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BANGALORE, March 6 (PTI) Despite a glorious comeback century by Mohammad Azharuddin, India crashed to an embarrassing innings and 71 runs defeat against South Africa in the second and final cricket Test to suffer their first home series reverse in 13 years and a 0-2 rout today.
The 37-year-old Azharuddin, who returned to the team after seven months in the wilderness, struck his 22nd Test hundred with aggressive strokeplay that defied age and mocked at his critics, but failed to stay on and complete the stiff task. The hosts simply caved in thereafter on the fifth and final day at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.
India, overnight 196 for five in their second innings and struggling to avoid an innings defeat, looked like fighting it out, but Azharuddins departure for 102 triggered a collapse as they were dismissed for 250 within one hour this morning.
Azharuddin, unbeaten overnight on 73, smashed left-arm spinner Nicky Boje who captured 5 for 83 for a six and two fours in succession and took just 18 balls today to reach his century to join skipper Sachin Tendulkar as Indias second highest Test century-maker behind Sunil Gavaskar (34).
But he fell immediately thereafter hooking paceman Shaun Pollock to Gary Kirsten at square leg to end a 96-run sixth wicket stand with courageous Anil Kumble (28), and the next four wickets fell for just 10 runs.
It was Indias first home Test series defeat since their 0-1 loss to Pakistan in 1986-87 they lost their fifth and final Test at the same venue after the first four were drawn and their first innings defeat at home since the West Indies beat them by an innings and 46 runs at Calcutta in 1983.
It was the fifth straight Test loss for outgoing captain Tendulkar, who had already notched up the dubious distinction as the first Indian captain to concede four Test matches in a row after the four-wicket defeat in the first game at Mumbai.
India, skittled out for 158 before conceding a massive 321-run first innings lead as South Africa piled up 479 in reply, fared better in their second knock thanks only to Azharuddin, but could not prevent the eventual result.
Azharuddin smashed 13 fours and two sixes (227 min 170 balls) in his aggressive knock and raced to his century today. He jumped out to hoist Boje over midwicket for a six and then hit the next two balls over long-on and long-off for fours as the spinner tried the ploy of pitching outside the leg stump.
Playing his 99th Test, he brought up the only century in the series with a brace off Pollock, but ended Indian hopes of staving off innings defeat when his adventurous hook off a Pollock bouncer gave Kirsten a straightforward catch.
Kumble (122 m, 104 b, 3 x 4), rock steady in his supporting role till then, fell leg before padding up to a straighter ball from Boje, and Murali Kartik (2) swept the spinner to Herschelle Gills at square leg before paceman Allan Donald (2/56) completed the win by removing Nikhil Chopra (3).
The 27-year-old Boje, who made a memorable debut by finishing with match figures of 7 for 93 and a superb knock of 85, was declared man of the match.
Jacques Kallis, whose anchoring knocks both in Mumbai and Bangalore played a huge role in South Africas series triumph, was chosen the man of the series.
South African skipper Hansie Cronje, who had predicted that his team will be much tougher than it was when it suffered a 1-2 defeat in the 1996-97 tour of India, delivered his promise while his counterpart Tendulkar completed his second tenure as captain on a totally disappointing note.
The teams now move on to Kochi to play the first game of the five-match one-day series on March 9.
India (Ist innings): 158
South Africa (Ist innings): 479
India (2nd innings): (196 for 5 overnight):
Dravid c Pollock b Boje 18
Jaffer c Kallis b Boje 23
Ganguly lbw b Boje 13
Tendulkar c Gibbs b Donald 20
Azharuddin c Kirsten b Pollock 102
Kaif lbw b Kallis 23
Kumble lbw b Boje 28
Chopra c Boucher b Donald 3
Kartik c Gibbs b Boje 2
Srinath not out 1
Mongia did not bat
Extras: (b-8, lb-5, nb-4) 17
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-48, 3-71, 4-95, 5-144, 6-240, 7-244, 8-246, 9-250.
BANGALORE, March 6 (PTI) Indian cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar today blamed the inability of his side to play as a team and a letdown by the batsmen for the 0-2 Test series rout against South Africa.
In contrast, Tendulkar said, team approach spelt success for South Africa, adding that though there were individual performances it is important for the other guys to chip in with decent performances.
The batting maestro, who suffered his fifth successive Test defeat leading the side as South Africa completed a crushing innings and 71-run defeat on the fifth morning at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here today, refused to complain about the pitches and denied the Indian approach was not correct.
