|Monday, April 10, 2000,
BCCI panel will discuss
asked to shed inactivity
Megha, Isha move up
thwarts Korean challenge
NEW DELHI, April 9 Riding on the wave of success, India, propelled by the old warhorse, Leander Paes, thwarted a formidable Korean challenge in the second round of the Asia-Oceania Davis Cup competition at the R.K.Khanna Stadium here this evening.
Showing sparks of brilliance, Leander dominated the match against Hyung-Taik Lee in the first reverse singles on the final day of the competition and won 6-1,3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.
In the final analysis, India won the tie 4-1. After India wrapped up the tie with Leanders victory (3-1), the fifth match, the second reverse singles, was of only academic interest. With the last match having no bearing on the outcome of the tie, South Korea replaced Yong Il-Yoon with Seung-Hoon Lee whom Syed Fazaluddin defeated in three sets.
Though Fazaluddin was ruthless against Seung-Hoon in the first set, breaking him almost at will, in the second, fourth and sixth games to score a stunning 6-0 victory. But Seung-Hoon too learnt with experience and started matching his opponent in the second set. The first 12 games saw both Seung-Hoon and Fazaluddin holding their serve as the score moved from 3-3 to 6-6. But in the tie-breaker once Seung-Hoon took the early lead (3-2), there was no stopping Seung-Hoon who won the second set 7-6 (7-2) to restore parity. However, it was Fazals good luck and allround game that helped him break the South Korean opponent in the third and fifth games of the third set to win it 6-2 with a forehand volley. The match was reduced to best-of -three.
With a 4-1 victory over South Korea in the second round of the Asia-Oceania Davis Cup tie, India will now have a play-off, most probably against England. If that happens, according to an official of the All-India Tennis Association, India will play the tie at home. If India win that match, India will once again move into the world group.
Coming back to the crucial match between Leander and Lee, it must also be maintained that whereas India owe it to Leander, the Indian did not show the same class as he had against the types of Goran Ivanisevic, Wayne Ferreira or Jim Courier. The South Korean Lee is no international celebrity like Leander who is a top doubles players in the world besides having climbed the ladder as high as 73rd on the ATP mens singles list. Yet against Lee, either his concentration lapsed or he allowed things drift from his hand. Leander also owes it to Lee, who committed so many unforced errors on his forehand besides missing easy volleys when the Indian was wrong-footed. All this made things easy for Leander who pressed home the advantage whenever he was let off the hook by the South Korean.
AITA also seemed to have done the homework well for the tie. The grass surface was well-watered rendering the ground heavy as a result of which the ball dipped low. When the bounce is insufficient, it does not help a baseliner, that is what India had planned. However, it is natural for a grass court player to adjust to such a low bounce. So mid-way, the Korean changed tactics and started rushing to the net after serving. The move paidoff. Any way first things first.
Leander began in great style holding his serve in the opening game of the first set. Brimming with confidence, he immediately mounted pressure on Hyung Lee in the second game and forced a break point. Leander took full advantage and led 2-0 by breaking Lee. After he led 4-1, Leander struck again in the sixth game when he earned two break points to go 5-1 up.
With a feeling of the first set in his pocket, Leander served powerfully. Lee tried to return but the ball dipped low, (15-0). Next, Leander had a service winner (30-0). Though a double fault made it 30-15 for Leander, who executed a perfect drop shot next to move 40-15 ahead. The next was a service winner which gave the Indian a 6-1 victory in the first set.
As if he lapsed in concentration, Lee broke Leander in the second game of the second set to lead 3-0. Though Leander played without blemish in the remaining games, Lee hung on to the lead and won the set 6-3 in 28 minutes. Leander committed as many as four double faults whereas Lee had one ace and two double faults.
But the real struggle began in the third set where the quality of the game picked up for the first time. Both played full to their potential and there were some good rallies. Lee injected life into the match by breaking Leander in the first game. Lee served long and deep and followed it up with good forehand or backhand volleys on both sides of Leander. Lee led 3-1 initially.
But Leander broke Lee in the sixth game to restore parity (3-3). Next followed the tussle for supremacy between the two. At times both had a close shave. With the score at 5-5, Leander found himself under pressure again in the 11th game of the third set. As Leander wilted, he committed a double fault which gave Lee the break point. But Leander survived.
