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Sweden, Turkey play goal-less draw
Warne admits he talked
Bierhoff out of Euro 2000
Sweden, Turkey play goal-less draw
EINDHOVEN (Netherlands), June 16 (AFP) Sweden and Turkey played out an uneventful 0-0 draw here last night with the Swedes unlucky not to earn a penalty in this Euro 2000 clash.
Turkey at least claimed their first ever point at this level - they lost all three group matches at Euro 96 - having been unlucky not to share the spoils with Italy in their opener, losing to a disputed penalty.
But the only real winners after yesterdays dull draw are the Italians who are now guaranteed a place in the last eight as group b winners without kicking a ball.
Neither team really deserved to win but Sweden should have got a penalty however late in the first half.
Fredrik Ljungberg collected a Teddy Lucic pass with only Turkish goalkeeper Rustu Recber to beat but had his heel clipped by Suat Kaya as he pulled his foot back to shoot.
Suat was doubly lucky not to be penalised by Dutch referee Dick Jol. Not only did the incident clearly deserve a penalty but the Turkish player was already on a yellow card.
Ljungberg, named the official man-of-the-match, said on the incident: He blocked my leg with his leg. If he did not touch the ball it was a penalty but I cannot say if he touched the ball first.
Sweden, who also lost their first match to Belgium, might have hoped for more but were also hampered when star striker Kennet Andersson did not reappear after the interval with a right ankle injury.
Turkey and Sweden both made four changes for this group B match where defeat for either side would have almost certainly spelled elimination.
Sweden brought in Magnus Larsson, Gary Sundgren, Hakan Mild and Teddy Lucic for Jorgen Pettersson, suspended Patrik Andersson, Daniel Andersson and Roland Nilsson, who had concussion and an ankle injury.
Patrik Andersson, captain for Swedens 2-1 defeat against Belgium where he was sent off, passed the skippers armband to Johan Mjallby.
Turkey called up Leicester Citys Muzzy Izzet, Suat Kaya, Arif Erdem and Hakan Unsal in place of Tayfur Havutcu, Tayfun Korkut, Sergen Yalcin and Abdullah Ercan.
The first real chance fell to the Swedes after three minutes.
Kennet Andersson, teed up by Hakan Mild, forced Turkey keeper Recber to palm the ball away from his left hand post from a freekick.
On the half-hour, a Henrik Larsson backheel earned Anderss on another opportunity on the left but Recber, up to the task, blocked the ball at the near post in the best move of the half.
Turkey threatened rarely. Umit Davala failed to connect a shot for Turkey, striker Arif Erdem hit a bicycle kick high over the bar with his left foot and Okan Buruk, who scored against Italy, shot lamely left of goal.
Apart from those efforts it was all Sweden.
In the 18th minute Kennet Andersson caused concern when he limped off with a problem to his right ankle, but fortunately he was back on the pitch within a minute - he did not return after the break, however.
Just seconds before half-time, injured Umit also had to depart when he was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Tayfun Korkut for a straight swap in right midfield.
Kennet Andersson could not continue the second half and Jorgen Pettersson, who started against Belgium, came on up front.
Gary Sundgren hit a freekick straight into Rustus arms after Suat had fouled Pettersson. Larsson put Niclas Alexandersson through moments later but he was offside.
Turkey coach Mustafa Denizli and Swedens joint coaches Tommy Soderberg and Lagerback decided to make some changes as they looked to make a breakthrough.
Sergen Yalcin came on for Izzet, who may miss the final match with a right ankle injury, and Tugay Kerimoglu came on to take Ogun Temizkenoglus sweeper role as well as his skippers armband.
Swedens Anders Andersson came on for Niclas Alexandersson in right midfield and Magnus Svensson, on for Larsson, went into midfield with Ljungberg joining Pettersson up front. In between the substitutions, Mjallby earned a yellow card.
With 20 minutes to go Turkey should have gone ahead. Swedish keeper Magnus Hedman did well to parry a Sergen Yalcin shot, swerving away from his right hand, and Okan held his head in his hands after shooting the rebound over the bar.
In the 86th minute, Hakan Unsal fired straight across goal in a scare for Sweden. Suat brought down Ljungberg but Pettersson fired the resulting freekick high over the bar and, at the other end, Hakan Sukur did not quite connect with a header in the dying seconds.
