‘Better late than never’
Mohali was a bad day, says Rajput
Lee jolts Lanka
Solanki joins ICL
Mixed day for Jeev
PHL fixtures should have been out: Ric
Black Elephant snatch victory
Kanpur ODI today
Kanpur, November 10
The ploy to go in with just four specialist bowlers on a good batting strip in Mohali did not bear dividends as the Indians failed to defend a massive 321 and the team management may consider brining back the in-form spinner Murali Kartik for the day match.
The hosts would do better to consider it now a three-match series that leaves them with no margin for error.
It would be interesting to see whether the Indians retain Virender Sehwag for the match. The right-hander did come up with a 25-run cameo in Mohali but India's bowling lost much of its sting in Kartik's absence. As a result, Harbhajan Singh looked a lesser threat. If fast bowlers hunt in pairs, spinners do it in tandem and Harbhajan and Kartik gave ample display of the fact in Guwahati.
An adamant Dhoni insisted India did not lack a specialist bowler in Mohali and pointed out how Sourav Ganguly chipped in there.
While Ganguly (9-0-55-0) did bowl better than Zaheer Khan (10-0-70-1), Dhoni missed the point that Ganguly's military medium pace does not allow him to really set a cat among pigeons.
Bowing coach Venkatesh Prasad must be a harrowed man after his wards failed to defend a total as imposing as 321. Zaheer Khan was conspicuously off-colour in Mohali and by the time he removed Younis Khan, the Pathan had not only notched up his maiden century against India but also had laid the foundation for a successful chase.
Zaheer's pace colleague RP Singh looked better but six wides and a no ball meant he actually ended up bowling 11.1 overs.
Thankfully, there is no major concern with the batting line-up for the hosts. In the top three, Gautam Gambhir is consistency personified, missing fifty by six runs in Guwahati before making amends in Mohali.
Ganguly looked good in the first match, while Sachin Tendulkar was in vintage form in the second. Though he fell victim to the nervous nineties for a record 15th time, his 99 was as good as some of his centuries and the Little Master would like to just continue in the same vein. Following him is Yuvraj Singh, who strikes fear in the opposition's heart as India's middle order mainstay.
Dhoni, meanwhile, is due for a big knock. And the hosts still have Virender Sehwag's pyrotechnics and Robin Uthappa's belligerence to fall back on.
Pakistan too had plenty of positives to derive from last match's performance.
Though Shahid Afridi is insisting to return to the opener's slot so that he can make the most of the power-plays, the Pakistani think-tank has not bothered to oblige him, because having the swashbuckler down the order suits the team better.
Start of play: 9 a.m. — PTI
Bangalore, November 10
In an interview to PTI, Kumble said he is aware of the responsibility associated with the job and captaincy has come at a time in his career when he can "relish the challenge."
Kumble also feels that the new-found aggression in the young Indian team was always there.
Regarded as a fighter on the field, the 37-year-old sees nothing wrong in the younger lot showing their emotions on the ground.
India's most successful bowler speaks about the new challenge, his expectations from the team and the forthcoming three-match Test series against Pakistan.
Q: Nice Diwali gift for you?
A: I think it has come on a nice auspicious day. It is a nice feeling.
Q: Was it a surprise to you?
A: I don't think it was a surprise. People were discussing about me as a contender. There were lot of discussions happening. Yeah, I mean it was only after actually Sachin pulled out that the likelihood of they (selectors) looking at me as a captain happened.
Q: Do you feel that Test captaincy coming after 17 long years has happened too late towards the fag end of your career?
A: Better late than never. I think it has come at a time when I think I can relish this challenge. I ensure that I go out there and enjoy my cricket and enjoy being captain of India.
Q: Do you think the selectors have gone for a stop-gap arrangement?
A: No, I haven't really sat down and spoken to them. I really don't know what they have in mind. So it's a bit too early for me to say anything on that.
Q: Do you hope to continue as captain for the forthcoming Australian tour and also the home series against South Africa early next year?
A: I would like to take one step at a time. So I still have not really sat down with the selectors and found out what exactly they have in mind. But I'm sure that will happen very soon.
