|Tuesday, February 15, 2000,
eves blank Australia
face an uphill task
match for Pandove
|Pawan, Babita clinch gold
CHANDIGARH, Feb 14Pawan Kumar playing from Punjab and a trainee of former ex-Olympian Narinder Kumar showed his prowess by clinching gold medal in less than 90 kg men section of the Senior National Judo Championship which began at Sector 42 indoor badminton hall today.
wins; Tauziat beats Serena
Tarasov star in indoor meet
University eves lift title
name one-day team
win for RCF
boys, girls reach finals
Indian eves blank Australia
NEW DELHI, Feb14 (UNI) Indian women taught their Australian counterparts a lesson in badminton with a 5-0 whipping before entering the super league of the Uber Cup here today.
This was Indias second successive win in as many outings and they take on lowly Sri Lanka in their last group A fixture tomorrow with the hope of topping the pool.
Once again it was Aparna Popat and Manjusha Kanwar who spearheaded the Indian challenge as the Austratians caved in before the hosts onslaught.
The 22-year-old former world junior runner-up Aparna Popat put India ahead as she overcame world No 41 Kellie Lucas 13-10,11-5 in 39 minutes. B.R.Meenakashi was the second singles player in place of Neelima and she justified the faith of her coaches by drubbing Jane Crabtree 11-5,11-4 in just 17 minutes.
Manjusha Kanwar made it 3-0 with an emphatic 11-3,11-2 win over Laura Blackman.The match lasted barely 15 minutes.
In the doubles, the experienced pair of P.V.V. Lakshmi and Madhumita Bisht made short work of Vanessa Tyrrel and Tania Luiz to win 15-6,15-4 in a 25-minute encounter.
Manjusha Kanwar and Shurti Kurian then completed the rout, humbling Kellie Lucas and Jane Crabtree 15-9,15-1 in half an hour.
World No 29, Aparna Popat was never in trouble against Kellie Lucas and later admitted that though it was not very easy but it was a relatively easy win.
The Indian spearhead started with a bang, taking a 3-0 lead. But Kellie fought back to level it 3-3 and then both the players were levelled 7-7, and 9-9 before the Australian took a one point lead .
Aparna, with some super drops and tosses and occasional smashes, then took four points in a row to claim the game.
It was a much smoother affair in the second as the Indian champion took a 7-1 lead then went on to 10-2. At this stage Kellie saved two match points and reduced the lead to 5-10.She again staved off two match points but that was all she could do as Aparna smashed her way to victory.
I was little tentative in the beginning and the drift troubled me a bit and I had to restrict my strokes, Aparna said.
World No 63, B.R. Meenakashi overwhelmed 139-ranked Jane Crabtree in all departments of the game. Crabtree just could not fathom the Indians shots or tosses and was mostly stranded in the mid court failing in her bid to intercept the Indian.
After being levelled 4-4 and then 5-5, Meenakashi outlasted Crabtree claiming six points on the trot to win the first game.
Second game was a virtual no contest. The Indian shuttler raced to an imposing 10-0 lead before she put away an easy volley allowing her rival to get the first break in the game.
Crabtree managed to earn four points before Meenakshi closed out the match.
Verstile Manjusha Kanwar,who played a stellar role in Indias win yesterday against Singapore, was in her elements again as she thrashed Laura Blackman, conceding only five points.
It was the mismatch of the day as tall and sturdy Laura ran all over the court with out any success. The 110-ranked Manjusha teased her with deft volleys, tosses and smashes.
The Indian led 3-1 and then took five points in a row to make it 8-1, before the Australian claimed two points. That was all she could gather with Manjusha taking the next three (11-3).
In the second game Laura led 2-1 before Manjusha claimed nine points in a row (11-2) to give India a commanding 3-0 lead.
Three time national champion PVV Laxmi combined well with veteran Madhumita Bisht in accounting for Vanessa Tyrrel and Tania Luiz 15-6, 15-4 and it was 4-0 for India.
A pumped up duo of Manjusha Kanwar and Shruti Kanwar overwhelmed Kellie Lucas and Jane Crabtree 15-9, 15-1 for a comprehensive 5-0 win.
