|Sunday, February 27, 2000,
take 1st innings lead
face defeat against Tamil Nadu
hit record sixes to crush NZ
retain title; India finish 3rd
down Dempo; East Bengal win
|Overall trophy for Punjab
ANANDPUR SAHIB, Feb 26 Punjab won the overall trophy in the 45th National School Games which concluded here today.
Juniors win hockey title
skittled out for 182 runs
to succeed Tendulkar
is second highest wicket-taker
in command against Delhi
grant for Fazal, Srinath
Football title for Ludhiana
Kumbles feat in vain as SA win Test
MUMBAI, Feb 26 (PTI) South Africa quelled a tremendous bowling fightback led by Anil Kumble after Indias pathetic batting display to clinch the first cricket Test by four wickets with full two days to spare and go 1-0 up in the two-match series here today.
Kumbles mesmerising leg spin in a tireless effort brought the hosts strongly back into the match immediately after tea break, but a stubborn Jacques Kallis (36 n.o.) with an aggressive Mark Boucher (27 n.o.) brought up victory by guiding South Africa to 164 for six at the Wankhede Stadium.
South Africa exploited the home batsmens weakness against pace as they skittled them out for a paltry 113 in their second innings before lunch to set themselves a modest target of 163 to hand India their fourth straight test defeat.
South Africa, 25 for none at lunch, looked like coasting to victory as they reached 106 for two at tea, but Kumble, who emerged the second highest Indian Test wicket-taker behind Kapil Dev, captured 4 for 56 and kept one end tight to leave the visitors struggling at 128 for six wickets.
But Boucher hit quick boundaries off debutant left-arm spinner Murali Kartik to take the pressure away and dash Indian hopes for an improbable victory before he and Kallis completed the job.
The 23-year-old wicket-keeper struck the winning four off Kumble, who, however, lacked adequate support at the other end with Kartik too inexperienced to keep the lid tight.
The Indian team, demoralised by the recent 0-3 Test series debacle and a disastrous one-day tri-series showing in Australia and jolted by skipper Sachin Tendulkars sudden announcement to quit his job after this Test series, frittered away the advantage of a slender first innings lead through spineless batting before going down.
But Boucher played a decisive 46-minute, 36-ball cameo studded with six fours to guide South Africa home eight overs before the scheduled close after coming in with his side reduced to 128 for six.
One-down Kallis, who started off very nervously but stood firm, batted for well over three hours to make an invaluable 36 not out (191m, 5x4) which made all the difference as the South Africans once again looked like succumbing to pressure exerted by the double spin attack immediately after tea.
Kumble, who surpassed former left-arm spinner Bishan Bedis mark of 266 wickets his tally stands at 270 to raise Indian hopes, but eventually the decision to go into the match with only two spinners by omitting off-spinner Nikhil Chopra proved to be a costly mistake.
Tendulkar was named the man-of-the-match for his all-round show early on, 97 and three wickets for 10 runs.
The South African run chase commenced on a sound note through openers Gary Kirsten (20 in 73 minutes) and Herschelle Gibbs.
It was South Africas second Test win in India and fifth overall in 11 encounters between the two countries.
It was also the fourth time that a Test in India had ended inside three days the earlier occasions being those against England at Kanpur in January 1952, against Pakistan at Delhi in October 1952 and against New Zealand at Bangalore in October 1995.
The second South African wicket fell at 76 in the post-lunch session and then four wickets were lost in a gripping period immediately after the tea break for the addition of only 21 runs with Kumble right on top.
India (Ist innings): 225
South Africa (Ist innings): 176
India (2nd innings):
Jaffer c Klusener b Pollock 6
Laxman c Boucher b Donald 0
Dravid b Pollock 37
Tendulkar lbw b Cronje 8
Ganguly c Klusener b Pollock 31
Jadeja c Boucher b Donald 1
Kumble c Boucher b Cronje 4
Agarkar c Boucher b Cronje 3
Kartik c Boucher b Pollock 2
Srinath run out 0
Mongia not out 19
Extras: (lb 1, nb 1) 2
Total (all out in 227 mins, 50.2 overs) 113
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-13, 3-24, 4-73, 5-75, 6-80, 7-92, 8-92, 9-92.