Q: You are the 30th captain and third spinner after Bishen Singh Bedi and Venkatraghavan in Indian Test cricket? How does it feel?
A: I think it's a great challenge for a bowler to be captain of India and it is not looked at very positively in India for some strange reasons. I am happy that the selectors and the people have shown a lot of faith in me and I hope to live up to those expectations. As a bowler I understand the subtleties of the game. Hopefully I would be able to use that knowledge when it comes to captaining.
Q: As a captain what are your expectations from the Indian team now?
A: I don't think expectations would change as a player or as a captain. We have discussions and people who have played the game for long definitely express their views in a team meeting and I don't see that changing much. But the expectations would be to ensure that we are consistent. We try and build a team that will be consistent over a period of time.
Q: How do you see this new-found aggression in Team India now? Do you feel this Indian team after their T20 success has transformed?
A: I think we've always been aggressive. I don't think Team India has found any new aggression after T20 triumph. It's just that there has been a lot of presence on the field. I mean it's just that the younger lot show flare and emotions on the field which is good.
Q: Personally have you set any target now that you have 566 Test wickets, third behind Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (702)?
A: Absolutely none. I just want to go out and enjoy my game and ensure that I contribute to the team's success, to whatever I was doing before. I would like to continue that if not better whatever I was doing. It's important for me to ensure that we win every time we go out, that's the personal target and team goal.
Q: How do you see this Pakistan team touring India now?
A: They have a good side. They have always done well whenever they have played us and we respect that. I think we have the potential and the team to win. I am hopeful and pretty confident that we will be able to do that.
Q: In Inzamam's absence, post-retirement, do you see India holding an upperhand?
A: I think Inzy is a great player. It is very difficult to replace a player like him within a matter of couple of matches. But having said that Pakistan still have Md Yousuf and Younus Khan while Misbah-ul-Haq looks pretty good and then they have Shoaib Malik. (Shahid) Afridi and Salman Butt can be dangerous. So they still have a pretty good batting order. It will be an evenly contested series. — PTI
Kanpur, November 10
''The game (at Kanpur) is very crucial and the Indian team had always done well when the chips are down. I hope the boys will come back and win tomorrow,'' he told reporters tonight.
When asked why his bowlers failed to defend a huge total at Mohali on Thursday, he said, '' they were not bowling badly. It was one of those games when they could not take wickets in the later part of the innings. We should give credit to the Pakistanis, they applied themselves well and stitched crucial partnerships to take the game away from us,'' he said.
Both the teams could not undergo net sessions today as they reached here late in the evening but Rajput said not having practice before tomorrow's match would not have any effect on the performance of the team.
''They have been playing for the last five months. They are used to it. If they are playing at this level, they should be able to adapt to it,'' he added.
''Moreover, because of Diwali, we could not get practice ground at Mohali as ground staff there had taken holiday because of the festival. From Mohali we departed late and reached here late. It was BCCI's schedule but I think it happened because of the festival,'' he said while giving explanation why the two teams could not get time for practice today.
Pitch under wraps; Malik miffed
Shoaib Malik was a miffed man today after the Pakistan captain was denied a look at the pitch for arriving late at the Green Park Stadium. Malik and his teammates arrived at 5.30 pm in Kanpur and soon after checking in, he headed for the stadium, accompanied by coach Geoff Lawson, team manager Talat Ali and media manager Ehsan Malik. By the time the quartet reached the ground, covers were on and their request did not cut ice with curator Shiv Kumar who explained he has been keeping the track under wraps since day before yesterday to shield it from dew. If dew managed to seep in, the track's high-clay component would not allow it to dry in time. Malik was naturally upset as the side would have to virtually start playing tomorrow without much of an idea about the track they would be playing on, a Pakistani team official said.
Shoaib Malik was a miffed man today after the Pakistan captain was denied a look at the pitch for arriving late at the Green Park Stadium.
Malik and his teammates arrived at 5.30 pm in Kanpur and soon after checking in, he headed for the stadium, accompanied by coach Geoff Lawson, team manager Talat Ali and media manager Ehsan Malik.