Akram, Arshad thwart Lanka
COLOMBO, June 16 (Reuters) Sri Lanka were 53 for two in their second innings when bad light stopped play on the third day of the first test against Pakistan today.
Former captain Wasim Akram held up Sri Lankas advance with a defiant half-century to help Pakistan make 266 in their first innings.
Akram and last man Arshad Khan frustrated the Sri Lankan bowling for the entire afternoon session which was extended by 30 minutes as the last pair were at the wicket of the Sinhalese Sports Club ground.
Akram, who came in when sixth wicket fell with the score on 160, blended caution with aggression to his two sixes, one of them a huge strike off Chaminda Vaas which landed in the press box. He also hit six fours in his innings of 78.
Akram shielded last man Arshad Khan who offered excellent support scoring seven runs in a stay of 167 minutes as the pair set up a new 10th wicket record for Pakistan against Sri Lanka.
Akram was finally bowled by Dilhara Fernando after adding 90 runs for the last wicket erasing the previous record of 65 between Moin Khan and Aamir Nazir at Sialkot in 1995-96.
Off-Spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, who ran through the Pakistan top order, failed to break through the partnership and at tea had figures of five for 115.
Sri Lanka (Ist innings) 273
Pakistan (Ist innings):
Anwar c Ranatunga b 56 Muralitharan
Wasim c Arnold b Fernando 8
Younis Khan c Fernando 23 b Muralitharan
Youhana c Jayewardene 2 b Muralitharan
Moin Khan c Fernando 47 b Zoysa
Inzaman c Jayewardene 12 b Zoysa
Razzaq run out 0
Akram b Fernando 78
Waqar c Zoysa b Muralitharan 4
Mushtaq c Arnold b 2 Muralitharan
Arshad not out 9
Extras (lb-4, w-3, nb-18) 25
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-67, 3-75, 4-130, 5-159, 6-160, 7-165, 8-173, 9-176.
Bowling: Vaas 29-7-52-0, Zoysa 19-4-30-2, De Silva 2-1-3-0, Fernando 14-1-51-1, Muralitharan 47-12-115-5, Jayewardene 2-1-2-0, Jayasuriya 4-3-6-0, Ranatunga 1-1-0-0.
Sri Lanka (second innings):
Atapattu not out 33
Jayasuriya lbw b Waqar 8
Arnold c Wasim b Akram 1
De Silva not out 10
Extras (nb-1) 1
Total (for two wickets) 53
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-25.
Donald stunned by Cronjes claims
BIRMINGHAM, June 16 (AP) South African fast bowler Allan Donald has said he was stunned by former captain Hansie Cronjes revelations in crickets match-fixing scandal.
My whole career with him just keeps flashing past me since I found out, said Donald, who plays for the English county side Warwickshire. Its incredible. Its just greed really thats made him do this.
At a judicial hearing yesterday in Cape Town, Cronje confessed to taking about $100,000 in bribes from gamblers since 1996, and also linked former Indian and Pakistani captains to bookmakers.
Cronje, who announced that he was ending his cricket career, said he had accepted four separate bribes over the past four years and turned down numerous other offers.
Cronje claimed that he had never thrown or fixed a match, but admitted to repeatedly lying about his involvement with bookmakers.
Donald grew up playing cricket with Cronje in his parents backyard. He said Cronjes family was devastated by the revelations.
Ive spoken to his mum and dad and they are praying very hard, Donald said. I feel very sorry for them and Hansies wife. I dont know whats going to happen now. Its going to be a very difficult time.
Donald was not on the South African team when Cronje was given money during South Africas 1996 tour of India.
And Donald had gone home to Bloemfontein suffering from gout when Cronje accepted money for contriving to achieve a result in the rain-affected fifth Test against England at Centurion Park earlier this year.
The thing that shocked me was that he never told our manager, theres a man on my tail - get him off, Donald told BBC Radio 5 live. I think we all played in games where this has been going on and its just a very sad thing that it happened. Not once, ever, did I recognise or feel that Hansie was given money, or that he had been offered it.
If Id found out I totally would have done something about it. He knows how I feel about things like this. Hansie will feel a bit better now for saying what he had to say.