Chief coach S. M. Arif complimented the players for putting up such a fine show saying it is a morale boosting win.
In the Thomas Cup tie Australia defeated Iran 4-1. This was Irans second straight defeat. Australia have already earned a walkover from Zambia. Iran had lost to Singapore 0-5 in their first tie.
Staurt Brehaut b Ali Shahhoseini 15-6, 15-5 (20 minutes)
Nathan Malpass b Reza Roshanomid 15-3, 15-6 (22m)
Staurt Brehaut/Clint Pegrum b Afshin Bozorgzadeh/Ali Shahhoseini 15-9, 15-10 (36m). Leonard Tjoe lost to Sadegh Karbassi 6-15, 11-15 (35m)
BSF face an uphill task
CHANDIGARH,Feb 14 Smarting from the 0-3 humiliation at the hands of Mahindra and Mahindra in a home match a few days back, JCT Phagwara will leave nothing to chance when they meet bottom-placed Border Security Force, Jalandhar, in the 15th round of the National Football League at Ludhianas Guru Nanak Stadium tomorrow.
The defeat against Mahindras, which saw JCT plummeting to the fifth position behind Salgaocar, dealt a severe blow to the mill mens aspirations after the team had started looking up with a victory against ITI, Bangalore, in a home match on February 6.
At the end of the 14th round, JCT Phagwara have been able to collect 21 points from five victories and six draws. The mill men have suffered defeat thrice in the NFL so far. After losing the lung opener against Salgaocar in New Delhi on December 9, JCT suffered the second reverse against Mahindra and Mahindra in an away match at Mumbai on January 7. The third setback was again against Mahindras at Ludhiana on February 11, which incidentally was the worst drubbing for the team so far.
The latest setback, in fact, was due to a combination of factors such as inclement weather, unfavourable ground conditions and absence of key players like star midfielder Hardip Sangha, who was on the injured list, and defender Prabhjot Singh, who was down with fever. The soggy ground rendered soft by overnight rain added to the mill mens woes although they did try to make a match of it with some good attempts through the promising Jaswinder, sharp shooter Hardip Gill and the laborious Hardip Saini. Moreover, the team was pitted against an outfit boasting of one of the most fearsome strikers, namely Jordanian recruit Bassam Khatib.
However, on the eve of the clash against BSF, JCTs primary objective is to snatch full points since the gap with the front-runners has widened considerably as full nine points separate them from table-toppers Churchill Brothers. For achieving this objective, coach Sukhwinder and his deputy, Parminder, will mobilise all resources, and induction of Sangha is not ruled out. The improvement in weather and the grassy ground will help JCT to go full steam against their rivals, for whom the tale of misery has been unending.
Trailing at the last position in the 12-team league, BSF have only succeeded in garnering six points from one victory and three draws. Their only success was against Dempo, whom they had edged 1-0 in a home tie at Ludhiana. Out of 14 matches that BSF have played so far,they have lost 10 and the latest setback was against holders Salgaocar against whom they lost 1-2 in a rain-hit tie.
BSFs major handicap is inability to score goals. In 14 outings,the Jalandhar outfit have been able to score only four goals, the least number by any team in the NFL.
At the same time, the team has conceded 17 goals but this record is not that bad as teams like East Bengal and Tollygunge have also conceded as many as 16 and 15 goals, respectively. ITI and Dempo have conceded even more,18 and 21 to be precise, which means that the major reason for the teams plight is poor scoring rate. The defence and midfield, nevertheless, have performed satisfactorily. Even teams like holders Salgaocar and Churchill Brothers had a tough time in the face of gritty resistance from BSF. While Salgaocar managed a 2-1 win in the last minute, Churchill Brothers had to remain content with a 1-1 draw.
To bolster the attack, coach Shyam Kumar has been trying out veterans like Gauranga Paul to assist the laborious Gurjit Atwal upfront but so far the strategy has achieved limited success. If the attack really gets going, of which the chances are not all that bright, BSF may cause ripples in the national league, which has already entered a decisive phase.
Benefit match for Pandove
CHANDIGARH,Feb14The Ranji Trophy Super League match between Punjab and Baroda, scheduled to be played at the PCA Stadium, S.A.S Nagar,from February 24 to 27 will be played as a benefit tie for former Punjab Ranji Trophy player and current secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association, Mr M.P. Pandove.
