|Wednesday, March 29, 2000,
bowls Pak to dramatic win
Finalisation of sports policy
Indians off to good start
SHARJAH, March 28 (PTI) Express paceman Shoaib Akhtar rocked South Africa with three wickets in one sensational over as Pakistan won yet another low-scoring tie by 67 runs in the last league tie to set up a final against the same rivals at Indias expense in the one-day cricket tri-series tonight.
The 23-year-old Rawalpindi Express led the way with liquid pace as Pakistan, dismissed for 168 in 49.2 overs, responded with verve to dismiss their rivals for 101 in 26.5 overs to score their first win over the Proteas since December 1994 and end a sequence of 14-match defeats against them.
Opener Gary Kirsten, forced to retire with severe back spasms after making only eight runs, did not return and the innings ended when the ninth wicket fell.
Pakistan finished with four points from two wins and as many defeats as they joined league toppers South Africa (6 points three wins, one defeat) for the March 31 final.
India paid the price for their listless display and made an ignominious exit after bringing up the bottom with just two points gained from a lone win in four league outings.
South Africa, looked well in command despite resting five regulars including skipper Hansie Cronje, and were on their way after a professional bowling display when Kirsten (8) was forced to leave the field.
Fellow opener Herschelle Gibbs ploughed a lone furrow to make an unbeaten 59, but the menacing Akhtar forced the dramatic reversal of fortunes by having Mark Boucher (14) caught behind and bowled both Dale Benkenstein and Lance Klusener for nought.
South Africa plunged to their second lowest total ever as a resurgent Pakistan inflicted their first defeat after eight straight victories at this desert venue.
The match, despite turning out to be of only academic interest as Pakistan were way ahead of India on net run rate, there was much drama throughout.
Pakistan looked in danger of being skittled out for less than 100 runs, but Yousuf Youhana struck a patient 65 off 88 balls (7x4) and was the last man out to lift the innings.
Kirsten and Gibbs (59 not out 79 b, 9x4) gave a sound start as they began a smooth chase, but the left-hander suddenly staggered and collapsed on the field coming in to complete a second run. He had to be assisted off the field.
But Akhtar, who finished with sensational figures of three for nine to claim the man of the match award, made his presence felt and sent the South African innings on a quick decline with five batsmen failing to open their account.
Paceman Waqar Younis, who came in for some punishment from the in-form Gibbs, began the slide as he trapped Neil McKenzie leg before to claim his 300th one-day victim before Akhtar followed up with his stunning burst.
The fast bowler was forced to limp off when his left groin injury flared up the very next over after taking the three wickets with figures reading a sensational 4.3-2-9-3. He surprisingly came back after treatment but had to withdraw after sending down only two deliveries as he was in severe pain.
Younis finished with two for 39 while Abdur Razzaq returned two for 10 from four overs.
Nazir b Pollock 0
Afridi b Klusener 26
Y. Khan c Boucher b Willoughby 5
Haq lbw b Klusener 17
Youhana run out 65
M. Khan c and b Hayward 0
Razzaq run out 14
Akram c Crookes b Willoughby 19
Younis b Crookes 2
Akhtar c Boucher b Hayward 7
A. Khan not out 2
Extras: (B-1, LB-2, W-7, NB-1) 11
Total: (all out in 49.2 overs) 168
Fall of wickets: 1/5, 2/12, 3/43, 4/60, 5/61, 6/96, 7/124, 8/139, 9/161.
Bowling: Pollock 9.2-2-28-1, Willoughby 10-2-39-2, Hayward 10-1-35-2, Klusener 10-0-27-2, Crookes 7-0-22-1, Strydom 3-0-14-0.
