|Sunday, February 20, 2000,
Sri Lanka beat Pak by 104 runs
Upset victory for securitymen
Easy win for Aussies
139-run win for Karnataka
India labour to win against Canada
China humble depleted India
Chandigarh to host national junior
UP crush Orissa by 10 wickets
Delhi, Bengal settle for draw
Ketola lifts ATP title
Punjab spikers outplay Services
Africa 293 for six
MUMBAI, Feb 19 (UNI) The Board Presidents XI struck back in the final session by grabbing four quick wickets as South Africa ended the first day of their three-day tour opener at 293 for six at the Brabourne Stadium here today. Skipper Cronje with 33 and wicketkeeper Boucher, also with 33, were at the crease when stumps were drawn.
The two put on an unbroken stand of 54 runs to save the South Africans and take them to a respectable score of 293 for six at the end of the first day. Boucher was the more adventurous of the two, hitting six boundaries in his 33 which has come off just 49 balls. Cronje, playing a comparatively sedate knock, was batting on 33 of 62 balls with five boundaries to his name.
South Africa, who elected to bat after winning the toss, were cruising along at 212 for two with both Daryll Cullinan and Jacques Kallis going strong. However, the slide began when Kallis after playing the ball to cover called for a quick single in his hurry to reach his fifty. Mohd Kaif who was fielding at cover picked up the ball in quick time and with an accurate throw broke the stumps at the strikers end to find Cullinan short of his ground.
Two overs later, Kallis who duly completed his fifty with a single, was consumed by Mohanty when Kallis edged a beautiful away swinger which also lifted on the batsman for Mongia to complete the formalities behind the stumps.
Pieter Strydon was the next to go when he played a little early to a flighted delivery from Harbhajan only to give a tame return catch to the bowler. Harbhajan in his next over then dropped a sharp return catch from Lance Klusener, however, that did not prove very costly for the Board Presidents XI as Murli Kartik bowled Klusener when the batsman tried to cut a delivery which was too close to his body.
After tea the wicket also got slower and slower and some of the balls were not even rising knee high. Kartik was the most impressive bowler for the Board Presidents XI and he would surely have done his chances no harm ahead of the selection committee meeting to be held tomorrow to pick the Indian squad for the first Test beginning from February 24 in Mumbai.
The Board Presidents XI would have had the South Africans in further trouble but for their catching. They spilled as many as four catches with the bowler to suffer on three of the four occasions being Murali Kartik. Azharuddin of all the people, was guilty of dropping two of them with Mongia and Harbhajan being the other two to drop catches.
Earlier, after electing to bat, the South African openers gave their side a flying start, putting on 104 runs for the first wicket before Kirsten was consumed by Murali Kartik while trying to cut the ball. He edged it for Azhar to come up with a good diving catch to his left at first slip.
Kirsten and Gibbs put on
104 runs in just 29.5 overs with both completing their
half centuries along with Kallis, while Cullinan was
unlucky to be dismissed for 43 when he was caught short
of his ground by a direct throw from Kaif.
LAHORE, Feb 19 (Reuters) Sri Lanka crushed Pakistan by 104 runs today to complete a 3-0 rout in their one-day series.Pakistan were shot out for 137 after in-form Marvan Atapattu hit 77 out of Sri Lankas total of 241 for nine.
Pakistan made a poor start and lost opener Aamir Sohail for six when he edged paceman Nuwan Zoysa behind.
Sri Lanka then struck two rapid blows at the same total of 48. Saeed Anwar fell for 30 to a brilliant diving catch by Russel Arnold at short cover off Pramodya Wickrema-singhe. Five balls later, Younus Khan was lbw to Zoysa for 11.
Debutant Faisal Iqbal, nephew of former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad, was run out by a fine throw from Mahela Jayawardene at mid-on. He made four.
Yousaf Youhanna was dismissed in similar fashion for seven, failing to beat Sanath Jayasuriyas throw from mid-off.
Pakistan plunged to 96 for six when Moin Khan was bowled by Jayasuriya with a delivery that stayed low. He scored 14.
Abdur Razzaq hit three quick fours, all off Muttiah Muralitharan, in his 22 before the seasoned off-spinner uprooted his leg stump.
Wasim Akram was the second highest scorer with 29, hitting two fours and a six before he was last out, bowled by Jayasuriya.
