SL Tour of India
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SL Tour of India
Kanpur, November 26
Sreesanth, staging a comeback after being in the wilderness for close to 18 months, snatched 5 for 75 in Sri Lanka’s first innings and then drew first blood in the second innings leave the islanders in complete disarray.
With Sreesanth breathing fire, Sri Lanka’s feeble first innings riposte wilted for 229, a whopping 413 runs behind the hosts’ massive first innings total of 642. This was also India’s highest first innings lead over the Lankans.
Following on, Sri Lankan top order collapsed again like a house of cards and the visitors finished the day at a precarious 57 for four with Angelo Mathews and Thilan Samaraweera in the middle. The islanders need to score another 356 runs to make India bat again.
Sreesanth was the pick of the Indian bowlers today. The temperamental pacer, who played his last Test at the same venue in April last year against South Africa before slipping into relative obscurity, bent his back and hit the deck hard to walk away with all the honours on day three.
The Kerala speedster claimed the first wicket in Sri Lanka’s second essay, removing Tillakaratne Dilshan with an outswinger that kissed the blade before nestling into Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s gloves.
Subsequently, Virender Sehwag trapped Tharanga Paranavitana, Mahela Jayawardene ran himself out - after Rahul Dravid had dropped him off Harbhajan Singh for the second time today - and Kumar Sangakkara dragged a Harbhajan Singh delivery onto his stumps as Sri Lanka finished day three staring at a seemingly inevitable defeat.‘I feared my career was over’
Born-again pacer S Sreesanth, claiming to be one of the most misunderstood cricketers in the world, feared he may not play for India again after a series of controversies plagued his career.
“To be honest, I never thought I will play for the country again. But God has been very kind and I got the opportunity at the right time,” said Sreesanth, after his career-reviving five-wicket haul.
Sreesanth felt it was a sort of re-birth at the Green Park where he played his last Test against South Africa last year. “I played my last Test here and it’s nice to start here again. It’s like a cycle, you go back from here and come back here again,” he said.
Selectors to meet on Saturday
The senior selection committee will meet here on Saturday to pick the Indian team for the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka scheduled in Mumbai from December 2. “(Selector from north zone) Yashpal Sharma is already here and the selectors would meet on Saturday to pick the team for the final Test,” media manager of the Indian team Rajan Nair said. Other selectors are expected to start arriving here from tomorrow, Nair added.
— PTI Scoreboard India (1st Innings) 642 Sri Lanka (1st Innings) (overnight 66 for one) Dilshan c Ojha b Khan 0 Paranavitana c Dhoni b Sreesanth 38 Sangakkara b Sreesanth 44 Jayawardene c Tendulkar b Ojha 47 Samaraweera b Sreesanth 2 Mathews b Harbhajan 13 Jayawardene c Dhoni b Sreesanth 39 Herath b Sreesanth 11 Muralitharan lbw b Ojha 6 Welegedara lbw b Harbhajan 7 Mendis not out 6 Extras: (b-9, lb-2, nb-5) 16 Total: (all out in 84 overs) 229 Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-82, 3-101, 4-111, 5-134, 6-194, 7-204, 8-216, 9-219, 10-229. Bowling: Zaheer 17-5-51-1, Sreesanth 22-4-75-5, Harbhajan 21-5-54-2, Ojha 22-12-37-2, Yuvraj 1-0-1-0. Sri Lanka (2nd innings) Paranavitana lbw b Sehwag 20 Dilshan c Dhoni b Sreesanth 11 Sangakkara b Harbhajan 11 Jayawardene run out 10 Samaraweera not out 1 Mathews not out 2 Extras: (lb-1 nb-1) 2 Total: (four wickets; 23 overs) 57 Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-37, 3-54, 4-54. Bowling: Zaheer 5-0-23-0, Sreesanth 3-1-10-1, Harbhajan 8-2-14-1, Sehwag 3-0-4-1, Ojha 4-2-5-0.