Now Leander retaliated in the 12th game and forced set point on Lees serve. Though he committed a double fault, Lee wriggled out of crisis with an ace as the score stood at 6-6.
Though fight renewed itself in the tie-breaker, Leander took a 4-3 lead with brilliant courtcraft. He increased the lead further with brilliant play at this stage to win the set 7-6 (7-3). The set lasted 51 minutes.
For the loss of this set, Lee only had to blame himself as he missed a number of easy forehand volleys when the court was left open before him.
The first four games of the fourth set saw both players holding their serve. Deciding in his mind not to allow Lee any further leeway, Leander broke the latter in the fifth game, earning three break points. With this break, Leander further increased the lead to 5-4.
At this stage serving for the match in the 10th game, Leander executed a perfect backhand volley near the baseline to go 15-0 ahead. Another backhand volley made it 30-0 for Leander, who with yet another crosscourt volley made it 40-0.
With three match points, Leander executed another forehand volley down the line to seal the fate of South Korea in the Davis Cup competition (6-4).
revenge win for Leander
NEW DELHI, April 9 Leander Paes drew out his considerable experience to pull himself out of a hole and guide India to a stunning 4-1 victory over South Korea in the Asia-Oceania Group I Davis Cup second round tie at the R K Khanna Stadium in Delhi here today. Leander, who fought back from the precipice, was very elated at his achievement, as at one stage, it looked that he might bite the dust, and Syed Fazaluddin would have to play the rescue act.
India slipped out of the World Group after losing to Britain 2-3 at Nottingham in September 1990.
I am basically a grass court player, and a professional.The art of a professional is to win on a bad day. I had a tough time yesterday and today, but I coped, explained the star player, on whose back India have been riding their Davis Cup luck for the past ten years. Indian non-playing captain Ramesh Krishnan observed that it was important for Leander to stay with the Korean after losing a set, and then a break down, and he got some lucky breaks, and pulled off.
Every time I come up to play, I raise my level.Thats why I thrive in a tight situation, and I dont think I have any problem with motivation,though I have been playing Davis Cup for over a decade,narrated the number one player.
Leander said the only thing he strictly ensures is his physical fitness as I know I am in the later stages of my career, and its essential for me to keep myself fit. And it was Leanders fitness and experience that enabled him to subdue Hyung-Taik Lee, who got aggressive, and started dominating the net.
The tie was a lot tighter than expected. My singles was a touch and go. The doubles (yesterday) was very close too. We now look forward to the next tie, and shall try to do better, Leander explained. It was a revenge victory for Leander, for the 2-3 humiliation heaped on India by the Koreans at Sogwipo in Chejus Island near Seoul last year. Ramesh said it was brilliant of Leander to have turned the match around from a difficult position. . He got some lucky breaks too, said Ramesh.
Leander said he was a bit annoyed with himself for the way he served and returned. But he said it was due to a combination of lots of things, as I have been playing a lot of tennis lately. But he said he was fortunate enough to change the momentum, after I got myself into a hole. The team spiritcredo was very much evident when Fazal was in action as the entire squad was present to encourage him against Seung-Hoon Lee, though he was playing a dead rubber, reduced to best of three sets.
One should not make light of the last match.The last match also makes a lot of difference,noted Ramesh. The Indian non-playing captain was also very happy for Vishal whose brilliant performance in the doubles put in shade Leander. It was a big day for Vishal, Ramesh said.
But now that India are in the World Group play-off round, Ramesh is also worried about the second singles player, in case Mahesh Bhupathi does not recover from his shoulder surgery, in time for the tie, which is slated to be played in July. The draw for the World Group will be held on April 12, and then it will be known which country has been drawn against India.
Ramesh looks forward to Leander and Mahesh to deliver the goods in the World Group qualifying as they have done very well as a team. For the present, Leander will take two weeks rest as it was a tough one week, and then I will take off for a long summer circuit. Delhi has once against proved unlucky for the South Koreans, who had lost to the Indians here by 2-3 in 1991 too.
We lost the tie
because Leander picked up well, from a difficult
situation.Congratulations, opined the Korean
non-playing captain Won-Hong Joo. He said the decision to
field Seung Hoon Lee in the second reverse singles in
place of Yong-Il Yoon was to give the youngster some
exposure. And his Cup debut was not that bad, even though
CHENNAI, April 9 (PTI) The Indian cricket board President and Secretary today took different views in reacting to the sensational match-fixing case where South African skipper Hansie Cronje and four of his teammates have been named by the Delhi Police.