All-rounder Azhar Mahmood was unable to bat because of back trouble.
Atapattu, who finished the series with 253 runs, claimed his second man-of-the-match prize. He batted for 91 balls and hit four fours in posting his 21st half century in his 92nd one-day game.
He shared a third-wicket partnership of 84 with Jayawardene, Sri Lankas second highest scorer with 43.
victory for securitymen
LUDHIANA, Feb 19 In a major upset, Border Security Force, Jalandhar, stunned third-place, Mahindra and Mahindra by two goals to nil to keep alive their hopes of survival in the National Football League at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.
The hero of BSFs shock win was J. Oseph, whose second-half brace came as a bolt from the blue for Mahindras, boasting of one of the most fearsome strike forces in the league. Oseph, who usually plays as a link man, was today fielded as a striker in a strategic move which paid dividends. A jubilant Shyam Kumar, coach of the team, later revealed that the well-thought out strategy was aimed at improving the scoring rate, which has been BSFs major handicap.
After a barren first-half, which witnessed BSF matching their rivals move for move, the Jalandhar outfit stunned the Mahindra camp in the 70th minute following a corner kick by Prasanta Das. Striker Gurjit Atwals unsuccessful attempt was followed by J. Osephs welldirected header which sailed in, sending a wave of joy in the securitymens camp.
The goal came as a great morale-booster for the struggling outfit and J. Oseph came up with another herculean effort 13 minutes later when he dispatched a lob after crossing the centre line. The ball rose high before dipping low and sailing into the net, with goalkeeper Virender Singh, who had advanced slightly, watching helplessly.
Mahindras did commence the proceedings on a promising note. An Uche Kenice lob from the corner, left BSF goalkeeper Bibhas Saha stranded at one end and had it not been for defender. K. Mobi Singh, who headed away from the goal-line, the ball would have sailed home.
In sharp contrast to the earlier ties, BSFs attacks today were more trustful with J. Oseph, Gurjit Atwal and Prasanta Dass moving in tandem. Raghbir Singh, who played as the fifth defender, also came up with a sterling performance. While effecting checking dangerman Bassam Khatib, Raghbir also posed threats to the rival citadel with some power-packed long-rangers, including one in the 15th minute which custodian Virender just about managed to parry over at the cost of a flag kick.
A similar attempt was made a few minutes later by Prasanta Das following a gentle pass by J. Oseph which Virender again fisted over the bar.
A counter-attack by Mahindras through Kenic and striker Manjit was thwarted by the alert Saha who blocked the shot with his foot. Soon after, a free kick by BSFs Prasanta Das again brought out the best in goalkeeper Virender Singh, who utilised his rich international experience to punch the ball over the bar at the cost of a corner. Mahindras also forced two flag kicks a few minutes before lemon time which proved to be of no avail.
In the second-half, Mahindras tried hard to take the lead through Jordanian striker Bassam Khatib, who on one occasion managed to cut through with fine body swerves but his curving kick sailed over the far corner of the goalpost.
And then came the stunning BSF goal. A flag kick taken by Prasanta Das in the 70th minute was headed goalwards by Gurjit Atwal but Virender punched the ball away. J. Oseph, who was standing inside the box, again despatched a powerful header which sailed in, giving BSF the crucial lead.
Seven minutes before the long whistle. J. Oseph provided the icing on the cake when D.S. Negi, who had come in as a substitute, relayed the ball to him on the right flank. Oseph took a powerful right-footer and was amazed to see the ball entre the net after dipping low over Virender Singh.
This was BSFs
second victory in the league by virtue of which they have
now accumulated nine points, but remain at the bottom due
to interior goal difference with Dempo, who also have
nine points. BSF will now travel to Calcutta where they
will play West Bengal in an away match on February 26.
to improve against SBT
LUDHIANA, Feb 19 JCT Phagwara will seek to put up an improved performance against debutants State Bank of Travancore in the 16th round of the National Football League at Guru Nanak Stadium here tomorrow.
When the two teams had clashed at Thiruvananthapuram in the first phase on January 13, they had to remain content with a goal-less draw. However, tomorrow JCT will try to make the most of the ideal home conditions and build on the advantage gained with the victory against BSF here in their previous outing.
JCT are currently placed fourth with 24 points from six victories and six draws. The mill men have lost three matches so far, including both the matches against Mahindra and Mahindra. The team has scored 14 goals in 15 outings while conceding 11.
