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FARIDABAD, March 14 For both India and the touring South African team, tomorrows one-day match at the Nahar Singh Stadium here is of utmost importance. For the hosts, who are already two up in the fivematch series with back to back wins at Kochi and Jamshedpur, a win tomorrow would mean a winning 3-0 lead. For the visitors, however, a win is a must if they hope to remain in contention in the Pepsi 2000 series.
The mood is so upbeat in the Indian camp that they opted not to come to the stadium for nets today and instead stayed back in the national capital to get some additional rest. Only skipper Saurav Ganguly and cricket manager Kapil Dev who has played much of his cricket here during his early years came to the stadium to have a look at the track. On the other hand the visitors had a full session of nets at the stadium and the way they went about the job gave ample indication that they would give the hosts a run for their money.
The Indian wins at Kochi and Jamshedpur have been total team effort. As skipper Saurav Ganguly said after an inspection of the ground every player has contributed in his own way to the victories. If in the first match the honours were shared by Ajay Jadeja, Robin Singh and Azharuddin in the second match it was the skipper himself who played a steller role in the sixth-wicket win.
However, more important than the wins is the fact that the Indians who not only had a harrowing time in Australia as they were demolished both in the Test series as also in the triangular series that followed but were also overwhelmed in the two-Test series by South Africa at home prior to those one-day tournament to become the first home team to lose a test series in 13 years have regained some of their self-confidence going by their performance both at Kochi and Jamshedpur. The innovations shown by Ganguly both in batting as well as in bowling have only helped to take away some of the pressure under which the team was playing in the recent past.
So well have the Indians performed that Saurav is yet to have a bowl. The Indian skippers use of Rahul Dravid as a bowler in the Kochi match only goes to show the cricketing acumen of the Indian captain. Also, with Javagal Srinath having a well-deserved rest, the promotion of Sunil Joshi as a pinch hitter is yet another innovation which must be welcomed. True, Joshi has not been a great success, but as Saurav explained the player must be given adequate opportunity to prove his worth. And therefore, the experiment, if one may call it so will continue in tomorrows match also.
The one thing which has proved of great benefit to the hosts is the fact that both Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja, who had to miss the tour of Australia for reasons other than cricket, are in great nick with the former Indian captain scoring 42 and 29 in the two matches, while Jadeja more or less single-handedly fashioned Indias win at Kochi with a brilliant 92 in energy sapping heat. At Jamshedpur he did not have to do much with the skipper in full flow.
But what should cause concern in the Indian camp in the fact that Sachin Tendulkar seems to be going through the motions and has been out to strokes he would never have played in the past, one though that once the burden of captaincy was lifted off his shoulders he would flourish with the bat, but that has not been the case. At Kochi the Indian master could score only 26 while at Jamshedpur he could muster only 21 before he was caught by the visiting skipper off Polleck. But then Sachin is too good a player to be down for too long. Who knows his tough might come back tomorrow to add to the woes of the visitors who must be be finding the heat a little so much for their liking.
The visitors are not new to this industrial town of Haryana. In the Titan Cup they played and beat Australia by two wickets at the Nahar Singh Stadium in October, 1996. They must be hoping to repeat the performance once again tomorrow given the fact that Indias record here is not very good with the hosts having lost two of the three matches they have played here, with their solitary win coming against Zimbabwe way back in 1993.
The visitors must be wondering what has gone wrong to their game plan. At Kochi they scored 300 plus runs but were still outplayed by a team low on morale and under a new captain. And then at Jamshedpur they were caught on a strip where spinner called the shots but the spinners of the home squad performed better.
At the Nahar Singh Stadium it will be different ball game with the pitch showing traces of grass. How much of it remains before the pitch is handed over to the umpires is to be seen.
Teams: India (from): Saurav Ganguly (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Mohammad Kaif, Robin Singh, Anil Kumble, Sunil Joshi, Nikhil Chopra, T. Kumaran, Ajit Agarkar, Sameer Dighe (wk) and Amit Bhandari.
South Africa (from):
Hansie Cronje (captain), Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs,
Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener, Derek Crookes, Mark
Boucher (wk), Shaun Pollock, Henry Williams, Mornantau
Hayward, Nicky Boje, Neil McKenzie, Dale Benkenstein,
Steve Elworthy and Pieter Strydom.
Saurav unhappy with wicket
FARIDABAD, March 14 The strips at the Nahar Singh Stadium here, venue of the third one-day match between India and South Africa to be played tomorrow, has not met the expectations of the Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly.