This will be the second Super League match for both teams. While hosts Punjab got five points for gaining the first innings lead over Hyderabad in their first Super League outing, Baroda beat Bihar by an innings and 114 runs in their first Super League match of the season at Vadodora.
Earlier, a Sri Lanka XI versus Indian XI match had been billed at the same venue as a benefit tie for Pandove. However,due to problems of date made it impossible to hold the match. Therefore, it has been decided that the Ranji Trophy Super League match would be held as a benefit match for the former player who has also remained a national selector of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Born on November 18,1945, at Sunam, Pandove began his Ranji Trophy career in 1960-61 when he turned out for Southern Punjab. From 1960-61 to 1967-68 he played a total of 33 matches for Southern Punjab in which he played 62 innings, scored 1646 runs at an average of 29.39 and also captured 42 wickets at an average of 33.16.
When the state of Punjab was re-organised, Pandove started playing for Punjab. From 1968-69 to 1977-78 Pandove played 40 Ranji Trophy matches in which he scored 1543 runs at an average of 28.32 in 64 innings. In this period Pandove also claimed five wickets at an average of 97.20.
Pandove also played a single Duleep Trophy match against Central Zone in 1971-72. When he quit first class cricket at the end of the 1977-78 season Pandove had played in a total of 73 Ranji Trophy matches.
Mr Pandove has already
decided that the proceeds from the benefit match would be
used by the Dhruv Pandove Trust which has been set up by
the Pandove family in memory of Dhruv Pandove, a son of
Mr M.P. Pandove, who was a promising cricketer.
Athletics events identified
PATIALA, Feb 14 Chief athletics coach and Droncharya awardee Bahadur Singh has confirmed that the final trials for selection of athletes for the Olympics, slated to be held in Sydney from September 15 to 28, will be held during the last two days of the inter state athletic meet scheduled to be held at Chennai from July 14 to 16.
In an exclusive interview with The Tribune, Bahadur Singh, a veteran of five successive Asian Games, said that the athletes who will be selected for the for the Sydney Olympics, will have to go another round of confirmatory trials which have been scheduled by the Amateur Athletic Federation of India (AAFI) to be held at New Delhi on September 7. Elaborating on confirmatory trials for those athletes who already would have booked a ticket to the Olympics after the Chennai inter-state meet, Mr Bahadur Singh said the AAFI was of the opinion that after the final list of athletes will come up subsequent to the Chennai meet, there are a number of variables which may crop up, like last minute injuries to athletes. More significantly, the selectors would watch closely the fluctuation in the form and the performance level of the athlete, before the athletes finally embark on Sydney tour.
Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry in consultation with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the AAFI have drawn up a list of events in which the Indians will participate in the track and field events at Sydney. There may be a few deletions depending on the circumstances but the possibility of a new event being introduced is very remote. The events identified are the relay (4 into 400 m men and women), shot put (men), discus throw (men and women), 800 m and 1500m (women), The possibility of inclusion of the 10,000 m event is not being ruled out for the present going by the superb form of long-distance runner Gulab Chand. This list of event has been prepared on the basis of the performance level of some of the athletes even though Bahadur Singh confirmed that there will be about half-a-dozen more competitions to check the performance of the athletes, which include the prestigious Federation Cup to be held at Lucknow from March 15 to 17.
The events have been chalked up on the current performance of athletes. For instance the shot put event has been included keeping in view ace thrower Shakti Singhs recent performance in the domestic meet where Shakti bettered his previous national record of 19.85 metres which he set at Travancore in 1999, heaving the iron ball to 20.09 metres, a new national record.
It will only be on September 7 after the confirmatory trials to be held at New Delhi, that the AAFI will come out with the full and final list of the names of the Sydney-bound athletes.
Pawan, Babita clinch gold
CHANDIGARH, Feb 14Pawan Kumar playing from Punjab and a trainee of former ex-Olympian Narinder Kumar showed his prowess by clinching gold medal in less than 90 kg men section of the Senior National Judo Championship which began at Sector 42 indoor badminton hall today.