Although a balanced side, JCT are largely dependent on the Hardip trio of Sangha, Saini and Gill but Sanghas absence has indeed blunted their attack to some extent. However, the promising Jaswinder has come out with flying colours and his untiring efforts in the midfield and attack along with sharp shooter Hardip Gills matching skill have enabled the mill men to tide over difficult situations.
JCTs defence manned by Deepak Mondal, Prabhjot Singh, Daljit Singh and Kuldip Singh has also performed creditably which is one reason why the team has conceded only 11 goals so far. Only three other teams, including Churchill Brothers, Mahindras and Salgaocar have conceded a lesser number. The credit also goes to cutodian Baljit Singh, who has been seldom caught napping, for keeping the margin low.
Medio Hardip Saini is also an asset for his team. While effectively controlling the midfield, he is a constant feeding source to the forward line. Similarly, Jaswant, Rampal and Harinder have been putting in valuable contributions to keep their team afloat in the NFL.
State Bank of Travancore, on the other hand, have come up a few notches after a lacklustre start. Currently trailing at the seventh spot with 20 points. SBT have also won six matches so far, but seven defeats have kept their tally low. The bank men have scored 11 goals in 15 outings while conceding 15.
SBTs last match against East Bengal at Calcutta on February 15 ended in a 0-3 defeat after they had logged full points in their away match against BSF here in the 13th round.
State Bank of Travancore are one of the few outfits who like, JCT, do not have any foreigner in their ranks. Coached by Mohammed Najib, SBT have beaten top outfits like Churchill Brothers (3-1) and Mahindras (1-0). The other victories were registered against ITI, BSF and Dempo.
NEW DELHI, Feb 19 (PTI) Doordarshans money-spining spree over international cricket coverage in India came to a climax today with the public broadcaster signing a $ 43.75 million (about Rs 190 crore) pact with Transworld International-Stracon combine for global marketing rights covering four and a half years.
The much-hyped dollar-denominated agreement will allow the US-based production house and its Indian partner to sell the international cricket played in India across the globe to TV networks (not airing signals in India).
Todays deal was the third in the series, after production agreement with Australian Kerry Packers Channel 9 and domestic airtime selling pact with Buddha Films, which has assured Doordarshan a total revenue of Rs 650 crore till September 2004. DD will spend Rs 18.44 towards production cost over the next two years.
The agreement was signed by Prasar Bharati CEO Rajeeva Ratna Shah and TWI representative Jeremy Coles.
The agreement with TWI is highest ever deal reached for global marketing by Doordarshan, Shah told reporters soon after handshakes were exchanged at his Mandi House office.
The DD CEO said Internet rights have been kept separate and Prasar Bharati wanted it to be sold on non-exclusive basis to anyone who wishes to put cricket live on his website for a fixed amount.
We have four and half years of cricket left and we hope at least nine series will be played during this period, Shah said. We expect major cricketing nations to come here and play.
Shah said with these agreements DD, which signed a five-year (1999-2004) cricket telecast deal with the BCCI last year for Rs 228.50 crore, will be able to rev up its revenue and image in domestic and global market.
We want to generate profit through cricket telecast and with these deals we hope to make DD Sports Channel self-sufficient, he said.
The Prasar Bharati CEO assured the viewers of more innovations and introduction of latest and viewer-enhancement technology in its cricket coverage through Channel 9 team.
Stracons Siddharth Ray, who has had turbulent relations with DD over the World Cup marketing which were finally won by rival Nimbus, said There are no outstanding irritants between his firm and DD.
Prasar Bharati yesterday signed a mega deal worth Rs 450 crore with Buddha Films, a subsidiary of Zee Network, granting the firm the domestic airtime selling rights during telecast of international cricket matches for four and a half years.
Doordarshan had on Wednesday signed a two-year production agreement with Australias Sports Television major Channel 9 for a lucrative sum of Rs 18.44 crore.
The India-South Africa series begins with the first Test starting in Mumbai on February 24.
AUCKLAND, Feb 19 (AP) Matthew Hayden hit a half-century to guide Australia to an easy five-wicket win over New Zealand in a limited-overs cricket international at Eden Park today.
Australia polished off New Zealands usually strong batting lineup for a dismal 122. The tourists then reached their winning target at a good clip, off 24.4 overs with five wickets down.