Bowling: Donald 14-6-23-2, Pollock 12.2-6-24-4, Kallis 5-1-21-0, Cronje 12-5-23-3, Eksteen 7-3-21-0.
South Africa (2nd innings):
Kirsten c Mongia b Kumble 20
Gibbs c Dravid b Kumble 46
Kallis not out 36
Cronje run out 13
Strydom c Ganguly b Karthik 3
Klusener c Srinath b Kumble 1
Pollock lbw b Kumble 5
Boucher not out 27
Extras (b-4, lb-9) 13
Total (for 6 wkts, 63 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-76, 3-107, 4-110, 5-115, 6-128.
Baroda take 1st innings lead
SAS Nagar, Feb 26 Baroda batsmen adopted the right approach.They made merry adopting a mix of aggression and defence and grabbed the first innings lead without facing any hiccups from Punjab on the penultimate day of the four-day Ranji Trophy super league match at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here today.
Middle order batsman Jacob Martin emerged the hero for the visitors. Playing with a great deal of determination and displaying the right approach he notched up a brilliant century to facilitate the teams cause.
Skipper Tushar Arothe and No 7 batsman Ajit Bhoite also deserve the credit for the situation Baroda find themselves in. While Arothe gave Martin the type of support he needed to overhaul Punjabs first innings total, Bhoite showed how stingless the host bowling attack was as he notched up a scintillating half century.The visitors innings finally folded at 384, taking vital 139-run first innings lead.
Thanks to the impressive batting display Baroda now are in a fairly comfortable stage as far as their chances for the next stage are concerned. Going into this match with 13 points in their kitty and considering that they would get at least a minimum of five points from this match their graduation to the next stage now looks a near certainty.
Punjab, however, face an uphill task in this regard. With just five from their earlier match against Hyderabad and assuming that they will not get more than three points from the outing, the hosts will now have to go for the kill if they have to nurture any hopes of advancement to the next stage.
Martin and Arothe both began in an assured manner and kept on amassing the runs at a fairly fast clip. Both did not spare any opportunity to score runs. Skipper Arothe went on to compile a well-deserved half century, while Martin steered Reetinder delivery to the third man boundary to complete his three-figure knock.
Before Arothe, who scored 125 in the previous outing against Bihar, lost his wicket at 61 Baroda were already nearing the 300-run mark, well ahead of 245 they needed to surge ahead of Punjab.
The visitors continued to sail along comfortably as Martin finally fell at his individual score of 118. His 262-ball knock was studded with 14 scorching hits to the fence. Bhoite rubbed further salt on Punjab wounds exposing the limitations in the Punjab bowling attack with a 61-ball 51 studded with eight hits to the fence.
Punjabs decision to play three spinners obviously seems to have backfired as the trio among themselves could share just four wickets. Left-arm spinner Navdeep went wicketless conceding 55 runs, off-spinner Sarandeep could claim one wicket giving away 74 runs, while off-spinner Harbhajan though took three wickets proved expensive giving 101 runs. Gagandeep emerged the best Punjab bowler finishing the day with a satisfying 4-wicket haul.
Punjab, in their second essay, were 84 for the loss of Ravneets wicket at close, Rathore and Reetinder batting at 46 and 30, respectively.
