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India win by 51 runs, level series
Abu Dhabi, April 19
Virender Sehwag overcame his worst slump in form to play a vital role in India’s emphatic 51-run series-equalling win in the two-match DLF Cup one-day cricket tournament against Pakistan here today.





Rahul Dravid in action during the second one-day between India and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. — AFP photo
Rahul Dravid in action during the second one-day between India and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi

South Africa cruise to victory
Centurion, April 19
Makhaya Ntini completed his second successive 10-wicket haul as South Africa beat New Zealand by 128 runs on the fifth day of the first Test at Centurion Park today.

B’desh struggle after Gillespie’s record 201

Chittagong, April 19
A world record 201 not out by nightwatchman Jason Gillespie steered Australia to a commanding lead in the second Test against Bangladesh today.
Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie raises his bat in celebration of his double century during the fourth day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Wednesday. — AFP photo

Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie raises his bat in celebration of his double century during the fourth day of the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Wednesday

ICC’s GM endorses right to challenge umpire’s verdict
Melbourne, April 19
Joining the debate over Ricky Ponting being penalised for challenging the umpires’ decision, the ICC’s General Manager Dave Richardson has called for such a right being given to captains in one-day internationals.


Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain returns the ball to Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina during the second round of the Monte Carlo Open in Monaco on Wednesday
Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain returns the ball to Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina during the second round of the Monte Carlo Open in Monaco on Wednesday. Ferrero won 6-1, 6-2. — Reuters

EARLIER STORIES
  Rudi Koertzen is 150 not out
ABU DHABI: Emirates Elite Panel umpire Rudi Koertzen has become the second umpire, after David Shepherd, to officiate in 150 one day international matches.

Mukesh sets greens ablaze
Equals Jeev Milkha’s record
Chandigarh , April 19
It was Mukesh, Mukesh and Mukesh. Yes this 39-year-old golfer from Mhow set the Chandigarh Golf Club greens ablaze returning a seven-under card of 65 and tied the course record with Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Singh on the second day of the Hero Golf Chandigarh Open here today. Mukesh fired four birdies and an eagle in his last six holes to tie the course record of 65 and also grab a four-shot lead in the Rs 12-lakh prize money event which forms the 16th leg of the Amby Valley PGAI Tour 2005-06 season.



Mukesh Kumar watches the “T” shot during the Hero Golf Chandigarh Open at the Chandigarh Golf Club on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

Mukesh Kumar watches the “T” shot during the Hero Golf Chandigarh Open at the Chandigarh Golf Club on

Bhaskaran satisfied with team’s showing
New Delhi, April 19
Vasudevan Bhaskaran would have preferred India to return home on a triumphant note, but he was not disappointed either with the team’s two-loss-one-win record in the four-nation tournament at Monchengladbach in Germany.

Pak qualify for World Cup
Karachi, April 19
Four-time champions Pakistan qualified for this September's World Cup hockey tournament in Germany, after reaching the semifinals of the qualifying tournament in Changzhou, China, today.

Prakash knocked out
Chikmagalur, April 19
Prakash Amritraj failed to capitalise on an early lead and lost to Jan Masik of the Czech Republic 5-7, 1-6 in the second round of the $ 25,000 Cafe Cup ATP Challenger tournament here today.

Fatehgarh Sahib Shooting meet
The Fatehgarh Sahib Shooters Club will organise the Third State-Level Shooters Competition at Mandi Gobindgarh next month, according to Mr Nakesh Jindal, founder president of the club.


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India win by 51 runs, level series

Abu Dhabi, April 19
Virender Sehwag overcame his worst slump in form to play a vital role in India’s emphatic 51-run series-equalling win in the two-match DLF Cup one-day cricket tournament against Pakistan here today.

It was a remarkable turnaround by the Indians after their 6-wicket defeat in the first match yesterday. Their efforts ensured they returned home with honours even.

