|Friday, April 21, 2000,
Bowlers help put Mumbai on top
Azhar refuses comment on Mercedes
Bhupinder, Ravinder to lead
MUMBAI, April 20 (UNI) Mumbai bowlers put their team into a commanding position bowling Hyderabad out for a meagre 195 runs to take a huge first innings lead of 181 runs at close on the second day of the five-day Ranji Trophy final being played at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
Mohammad Azharuddin with a defiant half century (76), along with V.V.S. Laxman (46), who was unfortunately run out when he was looking good, were the only two batsmen to put up a semblance of fight. For Hyderabad, Laxman, however had the satisfaction of becoming the highest scorer in a Ranji season when he made 23 crossing Vijay Bhardwajs mark of 1680 made last season.
In the morning, after dismissing Mumbai for 376 35 minutes before lunch, Hyderabad were immediately put on the back foot, losing Daniel Manohar (6) in the third over. Manohar tried to hook a short one from Agarkar. However, the ball took a top edge and Rajesh Pawar fielding at forward short leg ran back to take a good catch.
Mumbai Ist innings: S. Dighe c Azharuddin b Fiaz Ahmed 3, W. Jaffer c Raju b Narendra Pal Singh 32, J. Paranjpe lbw Fiaz Ahmed 10, S. R. Tendulkar c Sheikh b Raju 53, V. Kambli c and b Fiaz Ahmed 108, A. Muzumdar c Satwalekar b Raju 13, P. Mhambrey b Raju 75, A. Agarkar lbw Narendra Pal Singh 30, R. Pawar c Riaz Ahmed b Narendra Pal Singh 0, A. Kuruvilla not out 5, S. Saxena c Sheikh b Raju 5. Extras (b 8, lb 12, w 5, nb 17) 42. Total (all out in 113.2 overs 478 mins) 376.
Fall of wickets 1-18, 2-51, 3-72, 4-176, 5-202, 6-283, 7-343, 8-343, 9-370.
Bowling: Narendra Pal Singh 21-6-74-3, Fiaz Ahmed 22-2-73-3, Raju 37.2-11-110-4, Satwalekar 9-3-28-0, Vanka Pratap 2-1-8-0, Kanwaljit Singh 22-0-63-0.
Hyderabad (1st innings):
D. Manohar c Pawar b Agarkar 6, Nanad Kesuorg c Tendulkar
b Kuruvilla 0, V.V.S. Laxman run out 46, M. Azharuddin c
Dighe b Saxena 76, V. Pratap c Dighe b Pawar 8, P
Satwalekar c Saxena b Pawar 30, R. Sheikh c Tendulkar b
Agarkar 11, Fiaz Ahmed b Saxena 0, V Raju c Saxena b
Pawar 6, N. P. Singh not out 1, Kanwaljit Singh b Agarkar
0. Extras (lb4, w1, nb6) 11. Total (all out, in 64.4
overs, 289 minute) 195. Fall of wickets 1-7, 2-7, 3-46,
4-110, 5-166, 6-178, 7-186, 8-192, 9-194. Bowling:
Agarkar 14.4-3-26-3, Kuruvilla 8-0-37-1, Saxena
13-1-46-2, Mhanbray 8-1-38-0, Pawar 20-5-44-3, Tendulkar
NEW DELHI, April 20 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Centre and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) on a petition alleging mismanagement of cricket in the country and an asking for an independent investigation into the functioning of the board and its accounts.
A Divison Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Justice Cyriac Joseph also issued the notice to Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) and directed all the respondents to file replies by May 16, next date of hearing.
A public interest litigation (PIL) filed by two cricket fans Rahul Mehra and Shantanu Sharma alleged that the BCCI and its member associations had been functioning in an arbitrary and opaque manner without any accountability for their actions and even their accounts.
Petitioners counsel and former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan said BCCI and its member associations have been acting contrary to the objects for which they are created, namely the development and promotion of cricket in the country. Their actions have not only been against the interest of cricket but also against public interest.
Seeking audit of BCCI and other member associations accounts by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the PIL alleged that a wide gap existed between the boards income and expenditure since the 1987 World Cup played in the subcontinent.
Revenue appears to have increased at an average rate of about 28 per cent per annum, while expenditure has shown a relatively sluggish growth of 21 per cent per annum, it said.