The senior selection committee will meet here on Saturday to pick the Indian team for the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka scheduled in Mumbai from December 2. “(Selector from north zone) Yashpal Sharma is already here and the selectors would meet on Saturday to pick the team for the final Test,” media manager of the Indian team Rajan Nair said. Other selectors are expected to start arriving here from tomorrow, Nair added. — PTI
India (1st Innings) 642
Sri Lanka (1st Innings)
(overnight 66 for one)
Dilshan c Ojha b Khan 0
Paranavitana c Dhoni b Sreesanth 38
Sangakkara b Sreesanth 44
Jayawardene c Tendulkar b Ojha 47
Samaraweera b Sreesanth 2
Mathews b Harbhajan 13
Jayawardene c Dhoni b Sreesanth 39
Herath b Sreesanth 11
Muralitharan lbw b Ojha 6
Welegedara lbw b Harbhajan 7
Mendis not out 6
Extras: (b-9, lb-2, nb-5) 16
Total: (all out in 84 overs) 229
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-82, 3-101, 4-111, 5-134, 6-194, 7-204, 8-216, 9-219, 10-229.
Bowling: Zaheer 17-5-51-1, Sreesanth 22-4-75-5, Harbhajan 21-5-54-2, Ojha 22-12-37-2, Yuvraj 1-0-1-0.
Sri Lanka (2nd innings)
Paranavitana lbw b Sehwag 20
Dilshan c Dhoni b Sreesanth 11
Sangakkara b Harbhajan 11
Jayawardene run out 10
Samaraweera not out 1
Mathews not out 2
Extras: (lb-1 nb-1) 2
Total: (four wickets; 23 overs) 57
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-37, 3-54, 4-54.
Bowling: Zaheer 5-0-23-0, Sreesanth
3-1-10-1, Harbhajan 8-2-14-1, Sehwag 3-0-4-1, Ojha 4-2-5-0.
Tribune News Service
Mohali, November 26
On the third day today, the hosts did exactly what the doctor had ordered for them. Their batsmen scored quickly and took the lead to an imposing 284 runs, and gave their bowlers enough time to have a go at the opposition in the second innings. At stumps, Gujarat were staring at an innings defeat with their seven batsmen back in the hut and another 57 runs needed to make Punjab bat again.
Yesterday’s century maker Kohli and Sohal took Punjab past 400 run mark before a superb diving effort behind the sticks saw Kohli marching back to the pavillion.
Punjab lost wickets in a flash before a late charge by Gony and Ablish saw hosts inching towards 450 run mark. Punjab’s first innings folded on 444 in response to Gujarat’s 160.
Gujarat had good half an hour to negotiate before the lunch break. Last innings wrecker-in-chief Love Ablish drew first blood early forcing an edge off Desai and custodian Madan making no mistake.
The pace trio of Gony, Harmeet Bansal and Love kept on the good work after the interval and jolted Gujarat at regular intervals. Skipper Parthiv Patel and Bhavik Thaker showed signs of resistance for more almost two hours. With Parthiv’s dismissal, Punjab started sensing victory.
Gujarat (Ist innings) 160
Punjab (Ist innings) 444
Gujarat (2nd innings) 227for 7
Tamil Nadu 199 for 5
Himachal scored 366 in their first innings in reply to Tamil Nadu’s 293 for 8 decl. Sharma 78 to take Himachal past 350. Tamil Nadu in their second essay were 199 for 5 at the call of stumps today.
Tamil Nadu (1st innings) 199 for 5
Himachal (1st innings) 366
Taml Nadu (2nd innings) 199 for 5 ( Anirudha 72, Malik 3 for 37).
CWG: Delhi’s big ‘cover up’
Bathinda, November 26
Plans are afoot to put up massive bamboo screens on those routes which visitors are expected to take to reach the Games venues. This is being done to ensure that visitors go back with fond memories of the Games and not with images of slums and shanties.
Disclosed an Indian Olympic Association official, “What cannot be removed must be hidden, the Delhi government believes. If you cannot eradicate poverty, eradicate the images of the poor. The same can be seen in the plans of the government which is preparing enthusiastically for Games. The government is spending crores of rupees and it does no want foreigners, to get to see the pitiable conditions of the slum dwellers who live near the Games venues.”