Tendulkar said he did not want to complain about the pitches in Mumbai, where India lost by four wickets, and here, but said Indians paid for not building partnerships.
There were not too many big partnerships. We scored 15-20 runs and got out. Thats where we have to put a lot of focus, he told reporters after the match.
Asked about Indias approach, he said it was not only because of our approach, it is also luck sometimes. In this Test, so many catches fell between short leg and backward short leg. So, to a certain extent, it is also luck.
Asked whether he felt that Azharuddin, who cracked a superb 102 after being out of favour for over seven months, could have stayed on and saved India, he said: After making a 100, if you are looking at the negative side, it is unfair to the player.
Declining to go into the highs and lows of his second stint as captain in reply to a question, Tendulkar said: I want to close that chapter. I dont want to discuss what I should have done. Thats history.
But he pledged total support to Saurav Ganguly, who takes over the mantle for the five-match one-day series and the triseries in Sharjah thereafter.
Let me support him for the time being, thats the most important thing for Indian cricket... that the team supports the captain and the crowd is also behind the team, he said, brushing aside questions on whether he would consider the job again after a couple of years.
I want to relax and get my mind more towards the one-day series, which is more important, Tendulkar said, and announced that he had just passed on his captains blazer to Ganguly.
It was important to support the team when it was not doing well, he said. Thats when support is needed most.
Complimenting South Africa for their fielding and batting and their disciplined approach, Tendulkar said he did not give up despite the visitors batting it out for two days to pile up a huge first innings lead.
I always believe miracles do take place. We were capable of handling that pressure. I never give up till the last ball, Tendulkar said with his usual touch of defiance.
Coach Kapil Dev, whose disappointing run also continues, admitted it would be difficult for India to bounce back in the one-day series.
Asked whether it would be difficult in the one-dayers after the debacle in the Tests, Kapil Dev said: It is very very hard when you are not playing well.
BANGALORE, March 6 (PTI) Mohammed Azharuddin, who struck a glorious century to make a forceful comeback into the Indian team in the second cricket Test against South Africa which India lost here today, denied he had any point to prove after being in the wilderness for over seven months.
I had no point to prove. It is not that I have to please anybody. I am enjoying cricket and I will continue to do so, the 37-year-old Azharuddin, who cracked an aggressive 102 and raised hopes of India salvaging a draw on the final day of the game today, told PTI.
Asked why he did not stay at the wicket for long after reaching his century, Azhar replied it was not a bad shot, referring to the hook he played off paceman Shaun Pollock that went straight to Gary Kirsten at square leg.
His 22nd Test century and the stubborn approach of Anil Kumble had raised some hopes of India salvaging a draw, but his dismissal triggered the final collapse, giving South Africa a victory by an innings and 71 runs and a series sweep.
Azhar was replaced as captain following Indias poor World Cup campaign in England last year and was initially not considered as he was recovering from a shoulder surgery.
But his non-selection for the Australian tour raised much controversy following reports that the move of the national selectors to recall him was strongly opposed by skipper Sachin Tendulkar and coach Kapil Dev.
Azhar, just one match
short of playing 100 Tests, was picked for the home
series following the disastrous Australian tour and the
failure of his younger rivals, but missed the first Test
in Mumbai due to a thumb fracture.
corrective measures follow the debacle?
CHANDIGARH, March 6 It was after 13 years that the Indian cricket team were tamed at home by the South Africans who won the two-match Test series by outplaying the Indians, first at Mumbai and then at Bangalore in all departments of the game. The last time that India lost a series at home was against Pakistan in 1987 when the visitors beat India 1-0 with the other four Tests being drawn. And by a strange quirk of fate it was Kapil Dev who was the captain when India lost to Pakistan 13 years ago and this time he is associated with the team as cricket manager. With the defeat at Bangalore the Indians have lost five Test matches on the trot, three to Australia Down Under and now two against South Africa at home. This rout should force the powers that run cricket in India to sit up and think of corrective measures. But will they be able to change their mindset and think about cricket the game instead of cricket politics ? One is not sure of the answer.
Since the series of 1987 India have played a total of 14 series at home in which India won 10 series while the remaining four ended in a stalemate. Of the 14 series, three were played against New Zealand in which India won all the series, two against Australia in which the hosts won both and one series each against England, Zimbabwe and South Africa where again India were victorious. In the two series that India played against Sri Lanka during the period, India won one while the second was drawn while the two series against the West Indies and the solitary series against Pakistan also ended in draws.