Accusing the BCCI of ignoring development of the game in the country, the PIL alleged that only about 2 per cent of its revenue was being spent on coaching and other related activities while travelling expenditure had risen to about 40 per cent during the past 11 years.
Stating that most of the BCCI-member associations were headed by non-cricketing people, the PIL alleged that their office-bearers were least interested in the game.
The petition also accused the BCCI of not handling the awarding of TV rights for covering of matches in a transparent manner and under a consistent policy.
The BCCI on its sweet will has in the past awarded TV rights to broadcasters/middlemen/marketing companies which did not even have their own production houses, it said.
Complaining of sub-standard pitches and bad ground conditions at most of the venues, especially in small towns, the petition said the BCCI for the past few years had largely been working for commercial gains rather than promoting the sport.
Alleging that the selection of players during past few years had not been fair, it said on many occasions BCCI secretary J Y Lele had been found engaged in slanging matches with cricketers, coaches and managers.
BARRACKPORE, April 20 (UNI) Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh today said at the moment cricket no longer seems to be a gentlemans game and asked cricket administrators to help restore its lost prestige.
The recent happenings in cricket are very unfortunate. Its a shame. But most of the cricketers are good people. We should try to bring the game back to the backpages for the right reasons, Waugh said.
Interacting with newspersons at leprosy patients children welfare home Uadayan after formally inaugurating its girls wing built with funds raised by him, the most successful cricket captain of recent times said. All inquiry commissions set up to probe betting and match-fixing allegations will have to go into the bottom of things. They should take some hard decisions and clean up the whole thing.
Asked to comment on former South African skipper Hansie Cronjes confession, Steve said. Cronje has made a mistake. I know him as a good human being. It is tough for me to make any judgement. I dont know all about it. The inquiry will find out whether he did any wrong.
Asked whether the International Cricket Council (ICC), was to be blamed for inaction in match-fixing and betting allegations made earlier, the Aussie skipper said. All I hear are rumours. The bottomline is that there should not be any temptations.Only way of getting out of it is that people involved in it should be held responsible.
To a question whether he
felt that ICC had enough authority to deal with the
present crisis, Steve said: Its a very big
and difficult job. Individual cricket boards in each
country also have a role to play.
BRIDGETOWN, April 20 (AFP) Showing their penchant for defending modest totals, Pakistan kept their cool and completed a 17-run triumph over West Indies at Kensington Oval in the first of three finals in the 2000 Trophy Limited-Overs Series yesterday.
Pakistans total of 197 for eight off 50 overs looked modest for a West Indies outfit who have played with passion, purpose and perseverance over the last month.
Containing opening spells from new-ball bowlers Wasim Akram, later named man-of-the-match, and Waqar Younis set West Indies back early in their innings, a position from which they could not wriggle free and were dismissed for 180 in 49.3 overs.
It was Pakistans first win in three matches against West Indies on their fifth tour of the Caribbean and gives them a 1-0 lead in the finals which conclude in Port-of-Spain on Saturday and Sunday. After opening batsman Sherwin Campbell was caught behind off Waqar in the eight over, there was a stand of 86 between Philo Wallace and Wavel Hinds that carried the total from 13 for one.
The timing of the two batsmen, however, was bad and they wasted precious overs and the pressure mounted on West Indies to score heavily in the second half of the innings which they were unable to accomplish because they kept losing wickets.
Wallace, whose 47 off 91 balls was the top score, struggled through the first half of his innings. A dashing batsman, he must be given credit for not throwing his hand away during that period when he totally bamboozled by leg-spin bowler Mushtaq Ahmed.
Hinds kept things ticking over at the other end until Wallace found his range and exploded with three of his seven fours to the square leg boundary off Arshad Khan in the 27th over and 11 of Waqar in the 29th over.
Mushtaq, however, claimed his wicket with the final ball of his 10 overs after being struck for a six over square leg in his seventh over, when the Barbadian swung a delivery down the throat of deep square leg fielder Yousuf Youhana in the 32nd over.
His dismissal saw the West Indies innings go into sharp decline with wickets tumbling at regular intervals to hurt them every time it looked like they were trying to fight their way out of the mud. Earlier, West Indies had given themselves a chance with mean, purposeful by restricting Pakistan the lowest total for a side batting first in a limited-overs inter national.