Babita Negi, formerly of Chandigarh and an international judoka now playing from Central Industrial Security Force, bagged gold medal in her section less than 78 kg. Rupinderdeep Kaur a Punjab Engineering College student, kept the citys hopes alive when she picked a bronze medal (less than 70 kg category).
The countrys only hope for qualifying to Sydney Olympics Yashpal Solanki representing National Coaching Camp secured gold medal less than 81 kg category). This weight had the maximum number of participants in which the bouts were held.
Today the finals in three men weight categories below 81 kg, 90 kg and 100 kg while in women in three weight sections, below 63 kg, 70 kg and 78 kg were held.
Nearly 400 Judokas from 32 states/units are taking part in this three-day meet being organised by the Amateur Judo Association of Chandigarh.
Below 90 kg: Pawan Kumar (Punjab) Gold; Pradeep Kumar (CRPF) silver; Sarabjit Singh (BSF) and Virinder Singh ( ITBP) both bronze.
Below 100 kg: Satish( CISF) gold; Shubhnath Yadav (CRPF) silver; Samunder Tokas (Delhi) and Jitender ( ITBP) both bronze.
Women: (below 70 kg) Parvinder Kaur (CRPF) gold; Jagjeet Kaur (CISF) silver; Rupinderdeep Kaur (Chd) and Kiran Kumari (Del) both bronze.
Philippoussis wins; Tauziat beats Serena
SAN JOSE (California), Feb 14 (Reuters) Coming up with big serves and clever shotmaking at big moments, Australian Mark Philippoussis successfully defended his title at the $ 375,000 Sybase Open with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 win over unseeded Swede Mikael Tillstrom.
Its a great feeling, said Philippoussis, who won his eighth career title yesterday. It always tough to come back and defend a title. It does a lot for my self-confidence.
Tillstrom, who knocked off three seeds this week, said he ran out of gas.
As he has much of the week, Philippoussis struggled with his returns of serves and backhands much of the contest but whenever he fell into serious trouble, he produced a huge serve or sterling forehand.
Tillstrom, a 27-year-old journeyman, played his best tennis of the week, surprising his foe with frequent net rushes, soft drop shots and penetrating crosscourt forehands.
The two entertained the crowd in the first set with spectacular end-to-end rallies. Using a variety of angles and speeds on his serves, Tillstrom appeared to have Philippoussis confused but at 5-6, the Australian broke him with a couple of thunderous returns and watched Tillstrom double-fault on set-point.
I had a better start than my other matches because I wasnt broken straight off, Philippoussis said. I thought that would be the same today when I was down 0-30 in the first game. It took a lot of pressure off myself when I was able to hold.
DUBAI: Top seed Nicolas Kiefer drew on all his experience to beat unheralded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the Dubai Open mens tournament 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday.
The German had to be on top of his game to beat the unseeded Ferrero for the $ 137,000 title.
I improved with every match and its a really nice feeling to have won this tournament, he said.
For Ferrero it was the second final of his career. He won his only ATP tour event in Mallorca last year.
I would have loved to return home victorious, but Nicolas played very well, the Spaniard said.
Kiefer began on a confident note, breaking Ferrero in the second game when he double-faulted three times.
But Ferrero hit back in the second set making Kiefer fight all the way.
In the decider, the 22-year-old German stepped up a gear, quickly racing to a 4-1 lead before sealing victory.
MARSEILLE: Marc Rosset won the first all-Swiss final of an ATP tour tournament when he beat young compatriot Roger Federer 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the Marseille Open on Sunday.
A little inconsistent at first, Rosset improved his serve after losing the first set. It was his third victory in the Mediterranean city following titles in 1993 and 1994.
Its always pleasant to win a tournament and especially the first all-Swiss final in history. My name will remain in the record books, said the former Olympic champion.
In the early stages of the match, Federer showed why he had been crowned junior world champion in 1998, unsettling Rosset with his devastating forehands.
The towering player from Geneva captured the second set 6-3 and took his compatriots serve in the ninth game of the decider before serving for the match.
Federer took risks and saved three match points, pushing Rosset into a tricky tie-break.
I got jittery. I felt victory was within reach and I lost my nerve on the match points, Rosset admitted.