For the records it was Mohammad Azharuddin who had the best run as skipper of the Indian squad and it was under his leadership that India won the maximum number of series at home. Azharuddin who took over as skipper in 1990 against Sri Lanka in a one-off match, can be labelled as the luckiest Indian captain with wins in one series after another at home. But the one thing that Azharuddin will probably savour more than anything else is the century he scored at Bangalore today morning even as India once against crashed to an innings defeat. Returning to the national squad in spite of the strong opposition of captain Sachin Tendulkar (for whom the Bangalore Test was the last as captain), Azharuddin proved that his hunger for runs has not abated and, more important, he is still a player of class. His century not only is a big slap on the face of the selectors who kept him in the wilderness ever since the World Cup last summer but also a slap on the face of the team management of the Australian tour which insisted that Azharuddin was not liked in the Indian dressing room. With his bat doing the talking for him, Azharuddin has proved that with application one can get runs even if the opposition bowlers are bowling with their tails up.
There was a time when India were labelled as tigers at home and lambs abroad but it seems that the South Africans have reversed the trend with this defeat coming after Indias nose was rubbed in the mud by the Australians. But the question which arises after Indias debacle against South Africa is: what went wrong with Indias gameplan, its designer wickets and its home advantage?
First let us admit the facts. Neither the Indian batsmen nor the bowlers were up to the mark and this was Indias undoing. As has been stressed in the past a designer wicket by itself is simply not enough to pose a challenge to any team specially a team like South Africa who used sheer pace to demolish the Indians in the first Test at Mumbai and then a spinner Nicky Boje to bring India on its knees at Bangalore.
The biggest disappointment for the Indian was the lack of form with the top order batsmen Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly as also wonder boy Sachin Tendulkar who asked to be relieved from the captaincy so that he could concentrate on his batting just before the commencement of the Test series. For Ganguly , who is to take over as captain in the one-day series against South Africa starting shortly, what has been most galling is the fact that in 10 Test matches he has got only one 50 plus score. Sachin too would like to forget the series against South Africa as a bad dream while Rahul Dravids miserable showing with the bat continues and to compound matter the selectors promoted him as opener for the Bangalore Test, a role he is not accustomed to. Maybe, what Rahul really needs is one good score and that might reverse the trend of his poor showing. In any case he is too good a batsman not to come good sooner than later.
And as the Indian
bowlers and barring Javagal Srinath and Anil
Kumble nobody is of world class also failed to
make full use of the designer pitches both at
Mumbai and Bangalore there was very little India could do
to reverse the trend. As it is Indian cricket is
suffering lack of quality bowling and the selectors must
start scouting around to spot bowlers. And as anybody
knows it is the bowlers who win matches for the team.
BANGALORE, March 6 (PTI) Delighted by his teams 2-0 Test series victory against India, South African captain Hansie Cronje today said the visitors would be working hard to win the coming five-match one-day series as well.
We are delighted. Ten years ago, when we returned to international cricket, we came here. We are extremely happy to win the series in India. It took a long time coming, Cronje said after South Africa defeated India by an innings and 71 runs in the second and final Test at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Its one of the most satisfying feelings not only for me as a captain but also for the team as a whole, Cronje said.
Commenting on the series outcome, Cronje said South Africa had the more mature, stable and confident batting line-up. We bowled out India cheaply in three out of four innings and played larger innings. That was the key.
Cronje said there was a bit of tension in the South African camp this morning as we knew Azharuddin could take the match away from us.
Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin completed his 22nd Test century today but could not avert the hosts defeat as he fell at 102.
Expressing hope that his team retained its winning form through the one-day series, Cronje said: we are working very hard. The confidence and the experience we gained from these pitches (in Mumbai and here) will obviously assist us in the one-day series also.
Nicky Boje, adjudged man of the match after claiming seven wickets for 93 runs and making 85 in the South African innings, said he was all the more happy with his performance as he was not in the original 15 for the India tour and was included only after spinner Paul Adams pulled out with an injury.
Meanwhile, five players selected only for the one-day series have joined the South African team.
Pace bowler Steve Elworthy, Neil MKenzie, Derek Crookes, Dave Benkenstein and Henry Williams will replace middle-order batsman Daryll Cullinan, paceman Allan Donald, spinner Clive Eksteen and Boeta Dippenar, who leave for home tonight.
