March 26 (PTI) Mohun Bagan celebrated their National Football League triumph in style by trouncing Tollygunge Aggragami 4-0 in their last engagement at the Salt Lake Stadium here today.
The fancied Mohun Bagan, who had secured the coveted title with two matches to spare by taking an unbeatable lead on the points table, exploited a sloppy defence to pump in goals with embarrassing ease much to the delight of their supporters.
Bagans Uzbekistan striker Igor Shkvirin struck two brilliant goals while their Brazilian recruit Jose Barreto chipped in with a goal in a rather one-sided contest. A same-side goal midway through the second session completed the tally.
Displaying their customary flourish, the green-and-maroon brigade shot into the lead in the 17th minute of the contest through a gem of a goal by the talented Barreto, giving no chance at all to the Tollygunge Aggragami custodian Rajat Ghosh Dasdidar.
Collecting a Basudeb Mondal through at the top of the box, Barreto outwitted a couple of defenders before unleashing a crisp right-footer to find the net.
Mohun Bagan consolidated their position 13 minutes later when Igor Shkvirin capitalised on a defensive lapse to find the target with a powerful volley.
Salgaocar finish 3rd
MARGAO: Down by a goal, Salgaocar rallied and made the most of a shaky Mahindra and Mahindra defence to script a 4-2 victory and finish third in 4th National Football League here today.
Salgaocar, who were the better side throughout and led 3-1 at half-time, scored through Sherifdeen O. Adenekan in the 11th minute, Joao Dos Santos (13th minute), Dharamjit Singh (33rd) and Bruno Coutinho (84th), while Abbas Ali Rizvi (3rd) and M. Najeeb (87th) reduced the margin for Mahindras.
Salgaocar, with 11 wins, six draws and five losses, ended their league engagements with 39 points to finish third behind champions Mohun Bagan (47 pts) and Churchill Brothers (41). Mahindras finished sixth on 33 points.
Mahindras started off well and took an early lead. Khalid Siddique tackled Salgaocar defender Francis Coelho and relayed the ball to Bassam-al-Khatib on the left, who centered it to Abbas Ali Rizvi near the goalmouth. Rizvi neatly headed the ball into the goal, giving Salgaocar custodian Juje Siddi no time to react.
Spurred by the reverse, Salgaocar rallied and scored twice within two minutes.
Dharamjit Singh sent the ball to Adenekan inside the box off a flag kick and the latter made no mistake in finding the net with a powerful header.
E. Bengal thwart Kochin
THRISSUR: East Bengal upset F.C. Kochins calculations of finishing third by defeating the fancied local club 2-1 in their last match of the fourth National Football League at the municipal grounds here today.
F.C. Kochin, who went into todays match with 34 points at the end of the 21st round, needed a win to keep alive their chances of improving their position, but were outclassed by the Bengal team.
The teams were locked 1-1 at half time.
The Kochi club had a chance of finishing third if they had won today and Mahindras won their match against Salgoacar, who were in third position, as of yesterday.
The local team shot into the lead through a 11th minute goal from K. Noushad. However, East Bengal equalised just two minutes later when Emmanuel Opoku scored.
Carlton Chapman found the match winner for East Bengal in the 75th minute.
East Bengal league finished with 32 points after todays win.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State Bank of Travancore (SBT) finished ninth when they drew 1-1 against Dempo, Goa, in their last match of the fourth National Football League here today.
The bankmen, in their maiden venture, qualified for next years league with 24 points from 22 matches, while the Goans were relegated to the second division after finishing last in the 12-team league with 11 points. The teams were locked 1-1 at the break.
In an evenly contested first 15 minutes, SBT held the edge and a combined move by V.P. Shaji, Ignatious and Ashif Saheer in the 13th minute saw the local team taking the lead. Saheer succeeded in beating the Dempo custodian Vikrant Sharma with a powerful shot from the left.
KINGSTON, March 26 (AFP) Zimbabwes bowlers once more made the West Indies batsmen suffer to take control of the second cricket Test at Sabina Park here.
Replying to Zimbabwes first innings total of 308, the West Indies struggled to 106 for four at the close on the second day yesterday with Wavel Hindu unbeaten on 12 and captain Jimmy Adams not out on nine.
Outside of a stroke-filled innings that lasted nearly three hours from opening batsman Sherwin Campbell, there was little substance from the other West Indies batsmen.
West Indies got a reasonable start from Campbell and left-handed partner Adrian Griffith.
Overnight 220 for five, Zimbabwe were terrorised by King and Rose to reach 286 for nine at lunch.