But he regained his self control on a fourth match point to finish off his young rival and claim his 13th victory on the ATP circuit.
It was close. The fact that I lost to Marc makes it a little less disappointing, said Federer after his first ATP tour final.
PARIS: French veteran Nathalie Tauziat was too solid for injured Serena Williams when she won the Paris Open 7-5, 6-2 on Sunday.
Outwitted for most of the first set by the experienced Tauziat, playing in her 20th final, Williams lost ground in the second set, partly because of a knee injury.
The 18-year-old American, who was top seed and title holder in the $ 535,000 tournament, had to receive treatment early in the second set and spent most of the dying minutes of the match close to tears.
It happened all of a sudden at 2-1 in the first set. Im sorry, she said.
Williams had won the first title of her career in the same tournament last year and was eager to do well against the second-seeded Tauziat.
But it was an uphill battle from the start.
I think I actually won in the first set, said the 32-year-old Frenchwoman after her seventh victory in a career spanning over 16 years.
I had decided to serve and volley and it is a game she really doesnt like, added Tauziat, who had lost to Williams in their two previous encounters.
The former Wimbledon finalist did not give the American a chance to breathe in the first set, rushing to the net at every opportunity. The tactics paid off when she broke Williams in the third game.
Prahlad bows out
CALCUTTA, Feb 14 (PTI) Indias wild card entrants Prahlad Srinath and Mustafa Ghouse bowed out in the first round after lacklustre displays in the singles event of the ATP Tour Challenger Tennis Tournament at the South Club here today.
Sixth seed Dejan Petrovic of Australia had no difficulty brushing aside the challenge of Ghouse for a facile 6-1, 6-3 verdict in a rather one-sided contest on the opening day which saw no major upsets.
The diminutive Takahiro Terachi of Japan shrugged off a second-set lethargy to carve out a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Prahlad Srinath in just about 45 minutes.
Relying on a serve and volley game, Terachi wrapped up the first set 6-1 to take tight control of the proceedings but could not maintain the same tempo in the second set as he committed a number of unforced errors.
Prahlad toned up his game in the second set, taking full advantage of his opponents errors, but failed to keep his cool in the crucial juncture much to the disappointment of the home crowd.
Sixth-seeded Petrovic proved too good against Ghouse, unleashing a series of crisp baseline volleys and a few aces to unsettle the hapless Indian from the very first set.
The Australian seemed quite comfortable playing on grass and made a nervous Ghouse struggle to hold serve.
In the other main draw singles matches, Gregory Carraz of France had to dig deep into his reserves against compatriot Nicholas Thomann for a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 verdict in a battle which lasted more than an hour.
Carraz started off with a flourish and wrapped up the first set easily, but his opponent fought back brilliantly to take the second set and restore parity.
Carraz, however, managed to lift his game by several notches in the deciding set and capitalised on a few unforced errors by his opponent to secure a berth in the pre-quarter final stage.
In another match, eighth-seeded Guillaume Marx of France prevailed over Leonardo Azzaro of Italy 7-5, 6-2 to move into the pre-quarter finals of the prize money tournament which gives the players an opportunity to secure vital ATP points.
Andy Ram of Israel had
to work hard before suppressing compatriot Noam Behr 3-6,
7-5, 6-3 in another keenly contested encounter, Ram
conceded the first set as he played erratically but
bounced back strongly, to claim the next two sets.
Pollock wrecks England
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 14 (AP) Shaun Pollock tore apart Englands top order to reduce the tourists to 111 all out, and his five for 20 bowled South Africa to a 38-run victory in the final of the Standard Bank Triangular Series at the Wanderers Stadium late last night.
Pollocks haul, the best ever for South Africa against England in one-day internationals, set up an unlikely victory charge in a low-scoring match which nonetheless had a huge crowd enthralled throughout.
It also won him the man-of-the-match award, and swung sentiment his way for bragging rights as man of the series.
He was aided by some superb catching in the final, as wicketkeeper Mark Boucher took a record five catches, and Jacques Kallis pulled off a quite breathtaking effort in the slips to help Pollock dismiss dangerman Graeme Hick for 12.