Speaking to newsmen after an inspection of the wicket, Saurav predicted that it would have an uneven bounce as the pitch is not even and has patches of grass here and there. He said that it was a big game for India and therefore the home side expected to have a perfect wicket for the match.
As a home team we must get the wicket of our choice. Unfortunate it has not been the case here with the pitch being uneven. Soon after one could see the groundstaff working on the wicket, which according to Sarkar Talwar, a senior functionary of the Haryana Sports Department under whose directions the pitch has been prepared, should play true even if there was grass on it.
While the Indians were not happy with the strip the visitors were pleased to see the state of the wicket.
The Indian captain said the Indians would stick to the combination which did so well both at Kochi as well as at Jamshedpur. He was happy that everybody had done his bit for the Indian wins and named Azharuddin, Jadeja and Robin Singh for their efforts in the two matches.
The Indian manager Kapil
Dev who was also present did not say anything. Asked to
comment on the state of the stadium he said it looked
much better than it had in 1998 when an international
between Australia and Zimbabwe had to be shifted from the
venue because of poor ground conditions. At that time the
Indian cricket coach was chairman of the pitches
committee of the BCCI. And tomorrows match will be
the first international to be played here since then.
KARACHI, March 14 (AFP) Ton-up Inzamam-ul-Haq guided Pakistan to a commanding position on the third day of the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka here today.
At stumps Pakistan were 375-7 and enjoyed an overall lead of 404 with skipper Moin Khan batting on 51 and Waqar Younis on 18 on a day carried by Haq and dominated by the Pakistan batsmen.
The home team seemed poised to restore their dented pride after losing the one-day series 3-0 and the first two Tests to Sri Lanka.
Pakistan gained the upper hand for the first time in the series through a brilliant knock of 138 by Haq and a fine 61 by Younis Khan.
Haq was finally caught at long off on a miscued lofted drive off Muttiah Muralitharan after a 335-minute stay at the crease. He faced 243 balls hitting 17 boundaries and a six.
He wisely used his feet off the dangerous Muralitharan to nullify his turn and completed his ninth hundred in 243 minutes off 180 balls carting 13 boundaries and a six.
Haq, who scored a polished 86 in the first innings, found a perfect ally in Younis Khan who made 61 and both added a record 124 runs for the sixth wicket cutting down to size the Sri Lankan bowling attack on a easy paced pitch.
Haq, a well-built batsman from Multan, had one blemish in what was only his second hundred on home turf, when he was let off in the slips by Tillekeratne Dilshan off Chaminda Vaas when on 56.
The 30-year-old Haq achieved a personal milestone during the innings when he reached 4,000 runs in Test cricket, the fifth Pakistani to do so.
He joins the ranks of Javed Miandad (8,832), Salim Malik (5,768), Zaheer Abbas (5,062) and Mudassar Nazar (4,114). He also completed 1000 runs against Sri Lanka in 12 Tests and celebrated his appointment as vice captain for the first time
Younis was a fitting partner to Haq and both built up commanding positions.
Younis Khan, who hit a debut century in the first Test, reached his first 50 in 102 minutes off 84 balls smacking seven fours and a six off captain Sanath Jayasuriya.
Pakistan (Ist innings): 256
Sri Lanka (Ist innings): 227
Pakistan (2nd innings): (overnight 88-3)
M. Naveed lbw b Muralitharan 27
S. Afridi b Pushpakumara 34
E. Ahmed c Dilshan b Muralitharan 3
I. Haq c Wickremasinghe b Muralitharan 138
S. Akhtar lbw b Vaas 0
Y. Youhanna c Kaluwitharana b Pushpakumara 11
Y. Khan c Kaluwitharana b
M. Khan not out 51
W. Younis not out 18
Extras (lb-15, nb-17) 32
Total (for 7 wkts, in 121 overs) 375
Fall of wickets: 1-70, 2-70, 3-84, 4-106, 5-159, 6-283, 7-320.
NEW DELHI, March 14 (UNI) Follow-on stared Railways in the face as they need 29 runs more with only one wicket in hand against Punjab on the second day of the Ranji Trophy Super League match at the Karnail Singh Stadium here today.
A patient 64 by Yere Goud and two partnership 45 runs for the fifth wicket and 49 run stand for the 9th wicket-helped railway to end the day at 176 for nine after bowling out Punjab for 355 in their first innings.
Railways need 205 runs to make Punjab bat again.