Punjab (1st innings): 245
Baroda (1st innings):C Williams c Mongia b Harbhajan 31, R Swaroop lbw Gagandeep 21, H Jadhav c Jugnu b Gagandeep 54, J Martin c Rathore b Harbhajan 118, T Arothe c Mongia b Sarandeep 61, A Badede c Jugnu b Harbhajan 4, A Bhoite not out 51, M Mevada b Gagandeep 18, R Patel c Jugnu b Reetinder 1, Zaheer b Reetinder 1, V Buch lbw Gagandeep 0
Extras (nb 1, lb 12, b 11): 24
Total (all out in 120.5 overs ): 384
Fall of wickets :1-43, 2-55, 3-154, 4-286, 5-295, 6-318, 7-380, 9-383, 10-384
Bowling: Gagandeep 21.5-3-65-4, Reetinder 18-6-54-2,Harbhajan 31-5-101-3, Sarandeep 23-2-74-1, Navdeep 25-6-55-0, Mongia 1-0-6-0, Yuveraj 1-0-6-0
Punjab (2nd innings): Rathore batting 46, Ravneet lbw 2, Reetinder batting 30
Extras: (nb 4, lb 1, b 1) 6
Total (in 33 overs for the loss of one wicket): 84
Fall of wickets: 1-12
Haryana face defeat against
GURGAON, Feb 26 Despite a fine century by opener Jitender Singh, Haryana were on the brink of a defeat on the penultimate day of Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu at Nehru Stadium here today. After conceding a lead of 278 runs in the innings they still were trailing by 41 runs with only one second innings wicket in hand.
Earlier today, Tamil Nadu lost Robin Singh early, who was bowled by Feroz Ghyas for 24. But the visitors scored runs at a fairly brisk rate. Tamil Nadu added 115 runs in 97 minutes in 19.1 overs. S Mahesh (32) and Gokulakrishnan (31) were major contributors as their innings folded at 486. Pradeep Jain claimed fine wickets for the 21st time.
Haryana began the second inning on a confident note. Skipper Parinder and Jitender Singh took the total to 63 before Parinder (33) was declared out caught at silly point off S. Sriram. Umpire Nandy consulted fellow umpire Bhatti twice before finally raising his finger. After Parinders dismissal wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Jasvir (15), Dalal (8), Puri (4), Ratra (6) and Satish Ohlan (25) made little contribution.
Haryana (Ist innings) 208
Tamil Nadu (Ist innings):
Aashish Kapoor lbw Pradeep Jain 55, S. Sriram c Ajay Ratra b Pradeep Jain 177, Hemang Badani b Pradeep Jain 31, J.R. Madanagopal run out 74, S. Sharath lbw Feroz Ghyas 17, Tanveer Jabbar c Parinder Sharma b Pradeep Jain 10, Robin Singh b Feroz Ghyas 24, Reuben Pal c Pradeep Jain b Vineet Jain 13, S. Mahesh c Jasvir b Pradeep Jain 32, Gokulakrishnan not out 31, Vidyut run out 18.
Extras (nb-11, lb-1, w-1, b-1): 14
Total (in 119.1 overs) 486.
Fall of wickets: 1-80, 2-165, 3-331, 4-354, 5-354, 6-380, 7-403, 8-403, 9-463, 10-486.
Bowling analysis: Vineet Jain 13-2-44-1, Feroz Ghyas 20-2-101-2, Pankaj Thakur 36-4-133-0, Pradeep Jain 32.1-2-143-5, Sanjay Dalal 11-0-43-0, Parinder Sharma 7-2-20-0
Haryana (2nd innings):
Parinder Sharma c Madangopal b S. Sriram 33, Jitender Singh c R. Paul b Robin Singh 100, Jasvir Singh c Hemang Badani b Vidyut 15, Sanjay Dalal lbw S. Mahesh 8, Rajesh Puri lbw S. Mahesh 4, Ajay Ratra c &b Gokulakrishnan 6, Satish Ohlan lbw Robin Singh 25, Pradeep Jain lbw Aashish Kapoor 1, Pankaj Thakur c Aashish Kapoor b Gokulakrishnan 11, Vineet Jain batting 14, Feroz Ghyas batting 0,
Extras (b-9, lb-8, nb-2 w-0): 19
Total (for 9 wkts): 237.
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-106, 3-132, 4-136, 5-157, 6-199, 7-206, 8-214, 9-223.
Aussies hit record sixes to crush NZ
CHRISTCHURCH, Feb 26 (AFP) Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist smashed one of the great one-day innings as Australia crushed New Zealand in the fourth one-day cricket international here today.
Gilchrist clubbed nine fours and seven sixes in a blistering display of clean hitting in his 128 off 98 balls as Australia amassed their highest score in one-day cricket with 349 for six.
Australia surpassed their previous highest score of 337 for seven against Pakistan in last months triangular series final in Sydney.
