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Monday, September 20, 1999
|Aussies A demolish
LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 Australia A demolished India A by a whopping 98 runs with 17 overs to spare on a deteriorating pitch in the third America Challenge series cricket tie here last night and took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Youhana fashions Pak victory
TORONTO, Sept 19 Pakistan won the three-match DMC One-Day International Cricket Series in Toronto with a decisive 42-run-win over the West Indies. A magnificent unbeaten century by Yousuf Youhana spurred Pakistan to 5-222 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, the West Indies were bowled out for just 180 in 46.2 overs.
TORONTO, CANADA : Pakistan batsman Yousuf Youhana watches his four on his way to batting for a century against the West Indies during second one day international cricket at the Toronto Cricket Festival in Toronto on Saturday. Youhana made unbeaten 104 runs AP/PTI
3rd successive defeat for India
start by Indians in world jrs chess
hockey from Sept 25
to play for Leicestershire
slumps to bottom
Aussies A demolish India A
LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (PTI) Australia A demolished India A by a whopping 98 runs with 17 overs to spare on a deteriorating pitch in the third America Challenge series cricket tie here last night and took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Electing to bat, the Australians took advantage of some wayward seam bowling initially to make 160 for 9 in the match which was reduced to 40 overs following poor weather conditions at the Woodley Cricket Field in Van Nuys.
Australias first match batting hero Andrew Symonds bowled an unplayable spell of medium-pace (6 for 14) to scythe through the Indian batting line up to skittle them out for a paltry 62 in 23 overs.
None of the Indian batsmen reached double figures. Opener Devang Gandhi and Vijay Bharadwaj both made 9 while the biggest contribution to the total was from the 24 extras.
The Aussie pacemen just had to bowl a fuller length and leave the rest for the damp pitch to play tricks on the hapless Indian players. Most of them were out to snorters which rose disconcertingly from the good length spot with the ball often scooping up part of the earth.
Opening bowler Gerard Denton (2 for 19) and second change medium-pacer Shane Lee (2 for 10) also got among the spoils to help Symonds, who cracked 77 in the first match won by the Aussies on Wednesday last, bowl out the Indians for a meagre score.
Earlier, the Indian medium-pacers bowled too short in their first spells to help the Aussies off to a blazing start (50 was raised in the 10th over) before the spinners fought back in fine fashion to restrict them.
Openers Adam Gilchrist, the Australian A skipper, and Ryan Campbell raised a stand of 33 in five overs both making identical scores of 21 before Corey Richards held up the middle order with a well-compiled 34 off 70 balls with three boundary hits.
For India off-spinners Bharadwaj (2 for 20) and Virendra Sehwag (2 for 13) were most successful while Dodda Ganesh, Jay Prakash Yadav, Harbhajan Singh and Sridharan Sriram picked up a wicket each.
The fourth match in the series is scheduled later today. Australia won the first game on September 15 by 77 runs while India won the second on September 16 by 5 wickets.
Aussie skipper Gilchrist won a good toss in hindsight and also took the right decision to bat first as the pitch was not as nasty to begin with but became one as the match progressed. Still, the Aussie openers were lucky that Ganesh, Nehra and Yadav who did not play in the first two ties bowled far too short to give them chance to cut or pull which are increasingly becoming the most productive strokes on these underprepared pitches.
Gilchrist hooked Nehra for a six in the latters second over and then pulled him for two fours. In successive balls, the lanky Delhi left arm seamer conceded 17 runs in the fourth over of the match.
But Ganesh broke through the Aussie captainss defence with a ball of fuller length to bowl him off his pad. Yadav got the stick from Campbell who struck him for three fours in his first over which yielded 16 runs before getting the batsman out caught off a mistimed pull at square leg.
Left hander Michael De Venuto made 19 before he was caught and bowled by left-arm spinning Sriram with a diving effort when the score read 81 in the 18th over.
Richards, who negotiated the vagaries of the pitch with aplomb, and Symonds took the score to 116 before the latter was caught brilliantly bat-pad by stumper Sameer Dighe who completed the catch with a forward dive.