Kirsten rtd hurt 8
Gibbs not out 59
McKenzie lbw b Younis 1
Boucher c Moin b Akhtar 14
Benkenstein b Akhtar 0
Klusener b Akhtar 0
Pollock c Inzamam b Akram 0
Strydom lbw b Razzaq 0
Crookes run out 5
Hayward b Younis 1
Willoughby b Razzaq 0
Extras: (B-7, W-4, NB-2) 13
Total: (in 26.5 overs) 101
Fall of wickets: 1/27, 2/74, 3/74, 4/74, 5/75, 6/80, 7/89, 8/94, 9/101.
KINGSTON, March 28 (AFP) Courtney Walsh became the greatest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket as the West Indies zeroed in on victory on the fourth day of the second test against Zimbabwe at Sabina Park.
Walsh grabbed three Zimbabwe second-innings wickets to take his career tally to 435 and break the previous mark of former Indian captain Kapil Dev.
The tourists were dismissed for 102 in their second innings, leaving the West Indies needing just 72 for victory. By stumps on the fourth day yesterday, the West Indies had reached eight without loss and reduced the target to just 64 with a whole day still remaining.
Walsh accounted for Zimbabwes openers to equal Kapils mark before dismissing Henry Olonga to secure his place in history and send an ecstatic crowd at his home ground into raptures.
Zimbabwe slumped dismally after Walsh had removed Trevor Gripper (0) and Grant Flower (11) shortly after lunch and eventually capitulated for just 102 with Heath Streak unable to bat because of back spasms.
Neil Johnson scored 29 and Alistair Campbell made 22 but the rest of the Zimbabwe batsmen failed miserably.
Walsh ended with figures of three for 21.
Young buck Reon King tried to upstage Walsh with two wickets of his own as Zimbabwe, who trailed by 31 runs on first innings, slumped to 52 for four at tea - but Walsh grabbed the limelight in the end.
Playing his 114th Test, Walsh struck twice in the seventh over after Zimbabwe resumed from their lunch-time position of 11 without loss to prompt the disc jockey in the Mound Stand to play the dancehall reggae tune by Spragga Benz capturing his achievement.
The lyrics, whos de big man inna cricket, Courtney! who uh lick down man wicket, Courtney!, rang across the ground almost every time Walsh ran into bowl and it was not in vain.
Gripper, who spent nearly an hour for his nought, was squared up by a ball moving away and offered a thin edge to wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs with the first ball of Walshs seventh over.
Three balls later, Grant Flower was similarly wrong-footed to steer a catch to second slip where Sherwin Campbell gleefully got a chance to redeem himself for dropping Gripper before lunch although he needed two grabs at the ball before pouching it.
West Indies captain Jimmy Adams introduced King for his first bowl and he removed the two opposition batsmen who have made centuries in the two Tests in the space of 11 balls.
Murray Goodwin looked solid and was striking the ball crisply when flat-footed he drove at a well-pitched delivery and was bowled for nine.
Captain Andy Flower might have had visions of another substantial innings after a ton at Port of Spain in the first Test, but he played back to a ball keeping low from King and was bowled for ten about ten minutes before the break.
Jimmy Adams earlier completed his sixth Test century to give the home side their narrow first-innings advantage. Adams, 87 overnight, remained unbeaten on 101.
Zimbabwe (1st innings) 308
West Indies (1st innings)
Griffith b Johnson 6
S. Campbell c Campbell b Murphy 48
Gayle c A.Flower b Olonga 13
Chanderpaul c A.Flower b Strang 12
Adams not out 101
Hinds c Campbell b Murphy 14
Jacobs c A. Flower b Olonga 27
Ambrose c Carlisle b Johnson 7
Rose c A.Flower b Johnson 69
Walsh c G.Flower b Johnson 0
King b Olonga 4
Extras: (b-8 lb-18 nb-12) 38
Total (all out) 339
Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-69, 3-85, 4-85, 5-122, 6-161, 7-171, 8-318, 9-318.
Bowling: Olonga 31.1-8-65-3, Strang 36-17-43-1 (Nb1), Johnson 37-14-77-4 (Nb11), Murphy 36-12-99-2, G.Flower 18-11-14-0, Gripper 6-2-15-0.