The hosts were in all sorts of trouble against accurate Punjab bowling spearheaded by left-arm spinner Navdeep Singh,who finished the day with a haul of four wickets giving away 46 runs.
Earlier resuming from their overnight score of 246 for 7, Punjab added 109 more runs to their total in 116 minutes before being all out.
Sarandeep Singh, overnight unbeaten on nine along with Navdeep Singh added 65 runs for the eighth wicket before Navdeep was trapped leg before by off spinner Kulmani Parida.The batsman made 42 in 72 minutes and hit one six and six boundaries.
Sarandeep remained unbeaten at 44 (2x4,156m) as Parida polished off the tail claiming Harbhajan Singh(6) and Gagandeep Singh (10).
Parida finished the innings with six wickets off 36.2 overs conceding 84 runs.
Railways began disastrously as they lost three wickets for 29 runs. Opener Balaji Rao (6) was clean bowled by medium pacer Gagandeep Singh when the score was 10.
Punjab (first innings)
Rathore c Yere Goud b P Rawat 3, R Ricky c Wankhede b K Parida 97, Yuvraj Singh b D Singh 54, Dharmani c C M Jha (sub) b D Singh 0, Mongia st Wankhede b K Parida 34, Sanjay Kumar lbw b Parida 1, H Jugnu ct Wankhede b Kartik 30, Sarandeep Singh not out 44, Navdeep Singh lbw b Parida 42, Harbhajan Singh b Parida 6, Gagandeep Singh c Wankhede b Parida 10.
Extras (b-20, lb-9, nb-4, w-1) 34.
Total (all out) 355
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-93, 3-93, 4-158, 5-164, 6-216, 7-246, 8-311, 9-333, 10-355.
Bowling: Zakir Hussain 20-6-46-0, Prahlad Rawat 11-3-43-1 Murali Kartik 15-7-26-1, K Parida 36.2-10-84-6, Balaji Rao 23-1-83-0, Devender Singh 13-1-44-2.
Railways (first innings)
Balaji Rao b Gagandeep 6, S Bangar c Mongia b Navdeep 8, Vishal Sharma lbw b Navdeep 2, Abhay Sharma ct Dharmani b Gagandeep 11, Yere Goud c Harbhajan b Navdeep 64, P Rawat c Dharmani b Sarandeep 18, D Singh st Jugnu b Harbhajan 14, S Wankhede lbw Navdeep 1, Zakir Hussain c Navdeep b Harbhajan 1, K Parida batting 34, M Kartik batting 6.
Extras (b-3, lb-5, w-2, nb-1) 11.
Total (for nine wickets in 63 overs) 176
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-14, 3-29, 4-42, 5-87, 6-116, 7-117, 8-118, 9-164.
THRISSUR, March 14 (PTI) Defending champions Salgaocar need for force a win against a resurgent FC Kochin in a crucial National Football League clash tomorrow and keep alive their chances of retaining the title atleast till the next week.
Though Mohun Bagan are sitting pretty on top after having collected 44 points from 20 matches in the 12-team league, Salgaocar, with 36 points from 19 ties, still have a chance of clinching the title if they win all their three matches and Bagan lose their two.
Even if they fall to pip former champions Bagan, who take on struggling Calcutta rivals East Bengal on March 22 and need only a draw to claim their second NFL title, full points tomorrow will do a lot of good to Salgaocars hot chase for the second spot with Goan archrivals Churchill Brothers, following a point behind.
At the other end, FC Kochin, is in the sixth slot with 28 points after having played 18 matches and will hope for maximum points to improve their position.
Salgaocar, who had lost their home match to FC Kochin by a solitary goal, will certain have to go all out to garner three points to consolidate their position and remain in the fray for the title.
The morale of the Goan team is on the high after their brilliant win against Dempe in their last match while FC Kochin, who suffered a jolt at the hands of Mahindra and Mahindra, Mumbai in their last match on Sunday at this ground, have a tough task ahead. To add to their woes, Kochin have an inconsistent defence, a weak link in the team.
As for as we are concerned this match is very vital and we have to win. Kochin in a strong team. All my boys are fit and there is no injury problems of yellow card problem, said an optimistic Shabir Ali, the Salgaocar coach, after the teams practise session.
Shabir said Bagan is in a comfortable position and added though the title chances are remote, it is not over. We will play our best.
Salgaocar has one of the best striking-combination in Brazilian Joao Dos Santos and Nigerian Gbenga Lawal, who can be a thorn in the rival defence if they click.