Richards fine innings of 34 ended when he guided Sehwag on to his stumps while trying to steer a sharply spinning ball, thereafter the Aussies lost wickets regularly before running out of their quota of overs for the loss of nine wickets.
The Indian reply was marked by batsmen taking evasive action against the sharply rising balls once the effects of the roller wore off. Opener Yadav fell without scoring. He drove a widish ball and spooned up a tame catch to short cover in Dentons first over in which there were five wides and a no-ball.
Youhana fashions Pak victory
TORONTO, Sept 19 (Reuters) Pakistan won the three-match DMC One-Day International Cricket Series in Toronto with a decisive 42-run-win over the West Indies.
A magnificent unbeaten century by Yousuf Youhana spurred Pakistan to 5-222 in their allotted 50 overs.
In reply, the West Indies were bowled out for just 180 in 46.2 overs.
Pakistan elected to bat after winning the toss but were quickly in trouble when Saeed Anwar was bowled by Chris Gale for six with the total on just 13.
Wajahatullah Wasti followed soon after with the score on 23, bowled by Merv Dillon.
Courtney Walsh was economical in his opening spell, with just 11 runs coming off his first five overs, which included three maidens.
The wickets continued to tumble, with Inzaman ul-Haq (14) and Aamir Sohail (21) departing to the pavilion by the end of the 22nd over as Pakistan slumped to 4/68.
That brought Youhana and Abdur Razzaq together at the wicket and the pair went about the task of rebuilding the Pakistan innings. They brought up a 50 partnership in 101 balls in the 39th over before launching a counter-attack.
Deft placement and good running between the wickets were a feature in a relatively slow start to the partnership but the pair began to turn up the heat in the final 10 overs.
USA take 2-0 lead in Fed Cup
PALO ALTO (California), Sept 19 (Reuters) Treating their opponents like practice partners, Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport staked the USA to a 2-0 lead over Russia in the KB Fed Cup final at Stanford University.
Playing in front of a sold-out but fairly muted crowd of 3,955 yesterday, the third-ranked Williams began the best-of-five tie by beating No. 17 Elena Likhovtseva 6-3 6-4. Then Davenport defeated 17-year-old Phenom Elena Dementieva 6-4 6-0.
US captain Billie Jean King was irked that the crowd didnt cheer more loudly for her dream team, which features defending Wimbledon champion Davenport, Venus Williams, recently crowned US Open champion Serena Williams and nine-time Grand Slam titlist Monica Seles.
I just wish we could get the Americans to get into it the way other countries do, King said. They really have it down to an art theyve got the banners, the chanting, they do it the whole match....
We have the best players in the world. We have a dream team. And that in of itself should be enough to get pretty excited about, no matter what the score is.
Venus Williams was so comfortable that she would win the match that she chose to work on aspects of her game.
I was working on different things on my first serve, Williams said. I was really flattening it out more. But when things are more tight, thats when I really went ahead and played the ball.
For her part, Likhovsteva wasnt too impressed with Williamss attack, even though it was the fourth time in four matches she lost to her.
It could have been a little bit better from my side because I overrated Venus, Likhovsteva said. I thought she would play a little better than she played. I thought her strokes would be stronger and she would be more aggressive.
While Williams hardly played at a high level, she did raise her game at key moments while Likhovsteva fell apart.
But Williams was plagued with a hitch in her sometimes devastating serve and even though she vowed on Friday to become a serve-and-volleyer, the normally aggressive baseliner sometimes found herself completely out of position on Likhovtsevas returns.
Im really trying to serve and volley and its not easy to all of a sudden do something youre not accustomed to, she said.
At 3-3 in the first set, the 24-year-old Likhovsteva showed why she has never gotten beyond the fourth round of a Grand Slam despite an abundance of talent.
Instead of consolidating her break, she was broken at love when Williams whipped a backhand down the line winner. The Russian was also broken to lose the first set, when the sinewy Williams leaned back and pasted an inside-out forehand winner.
Williams continued her horrid serving at the beginning of the second set, finding the net, the doubles alley and areas far beyond the service line.