Aside from the no-result in the first one-dayer in Wellington abandoned due to rain on Thursday, Australia has now won 10 consecutive one-day matches.
Their world-class bowling attack caused New Zealand problems in front of a crowd of 33,050, but it was also poor shot selection by the home batsmen which contributed to several wickets.
Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee opened their tours with fiery spells, McGrath ending with three for 33 of 8.1 overs as well as having two confident caught behind appeals against Stephen Fleming turned down early on.
Man of the match Brett Lee took three for 21 off seven accurate overs, while Shane Warne took two for 35 off 10 overs and Shane Lee chipped in with two for 27 off five.
Australia fielded brilliantly, with Brett Lee taking a memorable one-handed catch on the fine leg boundary to dismiss Chris Cairns for one.
Right from the fourth ball of the match when Craig Spearman was out the hosts were under pressure.
It didnt help when their in-form batsman Nathan Astle was deceived by a speedy outswinger from Brett Lee his first delivery of the tour making it none for two after 1.1 overs.
Only Roger Twose and Craig McMillan showed any form, with Fleming, Cairns, Chris Harris and Adam Parore all falling cheaply to leave New Zealand 81 for seven after 21 overs.
Daniel Vettori added 35 for the ninth wicket with McMillan the highest partnership of the innings.
Cairns and Vettori both claimed early wickets, Cairns having Mark Waugh caught behind for two and Vettori having Gilchrist caught on the midwicket boundary by Roger Twose for 10.
It could have been 36 for three when Andrew Symonds edged Cairns between wicketkeeper Parore and first slip Fleming in the seventh over.
BANGALORE, Feb 19 (PTI) An 82-run ninth-wicket stand between Devendra Pal Singh (85) and Anup Dave (18 no) delayed but could not save Rajasthan from crashimg to a 139-run defeat against Karnataka in a Group A encounter on the final day of their Ranji Trophy super league cricket tie here today.
Rajasthan, resuming at the overnight score of 128 for eight chasing a victory target of 359, were all out for 219 in their second innings.
Devendra Pal Singhs (overnight 27) swashbuckling knock came off just 87 balls and comprised 14 fours and two sixes. Dave, who remained unbeaten, played sensibly, giving most of the strike to Devendra Pal Singh before the latter was finally out. Karnataka (1st innings) 243
Rajasthan (1st innings) 211
Karnataka (2nd innings) 326 for 6 ded
Rajasthan (2nd innings)
Anshu Jain c Barrington b A. Vijay 32, Nikhil Doru c Dravid b V. Prasad 4, K. Singh c A. Bijay b A. Kumble 28, Rahul Kanwat b A. Kumble 0, Krishna Kumar run out 13, Gagan Koda c T. Naidu b J. Srinath 3, R. Jhalani lbw J. Srinat 0, G. Sharma c B. Akhil b V. Prasad 13 D.P. Singh c Dravid b Joshi 85, Anup Dave not out 18, S. Singh c Akhil B. Joshi 12, Extras (Lb-4, by-4, Nb-3) 11, Total (all out, 58.4 overs) 219.
Fall of wicket: 1-14, 2-62, 3-63, 4-68, 5-73, 6-73, 7-96, 8-114, 9-196
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (PTI) Asian Games champions India finally got their act together and laboured to a 3-2 win against Pan American titlists Canada while South Korea stunned European champions Germany with a convincing 3-0 margin at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament here today.
To set the tone for the days surprises, hosts Malaysia carved out a 4-2 victory over New Zealand to lead the standings with nine points. It was Malaysias third straight win in as many encounters.
Led by two brilliant goals by Dhanraj Pillay, India finally pulled off a win beating Canada to keep alive their hopes of entering the final.
India, who had suffered two defeats at the hands of Germany and Pakistan needed to win against Canada to keep their morale high. India went on the backfoot immediately as canada scored in the sixth minute when Rob Short beat RVS Prasad, who had been brought in for Jude Menezes.
It was a rasping drive that beat the Indian goalkeeper. Prasad, didnot even offer his pads as the shot whizzed into the Indian goal.
India went on the offensive immediately as Dhanraj Pillay sped into the circle and latched onto a pass from Riaz. The former Indian captain, cut across and then fired in for a superb goal as Indias equaliser in the seventh minunte.
Two consecutive efforts by Mohammed Riaz and Mukesh Kumar were superbly saved by the Canadian goalkeeper Mike Mahood.