BCCI President A.C. Muthiah said he would react only when particulars are made available by the authorities and said all details would be placed at the working committee meeting on April 28 and if required an emergency general meeting would be convened.
The matter would then be discussed with the world body (ICC), Muthiah told reporters after top BCCI officials met here for the first time since the scandal broke out on Friday.
But Secretary Jaywant Lele dismissed the charges filed by the Delhi Police outright, saying it is all rubbish. Such charges are baseless and cannot be proved.
Muthiah expressed shock over the developments and said if any report was received from the investigating authorities it would be placed at the working committee meeting to be held on April 28 at a venue to be decided. If the committee felt it should be discussed by board affiliates, an EGM would be called, he added.
Of course all of us are shocked to hear the police version. We are awaiting the report from the investigating agencies. If at all we get any official report from the agencies, it would be placed before the working committee, he said.
Refuting former all-rounder Manoj Prabhakars comments that match-fixing was prevalent in cricket, Lele said: Yes, he has been talking about it for five years. Let him prove his allegations.
Todays meeting discussed various matters, including the finalisation of contract for the Indian cricket team and working out modalities for the running of the national cricket academy, which is scheduled to start functioning in Bangalore from May 1.
The BCCIs contract with sponsor Pepsi is coming to an end and the working committee would decide on the new sponsors, Lele added.
Two days after the sensational cricket match-fixing scandal broke out for alleged wrongdoing during their recent Indian tour, the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) have not contact the Indian cricket board.
We have not heard anything. The South African board has not got in touch with us, BCCI president A.C. Muthiah told reporters after a meeting of the top officials of the board here today.
The Delhi Police have registered charges of cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy and arrested a Delhi-based businessman Rajesh Kalra in connection with the case for alleged betting and match-fixing during South Africas one-day series in India, won 2-3 by the hosts.
To a question, Muthiah said the BCCI was under no pressure as no Indian player has been named in the case.
Asked for his reaction
to reported comments made by BCCI joint secretary Jyoti
Bajpai that a code of conduct should be drawn up for
players and each one made to declare his assets, Muthiah
replied: I am hearing this only from you.
CHANDIGARH, April 9 (PTI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been urged to shed its inactivity to save the credibility of cricket by acting against allegations of match-fixing.
The ICC should ban the players against whom charges of match-fixing were levelled till they were probed innocent, All India Dronacharya Awardee Association chairman Desh Prem Azad told PTI here today.
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman I S Bindra lashed out against present board Secretary J Lele for reportedly absolving South African players of the charges.
It is too premature to judge whether they are involved or not, he told PTI.
They demanded that cricket should be cleansed of these ill-influences and an independent inquiry should be continued to a conclusive stage adding any half-hearted attempts may jeopardise Indias prestige at the international level.
They said that such allegations would adversely affect cricketing ties of India with South Africa.
Bindra said the Chandrachud Committee set up to probe match-fixing charges levelled by former Test player Manoj Prabhakar was not a proper inquiry committee to go into such charges without having any legal backing.
Azad said that the ICC should not behave like a toothless body and must take firm decisions like banning the player from playing till charges are proved. All benefits must be withdrawn from the player against whom such charges are levelled, he added.
Doubting on players about their involvement in match-fixing, Azad said that it is certain that players are involved in it and befooling the public by misutilising their money.
The ICC had earlier in the cases of Sri Lankan bowler Muralitharan, Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh, Pakistan players Salim Malik and Shoaib Akhtar never initiated stern steps, he said adding that the ICC once receiving any kind of complaint against any player should act strongly.
He said that ICC should order time -bound probe into such allegations and report of such inquiries should be made public.
Even after charges of
match-fixing against Salim Malik and Wasim Akram they
were not banned by the ICC, he said adding that the body
should immediately withdraw all benefits provided to such
players once such allegations were levelled against them
so as to improve credibility of cricket.
HYDERABAD, April 9 (UNI) Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin today lashed out at former Test player Manoj Prabhakar for making allegations of match fixing against him due to personal grudge.