It was mission impossible for the Kiwis, who batting under lights still compiled 301 for nine off their 50 overs to go down by 48 runs.
M. Waugh b Vettori 70
Gilchrist c and b Harris 128
Symonds run out 0
S. Waugh b Harris 54
Harvey lbw b Styris 19
Bevan c Wisneski b Vettori 37
Martyn not out 29
S. Lee not out 4
Extras (b-2, lb-2, w-2, nb-2) 8
Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 349
Fall of wkts: 1-189, 2-190, 3-233, 4-267, 5-285, 6-343.
Bowling: Cairns 10-0-76-0, Wisneski 5-0-35-0, Styris 9-0-60-1, Vettori 10-0-71-2, Astle 4-0-28-0, Harris 10-0-58-2, McMillan 2-0-17-0.
Sinclair c Gilchrist b Fleming 0
Astle lbw b Warne 45
Fleming c S. Waugh b Warne 82
Twose c Gilchrist b Fleming 35
Cairns c S. Lee b Fleming 25
McMillan run out 4
Harris not out 59
Parore c Warne b S. Lee 11
Styris b S. Lee 9
Vettori b Warne 3
Wisneski not out 4
Extras (lb-13, nb-2, w-9) 24
Total (for 9 wkts, 50 overs) 301
Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-127, 3-159, 4-201, 5-202, 6-209, 7-252, 8-276, 9-292.
Pak retain title; India finish 3rd
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (PTI) Seasoned forward Kamran Ashraf struck a last minute goal as Pakistan inflicted a solitary goal defeat on South Korea to become the first team to retain the title in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament here tonight.
Ashraf struck seconds before the long hooter to clinch the issue in favour of Pakistan at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Asian Games champions India showed superb touch late in the tournament to thrash Malaysia 4-1 as they rallied after the hosts had gone 1-0 up in as early as the third minute.
The Indians regrouped and came back strongly to clinch the bronze position with a brace from Baljit Singh Dhillon and a goal each from mercurial Dhanraj Pillay and Dilip Tirkey.
The Indians dominated the match throughout and were not even affected by a one hour 20 minute delay caused by a strong thunder-storm. India were also awarded the fair play trophy.
Earlier, Germany edged past New Zealand 3-2 in extra time after the two sides were locked 2-2 in regulation time to take the fifth position.
Pakistans win came against the run of the play as Korea had an edge in the exchanges but the winners escaped thanks to goalkeeper Ahmed Alam, who was later adjudged man-of-the-match.
Alam played his heart out effecting as many as six saves of field attempts and penalty corners.
The pace was fast and furious from the word go and both Korea and Pakistan tried their best to score early on and put pressure on the opposition.
In the 6th minute,
Ashraf, put through by a brilliant ball from Mohd Sarwar
in the midfield, went into the circle but the Korean
goalkeeper Kim Yoon advanced and cut the move off.
Mohammed Anis also had a good chance but was thwarted by
MARGAO, Feb 26 (PTI) Former champions JCT, Phagwara rode on a goal in either half and cashed in on rival custodian Vikrant Sharmas lapses to down bottom placed Dempo 2-0 in the return match of the fourth edition of the National Football League here today.
JCT who led 1-0 at half time, scored through Jaswinder Singh (44th minute) and later consolidated their position through Harinder Singh (53rd).
With this win, JCT moved to third place displacing Salgaocar with 30 points from 17 matches. Dempo, who lost their 10th match, are lying at the bottom of the table with nine points from 16 matches. Mohun Bagan are leading the table with 35 points at the end of the 17th round followed by Churchill Brothers with 32 points.
Both the teams started off on a cautious note trying to break each others defence with short passes. JCT who enjoyed an edge over their rivals spelt danger whenever they had the ball inside the danger zone and took the lead in the 44th minute.
Following a foul on the left flank, Jaswant Singh took the free kick and floated the ball inside the box for Jaswinder Singh who headed it to the far end of the net beating keeper Sharma, who failed to get his hand to the ball as he left his charge.