The California native was broken at love to start the set, but hung tough until she was able to break Likhovsteva to 4-4 when her opponent parked three easy forehands.
Sachin should pace out career
NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (PTI) Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar can continue to play for India for a long time provided he does not over-strain himself and reduces the amount of cricket he plays in view of his back problem, leading orthopaedic surgeon Dr M.K. Magazine, who had earlier examined him, said today.
With normal precautions and exercises, I dont see why he should not be able to play for the next eight to 10 years, Dr Magazine, who treated Tendulkar when the problem first flared up this January told PTI in response to the diagnosis by a specialist at the Adelaide-based Australian Institute of Sports where Tendulkar has got his troublesome back treated.
Spondylolysis, which the Aussie expert Dr Peter Barnes has said Tendulkar suffers from, normally affected one vertebrae which will be the focal point for origin of pain, but if he developed his back muscles well strain will lessen on the bone and the key was for the Indian skipper to preserve himself and pace out his career.
Asked whether the injury could restrict the career of the 26-year-old batsman, Dr Magazine said: As per the present diagnosis, his problem is not very severe. If he maintains his physical fitness and properly follows prescribed exercises, he should be able to play for a long time. But at the kind of pace which cricketers play, it is difficult.
He said the worlds best batsman can play for the next eight to 10 years provided he is able to physically and mentally preserve himself.
Playing for six months a year should not be a problem. But if he is playing for 10 months, then he will be testing his physical limitations.
Advising that Tendulkar should work on strengthening his back muscles to relieve the strain on the bone, Dr Magazine said the important thing is to know the threshold and remain within that and receive attention even if there is minor pain.
But Dr Magazine advised that the master batsman should take up meditation to relieve the kind of stress he constantly experiences as a celebrity cricketer and Indian skipper.
He should not be over-exposed and Tendulkar should completely reorganise his career. At the current pace, things are bound to give in. For this he not only needs to work on physical fitness, but he also needs to do meditation and adopt relaxation techniques, he said.
The diagnosis made by the Australian Cricket Academy experts was slightly surprising as an MRI scan was taken in Delhi in January and the report was normal, he said.
Normally it should be seen in MRI. Clinically, you cant make it out if it is a very fine defect, he said.
Dr Magazine said not only Tendulkar, but the entire Indian cricket team, required the services of a clinical psychologist apart from a good physical trainer.
I strongly believe, not only Tendulkar, but the entire team needs to be taught relaxation techniques to take their mind off stressful things.
This is as important as having a good physical trainer to improve their fitness. In fact, having a psychologist will only help more in this direction, he added.
The orthopaedic surgeon said Tendulkar was totally stressed out on arriving here from Chennai in January where his back trouble surfaced first during his marathon 136 against Pakistan in the first Test that went in vain.
Tendulkar was not only experiencing pain and stiffness, he was also stressed out after the Chennai effort and was totally keyed up to do well in the second Test that immediately followed in Delhi.
Dr Magazine did not feel the media was projecting an alarming view on Tendulkars problem and said medical history was known only to doctors attending on him and any report can only be based on their opinion.
But the most
important thing is for everyone to realise that a talent
like Tendulkar cannot be expected to play day in and day
out and he should not be over-exposed. All concerned with
his career should sort this out if he has to play from
for a long time, he added.
Will Gaekwad replace Wadekar?
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 The decision of the former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Joshi, to contest for the post of President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against Mr A.S. Muthiah, President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, has upset the calculations of many persons involved with the board.
Besides the election of the office-bearers, the annual general body meeting of the board, to be held at Jaipur on September 21 and 22, will also finalise the various committees of the board. Two of the most important committees will obviously be the senior and junior national selection committee and it will be these committees which will see a lot of horse-trading, unfortunately to the detriment of Indian cricket.
One person who will probably face the axe in this game of musical chair is the Chairman of the senior selection committee, Ajit Wadekar. A known confidant of Mr Joshi, Wadekar and Mr Joshi both belong to the Bombay Cricket Association. And according to indications available, Mr Joshis will only be a symbolic fight but then the real sufferer might well be Wadekar because the ruling group in the board will seek his axe because of his closeness to Mr Joshi. In any case Wadekar himself has hurt his cause by the terrible mix-up in the selection of the India A team.