By the time the quartet reached the ground, covers were on and their request did not cut ice with curator Shiv Kumar who explained he has been keeping the track under wraps since day before yesterday to shield it from dew. If dew managed to seep in, the track's high-clay component would not allow it to dry in time.
Malik was naturally upset as the side would have to virtually start playing tomorrow without much of an idea about the track they would be playing on, a Pakistani team official said. — Agencies
Even in the space of these two one-day games between Pakistan and India, I must say I have been impressed with the way Shoaib Malik has led his team. Both were high-pressure situations, and the way he marshalled his resources speak of better things to come from this quiet and unassuming young man.
The manner in which he led Pakistan at the Twenty20 world championship in South Africa was an eye-opener for many. It was thanks largely to his leadership that Pakistan went all the way to the final though they missed out on the title by a very small margin indeed.
In a sense, Shoaib has been helped by circumstances. He has two or three very experienced players in the side who have helped him settle in. Younis Khan was a good leader himself but even after relinquishing the captaincy, he has supported Shoaib a lot.
Mohammad Younus too has been a pillar of support to his skipper letting his bat do the talking on his behalf. Many of the younger men have taken to their captain, who in a very understated way, has extracted good performances from them. I would like to applaud all members of the team for the way they have backed the captain.
That has shown in both the games. A good leader also creates a solid team environment, and this is where Shoaib has made his foray. Of course it helps if a captain leads from the front in the field as well by adding substantially to the run-score.
But even though he has not had a great time here in India with the bat, Shoaib is a quality player and is bound to make a strong comeback sooner rather than later.
For starters, his handling of the bowlers has been very temperate. Many of his bowling changes have come at just the right time of which the Mohali game was a very good example.
He learnt his lessons from the Guwahati game and made considerably better use of his fast bowlers. His patience was duly rewarded by speedster Umar Gul who took the prized wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir at Mohali.
Needless to say, there are areas he can improve upon. For me, he is not attacking enough, especially when the situation merits more aggression. We saw that in Guwahati. I for one would definitely like see him put India’s batsmen under greater pressure than he does now, particularly by making it hard for them to score singles.
It also strikes me that there is very little to differentiate between him and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in their leadership styles. Both are quite laidback and also very talented young men and are leading pretty similar young teams, though I would like to admit that the Indian captain has a slightly better team at his disposal.
Pakistan will need to quickly put behind them the amazing Mohali result and look beyond its success. Of course, they will take the positives from that display, but Kanpur is a totally different pitch altogether and I am sure Shoaib Malik will already be sounding out his players about this.
Murali’s omission surprising
It was a victory for cricket at Mohali. Winning and losing is, of course, part of the game, but the enjoyment and pleasure of all those who watched the second one-day international between Pakistan and India will not be easily forgotten for a long time.
I must confess I was very surprised that the Indian selectors chose to drop left-arm spinner Murali Karthik and pick Virender Sehwag instead. That seemed to me to have upset the balance of the team.
It makes very little sense to have a player of Sehwag's seniority in the team and not give him a chance to play regularly.
A lot of the credit for that must go to Younis Khan, who planned his innings very well and got good support from Misbah-ul Haq. After that, it was a typical Shahid Afridi innings that saw Pakistan home. But no doubt, it was also essentially a team effort.
Sachin Tendulkar's innings was also a treat. He played quite beautifully and it was enjoyable to watch the way he went about his job. It was an exhibition of batting of the highest class and I am convinced that it was his dismissal that put a brake on India’s spree. They were looking capable of a really big score at that point. It was, however, Umar Gul's comeback spell that halted them in their tracks.
Both Gul and Shoaib Akhtar did their job well, but Shoaib is still some way from being at his best. He has started looking too heavyset and muscular for a sportsman. As a result he is struggling quite a lot, even though he finished with three wickets.