Zimbabwe (2nd innings)
G. Flower c Campbell b Walsh 11
Gripper c Jacobs b Walsh 0
Goodwin b King 9
Campbell lbw Ambrose 22
A. Flower b King 10
Johnson b Rose 29
Carlisle lbw Gayle 7
Murphy not out 0
Strang c Ambrose b Rose 3
Olonga c Hinds b Walsh 2
Streak absent hurt 0
Extras (lb4, nb5) 9
Total (all out) 102
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-14, 3-37, 4-48, 5-72, 6-90, 7-96, 8-100, 9-102
Bowling: Ambrose 16-9-14-1; Walsh 15.5-6-21-3; Rose 12-5-24-2, King 10-1-30-2, Gayle 6-3-9-1
West Indies, (2nd innings)
Campbell not out 3
Griffith not out 4
Extras (Nb1) 1
Total (for no wicket) 8
Bowling: Strang 2-0-5-0; Johnson 1-0-3-0.
KINGSTON, March 28 (AFP) West Indies pace bowler Courtney Walsh has become Test crickets alltime leading wicket-taker when he set a new record of 435 wickets.
Walsh broke former Indian captain Kapil Devs record of 434 wickets on the fourth day of the second Test against Zimbabwe on his home ground at Sabina Park yesterday.
Walsh had Henry Olonga caught at short leg by Wavell Hinds for two runs to spark off scenes of wild celebration.
Zimbabwe slumped to 102 all out in their second innings leaving the West Indies needing just 72 runs to win the match and take the series 2-0. The 37-year-old was embraced by his teammates before he kissed the ground.
Olonga was his third victim of the innings, following the wickets of Trevor Gripper, caught behind by Ridley Jacobs for a duck and Grant Flower, taken by Sherwin Campbell at second slip for 11.
Walsh broke the record in his 114th Test, some 17 tests less than former India skipper Kapil Dev.
The Jamaican, who played for more than a decade with English county Gloucestershire, made his Test debut against Australia in November, 1984, and has now played at the highest level for close to 16 seasons.
As well as passing Kapils mark, Walsh also has surpassed the efforts of former record holders Sir Richard Hadlee, who claimed an incredible 431 wickets in just 86 Tests, and England legend Ian Bothams toll of 383 in 102 matches.
Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram is the closest current player to Walsh, with the same total as Botham in 10 fewer Tests, while fellow West Indies paceman Curtly Ambrose is some 50-odd short of his pace partner.
Walshs achievement, at the age of 37, is an outstanding feat of great skill, immense stamina and considerable resolve at a time when the volume of test cricket is far greater than in Trumans day. Truman was the first bowler to take 300 Test wickets.
Moreover, during the last five years the indefatigable Walsh has carried the attack with Curtly Ambrose because West Indies have been unable to field their customary battery of four fast bowlers of high quality.
SHARJAH (PTI): Former India captain Kapil Dev, worlds highest Test wicket-taker for over a decade, sent his congratulations with four bottles of champagne to Courtney Walsh for breaking his record at Kingston.
It has been a big endurance test for Walsh, said Kapil of the veteran Caribbean pacemans feat.
I am very happy that he broke it. I congratulate him for achieving that, Kapil Dev said here after Indias six wicket defeat against South Africa in the limited overs triangular series.
I have already sent four bottles of champagne across for him and the team before the Test started because I had a feeling he would get the record on his home ground, said the current Indian coach.
I hope Courtney gets drunk on champagne, he deserves every drop of it, he said.
His tongue firmly in his cheek, the legendary all-rounder also thanked Walsh for letting him keep the record in the last century, obviously referring to the Caribbean greats inability to edge past him during the tour of New Zealand last December.
I am thankful he did not do that in the last century and let me have it, Kapil Dev joked.
Courtney is a great bowler, someone who has earned the respect of his peers by his hard work and dedication, he said.