Inzamam-ul-Haq led the way with 66 off 86 balls and former captain Wasim Akram hit 42 off 36 balls in the dying overs to give Pakistan a lift after they chose to bat on a hard, true pitch under sunny skies.
Imran Nazir c Wallace b King 12
Afridi c Jacobs b Ambrose 17
Younis Khan run out (Adams) 23
Inzamam c and b McLean 66
Yousuf Youhana lbw b King 8
Moin Khan b Adams 0
Abdur Razzaq run out (Hinds) 7
Wasim Akram not out 42
Waqar Younis c Jacobs b Gayle 0
Mushtaq Ahmed not out 11
Extras (lb2, w6, nb3) 11
Total (8 wkts-50 overs) 197
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-32, 3-81, 4-100, 5-101, 6-137, 7-140, 8-144.
Bowling: Ambrose 10-0-35-1, King 10-1-37-2, McLean 10-1-36-1; Rose 10-1-41-0, Gayle 6-0-26-1, Adams 4-0-20-1.
Wallace c Youhana b Mushtaq Ahmed 47
Campbell c Moin b Younis 11
Hinds c Moin b Waqar Younis 35
Gayle run out (Shahid Afridi) 8
Adams b Abdur Razzaq 7
Jacobs c Y Khan b Arshad Khan 0
Joseph b Shahid c Afridi 28
Rose b Shahid Afridi 11
McLean run out (Younis Khan) 1
Ambrose c Malik b Afridi 11
King not out 2
Extras (b1, lb4, w12, nb2) 19
Total (all out- 49.3 overs) 180
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-99, 3-105, 4-121, 5-122, 6-123, 7 -145, 8-146, 9-175.
storms into final
NEW DELHI, April 20 Harsimran Singh Brar of Chandigarh stormed into the final of the 3,000-metre individual pursuit for boys under-18 and will meet N Butha Singh of Manipur in the title race in the National Track Cycling Championships at the Yamuna velodrome here tomorrow. In the semifinals today, Harsimran rode brilliantly, weathering the stifling heat, to finish second in the overall standing, to enter the final, while Butha Singh topped the race, rather effortlessly, to book his berth in the final.
Nozer Singh of Punjab pocketed the bronze by finishing the semifinal race in a time of 4:18.22 while M Premchand Singh of Manipur finished fourth (4:27.25).
With Manipur cyclists once again dominating the show, the only gold to be decided on the fourth day of the championship went to Cicily of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, by logging 22 points in the 6 km points race for women. Originally to be contested over a distance of 10 km, the race was reduced to 6 km, due to the unbearable heatwave sweeping Delhi. Kerala girls Anita Andrews and Seema R claimed the silver and bronze, logging 20 and 11 points respectively..
Punjab annexed their second bronze of the day when Gurpreet Kaur clocked 3:23.80 to finish third in the 2000-metre individual pursuit for girls under-16 years. T Neeta Devi of Manipur ended up fourth (3:24.80) while Pratima Bonari of Maharashtra and K Naocha Devi of Manipur will fight it out for the gold tomorrow.
Another Punjab cyclist, Gurpreet Singh, was, however, not so lucky as he finished fourth in the 2000-metre individual pursuit for boys under 16 years, with a time of 2:56.05. Manipur boys L Budha Singh and H Lenindro Singh, showing exemplary riding skills, have set up the title clash, while Uttam Nale of Maharashtra posted a better timing of 2:54.94 to claim the bronze.
Jeeta Ram of Railways and Ram Karan Choudhary of Rajasthan will clash in the final of the 4000-metre individual pursuit for men as they topped their semifinal races, while Jorawar Singh of Services, who clocked a time of 5:29.67, pipped talented Jafferson Thokchan of Services (5:30.35), to the bronze.
It will be an all-Manipur final in the 3000-metre individual pursuit for women between O Bina Kumari Devi and Ch. Rameshwori Devi as they topped the two semifinal races while Anita Andrews of Kerala posted a time of 4:51.10 which was superior to her team-mate R Seemas, to clinch the bronze.
individual pursuit for girls under-18 too will be an
all-Manipur affair as H Dinita Devi and N Chaoba Devi
have set up the title clash. Sonali Patil of Maharashtra
clocked 3:16.25 to pip Sheetal V S of Kerala to the
THRISSUR, April 20 (PTI) Former champions Maharashtra, continuing with their excellent form, shocked title holders Bengal with a 3-1 win in the second semifinal of the Santosh Trophy Senior National Football Tournament here tonight.