I was also impressed by Gautam Gambhir. He is a good prospect and I see a bright future for him. — (News Watch Asia)
Kallis (186), Amla (176 n.o.) torment Kiwis
Johannesburg, November 10 New Zealand limped to the close on 57-3 after South Africa declared their second innings on 422 for three. Scott Styris was 16 not out with Brendon McCullum on 11 for the visitors. Kallis made 186 and became the eighth player to score 9,000 Test runs while Amla was unbeaten on a career-best 176, which included 24 fours. Their third-wicket partnership of 330 was the biggest for South Africa in Tests
against New Zealand. — Reuters
Johannesburg, November 10
New Zealand limped to the close on 57-3 after South Africa declared their second innings on 422 for three. Scott Styris was 16 not out with Brendon McCullum on 11 for the visitors.
Kallis made 186 and became the eighth player to score 9,000 Test runs while Amla was unbeaten on a career-best 176, which included 24 fours.
Their third-wicket partnership of 330 was the biggest for South Africa in Tests against New Zealand. — Reuters
South Africa (1st innings) 226 New Zealand (1st innings) Cumming lbw Steyn 12 Papps c de Villiers b Ntini 2 Fleming c de Villiers b Ntini 40 Bond b Steyn 1 Styris c Smith b Kallis 11 Taylor c Gibbs b Kallis 15 Oram c Kallis b Steyn 1 McCullum lbw b Steyn 9 Vettori c Harris b Ntini 7 O’Brien not out 14 Martin c Harris b Steyn 0 Extras (lb-5, nb-1) 6 Total
(all out, 41.3 overs) 118 FoW: 1-16, 2-40, 3-54, 4-64, 5-83, 6-84, 7-88, 8-102, 9-118, 10-118 Bowling:
Steyn 14.3-3-34-5, Ntini 14-3-47-3, Nel 9-1-21-0, Kallis 4-0-11-2. South Africa (2nd innings) Gibbs c Papps b Bond 8 Smith b Martin 9 Amla not out 176 Kallis c McCullum b Oram 186 Prince not out 25 Extras
(b-9, lb-7, w-1, nb-1) 18 Total (3 wkts dec, 126 overs) 422 Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-20, 3-350 Bowling: Bond 16-1-60-1, Martin 24-6-55-1, Oram 16.4-2-49-1, O’Brien 23-5-91-0, Vettori 37-3-116-0, Styris 6-2-25-0, Taylor 3.2-0-10-0 New Zealand (2nd innings) Cumming c Smith b Steyn 7 Fleming c Smith b Nel 17 Styris not out 16 Taylor c Kallis b Nel 4 McCullum not out 11 Extras
(b-1, w-1) 2 Total (3 wkts, 17 overs) 57 Bowling:
Steyn 6-0-23-1, Ntini 7-0-14-0, Nel 4-0-19-2.
New Zealand (1st innings)
Cumming lbw Steyn 12
Papps c de Villiers b Ntini 2
Fleming c de Villiers b Ntini 40
Bond b Steyn 1
Styris c Smith b Kallis 11
Taylor c Gibbs b Kallis 15
Oram c Kallis b Steyn 1
McCullum lbw b Steyn 9
Vettori c Harris b Ntini 7
O’Brien not out 14
Martin c Harris b Steyn 0
Extras (lb-5, nb-1) 6
Total (all out, 41.3 overs) 118
FoW: 1-16, 2-40, 3-54, 4-64, 5-83, 6-84, 7-88, 8-102, 9-118, 10-118
Bowling: Steyn 14.3-3-34-5, Ntini 14-3-47-3, Nel 9-1-21-0, Kallis 4-0-11-2.
South Africa (2nd innings)
Gibbs c Papps b Bond 8
Smith b Martin 9
Amla not out 176
Kallis c McCullum b Oram 186
Prince not out 25
Extras (b-9, lb-7, w-1, nb-1) 18
Total (3 wkts dec, 126 overs) 422
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-20, 3-350
Bowling: Bond 16-1-60-1, Martin 24-6-55-1, Oram 16.4-2-49-1, O’Brien 23-5-91-0, Vettori 37-3-116-0, Styris 6-2-25-0, Taylor 3.2-0-10-0
New Zealand (2nd innings)
Cumming c Smith b Steyn 7
Fleming c Smith b Nel 17
Styris not out 16
Taylor c Kallis b Nel 4
McCullum not out 11
Extras (b-1, w-1) 2
Total (3 wkts, 17 overs) 57
Bowling: Steyn 6-0-23-1, Ntini 7-0-14-0, Nel 4-0-19-2.