SHARJAH, March 28 (UNI) Former pace ace Ramchandra Gangaram Nadkarni, popularly known as Bapu is at pains to describe the inconsistency in the performance of the Indian team and attributes it to a surfeit of cricket these days.
The players play so many matches that they cannot concentrate mentally and just go through the paces ... before they can analyse what went wrong in the previous match, they are already on the ground to play the next, the veteran told UNI in a brief interview. The players get mentally fatigued and this comes in the way of their putting in hundred per cent on the ground.
Nadkarni became part of Indias cricketing folklore after he sent down 27 maiden overs of the 32 he bowled giving only five runs in the 1964 Test against England at Madras. About his line and length, it is said that he could bowl six balls right on a small coin placed on the track.
Bapu, one of Indias beneficiaries from the ongoing Coca Cola Cup tournament, is here as a guest of the organisers, Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS), and was even seen giving tips to youngsters like S Sriram.
He regrets not having played one-dayers, but says boastfully: I would not have allowed the batsmen to score so many runs ... bowling on the wickets will definitely restrict the batsmen, but I find bowlers mostly deliver outside the off-stump.
The veteran is against classifying cricketers for Test matches and one-dayers and disapproved of the Australian practice of having two separate teams for the two brands of the game. I do not subscribe to this. A good cricketer should be good for all kinds of matches, he said.
The 68-year-old veteran said the domestic cricket needed an overhaul to create a good reserve of players. We have to seriously look into this aspect. Look at Pakistan, they have players with great potential waiting in the wings, Nadkarni said.
During yesterdays India-Pakistan league match, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary JY Lele in a chat with journalists also regretted the inconsistency of Indias performance and suggested that the selection process for new comers be more stringent.
Today, a player who gets a century in a Ranji Trophy match or takes five wickets is made to don the national cap ... I think a player should perform consistently for a few seasons in domestic cricket before being considered for the national side, he said.
We score 300-plus runs in a couple of matches and then get out for a score below 150, he said.
Lele again denied that he had predicted Indias 3-0 whitewash against Australia Down Under last year. I had only said that we have to bat well ... Pakistan had lost 3-0 to the Australians despite having a very good attack, he reiterated.
He also lamented on the lack of quality in Indian cricket barring a few exceptions. At Faridabad, Rahul Dravid was made to bowl the last over against South Africa. This shows that our mainline bowlers do not inspire any confidence, he pointed out.
He was, however, non-committal on the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly who took over before the five-match one-day series against the Proteas back home.
MONTE CARLO, March 28 (PTI) Viswanathan Anand blundered from a near equal position in the rapid game going for a dubious attack and succumbed to one of his worst defeats to Ukraines Vassily Ivanchuk and lost all hopes of claiming a title at the Amber Grandmasters Chess tournament here.
With Anand out of the way, rapid leader Alexei Shirov of Spain firmed his footing on two titles rapid and overall despite drawing both his games.
Anands miserable 2000 season continued as the world No 2 slipped further in the standings losing 0.51.5 to Ivanchuk in the 10th and penultimate round.
Anand, with 11.5 points is lying fifth overall while in the blindfold he plummeted to fourth spot.
Latvia-born Shirov has 14.5 points, 1.5 clear of second-placed Vesselin Topalov of Bulgaria and needs only to draw his final round games to clinch the titles.
Topalov is within striking distance but it will take a huge effort from the Bulgarian to alter the inevitable.
Shirov drew 1-1 with Vladimir Kramnik of Russia while Topalov defeated Joel Lautier of France 1.5-0.5.
The pressure to do well to remain in the hunt for top position took its toll on Anand as from a near equal position in the rapid game the Indian maestro went for a dubious king side attack and ended up losing a few pawns.
The game took shape in the Caro-Kann defence where Anand with black pieces equalised and created a sort of fortress in the central files. The slow and methodical planning was soon on and as Ivanchuk tried to exert pressure in the centre, Anand pushed his king knight pawn for an attack.