After scoring a competitive 269 for 5, India bowled out Pakistan for 218 in 45.2 overs to register their 18th win in the last 24 matches. It was also India’s 25th win at a neutral venue against Pakistan who have played each other 64 times.

Pakistan have won 37 while there have been two no results.

The Indian victory was set up by the batsmen, especially the 138-run partnership between Sehwag and Rahul Dravid who once again led by example with a fine 92.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni also joined the party with a 59 while Yuvraj Singh provided the late thrust with a cameo 10-ball 24.

The total was never going to be easy to chase on a tricky Zayed Stadium track and other than Inzamam-ul Haq (79) and Shoaib Malik (45), none of the Pakistani batsmen could stand up to the challenge.

Irfan Pathan and Ramesh Powar starred for the hosts with the ball, claiming three wickets each to take the wind out of Pakistan’s sails.

Pakistan’s chase began on a shaky note as they lost opener Imran Farhat to Irfan Pathan for 8, the leg before dismissal giving Pathan his 100th wicket in one-dayers.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag announced his return to form with a typically cavalier knock of 73 as the Indian batsmen came into their own to post a challenging 269 for 5 in the second one-day cricket international against arch-rivals Pakistan here today.

It was a complete reversal of the script from yesterday’s match as the very Indian batsmen who looked pedestrian, turned it around to put in a performance worthy of their staggering reputations.

While Rahul Dravid led from the front with a 116-ball 92, Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with 59 to give their supporters at the Zayed Stadium a lot to cheer for.

Yuvraj Singh provided the late flourish with a cameo 24 off 10 balls that included a hat-trick of boundaries and a six off one Mohammad Asif over.

Scoreboard

India

Sehwag b Afridi 73

Dravid b Asif 92

Dhoni b Naved 59

Yuvraj c Asif b Naved 24

Raina run out 6

Pathan not out 7

Extras (lb-7, w-1) 8

Total (5 wickets, 50 overs) 269

Fall of wickets: 1-138, 2-228, 3-234, 4-255, 5-269.

Bowling: Asif 10-2-57-1, Naved 10-2-45-2, Anjum 10-1-51-0, Razzaq 5-0-39-0, Afridi 10-0 -39-1, Malik 5-0-31-0.

Pakistan

Shoaib c Yuvraj b Powar 46

Farhat lbw Pathan 8

Afridi b Pathan 0

Younis c Dhoni b Agarkar 5

Haq run out 79

Yousuf c Raina b Powar 5

Akmal c Dravid b Harbhajan 18

Razzaq c sub b Powar 1

Naved c Rao b Pathan 27

Anjum b Sreesanth 11

Asif not out 1

Extras (b-4, w-11, nb-2) 17

Total (all out, 45.2 overs) 218

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-23, 3-45, 4-91, 5-108, 6-147, 7-148, 8-198, 9-209.

Bowling: Pathan 10-0-35-3, Sreesanth 7.2-0-31-1, Agarkar 8-1-30-1, Harbhajan 10-0-57-1, Powar 10-0-61-3. — PTI

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South Africa cruise to victory

South Africa’s Makhaya Ntini  and Dale Steyn celebrate the victory over New Zealand as they leave the field
South Africa’s Makhaya Ntini (left) and Dale Steyn celebrate the victory over New Zealand as they leave the field on the fifth day of the first Test in Pretoria on Wednesday. — Reuters photo

Centurion, April 19
Makhaya Ntini completed his second successive 10-wicket haul as South Africa beat New Zealand by 128 runs on the fifth day of the first Test at Centurion Park today.

Ntini and fellow new ball bowler Dale Steyn captured five wickets each as New Zealand were bowled out for 120.

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said the extra pace of Ntini and Steyn, who both bowled as much as 15 km an hour faster than any of his bowlers, made a big difference on a pitch of unpredictable bounce.

Fleming said he hoped fast bowler Shane Bond, who could not play because of a knee injury, would be fit for the second Test starting in Cape Town on April 27.