New Delhi, November 10
Lee returned figures of 4 for 26 as the visitors were bowled out 211 after Ricky Ponting's men declared on 551 for four.
Following on, Sri Lanka were in trouble once again at the draw of stumps after losing both their openers - Sanath Jayasuriya (39) and Marvan Atapattu (16).
Lee had Jayasuriya caught by Ponting after Andrew Symonds picked up Atapattu's wicket to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 80 for two and still trailing by a massive 260 runs. — PTI
Australia (1st innings)
Jaques st P Jayawardene b Murali 100
Hayden c Murali b Vaas 43
Ponting st P Jayawardene b Murali 56
Hussey c Atapattu b Fernando 133
Clarke not out 145
Symonds not out 53
Extras (b-4, lb-12, w-1, nb-4) 21
Total (4 wkts dec, 151 overs) 551
FoW: 1-69, 2-183, 3-216, 4-461
Bowling: Vaas 28-6-102-1, Maharoof 34-6-107-0, Fernando 34-3-130-1, Muralitharan 50-4-170-2, Jayasuriya 4-0-18-0, Samaraweera 1-0-8-0
Sri Lanka (1st innings)
Atapattu c Jaques b Johnson 51
Jayasuriya c Gilchrist b Lee 7
Vandort c Gilchrist b Lee 0
M Jayawardene c Gilchrist b Clark 14
Samaraweera c Gilchrist b Johnson 13
Silva c Clarke b Clark 40
P Jayawardene lbw Lee 37
Maharoof b Symonds 21
Vaas b MacGill 8
Fernando c Johnson b Lee 7
Muralitharan not out 6
Extras (lb-1, nb-6) 7
Total (all out, 81.5 overs) 211
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-11, 3-45, 4-65, 5-119, 6-153, 7-181, 8-198, 9-198, 10-211
Bowling: Lee 17.5-9-26-4, Johnson 18-2-49-2, MacGill 25-5-79-1, Clark 16-4-46-2, Symonds 5-3-10-1
Sri Lanka (2nd innings)
Jayasuriya c Ponting b Lee 39
Atapattu c Gilchrist b Symonds 16
Vandort not out 15
P Jayawardene not out 8
Extras (lb-2) 2
Total (2 wkts, 22 overs) 80
Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-65
Bowling: Lee 6-2-26-1, Johnson 6-0-22-0, Clark 5-1-17-0, Symonds 1-1-0-1, MacGill 4-0-13-0.
London, November 10
"Vikram Solanki has become the third England player to join the rebel Indian Cricket League. The Worcestershire skipper is due to join fellow county captains Paul Nixon and Darren Maddy in a move that could end his international career," according to a report in BBC.
Solanki, 31, has played 51 one-day internationals.
Meanwhile, the ECB is putting pressure on the counties to reconsider allowing players to sign deals with the ICL. — PTI
Shanghai, November 10
''When we talk about the gambling issue obviously that is one thing we are going to get to the core of,'' Federer told reporters on the eve of the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup.
''We are going to solve the issue. Honestly to bet on tennis as a tennis player I just don't think that's right. You should be fined or banned.
''How long? That's up to other people to decide but I think we should be very hard on these people.''
Italy's Alessio Di Mauro today became the first tennis professional to be caught in a betting crackdown. He was banned for nine months for betting on other players' matches.
Tennis is going through troubled times. A match in August involving world number four Nikolay Davydenko was voided by British online betting exchange Betfair because of unusual betting patterns.
Several players have since acknowledged they had been offered money to throw matches and had turned it down.
''At the very top of the game we don't have problems,'' said Federer. ''I think it's more low-ranked players maybe who do have the temptation.''
The Swiss added: ''I've never been approached, I've never been on a Web site. You can bet on other stuff -- there's enough other things you can do.''
Davydenko, who was fined $ 2,000 last month for not trying hard enough during a match in St Petersburg, was still clearly unhappy today about being implicated in the betting controversy.