At half time Maharashtra led 2-1.
Dominating throughout the proceedings, Maharashtra drew first blood in the 33rd minute through Manjit Singh, but Bengal brought about parity in the 35th minute through Raman Vijayans header. Maharashtra went ahead again through Naushad Moosa who converted a spot kick in the injury time and substitute Tomba Singh sealed the match in their favour when he rounded off the tally with a brilliant grounder in the 87th minute.
Much was expected from the 29-time title winners, Bengal, who were seen struggling throughout to find their form. At the other end, Maharashtra, maintained their form shown in the preliminary round at Chalakudy, to chalk out a convincing win and set up a title clash with hosts Kerala on April 23.
Bengal, who had been winning the title on trot since 1993-94 at Cuttack, did show promise in the initial stages of the second session when they gave some anxious moments to their rivals, but failed to keep up the tempo and had to blame themselves for the reverse.
Bengal coach Shankar Moitra said Maharashtra played well. My boys tried their best, he said, adding the penalty kick awarded to Maharashtra was not fair.
Earlier, the match got off to a rousing start with Maharashtra on the offensive straightaway from the kick-off. Inspired by medio Aqueel Ansaris brilliant scheming and diagonal passes, the Maharashtra strike force of Najeeb-Rizvi-Manjit Singh peppered the Bengal defence with a flurry of attacks.
The Bengal defence
wilted under pressure time and again and finally fell
during the injury time when Prasanta Dora who charged out
to gather the ball brought down Khalid Siddique who was
inside the area with the ball. Naushad Moosa converted
the spot kick to put his team at 2-1 at the lemon break.
LAUSANNE (Switzerland), April 20 (AP) The International Olympic Committee has played down the possibility of violent protests by Aboriginal activists during the Sydney Games.
Aboriginal leaders recently threatened violent demonstrations following the leak of an Australian government report that minimised the harm caused by a policy of taking Aboriginal children from their families.
The controversy over what is known as the stolen generation was discussed yesterday as Sydney organisers briefed the IOC executive board on preparations for the September 15 - October 1 games.
We are not expecting violent demonstrations, said Australian IOC vice-president Kevan Gosper. There may be some (non-violent) demonstrations. We hope not too many.
IOC leaders expressed confidence in Sydney organisers, who have been under fire in Australia following a series of ticketing and budget problems.
We are pretty confident the organisation is really excellent, said IOC executive Jacques Rogge, who heads the committees oversight panel for Sydney. Overall, Im confident that every thing that humanly could have been done has been done.
With less than five months before the opening ceremony, Sydney still has to sell more than $ 120 million worth of tickets in Australia to meet its budget.
Sydney and the IOC yesterday moved to defuse the dispute over TV access to Homebush, a public area that is the site for most of the marquee sports for the Olympics, including athletics, swimming, basketball and gymnastics.
Knight announced a compromise plan approved by the IOC to allow a restricted number of non-rights-holding broadcasters to film inside Homebush.
Under the new rules, Olympic officials will issue eight permits per day to international non-rights-holders and eight to Australian non-rights-holders.
The permits will be issued on a rotating basis by the Olympic Coordination Authority, a body of the New South Wales government that controls the Homebush site.
The broadcasters will be prohibited from filming inside the stadiums, filing live reports or interviewing athletes outside the venues.
Sydney officials have cited crowd control as a main reason for their decision to restrict TV access to the area.
Under previously announced guidelines, all non-rights holders would have been banned from the entire Sydney Olympic Park area. Among those affected were CNN, ESPN, Fox, Associated Press Television News and Reuters Television.
The rule would have restricted access to local Australian rights-holders and NBC, which paid $ 705 million for exclusive US rights to the games.
The ban led to official protests by TV companies and the threat of possible legal action against Sydney Olympic officials.
The IOC has accredited 140 non-right-holders for Sydney, suggesting the competition will be fierce for the daily permits.
Knight acknowledged the plan wont satisfy everybody.
We think its a fair compromise, he said. Its always balancing act. When you reach a compromise, you usually dont make everybody happy. But its almost always the best result.
Ninian Stephen, a former High Court justice and governor-general of Australia, was appointed a member of the IOC ethics commission yesterday.