“His pace does make a difference. There is plenty of time but the concern is that this injury has been around for a while and there has been no real improvement.” Fast bowler Michael Mason will be joining the team as cover for Bond.

South African captain Graeme Smith said his team had learnt from two tough series against Australia when they lost five out of six matches. Man-of-the-match Ntini finished with match figures of 10 for 146. It was his fourth 10-wicket haul and he became the first South African to do the feat in successive matches after taking 10 for 178 in a losing cause against Australia earlier this month.

Scoreboard

South Africa (1st innings) 276

New Zealand (1st innings) 327

South Africa (2nd innings) 299

New Zealand (2nd innings)

Marshall c Boucher b Ntini 25

Fulton c Boucher b Ntini 4

Mills c Dippenaar b Ntini 0

Fleming c Kallis b Steyn 6

Styris c Boucher b Steyn 2

Astle c De Villiers b Ntini 2

Oram b Ntini 2

McCullum c Dippenaar

b Steyn 33

Vettori c Boucher b Steyn 38

Franklin not out 0

Martin b Steyn 0

Extras (lb-2, nb-6) 8

Total (all out, 36 overs) 120

Falls of wickets: 1-5, 2-5, 3-17, 4-23, 5-26, 7-73, 8-119, 9-119.

Bowling: Ntini 14-3-51-5, Steyn 17-4-47-5, Pollock 5-1-20-0. — AFP

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B’desh struggle after Gillespie’s record 201

Chittagong, April 19
A world record 201 not out by nightwatchman Jason Gillespie steered Australia to a commanding lead in the second Test against Bangladesh today.

The previous record for a nightwatchman was 105 scored by compatriot Tony Mann in December, 1977, against India. Fast bowler Gillespie’s previous highest Test score was 54 not out and he now has a higher Test best than Mark or Steve Waugh.

Mike Hussey hit 182, his fourth Test century, and shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 320 with Gillespie who was 
celebrating his 31st birthday today and faced 425 balls.

The visitors declared their first innings on 581 for four, a lead of 384. Bangladesh were struggling to make Australia bat again after reaching 195 for four at close of play.

Opener Shahriar Nafees hit 75 not out and captain Habibul Bashar 49. Leg-spinner Shane Warne had taken three for 63 by the close, bowling 23 consecutive overs.

Australia had resumed on 364 for three after a rain-disrupted Tuesday. 
Hussey went for his strokes, hitting 21 fours and one six before being caught by Shahadat Hossain on the square-leg boundary off Aftab Ahmed with the score on 530.

Michael Clarke was 23 not out when the Australians declared. Gillespie hit 26 fours and two sixes.

The Australian score was the highest in an innings against Bangladesh, beating the 559 scored by West Indies in 2004.

Bangladesh opener Javed Omar was trapped lbw by Brett Lee on 19 and Warne dropped Bashar before he opened his account at slip off Gillespie.

Bashar and Nafees put together a 102-run partnership before Matthew Hayden caught the Bangladesh skipper at slip off Warne. Rajin Saleh was dismissed for five when was caught by Ricky Ponting at silly point off Warne.

Nafees, who was dropped on 29 by Hayden off Warne, faced 166 balls, hitting nine boundaries.

Australia won the first Test by three wickets.

Scoreboard

Bangladesh (1st innings) 197

Australia (1st innings)

Hayden c Kapali

b Rafique 29

Jacques c Nafees

b Rafique 66

Gillespie batting 201

Ponting run out 52

Hussey c Hossain

b Ahmed 182

Clarke batting 23

Extras (b-10, lb-10,

w-5, nb-3) 28

Total (for 4 wkts decl, 152.3 overs) 581

Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-120, 3-210, 4-530.

Bowling: Mortaza 26-3-114-0, Hossain 33-3-143-0, Rafique 48.3-10-145-2, Razzak 30-5-99-0, Saleh 8-0-32-0, Ahmed 7-1-28-1.