King generated great pace from the hard, true pitch to bag three wickets for 22 runs from 8.2 overs in the period on his way to career- best figures of five for 51 from 23 overs.
Rose gave him essential support at the other end and got appreciable movement.
King made the breakthrough with the ninth legitimate ball of the morning, when left-hander Campbell was adjudged lbw for one.
After lunch, Walsh became Test crickets second leading bowler when Stuart Carlisle was caught by wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs off Walsh for 44 about 24 minutes after the interval.
Carlisle and Olonga, unbeaten on 22, added 54 for the last wicket to add beef to their sides total.
The stand broke the record of 44 between Streak and Charlie Lock against South Africa at Harare in the 1995-96 home series.
Walsh, who now has 432 Test wickets in 114 Tests to pull a head of Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand on 431, ended with figures of two for 46 from 22.4 overs.
Zimbabwe (1st innings):
G. Flower c Jacobs b Walsh 2
Gripper c Walsh b King 11
Goodwin run out 113
Johnson c Gayle b King 0
A. Flower b Rose 66
Murphy b Rose 0
Campbell lbw b King 1
Carlisle c Jacobs b Walsh 44
Streak b King 2
Strang c Jacobs b King 13
Olonga not out 22
Extras: (b4, lb12, w2, nb16) 34
Total: (all out) 308
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-40, 3-40, 4-216, 5-216, 6-236, 7-229, 8-234, 9-254
Bowling: Ambrose 25-8-36-0; Walsh 22.4-6-46-2; King 23-8-51-5; Rose 24-8-69-2; Gayle 10-0-46-0; Adams 9-2-32-0; Chanderpaul 2-0-12-0.
West Indies (1st innings):
Griffith b Johnson 6
Campbell c Campbell b Murphy 48
Gayle c A. Flower b Olonga 13
Chanderpaul c A. Flower b Strang 12
Adams not out 9
Hinds not out 12
Extras: (lb1, nb5) 6
Total: (4 wkts) 106
Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-69, 3-85, 4-85.
NEW DELHI, March 26 (PTI) Former national champion Benjamin Siddi of Madras Engineering Group (MEG) punched his way to the semifinals in the bantamweight category while K. Nitayi Singh of Assam Rifles effected the first knock-out of the tournament on an eventful second day of the 22nd YMCA invitational boxing championships here today.
With the members of Indian team, including his illustrious colleague Ng Dingko Singh watching from ring side, Siddi, who won the title at Visakhapatnam early last year, landed a barrage of punches on Mohd Naseeruddin Ansari of Karnataka to force the referee to stop the fight in the third round.
Rifleman Nitayi Singh knocked out Akhilesh Gajja in the third round of the welterweight category to reach the semifinals while in a keenly contested bout, his teammate S.K. Thapa edged out Swinder Singh of Navy 49-34 on individual hits after the two were levelled 9-9 on computer points.
Seniors (all quarter-finals): Flyweight: S.K. Thapa (AR) b Swinder Singh (Navy) on points (9-9 - 49-34); Naveen Dev (Har) b Manoj Kumar Prajapati (UP) on points (27-13); Azaz Alam Haque (MEG) b Rajan Magar (BEG-R) RSC 4th rd; B Rajesh Jhakar (1 STC, Jabalpur) b Rozam Liana (Air Force) on points (13-12).
Bantam weight: C.H. Rama Rao (SAI, Hyd) b Ajay Negi (N. Rlys) on points (9-5); T.S. Chalam (1 STC) b Bhupendra Singh on points (17-6); B.D. Mandal (AR) b Virendra Bisht (Har) RSC 3r rd; Benjamin Sidi (MEG) b Mohd Naseeruddin Ansari (Kar) RSC 3rd rd.
Feather weight: Rajan Mahato (Navy) b C. Nandi Raj (SAI - Hyd) on points (17-12); Ganes Giri (BEG-R) b Y. Rishikanta (AR) on points (19-16); R. Shankar (Kar) b A.K. Shukla (Air Force) RSC 3rd rd; D. Suresh (MEG) b Chandan Singh (1 STC) on points (24-20).
Light welter weight: Kiran R. Naik (1 STC) b Virender Singh (Har) RSC 2nd rd; K. Mani (MEG) b Poran Lal (N. Rly) on points (3-2); Hari Vishnu Kumar (Kar) b Ajee C B (Air Force) RSC 1st rd; Hayat Singh (BEG-R) b Deepak Tamang (AR) w/o.