In case Wadekar is removed, the job of Chairman may be offered to Anshuman Gaekwad, currently coach of the Indian cricket squad. Gaekwad has remained a member of the selection committee in the past and therefore would be senior to the two other former Test players in the group of five, Ashok Malhotra and Madan Lal, who are eligible for reappointment. The tenure of another former test player, Shivlal Yadav, has over and south zone will send a new selectors to the panel. At the moment Gaekwad is more keen to continue as coach but following Indias disastrous showing in the World Cup as also the two back-to-back tournaments in Sri Lanka and Singapore his sack from the post seems imminent.
But one must not forget that the Secretary of the board, Mr J.Y.Lele, hails from Baroda as does Gaekwad.Therefore, in Mr Lele Gaekwad has a very strong supporter. And of all the men currently at the helm of affairs of Indian cricket no one can be more shrewd than Mr Lele.
But a lot will depend on
the kind of support Mr Joshi can muster over the next two
days. Already, he has found a sponsor from south zone,
whose turn it is to send the next President of the BCCI.
And with his acumen and deep understanding of the vote
politics in the board ( Mr Joshi has remained
vice-president of the board in the past) anything is
possible in the richest association of the country.
3rd successive defeat for India
CANBERRA, Sept 19 (UNI) India suffered its third successive defeat as they went down 1-3 to hosts Australia in the four-nation hockey tournament here today.
Ben Taylor and Michael Brennen, who scored twice, were the scorers for Australia. Indias lone scorer was Samir Dad.
Australians were the first to score. In the 19th minute of the first half Jay Stacy passed the ball to Taylor who was in the circle unmarked. Indian goalkeeper Jude Menezes was 10 metres from the goal and Taylor had all the time in the world to swivel and put the ball in the side board.
India held Australia for next 10 minutes and they managed to equalise. Baljit Singh Dhillon, Deepak Thakur and Mohd Riaz created a good move and passed the ball to Dad who was in a position to score from the right side of goal. This was Dads second goal in the tournament.
Four minutes from the half time Australia again went into lead from penalty corner. Brennan was the fourth in line of passes originating from Jay Stacy in the Battery. Stact baulked his strike and passed to Tory Elder who held the pass and slipped another to Brennan, unmarked two metres from the goal, who has simple tapping to score to the right of Menezes.
At break the score read 2-1 in favour of Australia. After the break Australia increased the pressure on Indian defence. For the first 10 minutes India had possession only twice or thrice but they absorbed the pressure well and began the onslaught on the rival goal.
Anwar Khan made a weaving run through the middle of the pitch past five or six Australian sticks, cutting the Australian defence to ribbons, but he could not get the ball under control in the circle to get a shot on goal.
Passes from the backfield to the circle brought appreciative responses from the crowd, witnessing the magic of Indian hockey at its best. From Dilip Tirkey in defence to Baljit Singh Saini in the midfield to Baljit Singh Dhillon, the ball flowed across the ground unchallenged by Australia and into the circle with precision. However, the last touch into goal was lacking and no score resulted.
Deepak Thakur combined
with Baljit Singh Dhillon to put the ball to Samir Dad
near goal but the redoubtable 253 game veteran, Michael
York, was able to rob Dad of possession before Dad could
make a strike at goal.
Good start by Indians in world jrs chess
YEREVAN (Armenia), Sept 19 (PTI) National junior champion Sundarrajan Kidambi held fifth seed Ilijushin Alexei of Russia to a draw while IWM Nisha Mohota defeated Aydin Helen of Turkey as the Indians made a good start in the World Junior Boys and Girls Chess Championships here today.
Playing black in the opening round, the 37th seeded Kidambi (ELO 2334) offered a pawn sacrifice in the Kings Indian defence game which was not accepted by the higher rated Alexei (2527).