Changing over, JCT held the upper hand and consolidated the lead in the 53rd minute when medio Harinder Singh, after getting a loose ball on the left, ran solo and after entering the box took a low grounder. Sharma, who dived late, got his hands to the ball but could not prevent it from going into the net.
East Bengal down BSF
CALCUTTA: East Bengal shrugged off a second half lethargy in the nick of time to script a 3-1 victory over BSF in the fourth National Football League here today.
Just when it looked like the contest would end in a 1-1 draw, the local outfit struck twice in quick succession in the dying minutes of the proceedings to swing the game in their favour much to the delight of their supporters at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Striker Sheik Sanjib put the beleaguered East Bengal in the lead just one minute before the interval but a determined BSF restored parity in the 36th minute of the second session through substitute D.S. Negi, who found the target with a brilliant header.
The local giants then changed the complexion of the game in the dramatic last two minutes with Jackson and Dipankar Roy scoring the goals in quick succession to save the day for the home team.
East Bengal, who struggled to find peak form in the earlier stages of the high-profile league, have secured 23 points from 17 matches while BSF have managed just nine points from as many outings so far.
After muffing a few gilt-edged opportunities in the early stages of the opening session, East Bengal forged ahead with Sheik Sanjib doing the damage, capitalising on a defensive lapse.
Sanjib, fed by a measured pass from the teams Brazilian recruit Ossius, placed the ball into the net with a neat left-footer from inside the box.
Trailing by a solitary goal at the half time, BSF attacked with renewed vigour in the second session and the strategy paid dividends as they managed to fetch the equaliser.
The hard-working Jackson brought the spotlight on himself as he produced a superb drop shot volley to find the target following a cross from Carlton Chapman and give his team the lead again just one minute before the long whistle.
In the next minute, East
Bengal increased their margin as Dipankar Roy struck the
third goal with a gentle left-footed push after Opoku had
done all the spadework by breaking through the defence
with deft footwork.
Overall trophy for Punjab
ANANDPUR SAHIB, Feb 26 Punjab won the overall trophy in the 45th National School Games which concluded here today.
The trophy was presented to Punjab players by the Punjab Education Minister, Jathedar Tota Singh, who gave away the prizes.
Punjab won the team championships in under-17 boys hockey, under-19 girls fencing, under-17 boys and girls handball and under-19 boys gymnastic while Punjab were runners-up in under-17 girls hockey, under-19 boys volleyball, boxing for boys, under-19 boys fencing, and under-17 and under-19 girls gymnastics.
In the under-17 boys hockey final today, Punjab clinched the team championship by defeating Himachal Pradesh 2-1 while Bihar finished third by defeating Delhi 2-0. In the under-17 girls hockey final, Haryana won the team championship by defeating Punjab 6-0 while Madhya Pradesh secured the third position by defeating Bihar 2-1.
In the under-14 boys volleyball, West Bengal clinched the title by defeating Punjab 19-25, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 15-13 while Karnataka finished third. In the under-14 girls volleyball, Haryana lifted the title by trouncing Uttar Pradesh 25-17, 18-25, 25-12, 25-23. West Bengal secured the third position.
In boxing for boys, Haryana with 28 points won the team championship while Punjab were runners-up with 26 points. Delhi finished third with 10 points.
In boxing, the following players won gold and silver medals: Pin weight Kamaldeep Dutta (Punjab) 1 (gold), Rahul M. Surwade (Maharashtra) 2, (silver). Light fly-weight Swaran Singh (Pun) 1, Vikas Dogra (Himachal) 2. Fly weight Ajit Kumar (Delhi) 1, Akhil Kumar (Haryana) 2. Bantam weight Dharamveer Singh (Haryana) 1, Gurpreet Singh (Pun) 2. Feather weight Bijinder Singh (Haryana) 1, Mukesh Kumar (Pun) 2. Light weight Harvinder Singh (Pun) 1, Rajinder Singh (Haryana) 2. Light welter-weight Parveen Kumar (Haryana) 1, Santosh N. Avhad (Maharashtra) 2. Welter-weight Sanjay Kumar (Haryana) 1, Amrit Pal Singh Brar (Delhi) 2. Light middle-weight Shamsher Singh (Haryana) 1, Barinder Singh (Pun) 2. Middle-weight Amandeep Singh (Pun) 1, Suresh Singh (Haryana) 2. Light-heavy-weight Rajveer Singh (Pun) 1, Ravinder (Haryana) 2. Heavy weight Ramesh Kumar (Haryana) 1, Rajiv Kumar (Pun) 2.
