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Sachin-Kambli record goes for a six
13-yr-olds from Hyderabad score unbeaten 721 in 40 overs 

Hyderabad, November 16
B. Manoj Kumar and Mohamed Shaibaaz Tumbi stunned the cricket fraternity by smashing the Tendulkar-Kambli record for highest partnership by putting on 721 runs in 40 overs. The duo struck triple centuries each in the under-13 inter-school one-day cricket match here yesterday to wipe out the long-standing record of 664 runs registered by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli in 1987-88 for their school Sharadashram Vidyamandir in Bombay.
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Manoj Kumar (left) and Mohammed Shaibaz Tumbi of the St Peters High School — who shared a record-breaking partnership of 721 — in Hyderabad Manoj Kumar (left) and Mohammed Shaibaz Tumbi of the St Peters High School — who shared a record-breaking partnership of 721 — in Hyderabad on Thursday. — AFP photo

Duleep Trophy
North crowned champs

Kolkata, November 16
North Zone lifted the Duleep Trophy for the 17th time today, defeating Sri Lanka A by eight wickets, in face of a resolute hundred from Malinda Warnapura at the Eden Gardens here. Warnapura was unbeaten on 149 in a total of 426, but a target of 87 was too easy for North, who won in 18.1 overs with Aakash Chopra backing his first-innings hundred with an unbeaten 51.

Jubilant North Zone cricketers pose with the Duleep Trophy in Kolkata Jubilant North Zone cricketers pose with the Duleep Trophy in Kolkata on Thursday. — PTI photo


 

 

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a match with Tommy Robredo of Spain at the Masters Cup in Shanghai
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a match with Tommy Robredo of Spain at the Masters Cup in Shanghai on Wednesday. Nadal won 7-6, 6-2. — Reuters

 

EARLIER STORIES




India let SA off the hook
Benoni, November 16
Comeback seniors Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan made a strong statement but India let South Africa A off the hook in the tour opening cricket one-dayer here today.

Sreesanth, Pathan are finished: Sarfraz
New Delhi, November 16
Pakistani bowling great Sarfraz Nawaz says Irfan Pathan and S Sreesanth are finished as world class bowlers and blames a combination of modern coaching methods and muddled thinking by the Indian team management for that.

Paes-Damm in semis
Shanghai, November 16
Dame luck smiled on sixth seeds Leander Paes and his Czech comrade-in-arms Martin Damm who beat seventh sends Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram and pipped top seeds Bryan brothers to move into the semifinal of the Tennis Masters Cup by virtue of winning percentage of sets.

Pawar shocks top seed Chetan
Mumbai, November 16
Anand Pawar created a big ripple in the $10,000 Indian International Badminton Tournament when he knocked out top seeded compatriot Chetan Anand in straight games to enter the men’s singles semi-finals here today.

Durand Cup
JCT down TFA

New Delhi, November 16
Air India made light of the absence of regular coach Bimal Ghosh and came from behind to beat Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 in the pre-quarterfinal league of the Durand Cup football at the Ambedkar Stadium here today.

Punjab make winning start
Chandigarh, November 16
Hosts Punjab made a winning start in the 43rd Junior National Football Championship, defeating Haryana 3-1 in the inaugural tie at Malerkotla’s Zakir Hussain Stadium today.

Jyoti in joint lead
Hong Kong, November 16
Jyoti Randhawa played a brilliant back nine to card a first round of six-under 64 and take a share of the lead at the $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open at the Fanling Country Club here today. The 34-year-old Indian began sedately with four pars and a bogey on the fifth hole, but then went into an overdrive and had seven birdies between the seventh and 18th holes.

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Jyoti Randhawa hits a ball at the 18th fairway during the first round of the Hong Kong Open Golf Tournament on Thursday. — Reuters photo

Jyoti Randhawa hits a ball at the 18th fairway during the first round of the Hong Kong

 


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Sachin-Kambli record goes for a six
13-yr-olds from Hyderabad score unbeaten 721 in 40 overs 

Hyderabad, November 16
B. Manoj Kumar and Mohamed Shaibaaz Tumbi stunned the cricket fraternity by smashing the Tendulkar-Kambli record for highest partnership by putting on 721 runs in 40 overs.

The duo struck triple centuries each in the under-13 inter-school one-day cricket match here yesterday to wipe out the long-standing record of 664 runs registered by Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli in 1987-88 for their school Sharadashram Vidyamandir in Bombay.