PESHAWAR, March 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka were all out for 268 in their first innings on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan today. In reply Pakistan were 67 for one at close.
Sri Lanka (Ist innings) (overnight 88-2):
Atapattu b Akhtar 75
Jayasuriya b Akhtar 30
Arnold c Atiq-uz-Zaman b Razzaq 2
De Silva lbw b Sohail 33
Jayawardena c Afridi b Sohail 36
Dilshan b Khan 13
Kaluwitharana c Atiq-uz-Zaman b Akhtar 4
Vaas not out 17
Wickremasinghe b Akhtar 0
Pushpakumara c Atiq-uz-Zaman b Razzaq 7
Muralitharan b Akhtar 22
Extras: (b-1 lb-8 nb-20) 29
Total (all out): 268
Fall of wickets: 1-58 2-67 3-121 4-186 5-207 6-209 7-221 8-223 9-241.
Bowling: Waqar Younis 5-0-20-0, Shoaib Akhtar 24.3-3-75-5 Arshad Khan 45-18-70-1, Abdur Razzaq 17-6-39-2, Shahid Afridi 7-0-31-0, Aamir Sohail 11-1-24-2.
Pakistan (Ist innings):
Anwar not out 37
Sohail c De Silva b Jayawardena 22
Youhana not out 3
Extras (nb-4 w-1): 5
Total (for one wicket): 67
Fall of wicket: 1-54.
Mongia puts Punjab on victory
SAS NAGAR, March 6 Superlative batting by Dinesh Mongia put Punjab in a commanding position on the penultimate day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Super League match against Bihar at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.
Southpaw Mongia, 67 not out overnight, was in superb nick today and went on to make 179 enabling the side to declare the first innings at daunting 503 for nine, 259 runs ahead of Bihars first innings total.
Bihar in their second essay were 94 for the loss of four wickets, needing further 165 runs to make Punjab bat again. And given the fact that the visitors batting order does not run deep they will need extraordinary efforts to escape defeat.
Young seam bowler Gagandeep Singh, till recently part of the state under-19 squad, also deserves credit for the situation Punjab finds itself in. Playing only his third match of the championship having made his debut against Hyderabad in the first Super League match last month he bowled an impressive spell scalping three of the four wickets to fall during the Bihars second innings. Gagandeep, who claimed four wickets in the first innings, now already has 15 wickets in his kitty.
The day, however, belonged to the Chandigarh lad Mongia who looked determined to end his run of unimpressive scores in the past couple of matches. Mongia, who was subdued and content to play second fiddle to skipper Vikram Rathore yesterday, showed his utility to the side when in fine nick.
Mongia shifted gears after he completed his century immediately after the dismissal of Rathore, who edged an N. Ranjan delivery behind the stumps when he was batting on 158.This was Rathores 17th Ranji Trophy century in his 72nd match. Rathore and Mongia contributed 190 runs for the fifth-wicket partnership.
After Rathores exit, Mongia took charge of the situation. Playing most of the strokes from the meet of the blades he kept the scoreboard moving at a fast clip. In association with wicketkeeper Harminder Jugnu he toyed with the rival bowling attack, which looked pedestrian. Both piling on Bihars misery added 113 runs in just 100 minutes for the sixth-wicket partnership before Jugnu fell at his individual score of 53.
Mongia by now well set turned his attention on medium pacer S Gupta, who was clobbered for five rasping fours in the same over, when the hapless bowler was summoned to share the second new ball with Dheeraj Kumar. Mongia ultimately departed after making 179, his seventh hundred in 37th Ranji Trophy match, when he attempted an extravagant drive off off-spinner N. Ranjan to be caught by Rajiv Kumar at cover-point.His knock was studded with 25 hits to the fence and he faced 220 deliveries.
All rounder Sandeep Sharma chipped in with a cameo knock of 33 runs to take Punjab past the 500-run mark.
How much respect Punjabs batsmen gave to the rival bowling attack could be judged from the fact that they scored 234 runs in 200 minutes they were at the crease today.