India Juniors win hockey title
LUDHIANA, Feb 26 Excelling in pace and power India Juniors XI thrashed reigning champions South Eastern Railway, Calcutta, 8-0 in the final of the fourth All India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament for women at the Astro Turf stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.
India Juniors held a clear edge right through the 70-minute battle displaying speed and skill. SER ruined a scoring chance in the fourth minute when D Soys penalty corner hit went wide.
India Juniors, after failing to capitalize on penalty corners shot into the lead through their ever agile centre forward Sangai Chanu in the 10th minute. After that, India Juniors enjoyed more exchanges and had at least four concerted and robust moves but their efforts came to nought as the SER defence stood like a rock. SER finally caved in the 30th minute to concede a goal scored by outside right, Kiran Bala (2-0).
After changing ends, India Juniors exhibited great mobility depth in their attack. In the 38th minute, Sangai Chanu dribbled past SER defenders, pushed the ball to inside-left Nishi Chauhan who rolled into the goal to make it 3-0.
India Juniors added another goal to their kitty in the 48th minute when Kiran Bala converted a penalty stroke to further consolidate the lead (4-0).
Two minutes later, a field goal scored by Sangai Chanu and two more by Meenakshi and again by Sangai (55th minute) completed the rout (7-0).
Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, and president, Punjab Olympic Association, gave away prizes.
Seema Lakra of Western
Railway, Mumbai, was adjudged the best goalkeeper of the
tournament while Suman Bala, Gurpreet Kaur and Sangai
Chanu, all from India Juniors XI were declared the best
full-back, best half and best forward respectively.
Pak skittled out for 182 runs
RAWALPINDI, Feb 26 (AFP) Pakistan were dismissed for 182, their lowest ever against Sri Lanka on home ground, on the first day of the opening cricket Test here today.
Inzamam-ul-Haq with 44 was the top scorer in Pakistans first innings.
Pakistan (first innings):
Anwar c Arnold b Vaas 23
Wasti c Arnold b Wickremasinghe 17
Sohail c Kaluwitharana b Vaas 0
Inzamam c Arnold b Wickremasinghe 44
Youhana c Arnold b Muralitharan 32
Younis Khan lbw b Wickremasinghe 12
Moin Khan c Kaluwitharana b Wickremasinghe 21
Abdur Razzak st Kaluwitharana b Muralitharan 9
Akram c Vaas b Muralitharan 0
Mushtaq not out 3
Younis c Ranatunga b Muralitharan 0
Extras (lb-9, nb-12) 21
Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-46, 3-59, 4-125, 5-135, 6-166, 7-167, 8-168, 9-179.
Bowling: Vaas 20-4-54-2 (nb-10), Zoysa 13-2-37-0 (nb-2), Wickremasinghe 20-5-37-4, Muralitharan 20.5-7-45-4.
Sri Lanka (first innings):
M. Atapattu c Wajahatullah Wasti b Waqar Younis 8
S. Jayasuria c Moin Khan b Waqar Younis 17
R. Arnold not out 23 A. De Silva not out 10
Total (for two wickets) 58
Fall of wickets: 1-9 2-38.
Ganguly to succeed Tendulkar
MUMBAI, Feb 26 (PTI) Saurav Ganguly was today named by national cricket selectors to take over captaincy from Sachin Tendulkar for the upcoming five-match limited overs series against South Africa as well as the following trination event in Sharjah from March 22 to 31.
The selectors chose the left-hander, who will succeed Tendulkar after the batting maestro announced his decision to quit captaincy at the end of the two-Test series against South Africa for the teams abysmal performance in the just-ended Australian tour.