The defence was expected to be in hands of Francis Coelhe, Franky Baretto and captain Robert Fernandes, while the strong midfield would be manned by Brune Coutinho, S Venkatesh, Dharamjit Singh, Habib Adekunle and the presence of Juje Siddi in the goal post should boost their morals.
The return of striker Nousahd and stopper-back Mahesh Gawli after one match suspension for two yellow should boost FC Kochins confidence.
However, their major cause for worry would be the defence, which has let down the team at the crucial juncture.
The hosts luck revolves around star striker I M Vijayan, nursing a knee injury and Liberian Isaac Tondo, but the poor markesmanship of the latter was least promising.
The professional club, especially the man in the rear, will have to come out with an extraordinary performance if they are stop the Goan frontmen on the prowl.
Mahindras meet Dempo
MUMBAI, (PTI): Mahindra and Mahindra Sports Club, Mumbai have the edge despite their Jordanian imports striker Bassam Khatib and defender Sameer Jamil being unfit for the National Football League clash against bottom-placed Goan outfit Dempo here tomorrow.
Mahindras, who are riding on their new found success, have good bench strength plus the home advantage to beat their weak rivals who are languishing at the bottom of the table.
In Khatibs absence, Manjeet Singh is likely to play the strikers role with Abbas Ali Rizvi and Mohammed Najib as the two wingers with Khalid Siddique as the substitute for one of the wingers.
Their mid-field consists of Samshi Raza, Satish Minz, Aqeel Ansari and Andrew Louis while Sanjay Dayal could be the first choice substitute.
The defence comprises the dependable Ramesh Rajak, O Bernard and I Christhoper while international Virender Singh will do duty under the bar.
Dempo have three Iranians in their ranks Ahmedi Seied Kamal (striker), Mohd Reza Ibrahim (medio) and Dehzad Amri (defender) while Vikrant Sharma will be their goalkeeper.
Stopper back Ajay Acharya, defender Mathew DCosta and medio Stanly Colosus are some of the players to watch.
OSAKA (Japan), March 14 (AFP) Former Asian champions South Korea brushed aside hosts Japan 5-1 today to qualify for the Olympic mens field hockey competition in September.
The Koreans, who finished fifth at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, led 2-1 at half-time.
Japan, coached by former South Korean international Seung Jin Yoo, matched their speedier rivals for the first 30 minutes before fading out.
The five Korean goals were shared by Kim Jung-Chul, Hwang Jong-hyn, Song Seong-Tae, Jeon Hong-Kwon and Yeo Woon-Kon. Shinji Iwata pulled one back for the hosts.
With 12 points from four games and the last match in hand against New Zealand, South Korea are assured of finishing among the top four in the 12-nation qualifying tournament.
Japan, who last played in the Olympics 32 years ago at Mexico, have six points, and even though not certain of a place in the top four, the hosts are well-placed to take part in the play-offs for the last two spots.
Six qualifiers will join the six direct entrants holders Holland, hosts Australia and the continental champions India, Germany, Canada and South Africa at the Olympics in September.
South Korean manager Kim Sang-Ryul said he expected Japan too to make the trip to Sydney.
They have played very well and deserve to finish among the top six in this tournament, Kim said. It will be good to have more Asian teams at the Olympics.
Spain booked their place in the Olympic field hockey competition later this year with a hard-fought 6-3 win over Argentina today.
The doughty Argentinians appeared to have the group B match wrapped up when they led 3-1 midway through the second half. But Spain, silver medallists at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, scored five goals in the last 20 minutes to pull of a remarkable win.
Spain took the lead in the action-packed encounter when Pep Sanchez scored off a penalty corner in the sixth minute.
Argentina, however, drew level at the stroke of half-time through Matias Vila and then pumped in two more goals by Rodrigo Villa and Jorge Lombi soon after resumption.
In a brilliant Spanish fightback that left the Argentina defence stunned, Pol Amat and Eduard Tubau scored twice each and Xavier Arnau netted one a few seconds from the end.
With 10 points from four games and the last match against lowly Belarus, Spain are assured to finishing among the top four in the 12-nation qualifying tournament.
Argentina, with four points, can only make the play-offs for the last two qualifying spots if they upset Pakistan or Switzerland suffer an unlikely defeat against Belarus.
LUCKNOW, March 14 (UNI) North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur, and Army Service Corps, Jalandhar entered the quarterfinals of the 20th All-India K.D. Singh Babu Memorial Invitation Prize Money Hockey Tournament here today.