''It has been difficult,'' shrugged the Russian after investigators interviewed his wife and brother over allegations that the player had been involved in match-fixing.
''I asked my wife what questions she was asked and it just made me laugh,'' he added. — Reuters
London, November 10
Bayern, 9past winners of four European Cups, a Cup Winners' Cup and a UEFA Cup, replied with goals from Germany striker Lukas Podolski either side of halftime.
But Kevin Davies made it a night to savour for new coach Gary Megson with an 82nd minute strike against the run of play.
Bayern stay on top of the group with four points from two games.
Aris Salonika jumped to second after beating Red Star Belgrade 3-0 and Bolton are third a point behind.
It was a good night for English clubs playing away and new coaches. Juande Ramos, who steered Sevilla to successive victories in the UEFA Cup final in the last two seasons, saw his new Tottenham Hotspur team ease to a 2-0 victory at Hapoel Tel Aviv in Group G.
First half goals from Robbie Keane, who scored with a 26th minute volley, and Dimitar Berbatov, who struck with a 31st minute header, put Spurs in complete command.
What little resistance Hapoel offered effectively ended with the 50th minute dismissal of midfielder Gal Shish for a second yellow card.
Spurs have three points from their opening two matches while Hapoel have lost both theirs. Anderlecht top the group a point clear of Spurs after a 1-1 draw at AaB Aalborg.
Everton also won 2-0 at Nuremburg in Group A, with late goals from Mikel Arteta and substitute Victor Anichebe. They top the group with six points, two ahead of Zenit St Petersburg who beat Larisa of Greece 3-2.
Spartak Moscow earned two second-half penalties, converted by Roman Pavlyuchenko and Mozart, on his 28th birthday, to down Bayer Leverkusen in Moscow and take three points in Group E.
Leverkusen, who lifted the trophy for the only time 20 years ago, are also on three points with Spartak, Sparta Prague, who beat Toulouse 3-2 away, and FC Zurich who were not in action.
Girondins Bordeaux top Group H after beating Austria Vienna 2-1 away. Helsingborg of Sweden are second after 36-year-old striker Henrik Larsson spearheaded them to a 3-2 victory over Galatasaray in Turkey. The Turks, yet to score a point, are at the bottom of the group. — Reuters
Gotemba (Japan), November 10
Jeev's 71 took him to two-under 214 and tied him at 36th place. His earlier rounds were 72 and 71.
Australian Brendan Jones, six-time winner on Japan Tour, shot a three-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds.
Jones moved into pole position with his third successive score in the 60s and he is now 12-under 204 on the Taiheiyo Club Gotemba Course.
Another Australian, world no. 6 Adam Scott was second at 206 after a 70 and overnight leader Toru Taniguchi was third after going two-over for a 74.
Jeev started on the tenth and bogeyed the 12th, but the birdie on the 18th saw him turn in even par. A bogey-birdie-bogey sequence from the third still had him over par. Then two late birdies on seventh and eighth saved the day from being a disaster.
Jeev found 83 per cent of the greens in regulation but then struggled on the greens needing 32 putts for his round.
Jones, who won the Tsuruya Open in April, had two birdies on either side of the turn and only missed two greens in regulation.
It was a tough day out at the course, with just eight players getting into the 60s as the pin positions were very tough.
Scott matched Jones with four birdies but bogeys at ninth and 15th left him trailing fellow Aussie going into the final round.
It was a rough day for money leader Taniguchi, who offset three birdies with as many bogeys through nine holes and then scrambled for par in one stretch before back-to-back bogeys from the 16th.
Shingo Katayama, four-time money title winner, is six strokes off the lead in a tie for eighth.
Jyoti, Ghei disappoint
Shanghai: Jyoti Randhawa and Gaurav Ghei had a disappointing day as both of them slumped to tied 54th and tied 62nd spots respectively after the third round of the $5 million HSBC Champions here today.
Randhawa, who was at tied 31st after the second round, totalled six over 222 to slide further. Ghei, at tied 37th yesterday, was even worse in his performance to record 10 over 226 to rest at the bottom.
With a round to go tomorrow, both of them will try to resurrect their fortune and improve their positions in the final list.