Bangladesh (2nd innings)

Omar lbw Lee 19

Nafees not out 75

Bashar c Hayden b Warne 49

Saleh c Ponting b Warne 5

Ashraful b Warne 29

Ahmed not out 1

Extras (b-7, lb-5,

nb-4, w-1) 17

Total (4 wickets) 195

Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-127, 3-137, 4-187.

Bowling: Lee 5-1-17-1, Gillespie 4-0-14-0, 
Warne 23-2-63-3, MacGill 15-2-60-0, Cullen 7-0-
29-0. — Reuters

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ICC’s GM endorses right to challenge
umpire’s verdict

Melbourne, April 19
Joining the debate over Ricky Ponting being penalised for challenging the umpires’ decision, the ICC’s General Manager Dave Richardson has called for such a right being given to captains in one-day internationals.

Richardson has prepared a report, to be tabled at next month’s ICC meeting, which endorses wider use of video replays and captains’ right to challenge an umpire’s decision in one-dayers.

“You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to work out that if we use it, it has to be along the lines of American football, where the players and the coach get to challenge a decision using replays,” Inside Sport magazine quoted Richardson as saying.

Richardson, who wants the ICC to trial the challenge system at the Champions Trophy in India during October and November, said increased use of replays would not impair the influence of the umpires.

“Cricket is about the authority of the umpire. We need the umpires on the field to make the decisions. In that way, you only end up challenging if there’s a really good chance there’s been a mistake.

“I would argue that it’s just another form of appealing.” Richardson said Hawkeye, the hotly debated technology that purports to prove the veracity of a leg-before appeal, was “not in the picture” for use by umpires.

“We just want it right. And as Hawkeye is, it just looks wrong sometimes. We’d never say no to anything, but it’s not in the picture,” he said. — PTI

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Rudi Koertzen is 150 not out

ABU DHABI: Emirates Elite Panel umpire Rudi Koertzen has become the second umpire, after David Shepherd, to officiate in 150 one day international matches.

Tuesday’s match between India and Pakistan here marked a significant moment in the umpire's career, as he appeared in his 150th one-day international.

By standing in the game, the 57 year-old has become only the second umpire in history to officiate in that number of ODIs, joining the now-retired David Shepherd in that very select club, according to an ICC release on Wednesday.

Koertzen made his international debut on December 9, 1992 in a match between India and South Africa in Port Elizabeth and since then has gone on to become one of the game's most respected officials, also standing in 73 Tests. — UNI

Fed Cup

NEW DELHI: Ankita Bhambri and Isha Lakhani will play the singles matches of the opening tie against Philippines on Thursday after India decided to preserve its top guns Sania Mirza and Shikha Uberoi in the Fed Cup Asia-Oceania zonal qualifiers in Seoul, Korea.

Captain and coach Enrico Piperno said he was forced to change the nominations since he wanted Sania and Shikha to be at their best against the tougher Chinese Taipei whom India take on later in the day. — PTI

Cricket meet

NEW DELHI: Fancied Sonnet Club scored a thrilling one-run victory against South Delhi Colts, thanks to an all-round display by Amardeep Sonkar (50 and 2 for 33), in the 16th All-India Om Nath Sood Cricket Tournament played at the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce ground here on Wednesday. Amardeep was adjudged the man of the match.

Scores: Sonnet Club: 195 for 5 in 40 overs (Amardeep Sonkar 50, Deepak Rajput 49, Yashpal Singh 47 n o, John Anthony 3 for 33). South Delhi Colts: 194 for 9 (Kshitij Bhardwaj 39, John Anthony 31, Ravi Sanger 26, Chetanya Nanda 2 for 29, Amardeep 2 for 33). — OSR

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Mukesh sets greens ablaze
Equals Jeev Milkha’s record
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , April 19
It was Mukesh, Mukesh and Mukesh. Yes this 39-year-old golfer from Mhow set the Chandigarh Golf Club greens ablaze returning a seven-under card of 65 and tied the course record with Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Singh on the second day of the Hero Golf Chandigarh Open here today.