Welter weight: D. Bhagya Rajan (MEG) b Shivom Jai Bhagwan (BEG) RSC 1st rd; K. Nitayi Singh (AR) b Akhilesh Gajja (N. Rly) k/o; Satish Kumar (Navy) b S. Gaharin Singh (Kar) RSC 3rd rd; A. Haridas Singh (Air Force) b Phul Kumar RSC 3rd rd.
Light middle weight: K.S. Koranga (SAI, Hyd) b Prem Chand (N. Rly) on points (17-7); Vishal Dave (Navy) b Bhagwan Singh (BEG-R) on points (19-12); G.S. Chaun (AR) b Surender Singh on points (16-2); K. Babu Rao (MEG) b V.K. Sharma (Air Force) on points (5-4).
Juniors: Light Flyweight: Trilok Singh (DEL-A) b Santosh Shivkumar (MEG) on points 24-14; Manoj Baina (DEL-C) by Lalcham Kima (Air Force) on points (18-2).
MILTON KEYNES (England), March 26 (PTI) Asian Games silver medallist Indias chances of making it to Sydney dimmed yesterday when they were stunned 0-1 by minnows Ireland in their second match of the Olympic hockey qualifying tournament here today.
The Indians, who went down 1-3 to Barcelona Olympics champions Spain earlier, slumped to their second successive defeat in the five-team group A and face an uphill task in the race for the five qualifying spots.
The five qualifiers will join defending champions and host Australia, and the continental winners the Netherlands, Korea, Argentina and South Africa in Sydney summer games.
Forward Rachael Kohler scored the all important goal for Ireland in the 28th minute of the match off a penalty corner.
The Indians, playing the tournament without five star players - star forward Pritam Rani Siwach, Nidhi Khullar, Manjinder Kaur, Sandeep Kaur and Sita Gussain who all formed the core of the 1998 Bangkok games team failed to master the damp conditions and also struggled to control the game.
With four new faces in the squad, the Indian eves looked out of sorts against the European style of physical play and were also not helped much by the umpires who failed to penalise a number of rough tackles by the Irishwomen.
The match got off to a false start when the players were forced in after 30 seconds because of a sudden hailstorm.
On resumption, the Indians looked clearly nervous and made a number of errors, allowing the Irishwomen to take control of the match.
Ireland made a number of attacks with the hardworking Catrina Carey and Loura Brown dominating the midfield.
They were rewarded when the 25-year-old Kohler, who recently completed 100 international appearances for her country, showed fine opportunism to slot a rebound off a penalty corner drive by Arlene Boyle.
The Indians made a number of attacks but could not beat the Irish defence.
Coach Gurdiyal Singh Bhangu was a dejected man after the match and blamed the loss on his teams lack of exposure to the English conditions.
With this win Ireland joined Germany and Spain at the top of the group, both of whom also won their opening matches.
India, who have no
points from two matches and now have matches against
European powerhouse Germany on Monday and the USA in
their final league match on Wednesday, can still make it
to Sydney as the fifth team through the fifth-sixth place
Srinivas Rao for Kings Cup
PATIALA, March 26 The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) has announced a five member boxing squad for the Kings Cup scheduled to be held at Bangkok from April 1 to 7.
The team which was announced yesterday assumes significance as the Kings Cup is the last pre-Olympic qualifying tournament before the Sydney Olympics and it may enable a couple of more Indians to make the grade for Sydney.
The five-member squad, led by ace pugilist Dingko Singh, left the city today morning for New Delhi, enroute to Bangkok, after attending a month long camp at the NIS here.
The team, apart from Dingko Singh, comprises Srinivas Rao, who won the gold at the Grand Prix boxing tournament at Prague, Sanjit Singh, who won a bronze at Prague, Narender Rana and B. Ramanand.
Three Indian pugilists Gurcharan Singh (81 kgs) Jitendera Kumar (75 kgs) and Suresh Singh (48 kgs) have already qualified for Sydney. The Indians, had a total of 12 berths open, one in each category, but the boxing federation opted to try their luck in only seven weight categories.
Although the chief coach of the Indian squad G.S. Sandhu was not available for comments, sources say that non qualification of Dingko Singh for the Olympics is proving to be a big worry. The pugilist, who won a gold in the Bangkok Asian Games in the bantam weight category, was declared the best boxer in the last Kings Cup. After the Bangkok genies, Dingko was considered to be a certainty for Sydney, but loss of form during the qualification tournaments added to the boxers woes. To complicate things, Dingko has been plagued by a thumb injury which he sustained during the Manipur National Games. The Services boxer, sources say, was fielded in the inter-Services boxing competition held at Pune, which were held after the National Games even as he carried an injury.