Top six partnerships

721: M. Kumar & M. S. Tumbi in 2006-07
664: V. Kambli & S. Tendulkar in 1987-88
641: T. Patton & N. Rippon in 1913-14
623: W. C. Oates & F. J. Fitzgerald in 1895
605: A. H. Trevor & G. F.  Vernon in 1882
601:
Mohsin Khan & Saeed Khan in 1972-73
 

“We thought of playing full 40 overs and scoring centuries because first year’s selection is very important,” said Manoj, whose role model is Yuvraj Singh.

Shaibaaz, who idolises Tendulkar, said, “Actually we didn’t plan this. We just kept on playing. We thought we have to stick for 40 overs on the wicket”.

Manoj cracked 320 off 127 balls studded with 46 fours while Shaibaaz hit 324 laced with 67 hits to the fence for St. Peter’s High School at the Gymkhana Ground against St. Phillip’s High School yesterday.

It is a first instance of two triple centuries being scored in the same innings in limited-overs cricket.

Their baffled opponents folded up for 21 in seven overs.

Manoj and Shaibaaz said their rivals were so tired of fielding that they stopped chasing the ball towards the end.

“In almost 15 overs, he completed his century and I completed my 120 runs. So they were really tired and were just walking and not running behind the balls,” Shaibaaz said.

“The umpires were also telling us that you just declare and go because they (the opponents) cannot outscore you. But we said we want to at least complete 300 runs and then more.”

Asked what were they telling each other during their stint in the middle, Manoj said “we were telling that let us score competitively. We should play our natural game and play according to the merit of the ball”.

He, however, denied that there was any kind of competition among them. “He (Shaibaaz) was scoring faster than me, completing the double and then triple century first. But lastly I gained concentration and scored 320,” Manoj said.

About reaching the record mark, Shaibaaz said, “When we crossed 600-mark, our coach told us ‘64 more runs’ and we were set for a record. We got those runs quickly and completed the record.”

Despite their world-record feat, Shaibaaz and Manoj have their feet firmly on ground and are not taking their places in the team for granted.

“We don’t think so. There are players who are better than us. They will also play and try to get the runs,” said Manoj.

“Triple century does not mean that we are on the tree. We have to learn more techniques and think how to get further”.

The youngsters were felicitated at St. Peters School in Bowenpally, on the northwestern outskirts of the city, at a simple function this morning.

Cheques for Rs 5000 each were awarded to them by Principal Saroja amidst loud applause from their school mates.

Coach Harish Kumar was all praise for his wards, students of class eighth. “While Tendulkar and Kambli created the record in three days, our boys scored 721 runs in 40 overs,” he said. — PTI

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Duleep Trophy
North crowned champs

Kolkata, November 16
North Zone lifted the Duleep Trophy for the 17th time today, defeating Sri Lanka A by eight wickets, in face of a resolute hundred from Malinda Warnapura at the Eden Gardens here.

Warnapura was unbeaten on 149 in a total of 426, but a target of 87 was too easy for North, who won in 18.1 overs with Aakash Chopra backing his first-innings hundred with an unbeaten 51.

North remain the most successful team in the history of Duleep Trophy and had last won the tournament in 2003-04 in Mohali.

The victory today was inevitable once Sri Lanka A lost the plot in their first innings being skittled out for a paltry 296 on a batting paradise.

North piled on their agony posting a Herculean total of 636.

With a 300 plus run deficit on their shoulders it was impossible to save the match and the inevitable happened. They lost the first four wickets yesterday and began 81 runs behind today, and lost four wickets in the first session.

Chamara Silva, Kaushal Silva and Rangana Herath all got quick starts but were done in by their flamboyant strokeplay and sometimes the lack of it. At the other end was Warnapura, all resolve or skill. Overnight on 82, Warnapura was cautious while in the nineties, but brought up his hundred with a four off Ashish Nehra and collected three more in the bowler's next.

Warnapura battled on amid a ruin of wickets as Sri lanka A raced towards their doom.

Rajesh Sharma, the offspinner from Punjab, picked two more to finish with season's second first-class five wicket haul. Nehra, who looked rusty and out of sorts, got the wickets of Kaushal and Herath, while Mithun Manhas got one to ensure an Indian victory.