Ivanchuk capitalised on his chance and manoeuvred his queen to the f3 square. As the position became increasingly difficult to carry on Anand fumbled and left his knight unattended on the king side.
To recover the piece Anand had to sacrifice a couple of pawns and the rest was childs play for Ivanchuk.
Overall standings after round 10:
Alexei Shirov (Esp)
14.5, 1; Veselin Topalov, (Bul) 13.0, 2; Vladimir
Kramnik, (Rus) 12.5, 3; Vassily Ivanchuk, (Ukr) 12.0, 4;
Vishwanathan Anand, (Ind) 11.5, 5; Boris Gelfand, (Isr)
11.0, 6; Jeroen Piket, (Ned) 9.5, 7; Anatoly Karpov,
(Rus) 9.0, 8; Loek Van Wely, (Ned) 8.5, 9; Predrag
Nikolic, (Bih) 6.5, 10; Joel Lautier, (Fra) 6.5, 11;
Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Yug) 5.5, 12.
MILTON KEYNES, March 28 (PTI) Indias hopes for a place in the Sydney Olympics were dashed yesterday when they slumped to their third successive league defeat, going down 0-4 to European powerhouse Germany in a Group A match of the Womens Hockey Qualifying Tournament here.
The Indian eves, who lost 1-3 to strong Spain in the opening match and then were stunned 0-1 by Ireland, continued to struggle in the absence of many seasoned players who guided them to the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games silver medal, and faded away after holding Germany goalless in the first half.
Spearheaded by skipper Katrin Kauschke, who struck a brace in the 56th and 66th minutes, and Natascha Keller, the Germans struck all goals in the second session after Britta Becker (39th) and Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (47th) had piled on the agony earlier.
The Indians also got a couple of good chances but failed to capitalise Ferdina Ekka and Mamta Kharab missing two easy chances.
Germany now lead the five-team Group A with five points two wins and a draw. Ireland and Spain, who have a match each in hand, are tied for second place with three points while the USA, who drew with Ireland, have one point.
India, who were hoping to at least finish third in the group to make it for the 5th-6th play-off game, are yet to open their account and look destined to end up last.
The Indian eves came up
with a spirited display in the first session and defended
resolutely, getting most of their players behind the
ball. Though Germany, who forced four penalty corners,
had territorial advantage, the Indians did well to thwart
of sports policy soon: Dhindsa
CHANDIGARH, March 28 The Government of India will convene a meeting of National Sports Federations (NSFs), sports organisers and Dronacharya Award winners in Delhi early next month to give final shape to the national sports policy.
This was disclosed today by the Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, while inaugurating the maiden session of the Dronacharya Awardee Sports Coaches Forum at the PCA Stadium , SAS Nagar.
The national sports policy, Mr Dhindsa said, was ready but had been kept in abeyance by him for further discussion. I have called a meeting of coaches, players and sport administrators to incorporate their suggestions in the national sports policy which is otherwise almost ready. He said the policy announcement has been withheld only for the purpose of again consulting sports experts like Dronacharya and Arjun a awardees before its finalisation.
The minister exhorted the private sector to contribute freely to sports activities and assured income tax exemptions on the pattern given to the Indian Olympic Association for the construction of sports infrastructure. It is a different matter that the apex Olympic body does not build infrastructure and its role is limited to fielding teams in international competitions.
Mr Dhindsa offered to sign memorandum of understanding with any corporate house for adoption of a particular sport. He also offered to meet the Dronacharya awardees and other sportpersons every three months to take stock of the situation in the field of sports.
He said the national sports policy would focus on providing sports infrastructure to rural players, adding the beginning would be made from Punjab.
The minister announced that the best of foreign coaches would be brought to the National Institute of Sports (NIS) at Patiala for training national coaches and that the process of making NIS a deemed university had already been initiated.