Azhar described as baseless reports in a section of the Press that he and former team coach Ajit Wadekar were involved in throwing away matches during the Singer Trophy tri-series against Sri Lanka and traditional rivals Pakistan at Colombo in 1994.
Azhar said he would take further action against Prabhakar after seeking legal opinion. He would also talk to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in this regard, he added.
Wadekar, was, however not available for comments when UNI tried to contact him in Mumbai, as he was away in Nasik.
Azhar told UNI that he would consult the board first and then his lawyers before proceeding on the matter.
He said: Furthermore as far as I know, the board had already filed a suit against Manoj Prabhakar for compensation.
At this stage I will only say that a judicial inquiry by Chief Justice Y.V. Chandrachud was conducted and his report is already on record.
ADELAIDE, April 9 (Reuters) Defending champions Australia already had their eyes fixed on the Davis Cup semifinals when they lost the two dead singles rubbers against Germany in their world group quarter-final today.
Australia, who had gone 3-0 ahead yesterday, won the tie 3-2 after Germanys rainer Schuettler upset world number 11 Lleyton Hewitt 2-6 6-3 6-4 and Davis Cup rookie Michael Kohlmann overcame Wayne Arthurs 7-5 7-6.
You know the ties all over and youre already thinking about who youre going to be playing in the semifinals, said Hewitt. Your minds already there.
Australia will play either Slovakia or Brazil in the July semifinals. Germany captain Carl-Uwe Steeb was just happy to avoid a 5-0 whitewash.
HK defeat Kazakhstan
HONG KONG: Wayne Wong kept his nerve to clinch victory in the second reverse singles to give Hong Kong a 3-2 win over Kazakhstan in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group II playoff tie here today.
Wong defeated Pavel Baranov 6-4, 4-6 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the final singles to give Hong Hong the victory and the right to stay in Group II next year. Kazakhstan are relegated into Group III.
It is great relief to stay in Group II. The tie was very close and all credit to Wong for refusing to buckle under the pressure, said a delighted Hong Kong non-playing captain Derek Ling.
Japan rout Lebanon
Yokohama (Japan): Japan scored two reverse singles wins today to beat Lebanon 4-1 and keep their place in the Davis Cup tennis Asia/Oceania Zone Group one.
Goichi Motomura faced an array of lightning serves from Hacham Zaatini but survived to win 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to give Japan an insurmountable lead.
Yaoki Ishii was a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 winner over Ali Hamadeh in the shortened dead rubber to hammer the nails into the Lebanese coffin.
SYDNEY, April 9 (PTI) Asian Games gold medallist India recovered from two defeats to post a morale-boosting 3-2 victory against South Africa in the final league match of the Four-Nation Mens Hockey Tournament here today.
Facing the ignominy of finishing at the bottom after losing 2-3 to Australia and 0-2 to Germany in succession, the Indians came back fighting against the South Africans and struck twice within the 16 minutes to finish third in the tournament.
Sukhbir Singh Gill put India ahead in the 13th minute and mercurial forward Dhanraj Pillay made it 2-0 three minutes later as the Indians fully utilised open spaces to launch incisive forays into the rival defence.
Half-back Mohammed Riaz added the third goal six minutes after the break and though the Indians allowed their rivals to score twice seasoned Greg Nicol slamming home both the goals in the 60th and 70th minute they managed to hold on to their nerves and register a comfortable victory ahead of the second leg of the tournament at Perth, next week.
Australia claimed the title with an clean sheet, downing Germany 4-2 in their final league match at the Hombush stadium. The Germans finished second with two wins and a defeat.
Despite the setbacks against Australia and Germany, both frontrunners for an Olympic gold, Indian coach Vasudevan Baskaran said the players have shown much improvement in the last few months.
All players have improved. We were a bit unlucky against Germany, but there has been total involvement from the players in the training-cum-competition for the last four months, he told PTI after the win over South Africa.
Baskaran, who led India to their eighth and last Olympic gold at Moscow in 1980, said the team was capable of putting up a much better performance in the second leg starting in Perth on April 12.
He said the Indians should ensure that they do not make the same mistakes they did against Australia and Germany, losing 2-3 and 0-2 respectively.
We have improved in penalty corner conversion, the midfield is functioning much better, goalkeeper Jude Menezes has been consistent and the midfield is playing much better, he said.
Baskaran said the team felt the absence of forward Baljit Singh Dhillon and Baljit Singh Saini, both out of action due to health reasons.