Bihar (1st innings): 244
Punjab (1st innings): Rathore c M S Dhoni b N Ranjan 158, Ravneet c M S Dhoni b S Gupta 50, Yuveraj Singh c M S Dhoni b S Gupta 2, Dharmani lbw S Gupta 0, Reetinder lbw S Khan 5, Mongia c Rajiv b N Ranjan 179, Harminder c Anil b S Khan 53, Sandeep st Dhoni b Anil Kumar 33, Harbhajan b Anil 0, Sarandeep not out 9, Gagandeep not out 4,
Extras: (nb 3, lb 5, b 2) 10
Total (declared for nine wickets in 123 overs): 503
Fall of wickets: 1-107, 2-111, 3-111, 4-128, 5-318, 6-431, 7-488, 8-488, 9-492
Bowling: Dheeraj Kumar 16-2-52-0, Sanjeev Gupta 25-2-125-3, Shaheed Khan 31-2-130-2, Anil Kumar 22-3-82-2, N Ranjan 17-1-55-2, Sunil Kumar 12-0-52-0.
Bihar (2nd innings): N Ranjan c & b Harbhajan 21, Javed Khan lbw Gagandeep 3, Amir Hashmi b Gagandeep 0, Rajiv Kumar lbw Gagandeep 22, Sunil Kumar batting 30, Manish Kumar batting 6
Extras (lb 5, nb 6, w 1) :12
Total ( for four wicket in 37 overs): 94
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-20, 3-46, 4-56
NEW DELHI, March 6 (UNI) India won three medals two silvers and a bronze but it was an unhappy ending for the hosts as their ace shooters Mansher Singh and Zorawar Singh failed to qualify for the final in trap and all the three marksmen in skeet event finished way behind in the World Cup Shotgun Championship here today.
Delhi youngster Varun Soni,who was leading the field yesterday, and Punjabs Birandeep Sodhi won a silver and a bronze in the junior men trap event, respectively.
Soni started the day with 60 points and added 38 out of 50 to his score. Sodhi shot 40 out of 50 in two rounds of 25 each to take his score from yesterdays 50 to 98.
As both Soni and Sodhi had identical score of 98 each out of 125, the tie shoot was ordered to decide the second and third place, Soni managed to pip Sodhi.
The gold was grabbed by De Fillippis Maurd of Italy, who shot 43 targets to take his tally from 58 to 101.
Indian trio of Mansher Singh (112), Zorawar Singh (113) and Manavjit Singh (115) managed to win a silver in the trap team event with a score of 340.
Portugal won the gold with a total of 351 out of 375 and Italy was third with 336.
Former Commonwealth gold medal winner, Mansher who had a score of 69 after three rounds yesterday could add only 43 in his tally out of two rounds of 25 each.
Mansher had poor fourth round in which he missed five targets out of 25 and then shot 23 in the fifth round to finish with a total of 112 to end up at 11th place.
Zorawar,who also had shot 69 yesterday,did marginally better than Mansher hitting 44 targets (24,20) to total 113 for ninth slot.
final; PAP lose
JALANDHAR, March 6 Last years runners up Punjab State Electricity Board, Hoshiarpur and Sporting Club De-Goa entered the final of the second All-India Shri Guru Gobind Singh prize money football tournament currently underway here.
The first semifinal between PSEB, Hoshiarpur and Delhi Blues got off with a slow start. In the fourth minute of match Sukhvir Singh of PSEB scored a field goal to provide an initial lead to his team. Kamaljit Singh of PSEB scored another field goal in the 14th minute. At the break PSEB were 2-0. In the second half neither of teams made a significant move. Delhi Blues adopted a defensive approach towards the end.
The second semifinal was played between PAP, Jalandhar and Sporting Club De-Goa. Players from both teams struggled from the beginning. Cruz Periera and Godfrey tried to score several occasions but neither could get their team a breakthrough. PAPs Vijay Paul made good moves in 18th and 48th minutes of play but without success. Goas goalkeeper Felix DSouza saved likely goals on at least two occasions. Goas Daniel missed a chance of scoring a goal on a pass given by Cruz Periera in the 83rd minute. Neither team was able to score a goal in the allotted time and golden goal rule was activated. At the completion of extra time no team could score any goal. In the tie-breaker Goa beat PAP 4-2.
ISLAMABAD, March 6 (ANI) Cricket no longer seems to be popular in the subcontinent, with both Pakistan and India unable to defend their strong performance record at home. This home truth has been emphatically emphasised by a Pakistani citizen, who has now in disgust, appealed to under-developed cricket-playing countries to sign another kind of CTBT a cricket Test ban treaty.
In a letter to The News, a prominent Pakistani daily, Mr Hashmat Khwaja said: No game or sport is played for so many days at a stretch. Professionals and sponsors make money from the poor, downtrodden people of the underdeveloped countries through it.