North reached the target of 87 losing Ricky and Gambhir, but an undefeated 51 from Akash Chopra meant that North were unstoppable.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka A (1st innings) 296
North Zone (1st innings) 636 for 7 dec
Sri Lanka A (2nd innings)
Vandort b R. Sharma 37
Udawatte c Rawat
b J. Sharma 28
Warnapura not out 149
Samaraweera
b R. Sharma 31
Mubarak lbw R. Sharma 36
L. Silva lbw J. Sharma 34
J. Silva lbw Nehra 35
Herath c Gagandeep
b Nehra 23
Ganegama c Nehra
b R. Sharma 4
Prasad lbw R. Sharma 17
Amerasinghe c Chopra
b Manhas 1

Extras (b-8, lb-11, w-1, nb-11) 31
Total (all out,113 overs) 426
Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-71, 3-139, 4-229, 5-272, 6-316, 7-346, 8-370, 9-417.
Bowling: Nehra 30-6-124-2, Gagandeep 18-4-58-0, 43-12-119-5, R. Sharma 43-12-119-5, J. Sharma 18-2-95-2, Manhas 4-1-11-1.

North Zone (2nd innings)
Chopra not out 51
Gambhir c Vandort
b Herath 16
Ricky c Mendis
b Mubarak 18
J. Sharma not out 0

Extras (nb-2) 2
Total (2 wkts, 18.1 overs) 87
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-83.
Bowling: Ganegama 6-0-24-0, Amerasinghe 2-0-6-0, Herath 7.1-0-42-1, Prasad 1-0-12-0, Mubarak 2-0-3-1. — UNI 

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India let SA off the hook

Benoni, November 16
Comeback seniors Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan made a strong statement but India let South Africa A off the hook in the tour opening cricket one-dayer here today.

The Indians failed to deliver the killer punch as South Africa A recovered from a top order collapse to post a challenging 255 for eight in the day-night clash at the Willowmoore Park stadium.

Zaheer (3-43) and Kumble (2-31) triggered a middle order collapse to reduce the hosts to 116 for six but half-centuries from Jacques Rudolph and Albie Morkel got the South Africans out of the hole.

Rudolph hammered a thunderous 72 not out that came from 53 balls and contained seven fours and two sixes.

The left-hander added 96 runs for the crucial seventh wicket with Morkel who made an equally pugnacious 57 with five fours and three sixes.

Thanks to the duo's brilliant counter-attack, South Africa A rebounded from losing three wickets in the space of six balls after being placed at 114 for three at one stage.

Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel picked one wicket each.

Earlier, India suffered a setback when Virender Sehwag suffered a cut in his middle finger and was ruled out of the match.

Wasim Jaffer took his place in the side.

Kumble took his two wickets off successive balls from the quota of 10 overs bowled in one spell while Zaheer struck when the hosts were just threatening to lay a strong base.

The form of these two returning seniors eased the creases on the foreheads of Indians who were rattled by a strong base the fourth wicket pair of Neil McKenzie (47) and Ashwell Prince (31) were building for their team.

Prince, a regular in South Africa's Test eleven, lofted one in the covers in order to prop up the falling run-rate and then Kumble snared two off successive deliveries.

It briefly allowed the visitors a hold on the proceedings before Rudolph and Morkel put them to sword.

The two paced themselves brilliantly before exploding in the final stretch, Morkel in particular, who smashed 19 runs in Munaf Patel's eighth over, the 46th of the innings.

Scoreboard
South Africa A

Morne c Dhoni b Patel 7
Peterson c Sachin b Zaheer 38
Amla c Dhoni b Zaheer 10
McKenzie lbw Kumble 47
Prince c Dravid b Pathan 31
Rudolph not out 72
Wath lbw Kumble 0
Morkel c Kaif b Zaheer 57
Telemachus run out 2
Thomas not out 1

Extras (lb-4, w-8, nb-2) 14
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 255
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-44, 3-57, 4-114, 5-116, 6-116, 7-212, 8-232.
Bowling: Pathan 9-0-38-1, Patel 9-3-63-1, Zaheer 10-1-43-3, Sreesanth 10-1-62-0, Kumble 10-0-31-2, Sachin 2-0-14-0. — PTI

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Sreesanth, Pathan are finished: Sarfraz

New Delhi, November 16
Pakistani bowling great Sarfraz Nawaz says Irfan Pathan and S Sreesanth are finished as world class bowlers and blames a combination of modern coaching methods and muddled thinking by the Indian team management for that.