The Indian team again collapsed today in the midfield, where Riaz was not at his usual best and Baljit Singh Saini totally off colour. Saini, a reliable player has been surprisingly out of form. With two midfielders clearly out of touch, it was going to be difficult for the Indians to maintain their sway throughout the match.
Cashing in on the Indian laxity, Canada wrested control of the midfield and pushed the Indians back on the defense.
India, finally, took the lead off a classy move by Deepak Thakur who had been brought in for Mukesh Kumar.
After Canada had wasted a penalty corner, Ramandeep snatched the ball in the Indian circle and sent it through to Deepak Thakur. Racing through the middle, Thakur dribbled past the Canadian defense and with a reverse shot beat Mike Mahood in goal for Indias second goal. At the break, India led 2-1.
Four minutes into the second half and India increased the lead to 3-1. Deepak Thakur sent a cross from the midfield to Dhanraj Pillay on the right flank who dribbled past three defenders, and with the goalkeeper in front, flicked the ball over the pads for a superb effort.
Despite reverses, Canada still regrouped and came back against the Indians who seemed in full flow now.
Rob Short and Ken
Perreira gave the Indian defense many a anxious moment.
Penalty corners followed minute. Two consecutive efforts
by Mohammed Raiz and Mukesh Kumar were superbly saved by
the Canadian goalkeeper Mike Mahood.
NEW DELHI, Feb 19 (UNI) Spearheaded by world No 11 Hong Chen, formidable China humbled depleted India 3-0 to storm into the final of the Thomas Cup badminton championship here today.The place in the final also assured the Chinese a berth in the eight-team main round Thomas Cup competition to be held in Kuala Lumpur next month.
The hosts realising that they had no chance against China rested their two main players P. Gopi Chand and Abhinn Shyam Gupta and the Chinese coasted to easy victory.
Indias hope of booking a berth for Kuala Lumpur round now rests on their finishing third. That means the hosts will have to win the match which they will play against another losing semifinalists tomorrow.
The semifinal turned out to be virtually no contest as the former world champions China conceded only 34 points in three matches on their way to the final.
Hong Chen, who had beaten Gopi Chand in the Thai Open, took only 30 minutes to dismiss 60 ranked Nikhil Kanetkars feeble challenge 15-6, 15-4.
The Chinese was far too superior to Nikhil. With sheer agility and powerful smashes he snuffed out the Indians resistance.
Hong Chen established a 4-0 lead and then raced on to 13-6 before taking the game 15-6 and in the second the Chinese led 10-2 and then wrapped up the game and the match 15-4.
In the doubles, the Chinese pair of Jinhao Yu and Qiqiu Chen had no problem in establishing their superiority over the Indian duo of Vincent Lobo and Jaseel Ismail.
Indias No 1 pair just had no clue as how to face the Chinese and threw in the towel rather easily. The Chinese pair won 15-4, 15-6.
Jinhao Yu and Qiqiu Chen combined superbly and clinched the first game without much ado and in the second went up 13-2 before the Indians could gain four more points when the Chinese applied the kill. The doubles lasted 30 minutes.
World No 14 Xinpeng Ji took about 40 minutes to dispose of 105 ranked youngster Sidharth Jain 15-8, 15-6.
Ji set up a 5-2 lead and then made it 10-5. The Indian was able to snatch three more points before losing the first game.
to host national junior badminton
NEW DELHI, Feb 19 Chandigarh has been allotted this years Junior National Badminton Championship, according to Mr T.P.S. Puri who took up Chandigarhs Badminton Association case. It was approved in the annual general meeting of the Badminton Association of India today.
Mr Puri felt now badminton would get more popularity in Chandigarh and adjoining areas. He said the BAI has a telecast tie up with Doordarshan Sports channel for the live coverage of semifinals and finals.
According to the BAI sources, the exact dates have yet to be decided but they will be somewhere around October or November. It may be recalled that Chandigarh became an independent unit of BAI in 1988 and before that players used to represent Punjab as Chandigarh as a district was affiliated to the Punjab Badminton Association.
Chandigarh had earlier organised Syed Modi Memorial prize money badminton tournaments and North Zone Inter-state tournament during the past decade, besides the National School Games in badminton.