LINARES, March 6 (PTI) Indias Viswanathan Anands search for his first win remained elusive as he was held to a draw by Peter Leko while joint leaders Garry Kasparov and fellow Russian Vladimir Kramnik were also forced to split the point in the sixth round of the Linares Super Grandmasters Chess Tournament here last night.
World number two Anands ordinary run continued as he was held to an exciting 32-move draw by Hungarian Leko to remain at the bottom of the classy six player field with two points after four draws and two defeats with four rounds to go.
Kasparov, the worlds best player, signed the peace treaty with black pieces against Latvia-born Spanish GM Alexei Shirov while Kramnik and Russias FIDE world champion Alexander Khalifman ended with honours even after 49 moves on a day of draws.
Leko was lying behind the leaders with three points, Khalifman and Shirov following with 2.5 points apiece.
Anand, whose defeats against Shirov and Kasparov had come with white pieces, opted for the queen pawn opening for the first time here and Lekos grunfeld Indian defence.
Having done badly thus far, he entered a sharp battle by improving upon a game between Russian GM Alexander Chernin and Leko in 1997 on his 14th move in the pawn sacrifice variation the young Leko was saddled with development problems on the queenside in the middlegame when the battle suddenly turned wild.
In tactical strokes and counter moves, pieces got exchanged in a flurry and Anand was forced to sacrifice his queen to maintain his two rooks on the seventh rank. A draw was agreed upon as perpetual checks were to follow.
trials not held
PATIALA, March 6 No member of the IWHF turned up at the NIS here today to select the national hockey squad for the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament to be held at Milton Keynes from March 24 to April 2.
When the first set of three-day trials were held at the NIS from February 18 to 20, the selectors had deferred the announcement of the final squad. According to a highly placed IWHF official, it was said that the trials would be held from March 6 to 8 to finalise the team.
the in charge of national camps Rifaquat Ali nor the
chief coach of the senior team G.S. Bhangu had any
knowledge of the three-day trials to select the Milton
ANANDPUR SAHIB, March 6 Madhulika Chandel of Panjab University, Chandigarh, today won the competition in 67.5 kg category in powerlifting for women in the All-India Inter-University Weight-lifting, Powerlifting and Best Physique Competitions at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College here.
Madhulika Chandel lifted 315 kg while Geeta Kumari of the L.N.I.P.E. Gwalior lifted 312.5 kg to secure the second position. Randeep Kaur of Punjabi University, Patiala, got the third position by lifting 302.5 kg.
Results: Powerlifting (men): 75 kg Neeraj Giri Goswami (KU) 695 kg 1, Hussan Lal (GND Aamritsar) 650 kg 2, Munish Kumar, (Punjabi) 620 kg 3. 67.5 kg Pildeep Kaushal (KU) 580 kg 1, Sagesh A.S. (Calicut) 552.5 kg 2, Ajit Kumar (Delhi) 550 kg 3. 60 kg Piara Singh, (KU) 575 kg 1, Baljit Singh, (PU) 572.5 kg 2, Niklesh M (Kerala) 565 kg 3.
Powerlifting (Women): 60 kg Beant Kaur (Punjabi) 302.5 kg 1, Shyma I.K. (Calicut) 277.5 kg 2, Sheetal Shendkar (Pune) 272.5 kg 3.
Best Physique (Men): 65 kg Heera Lal (GND Amritsar) 1, Kamal Alam, (Delhi) 2, Paresh Mhatre (Mumbai) 3.
Weightlifting (Men): 77 kg Anil Kumar (MDU) 275 kg 1, Satendra Kumar (C.C.S.) 275 kg 2, B. Ramu, (Andhra) 272.5 kg 3. 69 kg Pradeep Kumar (PU) 280 kg 1, Baljit Singh (GND) (Amritsar) 275.5 kg 2, N. Ragha (Madras) 255 kg 3.
Haryana hockey from March 24
ROHTAK, March 6 (FOSR) The Haryana Senior Hockey Championship for men will be held at Sonepat from March 24 to 26, according to Mr B.S. Nandal, secretary, Haryana Hockey Association (HHA). Mr Rajpal Singh, ASP, Sonepat, will be the organising secretary. Affiliated units should confirm their entries by March 15.
North Zone win FCI hockey
AMRITSAR, March 6 (FOSR)
Favourites North Zone yesterday clinched the
trophy by scoring a convincing 3-1 victory over East Zone
in the 29th FCI Inter Zonal National Hockey Championships
here at the university sports complex.
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