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Chennai, September 17
Coming into the tie after his amazing run at the US Open, Bopanna almost had the match in his pocket, but nerves got the better of him as he lost 7-6, 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 after slogging for four-and-a-half hours.
With Bopanna’s defeat, India have conceded a 1-0 lead and now Somdev Devvarman will have to win the second singles against Ricardo Melo to save the day for the hosts.
Bellucci, who struggled with his first serve throughout, braved cramps and turned it around amazingly for Brazil, justifying his top-30 rank and also saving himself from an embarrassing defeat against a player, who is ranked 479.
With a comfortable 5-2 lead in the final set, Bopanna had three match points in game eight, but squandered all as the big moment overwhelmed him. Bopanna was egged on by his teammates and little crowd in attendance, but never recovered from the setback and dropped his serve in the next game.
His confidence, with which he dominated his superior ranked early on, gradually waned away and another break of serve in the 17th game ended all his hopes. Before that Bopanna was comfortably placed to win the second set tie-break as he was up 5-2, but allowed Bellucci to make a comeback and lost the set.
At the start, Bopanna used his lethal serve and big strokes quite effectively and was also aided by some erratic shot-making by lean-built Bellucci. Left-handed Bellucci was erratic with his serve and paid a big price, as it had a bearing on the outcome of the first set.
Bopanna, mostly playing from the baseline and approaching the net occasionally, did not concede much points on his serve which was, too, hot to handle for the Brazilian. Bopanna created two break opportunities in the first set -- second and sixth games -- but could not convert any as he tried too hard, looking over-anxious on those big points.
With no player able to garner a break, the first set was stretched to a tie break in which the Indian shot to a comfortable 5-1 lead when Bellucci committed two double faults. Those were unpardonable errors and Bopanna latched on the opportunity to take lead.— PTI
Lahore: Punjab (Pakistan) Governor Salmaan Taseer has said he had recommended that Pakistan's highest civil award should be presented to tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Indian partner Rohan Boppana for their performance in the US Open and that his proposal has been accepted.
Addressing a reception he hosted in honour of Qureshi at Governor House here, Taseer said: "I have recommended that the highest civil award should be given to Aisam and Bopanna.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari have consented to my proposal and both players will soon be rewarded for their feat." Through the performance of Qureshi, Pakistan wanted to tell the world that it is a peace-loving nation, Taseer said.
He awarded a gold medal and Rs 500,000 to Qureshi.
Qureshi's feats have made the country proud and lessened the miseries of people who are struggling with the country's worst-ever floods, he said.
Qureshi's hard work had paid off and also conveyed a message to other youngsters to follow in his path, he added.
During a separate meeting with Qureshi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the tennis star was a national hero and the whole nation was proud of him. — PTI
London, September 17
Earlier, James Anderson produced figures of 3-26 from 10 overs as Pakistan were bowled out for 241 in the first innings of the third one-day international at the Oval here today.
Anderson conceded just one boundary in his stint dismissing Mohammad Hafeez in his first over before adding the wickets of Mohammad Yousuf and Saeed Ajmal. Tim Bresnan also took three wickets wrapping up the innings when he bowled Umar Gul in the last over.
Fawad Alam top-scored with 64 and Asad Shafiq made 40 but Pakistan, already 2-0 in the five-match series, could not accelerate significantly towards the end of their innings apart from a brief flurry from Abdul Razzaq (31).
Alam faced 86 balls as he set about rebuilding the innings after Pakistan lost two wickets in the first three overs and were 31-3 by the 10th. The 24-year-old from Karachi put on 64 for the fourth wicket with Asad Shafiq, who made 40, but the innings struggled to gain momentum in the face of some disciplined English bowling particularly from Anderson.
Anderson struck first when he had Mohammad Hafeez caught behind in the second over, and Kamran Akmal soon followed when he was bowled by Bresnan.
Akmal appeared to elbow Bresnan as the bowler was walking back to his mark and when Bresnan bowled him a bouncer shortly afterwards his wild hook was top-edged to Graeme Swann in the deep. — Agencies
Pakistan 241 in 49.4 overs
England 218 in 45.4 overs
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Port Elizabeth, September 17
In the other game of the day, New Zealand's struggling team Central Districts will face off against unbeaten South African side Warriors at the same venue. Chennai have been on a roll so far in the tournament with big wins over Central Districts and Wayamba Elevens but repeating the dominating performance against David Hussey's Victoria would not be all that easy for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men.