Donald said he never got involved in match-fixing himself.
been approached and, if I was, I would do something about
it, he said. I am totally against betting. I
would rather buy 40 pairs of shoes than put it (money) on
the outcome of a match. Something needs to be done about
it and quickly.
How far can Cronje be
CHANDIGARH: Hansie Cronjes revelation that it was Indias Mohammad Azharuddin who introduced him to an Indian bookmaker way back in 1996 has probably opened the proverbial can of worms. Finally the issue of match-fixing and betting is coming home to roost (why is it that most bookmakers are Indians) and it is quite likely that more and more names, even those of Indian players, would be revealed. In spite of the strong denial of Mohammad Azharuddin a certain doubt has been raised and it remains to be seen how the evidence against the former Indian captain is unfolded.
But at the moment the testimony of Hansie Cronje instead of giving answers to a number of questions which have been making the rounds ever since the deposed South African captain admitted that he had accepted large sums of money from bookmakers for losing matches, has left many gaping holes in the whole issue. Hansie Cronjes testimony to the King Commission in South Africa on Thursday that it was the then India captain Mohammad Azharuddin who introduced him to one Mukesh Gupta in 1996 should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt. Coming as it is from a person who time and again has contradicted himself before the commission, what is the guarantee that Hansie Cronje is speaking the truth, and nothing but the truth, now that he has been granted immunity from prosecution for coming out with full disclosures on the issue of match-fixing? Or is there a deeper game in this whole exposure?
The deposed South African captain who has finally gone on record to say that he will no more play international cricket (after making a neat pile for himself through bookmakers) has time and again been saying that what he had said in the past were lies and now he is speaking the truth. Or is being tutored by somebody?
For once the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president A.C. Muthiah took the right stand by saying there will be severe action if the charges are proved. He went on to say that he hoped the CBI (which is already conducting a probe into the whole gamut of match-fixing and betting) would get to the bottom of the whole thing and only then would the board take suitable action.
More important, Mr J.Y. Lele, the secretary of the board, who has shown a penchant for putting his foot into his mouth everytime he has opened it, has taken the stand that let him (Cronje) say finally what he wants to. Only after that we can look into it.
What the BCCI needs to do is to take a leaf from the stand taken by the Australian Cricket Board as well as the Pakistan Cricket Board. While the Australian Cricket Board is of the view that the claims by Dr Ali Bacher, chief of the South African cricket board, that Australian players were involved in match-fixing are totally unsubstantiated, former Pakistani cricket boss Arif Abassi has gone on record to say that Dr Ali Bacher was trying to save his own cricketers by implicating Pakistan in a corruption enquiry. Bacher lacks credibility as he himself hid facts about the corrupt South African cricketers for several years, Mr Abassi was quoted as saying.
Mr Abassis charge that Dr Bacher was not speaking the truth as he himself had something to hide should be the refrain of the BCCI also as right from the time when the issue of match-fixing came to the fore for the first time after the Delhi police made the startling exposure that Hansie Cronje had spoken to a bookmaker for losing the five-match Pepsi series against India in India in March last the South African board went totally on the offensive by saying their players (including captain Hansie Cronje) could never do such a thing. But as the drama unfolded they had to eat the humble pie as Cronje went on record to say that he indeed did accept money from a bookmaker for fixing matches during his teams tour of India.
But everytime Hansie
said something, both to the media or to the South African
cricket board the next time around he said his previous
testimony was a lie and his current testimony was the
true one. Therefore, the question which arises is: is
Hansie now speaking the truth or will he speak the truth
the next time around!
lifters in reckoning
NEW DELHI, June 16 India may get three slots in the Sydney Olympic Games weightlifting competitions, two as a matter of right, and one based on the past performance of our lifters, a source told The Tribune here today.
According to the source, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general Randhir Singh has written to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) yesterday, requesting for an invitation card (in place of a wild card) for one of the women lifters.
At present, six lifters three each in the mens and womens section are in the running for Olympic berths. They are Jaideep Muthu (Railways), Dalbir Singh and Tejinder Singh (both Police Control Board), Kunjarani Devi, Sonamacha Chanu and Karnam Malleswari. While Jaideep Muthu has a slight advantage over the other two men in standing, the three women are running shoulder to shoulder for the Olympic berths.