N.E. Railway, Gorakhpur defeated PSEB Jalandhar by 3-1 while ASC Jalandhar defeated Diesel Locomotive Workshop, Varanasi, by three goals to nil. The highlight of the ASC-DLW match was a hat trick, the first of the tournament, scored by ASCs J.W. Khalko.
In the first match between ASC and DLW, ASC took the lead in the 12th minute of the game when Khalko scored the first goal off a cross from Asif Ali.
Both the teams made attacks and counter attacks but DLW forwards fumbled opportunities near the goalmouth. Khalko scored the second goal in the 62nd minute when he deflected the free hit shot in the net. Three minute later he scored the third goal and completed the hat trick.
DLW forced five penalty corners against three by ASC but all went in vain.
The NER-PSEB match
started on a fast note. NER took the lead in the 5th
minute when Sylwester Minj converted the first penalty
corner off a pass from Diwakar Reddy. PSEB equalised in
the 20th minute when Balwant Singh converted the first
penalty corner off a pass from Hardial Singh. NER again
forged ahead in the 52nd minute when PSEB goalkeeper
Gurinder Pal Singh obstructed Sugreev Yadav of NER and
umpire Shakeel Qureshi awarded a stroke to NER. Mohan Rao
made no mistake and give his team 2-1 lead. NER scored
their third goal in the 65th minute when Vivek Singh
converted the 7th penalty corner to complete the tally
BANGALORE, March 14 (UNI) Six times champions Karnataka crashed to 254 for six and trailed Delhi by 88 runs despite a brilliant ton by opener J. Arun Kumar (127) on the second day of the four-day group-A Ranji Trophy Super league match here today.
With the last of its recognised batsmen B. Akhil (eight) at the crease the defending champions have to battle it out for the crucial first innings lead on the morrow chasing Delhis first innings score of 342. In his company was Dodda Ganesh (zero).
The young Delhi bowlers led by left arm medium pacer Ashis Nehra (3/65) bowled a steady line and length and succeeded in restricting the hosts.
Overnight 308 for five, Delhi lost the remaining wickets for the addition of just 42 runs in 9.2 overs today with skipper Venkatesh Prasad who was dropped for the one day internationals against South Africa claiming four wickets in five overs to take his innings haul to six for 60. Mithun Minhas remained unbeaten at 54.
Arun Kumar, in his attractive knock cracked 17 fours and three huge sixes sending the ball to all corners of the field, anchored the Karnataka innings before getting out just two before the close. Wicketkeeper batsman Thilak Naidu (36) was the only other notable scorer for Karnataka.
Delhi (1st innings):
A Chopra c T Naidu b S Vadayaraj 101, A Dani b V Prasad 19, G Gambhir run out 73, A Malhotra c T Naidu b V Prasad 1, V Sehwag c T Naidu b S Vadayaraj 49, M Minhas not out 54, V Dhaiya lbw V Prasad 19, H Chaudhary b V Prasad 1, A Nehra c A Vijay b V Prasad 4, Robin Singh (jr) c T Naidu b V Prasad 4, R Mehra c B Akhil b D Ganesh 0.
Extas (lb-8, nb-9) 17
Total (all out in 99.2 overs) 342
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-173, 3-176, 4-236, 5-280, 6-320, 7-327, 8-331, 9-341.
Bowling: Prasad 25-8-60-6, Ganesh 26.2-3-96-1, Umesh 14-0-69-0, Vadayaraj 23-7-59-2, Akhil 9-2-33-0, Vijay 2-0-17-0.
Karnataka (1st innings):
M Beeerala c Dahiya b R Singh 22, J Arun Kumar c Dahiya b A Chaudhary 127, Barrington c Dahiya b R Mehra 4, Vijay Bharadwaj c A Chaudhary b A Nehra 14, T Naidu c Dahiya b A Nehra 36, A Vijay c Dahiya b Nehra 19, B Akhil batting 8, D Ganesh batting 0.
Extras (lb-5, nb-19) 24
Total (for 6 wkts) 254
Fall of wickets: 1-72, 2-77, 3-108, 4-182, 5-234, 6-250.
PARADIP, March 14 (PTI) Splendid bowling by left arm spinner Sonu Sharma (7/32) enabled Haryana to establish a 41-run first innings lead over Orissa on the second day of their four-day Ranji Trophy super league match here today.
Defending a small first innings total of 206, Haryana bundled out the hosts for 165 at tea.