Meanwhile, world no. 2 American star Phil Mickelson shot a four-under 68 to be placed at 14 under and take a two-stroke lead.
Young Englishman Ross Fisher was in outright second place on 12 under, while countryman Paul Casey was in third spot one shot back after shooting a six-under 66. — Agencies
Chandigarh, November 10
IA drubbed their tough rivals Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) 11-10 through sudden death while BPCL got the better of Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) junior team 2-1 in the quarterfinal matches today.
The other semifinalists of the tournament are Namdhari XI and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) who emerged winners in yesterday’s matches against Army XI (2-0) and Multan Hockey Club (Pakistan) 2-1, respectively.
In the match between IA and PSB, both teams were level (2-2) in the regulation period and the match was decided through sudden death.
It was a big boost for PSB, when Parminder Singh struck in the third minute to give them the lead through his field goal.
Even after conceding an early goal, the IA team attacked the defence line of the rivals time and again. The result came in the 19th minute when the team earned a penalty corner. Drag flicker Sandeep Singh made no mistake to equalise 1-1.
For PSB, Sharanjit Singh extended the lead 2-1 by converting a penalty corner in the 37th minute. The equaliser was netted by Sameer Dad of IA through a penalty corner in the 55th minute.
In the sudden death, Rajinder Singh of PSB missed two shots while IA’s Arjun Hallapa failed once.
Despite putting up a show of top class coordination and stick work, the IHF team lost to experienced BPCL 1-2.
Gurpreet Singh played key role in the win by converting two penalty corners (21st min and 57th min) for BPCL. The lone goal for IHF was netted by Rupinder Singh, who converted the penalty corner, earned by the team in the 27th minute.
Tomorrow, IOC will take on IA in the first semifinal match at 3.15 pm. In the second semifinal match, Namdhari XI will face BPCL at 4.45 pm.
New Delhi, November 10
The winners led 7-0 at halftime. Others scorers were Manjinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Karan Pal Singh (two each) and Jaswinder Singh.
In another match, Hasan Raza and Prashant Sharma fired hat tricks to enable local challenger Guru Harkishen Public School, Shahdara, rout former champion St Ignatious High School, Gumla, 8-1.
Kamlesh Rai and Vickram Sangwan scored a goal each for the winners. Birsa Nayak scored a consolation goal for the Gumla team.
In other matches, SGPS Academy, Ludhiana, downed Krira Shiksha Protishtan, Bangladesh, 2-1. The Punjab team scored through Saudagar Singh and Basant Singh while Md Zamil Bin Talib reduced the margin for the losers.
Town High School, Sundergarh, played out a 1-1 draw with Lyallpur Khalsa School, Jalandhar. Jagdish Soreng scored for the Orrisa team while Mandeep Bajwa scored for Jalandhar. — UNI
New Delhi, November 10
Charlesworth, who has been appointed technical advisor/expert coach to India under the FIH-backed 'Promotion Indian Hockey' project, said the teams and coaches should be given ample time to prepare for such kind of high-profile tournaments.
"The fixture is still not ready. Since the tournament is starting next month, as a coach I need more time to prepare my team," he said.
Charlesworth, however, hailed the concept as it provides enough opportunity for players to participate in more number of matches involving younger and experienced players, including the foreign imports. — PTI
Black Elephant snatch victory
Patiala, November 10
DMW boys scored 157 runs for six wickets in allotted 40 overs. Gaurav Malhotra (64), Tanish Gill (27) and Sunveer Singh (17) were the main scorers for DMW.
Black Elephant boys chased the target on the last ball of the match.
Brief score:- DMW, Patiala (under 12): 157 for 6 in 40 over(Gaurav Malhotra 64, Tanish Gill 27, Sunveer Singh 17; (Namandeep 2/23, Anmolpreet Singh 2/18, Gurtek 1/30 and Harmik Singh 1/22).
Black Elephant Cricket Club, Patiala:- 158 for 4 in 40 overs (Abhinav Mehta 57, Prabhjot Singh 47, Anmolpreet Singh 12 and Harnik Singh 10 not out; Karan 3/23).