Pollocks spell was simply magnificent, said England captain Nasser Hussain.
Earlier, only a patient 56 by captain Hansie Cronje saw South Africa score 149 all out. Play finally got underway after a delay of more than 24 hours due to heavy rain.
Hussain won the toss and had no hesitation in sending South Africa in to bat on a pitch which offered extravagant help to the seam bowlers from the outset.
The England opening pair of Andrew Caddick and Darren Gough took immediate advantage and had South Africa reeling at 14 for three wickets, and then 21 for five.
Then Cronje dug in, and, with the assistance of Boucher, saw South Africa to relative safety at 95 before the next wicket fell. Boucher contributed 36 in a fine innings.
Gibbs c Knight b Gough 8
Extras (lb-5 w-6 nb-1) 12
Total (all out, 45 overs) 149
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-14, 3-14, 4-21, 5-21, 6-95, 7-129, 8-132, 9-134.
Bowling: Caddick 9-1-19-4; Gough 9-2-18-3, Mullally 9-3-22-1, White 7-0-38-0; Ealham 5-0-24-0; Alleyne 6-0-23-1.
Hussain c Boucher b
Extras (lb-1 w-21 nb-2) 24
Total (all out, 38 overs) 111
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-22, 3-23, 4-41, 5-45, 6-64, 7-72, 8-83, 9-87.
Szabo, Tarasov star in indoor meet
LIEVIN (France), Feb 14 (PTI) Romanias Gabriela Szabo won the womens 2,000 metres while world champion Russians Vyacheslav Voronin and Maxim Tarasov took the honours in the mens high jump and pole vault at the Gaz de France indoor meeting yesterday.
The event was the second of four Ricoh Tour meetings. The next meetings are in Stockholm on February 17 and Birmingham on February 20.
Szabo, last years woman athlete of the year, won her event in five minutes, 38.76 seconds. In second was Olga Yegorova of Russia, with Violeta Szekely of Romania in third.
The mens 60 metres was won by Leonard Myles-Mills of Ghana in a time of 6.53 seconds.
Greg Saddler of the USA, who won in Ghent (Belgium), on Friday, had to settle for second place with 6.55 while the 1999 world outdoor 100 metres bronze medallist Dwain Chambers from Britain was third with 6.58 seconds. Cubas Anier Garcia beat world record holder Tony Dees of the USA in the mens 60 metres hurdles.
Garcia beat Dees in a photo finish in Ghent and there was only two hundredths of a second between the two men yesterday, with Garcia clocking 7.43 seconds ahead of Dees and fellow Cuban Yoel Hernandez who was third with 7.49.
In the mens high jump, 1999 world champion Voronin of Russia won with a first time clearance at 2.31 metres.
Stefan Holm of Sweden was second also with 2.31 metres and Dragudan Topic of Yugoslavia was third with 2.28 metres.
Russias Maxim Tarasov took the top spot in the pole vault with a 5.80 metres clearance at the third attempt.
Okkert Brits of South Africa was second with a 5.70 metres and Rodion Gataulin of Russia in third, also with 5.70 metres.
Ukraines six-time world champion Sergei Bubka could only come fourth in his second polevault competition after 17 months out of the sport. Bubka cleared 5.50 metres.
Maria Mutola, the 1999
world outdoor 800 metres silver medallist, had a
convincing win in the womens 1,000 metres. She came
home in a time of two minutes 35.76 seconds well ahead of
Natalya Tsyganova of Russia with Kutre Dulecha of
GND University eves lift
KURUKSHETRA, Feb 14 Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, won the All-India Inter University Hockey (Women) Championship by defeating Punjabi University, Patiala by four goals to zero at the university sports complex here today.
The hosts Kurukshetra University defeated Kerala University by three goals to one to finish runners-up.
Punjabi University, Patiala, girls offered no resistance to their opponents. Although they got seven penalty corners, the pushes were not stopped. A victory was must for the losers to improve their positions but from the very beginning, they surrendered to the winners.
The Kurukshetra University girls exhibited their efficiency in converting short corners, scoring two out of three goals. Kurukshetra University took the lead in the 5th minute when Meenu directly hit the hard board off a penalty corner. The same hit was repeated in 26th minute by Aarti. Then again in 30th minute, Pooja scored an excellent field goal but in the second half, the Kerala girls mounted pressure and Arif reduced the lead.