Mr Dhindsa lamented that a nation of one billion was only spending Rs 215 crore annually on sports. He said he had had a detailed meeting with the Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, as also the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission to plead for higher allocation for sports.
Mr Dhindsa said it had been only two months since he had taken over the portfolio of sports and needed more time to study the intricacies of the issues involving sports.
In his speech, Mr Inderjit Singh Bindra, Principal Secretary, Sports , Government of Punjab, made a forceful plea that Dronacharya awardees must be asked to run their own academies, with the government offering all possible help. In this connection he, on behalf of the Punjab Government, was willing to make available all help in the form of land and infrastructure to them in case they wanted to set up academies in the state. He also offered to raise money for the academies with the help of the Punjab Cricket Association, which he headed.
Mr Bindra said the governments job was to provide infrastructure, equipment and coaches while everything else, including money, should be looked after by the NSFs. It is rather strange that NSFs are not willing to market their respective sports to raise money from the corporate sector. If they acted in a concerted manner money should not be a problem, he remarked.
Mr Bindra said it was surprising that country was not even spending 0.1 per cent of the GDP on sports while China spends as high as 4 per cent of its GDP on sports. He said of this amount 99 per cent of funds went towards establishment and staff salaries, leaving no money for development of sport infrastructure.
The first meeting of the top sports gurus known as Dronacharya awardees was attended by 12 of 18 of them, including coach of ace allrounder Kapil Dev, Desh Prem Azad, Gurcharan Singh, Joginder Singh Saini in athletics, P.T. Ushas coach O.M. Nambiar in athletics, O.P. Bhardwaj in boxing, B.B. Bhagwat in wrestling , Mohammed Ilias Babar in athletics, Pal Singh Sandhu in weightlifting, Hargobind Singh Sandhu in athletics, Bahadur Singh in athletics and Shyamsunder Rao in volleyball. The Dronacharya Award was first instituted in 1985.
Those who did not attend the meeting included Guru Hanuman, who has died, Sachin Tendulkars coach Ajit Achrekar, Syed Naymudeen in football, Karan Singh in athletics, Wilson John and Raghunandan Vasant Gokhle.
The Dronacharya Awardee Sports Coaches Forum has been formed to ensure their involvement in the process of promotion, development and achievement of excellence in sports in the country, the organising secretary of the form, Desh Prem Azad, said.
The top coaches body has offered to be available for advice to the Minister of Sports, the Government of India, the Indian Olympic Association, National Sports Federations and other NGOs engaged in the promotion, development and creation of simple mass infrastructure and improvement in competitions facilities at various levels.
MIAMI, March 28 (Reuters) Anna Kournikova, the WTA cover girl without the on-court portfolio to back it up, ran her total of professional singles tournaments without a title to 62 yesterday when she lost to Monica Seles in three sets.
In the second scintillating round-of-16 womens match of the day at the Ericsson Open, seventh-seeded Seles, looking as fit as she has in a long time, outlasted the ninth-seeded Russian teen 6-1 3-6 6-0 in a late-evening match.
Earlier, Jennifer Capriati (23) who like 26-year-old Seles is making a comeback, also defeated a young upstart, downing fifth-seeded Serena Williams 7-6 (7-2) 1-6 6-3.
It was a tough match mentally, very late and a hyped-up match, said Seles, who is still bothered by a stress fracture in her right foot. Theres a few players who are better than her right now.
Kournikova, an accomplished doubles player ranked number one in the world, defended her record and dedication to tennis while fulfilling her many endorsement obligations.
Seles will play Amy Frazier in the next round, while Capriati, the 13th seed, takes on 12th-seeded Sandrine Testud of France.
Seles won a marathon fourth game to seize control of the first set, before Kournikova began finding the range in the second set, running Seles side to side to force a third set.
Instead of Seles tiring because of her foot problem, it was Kournikovas concentration that waned as she committed 13 unforced errors to Seless two in the final set, and 45 to 23 overall.