If Dingko falters in the
Kings Cup, it will finally be quits for the Services
boxer. Apart from Dingko, Indians will be looking for
atleast one more berth for the Olympics. The choice may
fall between either B. Ramanand, who in the camp here,
has showed that he is in fine fettle, or Narender Rana.
Incidentally, in the Prague Grand Prix, B. Ramanand
sustained an eye injury due to which the Indian think
tank did not field him in the final. Both Srinivas Rao
and Sanjit Singh are also on a high confidence level and
it will be a major achievement for the Indians if atleast
two more boxers add their names to the three already
qualified for the Sydney Olympics.
PATIALA, March 26 Madan Lal of Patiala among men and Amita Kumari among women won titles in the 25 to 35 years age group show in the two-day Punjab Yoga Championships which concluded here today.
The other results are 8-11 (boys): Ashish Gupta, Manpreet Singh 2, Karamjit Singh 3, (girls): Harpreet Kaur and Amritpreet Kaur-joint 1, Shruti 2, Divjot Kaur 3.
11-14 (boys): Rajwinder Singh and Kewal Singh - joint Ist, Gurjit Singh 2, Amandeep Singh 3, (girls): Heena Gupta 1, Mukta 2, Deepti 3.
14-17 (boys): Rishitosh Bhardwaj 1, Sarvpriya Sood 2, (Girls): Priya Jolly 1.
17-21 (boys): Ashutosh Bhardwaj 1.
21-25 (boys): Satish Kumar 1. (Girls): Harsharan Kaur 1, Sukhdeep Kaur 2, Seema 3.
25-35 age group (men): Madan Lal 1, Dharamvir Kumar 2. (Women): Amita Kumar 1, Shavinder Kaur 2.
35-45 (women): Kamal Malhotra 1, Neelam Sood 2, Jitender Kaur 3.
Tinku help PSEB win
LUDHIANA, March 26 Despite a fine display by Hari Krishan (4 for 41 and 58) and an equally useful batting by Gurminder Garry, Patiala XI lost to Punjab State Electricity Board, Patiala by 18 runs in the final of the third Bhagwan Valmik Cricket Cup tournament organised by Bhavadhas Cricket Board at the Daresi ground here today.
Patiala XI won the toss and put PSEB into bat. PSEB were 235 all out in the allotted 30 overs. Kulwinder Kanda and Sukhminder Tinku contributed 49 and 46 runs, respectively. They added 96 runs for the second wicket.
In reply, Patiala XI made 217 for nine. A fifth wicket partnership of 90 runs between Gurminder and Hari Krishan went in vain as they fell short of the target by 18 runs.
Mr Amarjit Singh Chawla, general secretary, Sikh Students Federation gave away the prizes.
The winners got prize of Rs 25,000 while the losers received Rs 11,000.
Hari Krishan of Patiala XI was declared the man of the match. Sanjeev Kapuria, Anup Kumar and Sandeep Kohli, all of PSEB were adjudged best batsman, best wicketkeeper and the best, all rounder, respectively, Manav Dhappar of LDCA XI was named the best bowler.
Brief score: PSEB all out : (Kulwinder Kanda 49, Sukhminder Tinku 46, Chander Shekhar 21, Ajay Joshi 15, Lakhbir Singh 16 n.o. Sandeep Kohli 12, Harikrishan 4 for 41, Roshan Lal 3 for 37, Gurpreet 2 for 53).
CHALAKUDY, March 26 (PTI) Formidable Bihar got off to an impressive start by thrashing Himachal Pradesh 6-0 in a cluster-II match of the 56th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy here today.
Captain Deepak Kumar Sinha of Bihar opened the floodgates in the 20th minute and medio Shamim Khan increased the lead in the 23rd. Striker Amjad Hussain struck twice in the 44th and 54th minute. Defender Bablu Thapa further consolidated Bihars position by scoring the fifth goal in the 60th minute, while substitute Saluka Kalunida rounded off the goal tally in the 72nd minute.
Bihar dominated the
entire proceedings of the match and had several goal
scoring chances. But their strikers, especially Amjad
Hussain, messed up quite a few inside the box. Amjad had
two easy chances midway through the first session in
quick succession, but he once drove over the bar after a
solo effort. On another occasion, he had only HP
custodian Govind Thappa in front, but instead of placing
the ball into the goal, he stopped for a while and lobbed
over the cross-piece.
JALANDHAR, March 26 More than 500 sportsmen of national and international repute will participate in the 25th BSF inter-frontier basketball, volleyball and kabaddi championship to be organised at the Border Security Force headquarters, Jalandhar, from March 27 to 30.
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