The visitors were 93 for three in their second essay at close, extending their lead to 134 with seven wickets in hand.
Jasveer Singh (batting 32) and Ishan Ganda (batting four) were at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day.
Overnight 17 for three, Orissa appeared to recover with Rashmi Ranjan Parida (39) and Sanjay Roul (51) sharing a fourth wicket stand of 65. But Sharma ran through the innings as Orissa crashed from 82 for three at one stage to 165 all out.
Roul, who claimed three wickets for 37 runs, continued his good run the bat also as he top scored with nine hits to the fence while Paridas 39 included six boundaries. Medium pacers Vineet Jain (2/37) and Feroz Ghayas (one/49) were the other successful bowlers.
In their second innings, Haryana lost the wicket of opener Padamjit Singh (7) early. Off-spinner Sanjay Satpathy struck two blows towards the end when he ensnared the other opener Jitender Singh (40, 7 x 4) and skipper Parinder Sharma (11).
Haryana (first innings): 206
Orissa (first innings): (overnight 17 for 3)
Shiv Sundar Das c P. Charma b V. Jain 4, Pradeed Das c S. Ohlan b F. Ghayas 6, Rashmi Ranjan Parida c S. Dalal b V. Jain 39, Debasis Mohanty lbw b S. Sharma 0, Sanjay Raul b S. Sharma 51, Pravanjan Mallick lbw S. Sharma 19, P. Jayachandra lbw b S. Sharma 0, Rashmi Ranjan Das b S. Sharma 8, Yashpal Mohanty lbw b S. Sharma 15, Sanjay Satpathy c J. Singh b S. Sharma 8, Jagannath Das not out 2.
Total all out for 165 in 63.3 overs.
Fall of wickets : 1/11 2/12, 3/17, 4/82, 5/115, 6/115, 7/133, 8/138, 9/157,10/165
Bowling: Vineet Jain 10 -2 -37 -2, Feroz Ghayas 10 -0 -49 -1, Sonu Sharma 26.3-14 -32 -7, Pradeep Jain 16 -5 -40 -0, Sanjay Dalal 1 -0 -4 -0.
Haryana (second innings):
Padmajit c B. Singh b P. Jayachandra 1, Jatinder Singh lbw b S. Satpathy 40, Parinder Sharma lbw b S. Satpathy 11, Jasbir Singh not out 32, Satish Ohlan not out 4,
Total 93 for 3 wickets in 35 overs
Fall of wickets: 1/7, 2/46, 3/77
Bowling: Debasis Mohanty 9 -4 -17 -0, P. Jayachandra 2 -0 -13 -1, Jagannath Das 9 -2 -28 -0, Sanjay Satpathy 12 -3 -29 -2, Sanjay Raul 3 -2 -2 -0.
CALCUTTA, March 14 (PTI) Mumbai snatched a vital 65-run first innings lead as they bundled out hosts Bengal for a paltry 117 in their first innings on the second day of their group A Ranji Trophy super league match here today.
Resuming their innings at 21 for two in reply to Mumbais first innings score of 182, none of the Bengal batsmen could hang around for long on a turning track at the Eden Gardens, allowing the visitors to take tight control of the match.
Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer struck an unbeaten 64 to help his team reach 102 for one in their second essay at close, extending their overall lead to 167 by the end of the second day of the four-day cricket match.
The Mumbai bowlers,
particularly the three spinners Nilesh Kulkarni, Rajesh
Pawar and Ramesh Powar, exploited the conditions well as
they managed to turn the ball appreciably through out the
innings which lasted merely 65.4 overs.
HYDERABAD, March 14 (UNI) Wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia yesterday said he was fit as a fiddle and would soon submit his fitness certificate to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary J.Y. Lele.
Mongia said the injury sustained during the first Test match against South Africa was not serious. He had only spasm in the lower back due to weakness.
teams for Asian meet
PATIALA, March 14 India will field a six-member squad in the mens section and seven-member team in the womens section for the Asian Weightlifting Championships slated to be held at Osaka from May 2 to 6.
Although the trials were held here by the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) at the NIS, the final teams for both the men and women sections were officially announced by the federations selection committee comprising observer Mr Balbir Singh Bhatia, the IWF vice-president Mr R.R. Singh, Mr Gopal Khanra and Mr Suresh Saigal.