Asked how India went down to both Australia and Germany, against whom they missed a couple of excellent chances, the Indian coach said the team still had to sharpen their game.
ST JOHANS, April 9 (AFP) Opening batsman Adrian Griffith and fast-medium bowler Mervyn Dillon have been left out of the West Indies cricket squad for the fourth match of the triangular 2000 Trophy series against Pakistan in Kingstown, St. Vincent, on Wednesday.
West Indies retained a squad of 15 for the first two matches of the series against Zimbabwe in Kingston, Jamaica. The omission of Griffith and Dillon, along with the selection of uncapped Sylvester Joseph, will give them the preferred number of 14 for the match at Arnos Vale.
Griffith was cover for left-handed batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who has now been diagnosed with fatigue syndrome and will miss the remainder of the limited-overs series.
Chanderpaul, who had withdrawn from the two matches in Kingston after complaining of fatigue, will undergo an evaluation after three weeks of rest to determine his status for the subsequent three-Test series against Pakistan.
A replacement has been named however, for fast bowler Colin Stuart in the West Indies Invitation XI for their three-day, first-class match against Zimbabwe in St. Georges.
Stuart has not fully recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained during this years Busta Cup West Indies first-class championship. Left-handed batsman Devon Smith will take his place.
Meanwhile, long-standing fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has agreed to play the entire limited-overs series for West Indies, the WICB reported.
Initially, Ambrose was only going to be considered for the first two internationals of the 2000 Trophy series, but after consultations between the 36-year-old and the selection panel, the earlier decision has been reviewed.
Jimmy Adams (capt), Sherwin Campbell (vice-capt), Philo Wallace, Wavel Hinds, Chris Gayle, Ricardo Powell, Ridley Jacobs, Franklyn Rose, Nixon Mclean, Curtly Ambrose, Reon King, Laurie Williams, Nehemiah Perry, Sylvester Joseph.
MUMBAI, April 9 (PTI) Talented Mumbai youngsters Megha Vakharia and Isha Lakhani sailed into the second round of the womens singles qualifying tournament for the $ 10.000 prize money ITF tennis tournament at the Dr Ranade Centre here today.
In one-sided matches, Vakharia blanked out her compatriot Sricharanya Thiagarajan 6-0, 6-0 while Isha drubbed another Indian Kalpita Raje 6-0, 6-1. However, the most creditable win was recorded by another Indian, Vishnupreetam Mahalingam, who crushed Yuka Hatano of Japan 6-0, 6-1 while Lucia Tallo of Switzerland sidelined Rekha Natrajan of India 6-0, 6-2.
In other one-sided games Saiswapna Ramakrishnan of India defeated Padmapreetham Mahalingam also of India 6-1, 6-2 while Misae Sakai of Japan blanked out Deepa Engade of India 6-0, 6-0.
qualifying (first round): Isha Lakhani (Ind) b Kalpita
Raje (Ind) 6-0, 6-1: Shruti Dhawan (Ind) b Nona Wagh
(Ind) 6-0, 6-1; Lucia Tallo (Sui) b Rekha Natarajan (Ind)
6-0, 6-2; V Mahalingam (Ind) b Yuka Hatano (Jpn) 6-0,
6-1; Megha Vakharia (Ind) b Sricharanya (Ind) 6-0, 6-0; S
Ramakrishnan (Ind) b P. Mahalingam 6-1, 6-2; Alejandra
Ynclan (Esp) b Lolorena Aparicio (Esp) 6-2, 6-2; Misae
Sakai (Jpn) b Deepa Engade (Ind) 6-0, 6-0.
NEW DELHI, April 9 (PTI) Indias Narain Karthikeyan, in keeping with his reputation as the fastest Asian in the world, today qualified for the second race of the British Formula three championship 2000.
Karthikeyan, the national champion, finished fifth in the qualifiers with a timing of 1 minute 14:376 seconds while his South African teammate Tomas Scheckter finished at the fourth spot, according to a release by Karthikeyans sponsors here today.
Karthikeyan, who put the Indias name on the world auto racing map, will go into top gears in tomorrows race at Croft, UK, when he starts fifth on the grid for the Ford-powered Stewart Racing team.