Stephen fills the seat vacated by Gosper, who resigned from the ethics panel last month amid allegations he accepted excessive hospitality from Salt Lake City bidders.
The ethics panel was created last year to enforce a code of conduct for IOC members following the bribery scandal centering on Salt Lakes winning bid for the 2002 Winter Games.
Stephen becomes the fifth non-IOC member on the eight-man commission.
Gosper, who denies any wrongdoing, remains under investigation by the ethics panel for a ski trip his wife and two children made to Utah in 1993 at the invitation of bid chief Tom Welch.
SYDNEY, April 20 (AFP) South African cricket chief Ali Bacher has claimed two matches at last years World Cup were fixed, one international team was throwing and manipulating matches and an umpire was under suspicion.
Dr Bacher told Australian newspapers today from his home in Johannesburg that his information came from current and former international players and administrators.
I am as confident as I can be without having all available evidence for you that it has been a common practice in world cricket, Dr Bacher told three Sydney newspapers.
He said all details would be supplied to the South African judiciary inquiry into the Hansie Cronje scandal.
Cronje is under investigation after Delhi police earlier this month alleged he was part of a match-fixing racket.
Dr Bacher, Chief Executive of the United Cricket Board of South Africa, agreed the World Cup match between Bangladesh and Pakistan when Pakistan were bowled out for 161 while chasing 223 raised the most concern. The top five Pakistani batsmen all failed to reach double figures.
Pakistani umpire Javed Akhtar was also under suspicion for the way he handled South Africas 1998 tour of England when he gave nine lbws in the last test.
Dr Bacher indicated Pakistan were suspected of throwing matches.
MUMBAI, April 20 (PTI) Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin today declined to comment on a Dubai newspaper report that a prominent jeweller there presented him a Mercedes car.
Contacted by PTI at the Wankhede Stadium here at the end of the second days play in the Ranji Trophy final in which he is leading Hyderabad against Mumbai, Azharuddin refused to even look at a copy of the report saying he did not want to say anything on it.
The report quoted the
Gulf News daily as saying a leading Pakistani jeweller in
Dubai, ARY, did gift Azharuddin, captain of the Indian
team for the Coca Cola Trophy in November 1998, a
Mercedes Benz during a lucky draw he conducted for the
HAMBURG, April 20 (DPA) Record seven-times winners Real Madrid completed a glorious effort for Spain as the proud football nation has an unprecedented three teams in the European Champions League semifinals after Real shocked title holders Manchester United 3-2.
An own goal from Roy Keane in the 20th and Raul Gonzalez double within three minutes in the 50th and 53rd minutes yesterday clinched a 3-0 lead for visiting Madrid in front of 56,000 shocked Old Trafford fans.
United only managed to pull back two goals from David Beckham in the 64th and Paul Scholes 88th-minute penalty, which was not good enough as the first leg in Madrid had ended scoreless.
It was Uniteds first European home defeat in three years since a 1-0 loss to later champions Borussia Dortmund in the 1997 semis, and completed Englands quarterfinal misery as Chelsea were eliminated by Barcelona the previous night.
In the final four May 2/3 and 9/10, Real will first host three-times champions and 1999 runners-up Bayern Munich, who overcame Porto 2-1 from Thomas Linkes injury strike header on the night and 3-2 from both legs.
Real have not the fondest memories of Munich because they lost 4-2 at their Bernabeu Stadium and 4-2 in Germany in the second group stage last month.
GURGAON, April 20 (UNI) Digvijay Singh carded a fine three-under 67 to lead the field for the third day in succession at 10-under 206, on the penultimate day of the Rs 12-lakh J. Hampstead Open golf tournament, at the par-72, 7070-yard, DLF Golf and Country Club here today.
At joint fifth spot were Amandeep Johl, SSP Chowrasia and Uttam Singh Mundy at six-under 210. Digvijay had a poor start to his round, two-putting for a bogey on the first. Not letting that affect his confidence, the winner of last months BPGC Open went on a birdie spree, his birdies coming on the sixth, 12th, 17th and 18th. He posted three-under 69 for the day. Digvijay is locked in a close race for the award and the accompanying Rs 1 lakh cash prize, with Harmeet Kahlon.