The selectors, meeting here after Indias four-wicket defeat in the first Test in just three days, dropped opener V.V.S. Laxman and Ajay Jadeja and included the fit-again Mohd Azharuddin and Sadagopan Ramesh in naming the 14-member side for the second Test beginning in Bangalore on March 2.
Azharuddin was in the original 14 for the Mumbai test before being forced to skip it after suffering a thumb injury against the visiting South Africans while playing for the Board Presidents XI in the warm-up game.
Team for second Test:
Sachin Tendulkar (capt), Wasim Jaffer, Sadagopan Ramesh,
Rahul Dravid, Mohammed Azharuddin, Saurav Ganguly, Nayan
Mongia (wk), Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar,
Murali Kartik, Mohd Kaif, T. Kumaran and Nikhil Chopra.
Kumble is second highest wicket-taker
MUMBAI, Feb 26 (UNI) Anil Kumble today became the second highest Test wicket-taker for India going past Bishan Singh Bedis 266 dismissals when he dismissed Gary Kirsten caught by keeper Mongia in South Africas second innings on the third day of the first Test being played at the Wankhede Stadium here.
Kumble, playing his 60th Test, was three short of Bedis mark before the Test. In the first innings he captured two wickets to equal Bedis and crossed it today with Kirstens wicket.
Indian coach Kapil Dev stands firm at the top position with 434 Test wickets.
Mumbai in command against Delhi
NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (UNI) Riding high on brilliant centuries by Jatin Paranjpe (185) and Vinod Kambli (114) and their 210-run association, Mumbai amassed a huge total in the second innings and put Delhi on the receiving end on the penultimate day of the Ranji Trophy Super League tie at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium here today.
At close, the hosts were 41 without loss in the second innings after the visitors declared their second essay on 453 for eight taking the aggregate to 500 on the virtue of 47-run first innings lead.
The visiting team have psychological advantage as they have earned eight points from one match while Delhi have eight from two matches.
With five points assured
for Mumbai in this encounter, Delhi will be under
tremendous pressure to save the match. The hosts have to
make 501 to win the tie which seems to be impossible,
considering the huge total.
Travel grant for Fazal, Srinath
NEW DELHI, Feb 26 (PTI) Faced with a do-or-die tie against South Korea in the Asia-Oceania Group I Davis Cup Championship, Indian tennis apex body has awarded travel grant to Prahlad Srinath and Syed Fazaluddin for preparing for the rubber by getting international exposure.
The winner of the tie will qualify for the world group play-off for a place in the 16-team elite group.
Srinath and Fazaluddin,
the No. 2 and No. 3 players in the Indian Davis Cup team
with Leander Paes spearheading the challenge, will travel
to Japan and play to gain exposure before the April 7 to
9 tie against South Korea in Delhi.
title for Ludhiana
Four prominent personalities kabaddi player Angrez Singh, athlete Surinderjit Kaur, coach Amarjit Singh Kahlon and sports writer Labh Singh Sandhu were felicitated on the last day.
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who presided over the concluding function, gave away the prizes and announced a grant of Rs 5,00,000 from his discretionary fund for the overall development of the village and its sports facilities.
The day started with Patiala notching up an impressive 1-0 win over Mohanpur in the first semifinal in football. In the second semifinal, Ludhiana defeated Batala comfortably.
In the village open football championship, the final was played between Majri and Mohanpur villages, which Majri won.
The major attraction of the day was the kabaddi match between Bajakhana and visiting England team, which was won by the former. In the village open kabaddi championship in 62 kg category, Badowal defeated Roli to get the title.
In track and field, Amarjit Kaur (Ludhiana), Tejinder Kaur (Jalandhar) and Baljinder Kaur (Jalandhar) won the first three places in 3,000 metres race. In the mens section, Devinder Singh, Jasbir Singh and Gobind Ram got the first, second and third positions, respectively.
GNC Phagwara are
According to Prof Sital Singh, team in charge, the college secured seven points while Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, and DAV College, Amritsar, got the second and third position with five and three points respectively.
In the preliminary league, GNC defeated Sports College, Jalandhar, by a solitary goal scored by Charanjit Sonu. In the super league, the champions thrashed SN College Banga 6-0.
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