SA name one-day team
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 14 (AFP) South Africa named a 15-man cricket squad for limited overs tournaments in India and Sharjah next month.
The one-day squad includes 10 of the 14 players who depart on Wednesday to play two Test matches in India.
After the tests, four players will return home batsmen Daryll Cullinan and Boeta Dippenaar, fast bowler Allan Donald and leftarm spin bowler Clive Eksteen.
Batsmen Dale Benkenstein and Neil McKenzie, seam bowlers Steve Elworthy and Henry Williams and offspin bowler Derek Crookes will join the squad for five one-day matches in India, starting March 9, and a triangular tournament in Sharjah involving India and Pakistan, starting March 22.
Fast bowler Makhaya Ntini will join the squad for the Sharjah leg of the tour only. It is the first time Ntini has been picked for South Africa since winning an appeal against conviction and a six-year jail sentence for rape last year, a conviction which was overturned on appeal.
Hansie Cronje (captain), Shaun Pollock (vice-captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Gary Kirsten, Jacques Kallis, Pieter Strydom, Dale Benkenstein, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Neil McKenzie, Nicky Boje, Steve Elworthy, Derek Crookes, Mornantau Hayward and Henry Williams plus Makhaya Ntini for Sharjah only.
Air-India down Universities
NEW DELHI, Feb 14 (UNI) India (Jr) were held to a 1-1 draw by the visiting Australia (Jr) while Air India (Mumbai) opened their campaign with a facile 5-2 win over Indian Universities in the inaugural Ayur Gold Cup Hockey Tournament here today.
In a sluggish match in which both the teams failed to make any worthwhile move, India (Jr) had more control of the ball and earned five penalty corners which they failed to convert.
The visitors got four penalty corners and converted one for the lead. The teams were level 1-1 at half time.
The Australians surged ahead in the 10th minute when Michael Mc Cann scored off the second penalty corner.
The visitors, however, failed to hold on to the lead for long as four minutes later, India (Jr) drew parity through Junas Bara,who capitalised on a defensive lapse to shoot home the equaliser.
Both the teams failed to score any more goal despite earning penalty corners and their forwards also were not so penetrative enough to cut through each others crowded defence.
Convincing win for RCF
KOTA, Feb 14 (PTI) Rail Coach Factory (RCF), Kapurthala, and Indian Navy registered convincing wins on the second day of the 20th DCM Shriram All-India Hockey Tournament here today.
The railmen thrashed District Hockey Association, Kota, 7-0 while Indian Navy beat Indian Air Force 2-0.
The Kapurthala outfit dominated throughout and took the lead in the 11th minute through Anil Ekka, who scored a field goal.
Ekka and Sabal Kumar Barla scored two goals each for RCF.
Navy outplayed a spirited IAF in a fast-paced encounter after taking the lead in the very fourth minute through the unmarked S Gorde, who scored an opportunistic goal after receiving a pass from right out Murugappan.
The match saw repeated forays by the two teams into each others territory. In the second half tempers flared and the referee ordered out the two captains for five minutes.
Punjab boys, girls reach finals
PONDICHERRY, Feb 14 (PTI) Punjab boys and girls moved into the finals of the foil category of the seventh Junior National Fencing Championship here today.
In the semifinals, Punjab boys defeated Uttar Pradesh 2-0. Punjab girls beat West Bengal 2-0 to meet Madhya Pradesh in the final.
Kunte becomes GM
CALCUTTA, Feb 14 (UNI)
Abhijit Kunte became the fourth grandmaster of the
country after Vishwanathan Anand, Dibyendu Barua and
Pravin Thipsay with a quick draw against Sandipan Chanda
in the ninth round of the 11th Goodricke International
Open Chess Tournament being played here.
296 all out
In reply to Amritsars 296 all out.
Brief scores: Amritsar (Ist innings): 296 all out (Sanjay Kumar 96, Sarandeep Singh 35 N.O., Sandeep 34, D. Matoo 28, Ravneet Ricky 23, Gagandeep Singh 5 for 56).
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