The mini and Sub-Junior
National Badminton Championship has been allotted to
Karnataka State Badminton Association. It will be
conducted at Mandya (near Mysore). The 56th Inter-State
and 64th senior nationals will be held at Udaipur
(Rajasthan) to be organised by the Rajasthan Badminton
Association. The veterans nationals has been given to
KANPUR, Feb 19 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh earned full eight points with a 10-wicket victory over Orissa on the final day of their Ranji Trophy super league cricket match here today.
Resuming their second innings on 129 for three Orissa, trailing UP by 246 runs in the first innings, lost R.R. Parida (69, 141 b, 10x4) at 152.
The other overnight batsman, Sanjay Raul, and P. Jaychandra then took the visitors to 208 for four at lunch before Musi Raza struck in a four-wicket burst.
Raza had Raul (82 - 202 b, 10x4) caught behind the wicket by Manoj Mudgal and dismissed Yaspal Mohanti and Sanjay Satpathy for ducks. When Jagannath Das too fell without scoring to UP skipper Gyanendra Pandey, the visitors were down to 229 for eight.
Jaychandra remained not out on 65 while Robin Morris made nine to take Orissa to 257.
Orissa (1st innings) 241
Uttar Pradesh (1st innings) 487
Orissa (2nd innings)
S.S. Das b AW Zaidi 11, Prashant Mahapatra lbw b S Srivastava 2, P. Mullick lbw b S Srivastava 0, Sanjay Raul c Manoj Mudgal b Raza 82, R.R. Parida b Zaidi 69, P. Jaychandra not out 65, Robin Morris c Parmindar b Raza 9, Yaspal Mohanti c Rizwan Shamshad b Raza 0, Sanjay Satpathy c Zaidi b Raza 0, Jagannath Das lbw B.G. Pandey 0, Ajay Barik b Raza 1, Extras (b-13 lb-3 nb-2) 18, Total 257.
Fall of wickets: 1/14 2/14 3/20 4/152 5/211 6/227 7/227 8/229 9/240.
Bowling: A.W. Zaidi 21-5-55-2, Salabh Srivastava 15-4-49-2, M. Tripathi 17-3-46-0, Gyanendra Pandey 21-4-39-1, Musi Raza 15.2-1-49-5, Rizwan Shamshad 1-0-3-0.
Uttar Pradesh (2nd innings), Manoj Mudgal not out 2, Mohammed Kaif not out 12, Total (in 1.4 overs) 14.
CALCUTTA, Feb 19 (UNI) Failing to chase a victory target of 124 runs in 13 overs, hosts Bengal kept themselves happy with five points by virtue of their first innings lead in their Ranji Trophy Super League match against Delhi which ended in a tame draw on the fourth and final day here at Eden Gardens today.Thus, Delhi bagged only three points from their opening encounter. Bengal, however, were 82 for the loss of four wickets at close.
Delhi (1st innings): 236 all out
Bengal (1st innings): 374 all out
Delhi (2nd innings): (overnight 30 for no loss) Akash Chopra b Utpal Chatterjee 42, Ashu Dani lbw b Saurav Ganguly 17, Akash Malhotra c Debang Gandhi b Utpal Chatterjee 15, Ajay Sharma c Saba Karim b Saurav Ganguly 0, Virendra Sehwag c Wrichik b Utpal Chatterjee 25, Vijay Dahiya c S. Kalyani b Saurav Ganguly 32, M. Minhas c Saurasish Lahiri b Utpal Chatterjee 46, Nikhil Chopra b Saurasish Lahiri 39, Rahulsanghvi c Saba Karim b Saurav Ganguly 20, Sanjay Gill c Saba Karim b Saurav Ganguly 17, Robin Singh not out 1, Extras: (lb-4,nb-2,w-1) 7. Total: all out (in 87.5 overs) 261 Fall of wickets: 1/55, 2/63, 3/68,4/90, 5/109, 6/163,7/215, 8/236, 9/240, 10/261.
Bowling: Saurav Ganguly 24-2-91-5, Laxmi Ratan Shukla 20-6-55-0, Utpal Chatterjee 35.5-9-84-4, Saurasish Lahiri 6-2-18-1, Wrichik Majumdar 1-0- 4-0, Sumit Panda 1-0- 5-0.