The fast bowler of yesteryears, here on a short coaching assignment on the invitation of Delhi and District Cricket Association, surprised one and all with his forthright comments on problems faced by India with regard to fast bowling and his knowledge on the subject.

The 57-year-old said India coach Greg Chappell had invited him to give tips to the Indian pacers when they visited Pakistan earlier this year, and although he exactly pointed out the wrongs in their techniques and told them how they could rectified, he did not see any improvement in their bowling thereafter.

“In the case of Sreesanth, when I saw him in Pakistan he was a match-winning bowler. But from what I saw him in the last match in the Champions Trophy, he is finished,” Sarfraz, who played in 55 Tests and took 177 wickets, said at a press conference here last evening.

“His line and length are gone. Whatever the minute things I told them (in Pakistan), I saw no big difference when I saw them again.” In the case of Pathan, Sarfraz said, Chappell and captain Rahul Dravid should be more prudent in entrusting responsibilities on the youngster.

“I told Chappell and Dravid, ‘look, you must give him the sole responsibility of getting a side out and win a match for you’,” said the Lahore-born bowler, considered as one of the exponents of reverse swing.

“When you divert his attention by asking him to score runs and also take wickets, his mentality becomes that ‘if I score runs, it is OK even if I don’t take wickets’.” On technicalities, Sarfraz said, “Pathan has slowed up at his finish (in the run up). He is also releasing the ball early.

“When you release the ball a little late, it means you are delivering with the arm at a less height. That way you hit the deck a bit more hard and would also be able get that extra bit of swing.

“And when you release the ball from a height, it also means you are one foot away from the batsman, so you lose that extra yard of pace.” Asked about the drop in pace in Munaf Patel’s bowling, Sarfraz said it probably had to do with the bowler’s fitness.

“In the beginning he was sharp, but in the last match he did not have any speed,” the legend said.

Asked if the Indian bowlers were suffering from over-coaching and whether having a specialised fast bowling coach would help them, Sarfraz said it depended on who they were taking help from.

“Today, you become a coach if you pass an exam. To me, a coach has to work like a doctor diagnoses his patient because technique is not something that anybody can come and teach,” he said. — PTI

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Paes-Damm in semis

Shanghai, November 16
Dame luck smiled on sixth seeds Leander Paes and his Czech comrade-in-arms Martin Damm who beat seventh sends Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram and pipped top seeds Bryan brothers to move into the semifinal of the Tennis Masters Cup by virtue of winning percentage of sets.

The Indo-Czech pair proved third time lucky and after two straight defeats, they finally recorded a 6-4, 7-6(6) win against the Erlich-Ram pair to finish their Red Group round robin assignments with a 1-2 record.

Paes and Damm showed better co-ordination today and claimed the first set playing compact tennis.

Their rivals managed to stretch the second set to tie-breaker but Paes and Damm held their nerve in crunch situation and in the end, came out with flying colours.

They had previously lost the first two matches against Paul Hanley-Kevin Ullyett pair before Bob and Mike Bryan also tamed them after a three-set thriller.

The Indo-Czech pair owes their semifinal berth to fourth seeds Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett who stunned the Bryan siblings 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to come out of the round-robin league with a perfect 3-0 record and book their semifinal berth.

After the round-robin phase, Paes-Damm, Erlich-Ram and the Bryans finished with a 1-2 record but Paes and Damm won the spot because of highest winning percentage of sets. — UNI 

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Pawar shocks top seed Chetan

Mumbai, November 16
Anand Pawar created a big ripple in the $10,000 Indian International Badminton Tournament when he knocked out top seeded compatriot Chetan Anand in straight games to enter the men’s singles semi-finals here today.

Mumbai-based Pawar, son of former doubles national champion Uday and who is ranked almost 100 places below his fancied rival Anand, won 21-16, 21-19 in 45-minutes to set up a meeting with Korea’s Cheol Ho Lee for a berth in the final.

Pawar, ranked 128th as compared to Anand’s world ranking of 30, dominated the encounter right through against an error-prone Anand in their quarterfinal clash.

Giant-slayer Ajay Jayaram, another Mumbai player who had shocked Dane Peter Mikkelsen in the pre-quarter finals, bowed out in the next round but after giving Korean Lee, ranked 74th globally a tough time in their fight for a place in the semis.

Jayaram was defeated by Lee 21-10, 18-21, 21-18 in 45 minutes. The Indian led 8-7 in the final game before his rival took control and jumped to a 14-9 lead and never conceded that advantage till the end.