Denmarks Nicolas Kiesa, appearing for Benetton Junior team, took the pole by finishing first in 1:13:953, followed by Antonio Pizzonia of Brazil (Manor Motorsport) in 1:14:054.
experts express doubts
NEW DELHI, April 9 Legal experts expressed their doubt whether the taped conversation between the cricket captain Hansie Cronje and the bookie can really convict the South African players.
Though tapes are admissible as evidence, the authenticity of the recorded voice has to proved. The tapes cannot stand as an independent evidence, they have to be corroborated, the experts said.
When using a tape as evidence one needs to prove that the conversation is not doctored, the frequency of the voice in the cassette matches that of the person in question and there there was no power blackout during the time of the recording, senior advocate P.N. Lekhi said.
A senior CBI lawyer said the verification of the authenticity of the recorded voice is so cumbersome that it will not be an easy task for any investigating agency.
The court may not reject the evidential value of a recorded talk outrightly, the voice of the accused has to be matched by an expert with the recorded one produced as evidence by the investigation agency.
The recorded voice of an accused can only be used as a corroborative evidence against him and not as an independent evidence, advocate Mr Ashok Arora said.
It will depend to a great extent on foolproof establishment of the identity, time and place of the recording of the voice of the accused, he added.
Mr Arora said the most important thing for prosecution would be to prove that the entire conversation between the two persons was an uninterrupted talk and not in bits and pieces as also to its link with the crime.
Once a chain in the talk is broken its admissibility will become doubtful as it will be then considered only a doctored version, he said.
Standing counsel of Delhi Police in Delhi High Court, Mr K.C. Mittal, said registration of the FIR was only a basic legal requirement to initiate investigation.
The case can be made tight after all loose ends are tied together and that is why the police is approaching Interpol for help, he said adding it is pre-mature at this stage to arrive at a conclusion because the case has to be thoroughly probed.
Once the chargesheet is filed in the case after a detailed investigation, the court could summon the accused and take recording of their voices.
These recorded voices could then be given to experts to match that with the tapes on the basis of which the police had initiated probe into the case and registered an FIR.
The police have registered a case of match-fixing and betting against Cronje, Herscelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje, Peter Strydom and Henry Williams during the recent one-day series against India and arrested an Indian businessman.
The police also released excerpts of alleged conversations between Cronje and a London-based NRI Sanjeev alias Sanjay Chawla in which various figures for payment have been discussed.
announces new sports policy
CHANDIGARH,April 9 In a major policy decision,the Indo-Tibetan Border Police has decide to drop games like football,wrestling, athletics,rowing,yachting and kayaking from its list of sport activities and instead concentrate on 16 other games which are played in the Olympics and the Asian Games.
According to Mr Gautam Kaul,Director-General,ITBP,the sport policy which has been framed for the first time will help in perspective planning with an eye on the 2006 Asian Games."We will concentrate on games which are convenient to us for optimum results.Although certain games popular abroad are gaining a foothold in India,space constraints have forced us to review our commitment to these disciplines.Lack of full-fledged stadia had cast a shadow on our teams' performances and hence we decided to formulate a policy on sports," he said.
The new policy was announced at the end of the two-day conference of Commandants which concluded here today.The meeting also decided to introduce for the first time eight games in its repertoire of the existing games.The new disciplines are fencing,baseball,chess,boxing,handball,kho-kho,tug-of-war and archery.Under the new policy, disciplines like ice hockey,slalom jumping,bob sledging,lugo and skiing have also been adopted for future specialisation within the force.ITBP skiers have already been participating in Winter Olympics in these disciplines.
Disciplines which will henceforth be encouraged are volleyball,kabaddi,shooting,gymnastics,unarmed combat,shooting,hockey,cross-country,equestrian and dressage.
CALCUTTA, April 9 (PTI) Strong contenders Tamil Nadu XI outplayed Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) 2-1 to sail into the quarterfinals of the Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament here yesterday.
Displaying an attacking brand of hockey, Tamil Nadu scored through Cedric D Cruz (15th minute) and Arun Kumar (62nd minute) while Anmol Ain scored the only goal for BNR in the 26th minute. All the three goals came off penalty corners.
In another match, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Delhi, edged out Sikh Regimental Centre (SRC) through an extra-time golden goal by Mangra Munda to move into the quarterfinals.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) whipped Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) 4-1 to move into the pre-quarter finals.
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