The Delhi government is in touch with the National Bamboo Mission and Mizoram government officials from where the Bamboo will come. Remarked an officer, “We have already spoken to senior officials of the Mizoram government and have asked them to identify a special kind of bamboo which will withstand Delhi’s dry climate. We want to present a healthy looking picture of Delhi and since we do not have the budget and resources to remove the slums we have decided to put up huge bamboo screens on those routes through which the Commonwealth convoy will be passing.”
Officials of the Mizoram Bamboo Development Authority have already made several visits to New Delhi to do the ground work pertaining to the setting up of these screens.
Sources reveal that a similar process was initiated by the Chinese municipal authorities during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Disclosed a IOA official, who went to Beijing, “The local authorities at Beijing put up 5 feet tall bamboo screens in the not so pretty sections of the Chinese capital. I have also seen such screens being put up permanently in several Latin American countries on routes frequented by foreigners.”
An official engaged in the hosting of the event disclosed that nearly all jhuggis (slums) on important routes with be given bamboo protection.
“All flyovers are being given an aesthetic look and now bamboo screens will ensure that foreigners will get a rosy picture of the national capital,” he added.
Manchester, November 26
United, who had already qualified for the last 16, piled forward in search of an equaliser but could not find a finishing touch and were also denied late in the game by some fine saves from keeper Rustu Recber. AC Milan were the last side to win at Old Trafford in the competition when they won 1-0 in the first knockout round in February 2005.
Besiktas, already out of contention for the knockout phase, came within a whisker of making it 2-0 in the 41st minute when a low shot by Michael Fink scraped past keeper Ben Foster’s left upright but just on the wrong side of the post.
United require one more point from their remaining fixture to finish top of Group B. They fielded a number of less familiar faces in their lineup with Gary Neville, Anderson, Ji-Sung Park, Wes Brown and Nemanja Vidic bolstering an otherwise inexperienced side.
Midfielder Gabriel Obertan and striker Daniel Welbeck played well in the first half but were given little support from the rest of the team and not even the late introduction of veteran striker Michael Owen could save United from their fate. — Reuters
Modi can contest RCA elections: Kasliwal
Jaipur, November 26
Justice Kasliwal was appointed as the observer by the Supreme Court which announced fresh RCA elections on November 3. After listening to the debate on “method and procedure” to be adopted for the election, Justice Kasliwal ruled that if the bye-laws are going against the Act then the provisions of the Sports Act would prevail.
The ad-hoc committee of the RCA had added new bylaws to the provisions of the RCA constitution which specified that anyone willing to contest the elections will have to fulfill certain conditions apart from the provisions of the Sports Act.
These conditions included that the person has to be the domicile of the state, should not hold a post in any other state associations and also should have completed a full four-year term in district association.
In view of these conditions Modi was ineligible to contest the RCA polls as he is not a resident of Rajasthan and he also holds the post of vice-president in the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). Justice Kasliwal’s fresh ruling means that the bylaws which were added apparently to prevent Modi from contesting the elections have not been granted sanctity by him.
However, it is still not clear whether Modi will contest the RCA elections, particularly when he shares strained relations with the ruling Congress government in the state. Though doubts have been cleared on the candidature of Modi, uncertainty still looms large over Union Minister for Rural Development CP Joshi’s fate as the issue of cut off has not been addressed as of now.
Joshi was elected as treasurer of Rajsamand District Cricket Association recently. However, taking a cut-off date of November 3, which is also the day of Supreme Court order, the ad-hoc committee had ensured through few other bylaws of constitution that the likes of Modi and Joshi were not eligible to contest the RCA elections. Though Joshi has been evasive on the issue, speculations are rife that he too may contest the RCA elections, if declared eligible.
Earlier, the notification and the list of office bearers issued by the ad-hoc committee had sparked a sharp reaction from different quarters with Modi aides alleging that new conditions have been added in an attempt to prevent Modi from contesting the RCA.
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