The other semi-final pits 170th ranked Min Moon Jung of Korea, conqueror of Dane Michael Christiansen in the quarters, against Indian left-hander Nikhil Kanetkar, ranked 86th and who shut out another Korean shuttler Hun Dong Kim in straight games.

Only top seed Saina Nehwal was left in the women’s singles draw after the quarter finals. Saina, the world junior runner-up, easily got past the challenge of Ruth Misha, also of India, in straight games for a last four berth. — PTI

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Durand Cup
JCT down TFA

New Delhi, November 16
Air India made light of the absence of regular coach Bimal Ghosh and came from behind to beat Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 in the pre-quarterfinal league of the Durand Cup football at the Ambedkar Stadium here today.

Mohammedan went ahead in the fourth minute of the Group 'A' encounter through a Noel Wilson goal, while the Mumbai outfit struck back through Noel Fernandes (39th) and Bashiru Abbas (81st) to take a big step towards the quarterfinals.

JCT Mills, Phagwara, struck twice in three minutes to overcome the challenge of Tata Football Academy, Jamshedpur, 2-0 in Group 'B'.

Captain Parveen Kumar found the net in the 78th minute, while Nigerian Chidi Edeh slammed home in the 81st to give his side the ideal start in the competition.

Mohammedan got off to a perfect beginning when a quick interchange of passes between Bijen Singh Harvinder Singh created space for Noel Wilson to shoot, and the midfielder's shot beat Raju Ekka in goal.

Air India, guided by assistant coach Yusuf Ansari due to the ill-health of regular coach Bimal Ghosh, tried to hit back, but a snap shot from Samson Singh flew wide.

They got a golden chance to equalise when confusion between Mohammedan defenders Sulaiman and Asim Das left Bashiru Abbas unmarked but he shot over the bar from inside the penalty box.

Air India equalised in spectacular fashion. A long throw from Uttam Singh came through a crowded penalty area to Fernandes, whose bicycle kick found the back of the S K Nasibul's net. — PTI

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Punjab make winning start
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 16
Hosts Punjab made a winning start in the 43rd Junior National Football Championship, defeating Haryana 3-1 in the inaugural tie at Malerkotla’s Zakir Hussain Stadium today.

The hero of Punjab’s victory was Dalbir Singh who scored two goals in the 14th and 17th minutes. Gurvinder Singh scored the third goal for Punjab in the 76th minute.

For Haryana, SS Bhardwaj managed to pull one back to reduce the margin.

In the second match, Chandigarh rallied to hold Uttar Pradesh 1-1 with a late equaliser through Gyaneshwar in the 80th minute after conceding a goal in the 33rd minute.

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Jyoti in joint lead

Hong Kong, November 16
Jyoti Randhawa played a brilliant back nine to card a first round of six-under 64 and take a share of the lead at the $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open at the Fanling Country Club here today.

The 34-year-old Indian began sedately with four pars and a bogey on the fifth hole, but then went into an overdrive and had seven birdies between the seventh and 18th holes.

Randhawa, who led for the first half of the HSBC Champions before fading away on the final day and ending tied ninth last week in Shanghai, shared the top position with Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara who had a bogey-free round.

Jeev Milkha Singh, leader on the UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit, had a great start with a four-under 66 that gave him a share of sixth place with four others.

Liang Wenchong of China, Graeme Storm of England and Gregory Bourdy of France were tied third at five-under.

Of the other Indians in the field, Rahil Gangjee and Gaurav Ghei shot even par 70 each and were tied 59th. Both had four birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey each.

Harmeet Kahlon had two birdies and five and was lying tied 115th, while SSP Chowrasia shot two birdies and four bogeys in 74 and was tied 125th.

Kapur tied 12th

Miyazaki: Shiv Kapur holed a birdie in the closing stages to finish even par 70 in the first round of the 200 million Yen Dunlop Phoenix Golf tournament at the Phoenix Country Club.

The 24-year-old Indian, who was the Rookie of the year on Asian Tour in 2005, shot a 70 after being one-over for the front nine to be tied 12th. He was five shots off the leader Shingo Katayama, who also leads the Japan Tour Money List.

Kapur had a bogey on second and then birdied the fifth, only to drop shots on seventh and eighth to go two-over. He birdied the ninth to be one-over at the turn.

On the back nine, he parred seven holes before finding a birdie on 17th and then parred the last to end even par for the day. — PTI

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