Batting is Chennai's strength and this was evident in the way they attacked Wayamba's bowling to pile up 200 runs in their previous match.
Murali Vijay, Matthew Hayden and Suresh Raina were in destructive form against Wayamba and would be looking to continue from where they left. The explosive Albie Morkel and Dhoni are also known game-changers in case Chennai's top-order has a bad day in office.
Morkel, in fact, comes in handy with the ball as well as he showed by picking up three wickets against Wayamba in the previous match.
Spin is Chennai's strength in the bowling department with Sri Lankan wizard Muttiah Muralitharan and Indian off-spinner R Ashwin delivering the goods for the team. Laxmipathy Balaji has been steering the pace attack well and has been economical in a batsman-dominated format. Victoria, on the other hand, beat Central Districts after the opening-match loss to the Warriors. — PTI
Karachi, September 17
The bookmaker, whose face was hidden, appeared in a talk show and claimed that there are two yet-to-be-caught players present in the Pakistan team who had been involved in match-fixing in the past.
The bookmaker also claimed that players were purchased by big bookmakers for bigger returns.
His claims come amid the raging controversy of alleged spot-fixing by the suspended Pakistani trio of Test skipper Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir during the same series.
Reliable source said soon after the interview of the bookmaker was aired, the law enforcement agencies got into action and were trying to locate and identify the man.
The bookmaker also alleged that some well-known players in the past had been involved in fixing matches and took the names of two top spinners and an opening batsman.
“It is a wrong impression that fixing deals are done on mobiles. Majority of the business is done on landline numbers and rates for spot fixing and match fixing are initiated from England," he claimed.
“India is the biggest market for bookmakers and spot fixing is done the most in India," he added.
He claimed that when fixing was done, selected bookmakers made a killing by knowing in advance which player will perform in what way. — PTI
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Chandigarh, September 17
Sharma hammered every bowler of Bishnoi Club as his ton contained 12 boundaries and one six to help ONGC, which piled up 308 for 9 in allotted 50 overs. In reply, the Bishnoi could not face the clinical bowling of the rivals and gave up at 203 all out in 46 overs.
Earlier, Bishnoi skipper former test star Akash Chopra elected fielding, but the decision backfired, with the first wicket stand of 80 runs in 11.5 overs between Sharma and Mudgal. Medium pacer Sunny broke the partnership, making Mudgal (25) his first victim. But the next partnership of 135 runs between Sharma and Tanmay Srivastava put the team in strong position with the team total of 215 at that stage. The partnership came to an end when Sharma was caught by Chaudhary off Rahul Dewan. Tanmay, who also put up a good show, hitting 92 off 94, studded with seven fours and two sixes, was clean bowled by Dhruv Singh.
Adding insult to injuries, Bishnoi bowlers bowled 22 wide balls. Sunny Sehrawat claimed 3 for 63, followed by Dhruv Singh, who took 2 for 36.
Bishnois got off on a poor note as the team lost five wickets for paltry 55 runs in just 15.1 overs. Medium pacer Parvinder Awana caused damage with claiming the wickets of Rahul Dewan (3), Amardeep Soankar (5) and Dhruv Singh (0). Skipper Chopra salvaged the pride with his 98-run innings off 127. Chopra was caught by Amit Bhandari off Awana, who ripped apart the rival’s batting line up with 5 for 28 whereas Dilraj singh snapped 2 for 35. The ONGC got five points including a bonus. Sandeep Sharma was named man of the match.
ONGC: 308 for 9 in 50 overs (Sandeep Sharma 106, Tanmay Srivastava 92, Sunny Sehrawat 3 for 63, Dhruv Singh 2 for 36).
Bishnoi: 203 all out in 46 overs (Akash Chopra 98, Sunny Sehrawat 38, Milind Kumar 38, Parminder Awana 5 for 28, Dilraj Singh 2 for 35).