Mukesh fired four birdies and an eagle in his last six holes to tie the course record of 65 and also grab a four-shot lead in the Rs 12-lakh prize money event which forms the 16th leg of the Amby Valley PGAI Tour 2005-06 season.

Overnight joint leader Uttam Singh Mundy added a 70 to his overnight 67 to be placed second at seven-under 137. The other overnight leader Vinod Kumar, despite firing eight birdies while losing seven strokes, was third at six-under 138. Vijay Kumar shot a sweet 66

Sixtytwo professionals and three amateurs — Rahul Bakshi, Gaganjeet Bhullar, H.S. Kang — made it to the last two rounds after the cut was applied at 8-over par 152. As many as local pros made the cut with defending champion Harinder Gupta tying for the 19th position with level par 144.

Mukesh Kumar who began the day at four-under 68, began his clinical round with a par and was soon in the thick of action making a birdie on the second. Soon it was nullified on the fourth when he missed a 10-footer. After a birdie on the fifth, the Mhow-based pro sank a 20-footer downhill putt to save another shot. He made the only other blemish on the par-4 12th where he missed a short par putt after being under a tree on his second shot.

Mukesh was a different player from then onwards, missing an eagle on the 13th from four feet after a good drive and a 6-iron approach. His putting improved as he progressed making a difficult downhill putt on the par-3 14 th for yet another birdie. With a long drive on the par-5 16th, he overshot the green with a sand wedge. However, he chipped-in from 40 feet for an eagle. With some awesome drives on the last two holes, he signed off with consecutive birdies.

“I was hitting it well and my putting though initially was awry, but got better as the round progressed. The greens were playing easy today as compared to the fist day,” said Mukesh.

Uttam made two birdies in the first three holes with a bogey sandwiched in between. A bogey-birdie finish on the 12th and 13th, respectively, he saved one more stroke on the par-516th to finish the day at two-over 70. “My putting was a suspect. I missed at least five birdies from about six feet,” said Uttam who made 31 putts for the day.

Vinod Kumar had a roller-coaster round making five birdies and four bogeys in his front nine. The birdies came on the 2nd , 4th , 5th , 6th and 8th while the bogeys came on the 1st , 3rd , 7th and 9th . On the back nine, he met with similar fate making birdies on the 11th and 16th. However, with a bogey and a double bogey finish, Vinod managed a round of 1-under. “I wasn’t driving the ball and failed to keep the ball on the fairway,” said Vinod who is supported by Mercedez Benz.

Top scores after 36 holes (Pro): 133 Mukesh Kumar (68,65); 137 Uttam Singh Mundy (67, 70); 138 Arjun Singh (68, 70), Vinod Kumar (67, 71); 139 Vijay Kumar (73, 66), Ranjit Singh (69, 70), Feroz Ali (68, 71), Rohit Chaudhary (68, 71); 140 Digvijay Singh (73, 67); 141 Mohd. Salim (70, 71), Shamim Khan (70, 71), C. Muniyappa (69, 72); 142 Amit Dube (71, 71), Amardip Malik (70, 72), Rafick Ali (70, 72); 143 A.S. Lehal (70, 73). Amateurs: 145 Rahul Bakshi (74, 71); 148 Gaganjeet Bhullar (72, 76); 149 H.S. Kang (74, 75).

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Bhaskaran satisfied with team’s showing
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, April 19
Vasudevan Bhaskaran would have preferred India to return home on a triumphant note, but he was not disappointed either with the team’s two-loss-one-win record in the four-nation tournament at Monchengladbach in Germany. He described the team’s first international outing under his coaching as satisfactory as in his estimation, things were falling in place, slowly but surely, though he admitted that there was still a long way to go before the combination could achieve that cutting edge in their overall display.