The 16-year-old Indian, who earned two International Master (IM) norms recently at Biel International Championship in Switzerland and the British Championships, made another pawn sacrifice on the 12th move which white accepted. But Kidambi got no compensation for the pawn and got into a slightly inferior position.
Alexei, however, did not go for a complication in the middle game to take control of the position and struck to the one pawn advantage for the endgame, which turned out to be a simple draw.
Mohota was clearly lucky to get a full point from the drawish endgame.
Playing black, she chose Alekhine Defence against the king pawn opening of Helen. On the 7th move, the Turkish player opted for c5 which turned out be a wrong move as it exposed her king.
But Mohota could not take advantage of the position and went into the endgame with an extra pawn. White could have easily drawn the game but blundered in the ending and was forced to resign.
On the top board in the girls section, top seed WGM Irina Krush of the USA was forced to share the point with Nice Jessica.
While in the boys
section, top seed GM Ruslan Kasimzanov won his game
easily against Lopez Jose Martinez of Spain but GM
Dervishi Erald of Albenia had to struggle for a draw
against Peter Benkovic of Yugoslavia.
Gurmit hockey from Sept 25
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 As many as 25 teams, including defending champions Punjab and Sind Bank, have confirmed their participation in the 29th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament scheduled to be organised by the Rock Rovers Hockey Club here from September 25 to October 4.
According to Mr S.N. Vohra, organising secretary, many more teams had expressed their desire to take part in the tournament but since the draws had already been finalised they could not be accommodated. Recognised as an A grade tournament by the Indian Hockey Federation, the tournament is an annual affair to commemorate the memory of the late Gurmit Singh who died under tragic circumstances at a young age.
Among the teams who have confirmed their participation are Air-India, Mumbai, Central Railway, Mumbai, Western Railway, Mumbai, Punjab Police, Air-India Academy, Chandigarh XI and Shivalik Club.
The tournament committee has decided to award special prizes to the best goalkeeper, best full back, best half and the best forward. The most disciplined team will also be awarded a special trophy.
Simi slumps to bottom
NEW DELHI, Sept 19 (PTI) Simi Mehras game fell apart as she returned a poor seven-over-par 79 to slump down the leaderboard after the third round of the Safeco Classic LPGA golf tournament at Kent, Washington (USA).
Mehra (71+73+79), who was placed joint 27th with a level-par 144 after 36 holes, returned a disastrous card to share the 81st spot with American Kim Shipman (71+75+77) at seven-over 223 yesterday in a field of 84 players, according to information received here today.
The Indian pro, going
through indifferent form on the Ladies Professional
Golfers Association (LPGA) tour which saw her miss
the cut in some of the tournaments, failed to hold her
game together and slipped down the order.
Kumble to play for Leicestershire
LONDON, Sept 19 (PTI) Ace Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble is all set for his second stint in the English county after signing up to play for Leicestershire.
The 28-year-old Karnataka spinner will replace Australian speedster Michael Kasprowicz at Leicestershire.
Kumble, who was the highest wicket-taker for the 1995 season playing for Northamptonshire, has been given a one-year contract, Leicestershires cricket manager Jack Birkenshaw said yesterday.
Kumbles induction should balance the blow of losing
England left-arm paceman Alan Mullally. Kumble has taken
239 wickets from 53 Test matches at an average of 27.83.
He was recently dropped from the India team due to poor
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 19 (AP) Three thieves robbed former FIFA player of the year Romario at gunpoint and stole his car and cellular phone, the police has said.
The Flamengo striker was
heading for his nightclub, Cafe Do Gol, in Rios
upscale Barra Da Tijuca district on Friday night when
another car forced him to pull over, said a police
officer yesterday, who gave his name only as Sgt Juvenal.
RCF defeat BSF
GARHSHANKAR, Sept 19 (FOC) RCF defeated BSF 1-0 in the Punjab football super league which is being played at SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur.
In the first half of the match neither RCF nor the BSF was able to make a worthwhile move. The game was limited to long clearances and kicks.