Meanwhile, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has set up a two-member panel comprising Mr Balbir Singh and Mr R.R. Singh to run the affairs of the IMF, which is mired in a controversy over alleged misappropriation of funds relating to the last edition of the Asian Weightlifting Championship held in Shangai last year. The two-member panel will submit its report to the IOA shortly, which will further take a decision on the new format of the IWF.
The Osaka Asian Weightlifting meet, which is also being treated as a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament, will see the Indians go all out in their efforts to squeeze through to the Sydney Olympics. Before the Athens world weightlifting championships held last November, in the mens section the Indians have a quota of four berths while in the womens section there were at least four to six berths open. But a poor show in the Athens meet has now meant that at Osaka in the mens section the Indians have been left with just two berths while in the womens section, the situation is no better with just one berth open for the Indians.
Men: Jasbir Singh (62 kgs), M. Arun (69kgs), Tejinder Singh (85 kgs), Sukhjinder Singh (94 kgs), Amarjit Singh and Vijay Sharma (both 105 kgs).
Coaches: Mr A.K. Sirohi and Mr A.S. Virk.
Women: Kunjarani Devi (46 kgs), Sangamachu Chanu (53 kgs), Pratima Kumari (58 kgs), K. Malleswari (63 kgs), Khooni Devi (65 kgs) Ujwala Manhe (75 kgs), and Geeta Rani (plus 75 kgs).
Punjab post wins
CHANDIGARH, March 14 Chandigarh continued with their winning spree on the second day of the 14th Senior National Baseball Championship being played at Panjab University grounds. They humbled Maharashtra in the mens section 20-3 while in the womens section they outplayed Rajasthan 6-3. Punjab and Haryana also accounted for wins in the mens section overpowering West Bengal 13-2 and Orissa 11-0, respectively. Himachal Pradesh men too displayed fine form crushing Gujarat 14-2.
In the womens section only two matches could be played and Punjab held Uttar Pradesh 5-5. Earlier yesterday the meet was inaugurated by Mr Rajan Kashyap, President, Chandigarh Olympic Association.
Men: MP b Bihar 18-2 (MP-Nitin 3, Hemant 3, Rajesh 3; Bihar-Sanjay 1,Vijay 1), Delhi b UP 14-9 (Delhi-Raman 3, Kapik 2, Ashish 2, Rajiv 2, Rajat 2; UP Sudhir 2, Devinder 2), HP b Gujarat 14-2 (HP-Vinod 2, Nitin 2, Sanjay 2; Gujarat-Mahul 1,Vijay 1), Andhra Pradesh b Maharashtra 12-2 ( AP-Farooq 2, Sonu 2, Sunil 2, Hamid 2; Mah Vikrant 1, Ajif 1), Punjab b West Bengal 13-2 (Punjab-Rohit 2, Sanjiv 2, Jaswinder 2, Amarjit 2, Gurdeep 2; WB-Fazil 1, Mahinder 1), Haryana b Orissa 11-0 (Haryana- Kuber Malik 3, Gurpinder 2, Nitin 2, Mayank 2, Dhiraj 2), Chandigarh b Maharashtra 20-3 (Chd-Rakesh 3, Bhupinder 3, Sunder Lal 3, Vijay 2, Sumit Kalia 2; Mah-Sahbir 1, Asim 1), Goa b Karnataka 19-11 (Goa-Nilesh 3, Luia 3, Satyan 3, Ritesh 3, Dinesh 4, Gourish 3; Kar Santosh 2, Roshan 2, Vinay 2), Chandigarh b Andhra Pradesh 12-0; Goa drew Delhi 10-10; Punjab b Rajasthan 13-8.
Women: Punjab drew UP 5-5 (Pb- Sarbjit 2, Anju 1, Aruna 1; UP-Renu 1, Neha 1, Suman 1), Goa b Tamil Nadu 8-0 (Goa-Prathima 1,Vidya 1,Chanda 1, Concy 1, Geeta 1, Kavita 1), Chandigarh b Rajasthan 6-3 (Chd-Shammi Dhillon 2, Nidhi 1, Navjit 1, Rupinder 1, Sonal 1; Raj- Asha 1, Chandresh 1, Bhawna 1).
AUCKLAND, March 14 (Reuters) Rain resulted in play being abandoned on the fourth day of the first Test between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland today.
Heavy overnight rain and intermittent showers throughout the day saturated the Eden Park ground, with the umpires deciding at around 2.15 p.m. (0115 GMT) that no play would be possible.
Forecasts for Auckland on Wednesday are for some cloud, but with no mention of rain.