Bengal (2nd innings): Debang Gandhi c Akash Chopra b Sanjay Gill 28, Saurav Ganguly b Sanjay Gill 17, Nikhil Haldipur c Harinder Chowdhury b Robin Singh 18, Laxmiratan Shukla c Nikhil Chopra b Robin Singh 13, S. Saba Karim not out 2, Wrichik Majumdar not out 0, Extras: (lb-2,nb-1,w-1) 4 Total : (in 11 overs) 82, for 4 Fall of wkts: 1/26, 2/59, 3/72 ,4/81.
CALCUTTA, Feb 19 (UNI) Third-seeded Tuomas Ketola of Finland swept past unfancied Andy Ram of Israel 6-1, 6-3 to lift the Indian Oil Servo Cup ATP Challenger tennis trophy at the South Club grass courts here today.The 55-minute display earned Ketola the third challenger title of his career, 50 ATP tour points and the champions purse of $ 3,600. Ram collected 35 ATP points and $ 2120.
After top-seeded Leander bowed out of the meet I thought I had a good chance to win the title. I also felt comfortable from the beginning as I like to play on grass, the Finnish player said.
He said he was a bit apprehensive in the beginning, but regained his confidence and saw little reason why he could not grab his third challenger title.
In the second set I was a little nervous after Ram broke me. But when I broke back Ram I was confident that I was going to win the title today. Moreover, Ram was a little nervous since this was his first final in the challenger, he said and added that he was a little uncomfortable at the beginning also, but recovered as the match progressed.
CHENNAI, Feb 19 (PTI) National men champions Punjab overcame a fighting Services 3-1 to notch up their second win in three matches in the National Super League Volleyball Championship here last night.
In the womens section, holders Railways kept their reputation intact despite dropping a game as they defeated Kerala 25-13 17-25 25-17 25-16 for their second win in as many matches.
Earlier, Karnataka women recovered well to outplay Tamil Nadu 24-26 25-18 25-21 26-24 for their first win from two matches while Railways men virtually shut the doors on Andhra Pradesh with an easy 25-22 25-13 25-8 win, which gave them their first full two points. The losers suffered their third straight defeat in the six-team league.
In the Punjab-Services
match, both teams relied on their spike power, but some
crucial errors by the armymen allowed Punjab to win the
duel 26-24 25-17 23-25 25-21 and keep alive their hopes
of reaching the final.
BDCA win cricket tourney
PATIALA, Feb 19 Bhudha Dal Cricket Academy (BDCA) beat National Institute of Cricket and other Sports (NICS) by 10 runs to win the first Basant Ritu Cricket Tournament for under 16 boys, which concluded at the Bhudha Dal Cricket Academy complex here today.
Brief scores BDCA XI: 134 for 9 in 25 overs (Daljit Singh 36 n.o., Sumeet 22, Akashdeep 20, Nirmal Singh 4 for 25, Harvinder 2 for 12); NICS XI: 124 all out in 24 overs (Richy 27, Nirmal 23, Bhupinder 22, Arshdeep Kler 3 for 4, Daljit Singh 3 for 18, John Rose 2 for 32).
Man of the series, best batsman and best bowler awards were given to Daljit Singh, Richy and John Rose, respectively. The prizes were given away by Mr Udhey Singh, Vice-President of the Bhudha Dal Public School Management Committee. The final was earlier inaugurated by Ms Harbhajan Kaur Sandhu, Principal of the school.
Sangrur lift badminton title
PATIALA, Feb 19 Favourites FCI, Sangrur district lived up to their top billing in the mens section as they beat FCI, Faridkot, 3-1 in the final to annex the FCI Inter-district Badminton Tournament which concluded at the NIS badminton complex here today. In the womens section, RO, Chandigarh won the title beating FCI, Patiala, 2-1 in the final.
Rakesh Kumar of Sangrur gave his team a flying start as he easily downed S.C. Narula 15-11, 15-3 in the first tie of the five-set rebber. However, in the second match Faridkot restored parity when Ravinder Kumar shocked Susheel Kumar 51-7, 15-3. Sangrur came back strongly in the next two matches, winning both.
Results: Final (men): FCI, Sangrur beat FCI, Faridkot 3-1 (Rakesh Kumar beat S.C. Narula 15-11, 15-3; Susheel Kumar lost to Ravinder Kumar 7-15, 3-15; Rakesh and Surinder beat S.C. Narula and Khanya Lal 15-5, 15-2; Surinder Goyal beat Kuldip Singh 15-4, 15-2.)
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