In other late-afternoon
matches, top-seeded Andre Agassi polished off Andre Pavel
of Romania 6-4 6-3 to set up a fourth-round match with
Australias Patrick Rafter, a match usually reserved
for the semis or finals.
Frontier win in basketball
JALANDHAR, March 28 Hosts Punjab Frontier basketball tem from pool-A almost reserved their berth in semifinal of the 25th BSF inter-frontier basketball, volleyball and kabaddi championship which are currently underway at the Ashwini Stadium of Border Security Force headquarters, Jalandhar cantonment, here.
Hosts Punjab Frontiers team registered the third victory in the league phase today. Punjab defeated North Bengal Frontier team by a margin of 11 points. Punjab in volleyball as well as in kabaddi proved so far much better than their rivals. In volleyball Punjab scored a thumping 3-0 victory over holder DIG (HQ) Delhi. While in kabaddi Punjab defeated North Bengal by a margin of 37 points.
Results of the second day:
Basketball: Jammu Frontier defeated South Bengal Frontier by margin of 23 points. Winners were leading 31-8 till the half time while final score of the match was 60-37 in favour of Jammu, DIG (HQ) Delhi beat Kashmir Frontier with 52-49. Kashmir was trailing 25-31 till the half time. Punjab Frontier defeated North Bengal in a close encounter by a margin of 11 points. For Punjab Frontier Tarsem Singh, Deepak and Jasjeet Singh earned points quickly. They showed brilliant ball control. On the other hand North Bengal team proved better in blocking. Till half time Punjab were leading by just four points (17-13). In the second half Punjab Frontier maintained the pressure. At the completion of regular time the score was 34-23 in favour of Punjab Frontier. T.C. and in M Frontier defeated Ammand N Frontier team 49-20. The score was 28-13 in favour of TC and M at half time.
In volleyball North Bengal defeated Ammand N Frontier 25-17, 25-18, 25-16 TC and M Frontier team defeated South Bengal Frontier team 27-25, 25-20, and 25-12. Punjab Frontier defeated DIG (HQ) Delhi 25-18, 25-16 and 25-23.
Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier team beat Bangalore (SC) Frontier 25-14, 25-18, 25-20. Jammu beat North Bengal 25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-11.
In kabaddi on second day
Punjab Frontier defeated North Bengal Frontier 64-27
points, Kashmir Frontier beat South Bengal 42-32 TC and M
Frontier defeated Assam, Manipur and Nagaland (Ammand N)
Frontier by a healthy margin of 66-26, Jodhpur (SC) team
defeated Jammu Frontier 34-32, DIG (HQ) beat Ammand N
41-12, while Rajasthan and Gujarat Frontier played a draw
against the Jodhpur (SC) with score 17-all.
HAMILTON, March 28 (AP) Injuries to Daniel Vettori and Simon Doull forced the New Zealand selectors to make two changes today to the starting lineup for the third cricket Test against Australia starting Friday in Hamilton.
Vettori succumbed to a
persistent back injury during the loss to the Australians
in Wellington and was replaced by fellow left-arm spinner
Bruce Martin. Doull, who bowled well below full pace in
Wellington, has been replaced by Daryl Tuffey.
TEHERAN, March 28 (PTI) India were off to an excellent start as both boys and girls teams started their campaign in grand style at the Asian Youth Chess Championship here with reigning champion P Harikrishna garnering full points from two rounds.
The 13-member Indian team seven boys and six girls gave a perfect opening with all the players winning their first round games with ease.
The spirits were high as the Indians went into the second round, but they had a few hiccups as 11-year-old Mary Ann Gomes, the only one selected to play chess wizard Gary Kasparov in an Internet event, lost to Turkmenistan girl B Khallaeva.
PATIALA, March 28 (FOSR) The Patiala district inter-club badminton championships will be held at the NIS badminton hall on April 1 and 2, according to Mr Antarpal Singh, secretary of the Patiala badminton club co-ordination committee.
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