A helicopter was called in to try and keep alive a history-making bid by Australias cricketers in the first Test.
Play was expected to start after lunch before the weather again turned, bucketing down rain as the umpires walked out to inspect the ground.
Minutes after play was abandoned, the ground was drenched in sunlight, but Australia will need extra help to press on to their record-equalling eighth consecutive Test win on the final day tomorrow.
A helicopter was used late today to dry a section of outfield which remained in the shadow of the new northern stand but it would be useless if more predicted showers arrived tomorrow.
If the weather improves, New Zealand will resume their second innings at 151 for five, needing another 130 runs for a remarkable win, while Shane Warne will also continue his bid to break an Australian Test record.
GARHSHANKAR, March 14 Sant Hari Singh Nakiwale Memorial Wrestling Championship concluded at Manahana village here last evening.
Title fight for Bhatat Kesari and cash award of Rs 1 lakh were won by Jagdish Bhola while among women Kiran Sihag won the Bharat Kesari title ands a cash award of Rs 50,000.
Results: (Men): Bharat Kesari: 1 Jagdish Bhola (Malikpur), 2 Kiran Sihag (Noida).
Shere-Hind: 1 Sujit Mann (Delhi) 2 Sandeep Kumnar (PAP)
Shane-Hind: 1 Kirpa Shankar, 2 Rakesh (Delhi)
Sitare-Hind: 1 Sanjay Kumar (Delhi), 2 Akash Kumar (PAP)
Bharat Kumar: 1 Anil Kumar (Meerut), 2 Baljeet Singh (England)
Aftabe-Hind: 1 Narinder Singh (Delhi), 2 Jang Bahadur (Hoshiarpur).
Women: Bharat Kesari: 1 Kiran Sihag (Noida), 2 Manisha (Delhi).
Shane-Hind: 1 Renu Bala (Faridkot) 2 Kamini Yadav (Delhi).
Bharat-Kumari: 1 Gurmit Kaur (Faridkot) 2 Poonam Chopra (Delhi)
Cup judo from March 26
HISAR, March 14 The Haryana State Judo Association will host the Senior Judo Federation Cup for men and women at Faridabad from March 26 to 28, according to Mr Sumer Singh Nandal, general secretary of the association here today.
As many as 160 judokas, including 70 international players, would take part in this three-day championship.
The Teams from Punjab,
Haryana, West Bengal, Border Security Force, Central
Reserve Police Force, Police Control Board, Central
Industrial Security Force, Delhi, ITBP and national judo
team would take part in the mens section while in
the womens section Haryana, Manipur, Punjab, Delhi,
Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Madhya
Pradesh, Central Industrial Security Force, and Central
Reserve Police Force will take part.
CALCUTTA, March 14 (PTI) Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly yesterday expressed surprise and disappointment at being left out of the Asia XI team which is scheduled to take on the Rest of the World XI in a one-day match in Dhaka on April 8 as part of the ICCs cricket week celebrations.
Stadium dedicated to nation
ROPAR, March 14 (TNS) The local Hawks Club yesterday dedicated its new built Hawks Stadium to the hockey world and the nation during the tercentenary celebrations of the birth of the Khalsa at Samrala village near here.
Mr M.S. Bhullar, ADGP, Punjabi; Mr G.S. Grewal, Deputy Commissioner; Mr Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP; and Mr S.S. Saini, Secretary of the Hawk-Club, were present on the occasion.
Speakers while addressing the gathering expressed the hope that the stadium would become a model for hockey authority all over the country.
All those who helped and contributed the construction and development of this stadium were also honoured. Sant Baba Mann Singh Pehowawale announce Rs. 50000 for the stadium.
Punjabi varsity, HAU in final
PATIALA, March 14 (FOSR) Hosts Punjabi University and Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar will clash in the final of the first Vice-Chancellor Cup cricket tournament, to be played at the Punjabi University cricket ground here tomorrow.
In todays semifinal, HAU Hisar beat PAU, Ludhiana to make to the final while in the second semifinal hosts Punjabi University downed Kurukshetra University to reach the final.
The tournament is being played by the employees of all participating universities. The Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Mr J.S. Ahluwalia, will be the chief guest during the final and will distribute the prizes.
HISAR, March 14 (FOSR)
The trials to select the Haryana boys and girls
team for the National Sub-Junior Judo Championship at
Puri, Orissa, from March 28 to 31 will be held here in
Mahabir stadium on March 17 at 11 a.m., according to the
secretary of the Haryana State Judo Association.
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