Local outfit PCA Colts continued its winning spree with registering comprehensive nine-wicket victory over DY Patil Academy, Mumbai at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala. Batted first, Patil academy were restricted at 122 in 31.1 overs. Sarvesh Damle, who chipped in 22 runs, was the highest scorer. For PCA, the damage was done by Baltej Singh (2 for 27), Jaskaran Singh (2 for 28), Taruwar Kohli (2 for 27) and Yogesh Kumar (2 for 26). In reply, the PCA lost only one wicket of opener Kunwar Raina (4) to put on 126 for 1 in 26 overs. Robin Singh (40 n.o.) and Amitoz Singh (77) stitched unbeaten 122 runs partnership to win the proceedings. The PCA got five points, including a bonus. DY Patil: 122 all out in 31.1 overs (Sarvesh Damble 22, Siddharth Chties 21, Abhishek Rout 19, Baltej Singh 2 for 27, Jaskaran Singh 2 for 28, Taruwar Kohli 2 for 27, Yogesh Kumar 2 for 26). PCA Colts: 126 for 1 in 26 overs (Amitoz Singh 77 n.o., Robin Singh 40 n.o.).
Local outfit PCA Colts continued its winning spree with registering comprehensive nine-wicket victory over DY Patil Academy, Mumbai at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala.
Batted first, Patil academy were restricted at 122 in 31.1 overs. Sarvesh Damle, who chipped in 22 runs, was the highest scorer. For PCA, the damage was done by Baltej Singh (2 for 27), Jaskaran Singh (2 for 28), Taruwar Kohli (2 for 27) and Yogesh Kumar (2 for 26).
In reply, the PCA lost only one wicket of opener Kunwar Raina (4) to put on 126 for 1 in 26 overs. Robin Singh (40 n.o.) and Amitoz Singh (77) stitched unbeaten 122 runs partnership to win the proceedings. The PCA got five points, including a bonus.
DY Patil: 122 all out in 31.1 overs (Sarvesh Damble 22, Siddharth Chties 21, Abhishek Rout 19, Baltej Singh 2 for 27, Jaskaran Singh 2 for 28, Taruwar Kohli 2 for 27, Yogesh Kumar 2 for 26).
PCA Colts: 126 for 1 in 26 overs (Amitoz Singh 77 n.o., Robin Singh 40 n.o.).
The third match between the Indian Oil Corporation and Food Corporation of India at DAV Sector 8 was won by the former by 24 runs. The IOC gave a target of 295, but the FCI were scuttled out on 270 in 47 overs. The IOC earned four points. IOC: 294 for 6 in 50 overs (Sahil Kukreja 83, Paresh Patel 86, Ravikant Shukla 52, CP Saini 2 for 66, Akash Malhotra 2 for 51). FCI: 270 all out in 47 overs
The third match between the Indian Oil Corporation and Food Corporation of India at DAV Sector 8 was won by the former by 24 runs. The IOC gave a target of 295, but the FCI were scuttled out on 270 in 47 overs. The IOC earned four points.
IOC: 294 for 6 in 50 overs (Sahil Kukreja 83, Paresh Patel 86, Ravikant Shukla 52, CP Saini 2 for 66, Akash Malhotra 2 for 51).
FCI: 270 all out in 47 overs
Durban, September 17
South Australia first came out with a disciplined bowling display to restrict the Bangalore side to 154 in 19.5 overs on a slightly slow Kingsmead pitch and then achieved the target with nine balls to spare in the Group B encounter.
Klinger scored an unconquered 69 off 57 balls with the help of nine fours and a six, while Harris came out with a brilliant 57 off 38 balls. South Australia scored 155 for two in 18.3 overs, with Callum Ferguson (21 off 14) giving company to Klinger.
Chasing 155 to win, both the openers started on an attacking note. Neither Klinger nor Harris faced any problem in tackling the Bangalore bowling attack and kept sending the ball to the fence in regular intervals. — PTI
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Pandey c Harris b Tait 4
Dravid c Manou b O'Brien 4
Uthappa c Ferguson b Putland 0
Taylor c Manou b Tait 46
White c Putland b Christian 25
Kohli c Tait b Bailey 3
du Preez c Harris b Christian 46
P Kumar b Putland 6
Vinay c Borgas b Christian 6
Steyn b Christian 0
Kumble not out 1
Extras (LB-2, W-11) 13
Total (all out in 19.5 overs) 154
Bowling: Tait 4-0-23-2, Putland 4-0-37-2, O'Brien 4-0-28-1, Christian 3.5-0-23-4, Bailey 3-0-29-1, Harris 1-0-12-0
Harris run out 57
Klinger not out 69
Manou b Kumble 0
Ferguson not out 21
Extras (LB-5, W-2, NB-1) 8
Total (in 18.3 overs) 155
Bowling: P Kumar 4-0-28-0, Steyn 4-0-38-0, du Preez 3-0-26-0, Kumble 4-0-25-1, Vinay 3.3-0-33-0.
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