In the second half of the match both teams played fast game but continued to indulge in long clearances and also played a rough game. At the fag end of the match RCF players Manjit and Manjinder made a beautiful move and Jasvir hit a shot straight into the goals which the goalkeeper of the BSF saved but off the rebound RCF player Mohamd Ikram made no mistake in scoring a winning goal.
In the second match, Panjab Police defeated PSEB by 3 goals to nil. In the first half, when Panjab Polices left-out Bachitter gave a pass to Harinder standing in the D. area. PSEBs player Jhujar played a foul and referee gave a penalty kick which was neatly converted into goal by the captain of the Panjab Police Davinder.
In the second half Panjab Polices Bachitter kicked a corner which was converted by a Vijay Kumar header. Soon after taking advantage of goalkeepers mistake. Sunil cleverly kicked the ball inside for another goal.
In the other match BSF played a 1-1 draw with the Panjab Police. In the first half, both teams made good moves but failed to convert.
In the second half, Sandeep got a chance and made no mistake in scoring a goal against Panjab Police. At the fag end of the match Naresh Kumar of Panjab Police equalised through a penalty kick.
Chandigarh boxing on Sept 29, 30
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 (TNS) The 23rd Chandigarh State Senior Boxing Championship will be held at Boxing Coaching Centre, Sector 46, on September 29 and 30, according to Mr C.K. Jerath, hony secretary, Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association.
The Chandigarh team for participation in National Boxing Championship conducted at Shimla for October 12 and 13 will be selected during the championship.
Punjab bball league from Sept 23
CHANDIGARH, Sept 19 (TNS) Border Security Force will meet Punjab State Electricity Board in the mens section and Ludhiana will take on Hoshiarpur in womens section in the opening games of the 9th Punjab basketball annual league which will get underway at Bhikhi in Mansa district on September 23.
According to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, secretary, Punjab Basketball Association, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, has been given affiliation and it will participate in the mens championship. The teams in mens section have been divided in two pools. Punjab Police, Rest of Punjab and Rail Coach Factory (Kapurthala) are in pool A while B.S.F., P.S.E.B. and Punjab Juniors are in pool B Top team of each pool will play the final.
In the womens section, defending champions Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and the Rest of Punjab will figure in a round robin league contest.
Mr R.S. Gill, president, Punjab Basketball Association, will inaugurate the championship. He will also inaugurate newly-constructed basketball stadium at Bhikhi, the fourth such complex in Mansa district. The president of the Mansa District Basketball Association, Mr Yurinder Singh, has taken the sport to rural areas by providing basketball courts there.
Patiala 257 all out
PATIALA, Sept 19 (FOSR) A dazzling knock of 97 runs studded with three sixes and eight hits to the ropes by Amit Kakria enabled Patiala to pile up 257 against Minor Districts XI on day one of the Punjab state Katoch Shield cricket match played at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today.
Score: Patiala: 257 all out in 73 overs (A. Kakaria 93. Lakhbir Singh 42. Harjit Bajwa 39. Gaganinder Garry 35. Anoop Kumar 25. Navdeep Singh 4 for 83. Kailash Chander 2 for 96). Minor Districts eleven; 38 for 1 in 16 overs (D. Sahgotra 30 n.o. H. Kali 1 for 14).
Signals beat SAIL
FARIDKOT, Sept 19 (UNI) Signals today defeated SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) 3-2 in the opening match of the eighth Baba Farid Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being played at Government Barjindera College stadium here.
In the first half both the teams stood at 1-1.
Signals right full back D.D. Barla opened the account when it converted first goal through penalty stroke in the 12th minute. The SAIL outside right Sandeep Singh made no mistake when he converted a field goal in the 15th minute.
In the second half, Signals inside right S.K. Tikka converted second field goal for the signals in 42nd minute. After few minutes Signals right full back N. Lakra converted third goal by taking a rebound.
Before the final
whistle, the SAIL captain Baltejinder Singh also
converted a field goal and reduced the margin to 3-2.Four
matches will be played tomorrow between EME and Harpal
Club Quila Raipur, Thapar Academy and Indian and Post and
Telegraph, Central Railway (Bombay) and Northern Railway
and Signals VS Ropar Hawks.
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