Gaurav Ghei played an exemplary round of golf, recording four-under 68 for the day. The winner of this years Wills Masters posted two birdies on his front nine, these coming on the seventh and ninth. On his return journey, Gaurav birdied the 12th and 15th, bogeying the 14th and 16th, before he culminated his round with a superb 45 feet putt for eagle on the 18th.
The Eicher Central India
Open 2000 winner Shiv Prakash, is the other golfer making
the best of a welcome return to form. The Kanpur based
professional birdied the second, eighth, ninth, 11th and
17th holes, while carding a lone bogey on the fifth.
India cements sponsored Harmeet Kahlon recorded birdies
on the second, ninth, 10th, 12th, 14th and 18th with a
solitary bogey on the fifth. The other contender for the
Rookie of the Year award, Kahlon was pretty confident
about his game.
Ravinder to lead
JALANDHAR, April 20 International wrestler Bhupinder Singh from Jalandhar and bronze medallist in the World Wrestling Championship Ravinder from Amritsar will lead the Punjab mens and womens teams, respectively, at the 21st sub-junior boys national and fourth sub-junior girls National Wrestling Championship slated to be held at Anandpur Sahib from April 21 to 24. The selected boys and girls also attended a 15-day training camp at local Raizada Hans Raj Stadium which concluded on April 19. according to Kartar Singh, President, Punjab Wrestling Association.
Boys (freestyle): Vikas, 42 kg (Asr); Rajive, 46kg (Jal); Raman, 50 kg (Asr); Ravinder, 34 kg (Asr); Joginder, 58 kg (Rpr); Heera, 63 kg (Jal); Kultar 69 kg (Hsp); Sukhbir Singh, 76 kg (Asr); Jagbir, 85 kg (Rpr); Parvinder above 85 kg (Fdk).
Boys (Greco-Roman): Salim, 42 kg (Jal); Santosh 46 kg (Jal); Rohit, 50 kg (Jal); Om Parkash, 54 kg (Jal); Saroop, 58 kg (Jal); Bhupinder Thakur, 63 kg (Jal); Vikram Sharma, 69 kg (Asr); Raviel Singh 76 kg (Jal); Boota Singh, 85 kg (Jal); Pinderjit above 85 kg (Jal).
Girls (free style):
Ranjit, 38 kg (Jal); Ritu, 40 kg (Tarn Taran); Priyanka,
43 kg (Jal); Sukhwant Kaur, 46 kg (Tarn Taran); Soni, 49
kg (Asr); Raminder, 52 kg (Asr); Sukhwinder, 56 kg (Fdk);
Baljinder Kaur 60 kg; (Suman) Preet 65 kg (Asr);
Parminder, 70 kg (Nws)
Police, BSF for Bball meet
LUDHIANA, April 20 Six teams in the mens section, Punjab Police, BSF, Punjab State Electricity Board, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Punjab Juniors and Rest of Punjab (U-25) and five teams in the womens section, Jalandhar, Ludhiana Kapurthala, Amritsar and Rest of Punjab will take part in the annual Punjab State Basketball League Championship scheduled to be held at Kapurthala, in the second week of May, according to Mr R.S. Gill, president, Punjab Basketball Association.
Players for the coaching camp for the sixth edition of the National Games to be held later this year in Punjab will be selected during this championship.
Meanwhile, trials to
select the Punjab juniors Rest of Punjab (men and women)
teams will be conducted here at the Guru Nanak Stadium on
May 6 at 4 pm. Players born on or after January 1, 1982
and players Born on or after January 1, 1978 are eligible
for the trials in the junior boys section and
mens and womens section, respectively. They
can report to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary,
Punjab Basketball Association, at the venue.
club shock powermen
PATIALA, April 20 Underdogs Union Club of Ambala shocked fancied PSEB, Patiala, beating them 3-1, to enter the final of the second All-India Manjit Memorial Football Tournament at Polo Grounds here today.
The Ambala team never allowed the powermen get into a rhythm. In the first half, they made use of quick counter attacks to frustrate their opponents, while the PSEB forwards seemed to be starved of some good passes. It was powermens indecisiveness which cost them dearly.
Only once in the second half, powermen had things under control. In this period, Amritpal kicked hard towards the goal but the ball bounced off the woodwork back into the play.
The match went into the
tie-breaker. Three of the PSEB players missed their
penalties with Amritpal scoring the lone goal. For the
Union Club, Kaka Singh, Parminder and Gogi struck to give
the Ambala team a place in the final.
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