The coach said, on the team’s return to Delhi, that by and large, the team played according to the strategy and there was nothing much to complain about, considering the fact that Bhaskaran took over a demoralised squad after they had finished sixth in the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne following the sacking of Rajinder Singh Junior.

Bhaskaran, who led India to their last Olympic gold medal in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, said the focus at the four-nation tournament was on a disciplined approach by the team, and the execution of the game plan. India lost to Germany and Spain, but defeated Argentina to acquit themselves rather creditably.

Bhaskaran said he got just about a week to cobble together the team as a well-knit combination and the training camp at Gurgaon had a “positive impact” on the team. He wants to build on this good show to keep the morale of the boys high, and take their game to a new plane. Despite the two defeats, Bhaskaran was happy with the display of the forwards who scored seven goals in three matches with Sandeep Singh showing a lot of maturity and confidence in the execution of penalty corners.

The coach felt that had the defence played as well, the end result would have been different as the defence caved in when they should have held out. But these are early days, and Bhaskaran is determined to iron out the grey areas in the coming weeks.

“Overall, the defenders played well”, he noted. He said it was indeed a good augury that the team did not lose heart after two early set backs to bounce back and take a strong Argentina in their stride. He said an umpiring lapse cost the match against Spain after being tied 3-3. But Bhaskaran was not making an issue of it and said he would be striving to make the team function as a well-oiled machine with each player, assigned a particular task, expected to execute his task to suit the overall game plan of the team.

The former Olympian was happy that the players adjusted quite well to play three big matches within a short span, despite having to surmount a hectic schedule.

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Pak qualify for World Cup

Karachi, April 19
Four-time champions Pakistan qualified for this September's World Cup hockey tournament in Germany, after reaching the semifinals of the qualifying tournament in Changzhou, China, today.

Pakistan were held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Ireland that gave them second place in Group A behind England, who also earned a direct entry with a 1-0 win over Belgium.

After the league stages, England finished on top of Group A with 12 points while an unbeaten Pakistan secured 11 points.

Situation in Group B remains tight with France, Korea, New Zealand and Japan all in with a chance to reach the semifinals.

The winner of the 5-6 playoff match will be the fifth team, apart from the semifinalists, to qualify for the World Cup.

After England and Pakistan's qualification, nine of the 12 teams have earned births for the tournament to be played in German city of Monchengladbach from September 6 to 17.

Argentina, Australia, Spain, Germany, India, Netherlands and South Africa have already been guaranteed direct qualification in the tournament. — PTI

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Prakash knocked out

Chikmagalur, April 19
Prakash Amritraj failed to capitalise on an early lead and lost to Jan Masik of the Czech Republic 5-7, 1-6 in the second round of the $ 25,000 Cafe Cup ATP Challenger tournament here today.

The Indian Davis Cupper, seeded sixth here, started off on a positive note at the Centenary Stadium courts, breaking his opponent in the third game to go up 2-1, but thereafter he appeared to lose momentum.

Unseeded Masik broke the Indian in the 10th game to level the score at 5-5 and then tightened his grip over the match as he raised the level of his game.

Amritraj’s repeated attempts to stage a comeback in the second set proved futile. Masik, who had beaten his opponent at the recent Abu Dhabi tournament, raced to a 5-0 lead and by the time the Indian regained his touch, it was too late. — PTI

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Fatehgarh Sahib Shooting meet

The Fatehgarh Sahib Shooters Club will organise the Third State-Level Shooters Competition at Mandi Gobindgarh next month, according to Mr Nakesh Jindal, founder president of the club.

According to Mr Hukam Chand Bansal, chairman, O.P. Bansal School, Mandi Gobindgarh, a shooting range would be developed on the premises of the school.

Giving details about activities of the club, Mr Jindal said the club had organised two state-level shooting competitions.

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