According to the source, the Indian lifters for the Olympic Games would be named only on August 20, when their names would be forwarded to the Olympic Games Organising Committee,so as not to disappoint the others, who may lose interest, and may pull out of the camp. The Indian lifters are at present undergoing coaching camp at Patiala.
The source said two women lifters could have easily qualified for the Olympics, but the Indian coaches completely bungled in their strategy in the World Weightlifting Championships in Athens in November 1999.
Kunjarani Devi of Manipur, an Assistant Commandant with the CRPF, who was the sole medal winner at Athens a silver which has taken her haul from seven world championships to 21 medals, has received a shot in the arm, as she has been placed fifth among the greatest lifters of the century in the latest list compiled by president of the International Weightlifting Federation Gottfried Schodl, and published in their annual book.
At the top of the list is Maria Takacs of Hungary, a veteran of ten World Championships with 108 points, followed by Trendafilova Milne of Bulgaria with 84 points, former world champion Chen Shuchin of Taipei with 84 points, and Urrutia Maria of Columbia with 80 points. Next comes Kunjarani with 70 points, ahead of Robin Goad of the USA, Li Hongyun of China and Chen Julien of Taipei, all former world champions. Julien had won the world title in the 63kg class at Finland in 1998 and Athens last year.
According to the source, the only other Indian lifter who finds a place in the top 50 is Karnam Malleswari, who is ranked 23rd with 40 points, for winning 11 medals in the World Championships. Kunjarani has an overall collection of over 50 medals, including 26 from the Asian Championships alone, won at Pusan and Osaka.
With the Olympic qualification race hotting up, the supporters of both Kunjarani and Malleswari have got down to the job of cementing their candidates claims with solid facts and figures, though if Randhir Singhs request for an invitation card is acceded by the IWF, India will have a bright chance of striking a lifting medal at Sydney, pointed out the source.
BANGALORE, June 16 (UNI) The Indian Hockey Federation did not spring any surprise today while dropping eight players and pruning the number of probables to 24 for the Sydney Olympics.
The selection committee headed by IHF President K.P.S. Gill decided to drop Goal-keeper Bharat Chettri of Karnataka and forwards Harbhajan Singh of Border Security Force and Inderjit Singh of Chandigarh. Others to be dropped in the list were defenders Bikramjit Singh of Railways, Kanwalpreet Singh of Punjab and midfielders Shamshud Zoha of Uttar Pradesh, Natarajan of Tamil Nadu and Paramjeet Singh of Services.
The following are the probables chosen for the final camp starting here from July 2.
Goalkeepers: Jude Menzes (Mumbai), Edward Aloysius (Punjab & Sind Bank), Jagdish Ponnappa (Indian Airlines), Devesh Chauhan (Air India Academy).
Defenders: Dilip Tirkey (Indian Airlines), Dinesh Nayak (Tamil Nadu), Lazarus Barla (Indian Airlines), Len Ayappa (Centre of Excellence).
Midfield: S S Gill (Bharat Petroleum), Ramandeep Singh (Punjab), MD Riaz (Indian Airlines), Baljit Singh Saini (Punjab and Sind Bank), Thirumala Valavan (Tamil Nadu), Bimal Lakra (Indian Airlines), Bipin Fernandez (Centre of Excellence), Arjun Halppa (Centre of Excellence).
Forwards: Dhanraj Pillai (Mumbai), Mukesh Kumar (Indian Airlines), Senthil (Tamil Nadu), Baljit Dhillon (Punjab), Sameer Dad (Indian Airlines), Prabhjot Singh (Air India Academy), Deepak Thakur (Air India Academy) and Gagan Ajit Singh (Bharat Petroleum).
Chief Coach: V Bhaskaran (Railway), Assistant Coach: Harinder Singh (Indian Airlines)
Expert: Ranjit Singh, Trainer: Ramesh (SAI), Doctor: Ramesh (SAI).
Warne admits he talked dirty
SYDNEY, June 16 (AFP) Shane Warne admitted today he talked dirty in phone calls to a British woman but said she did the same and denied it was sexual harassment.
She was talking dirty on the phone to me and I reciprocated, he told Channel Nine television.
It has all been pretty much one-sided saying that I was leaving dirty messages and all those types of things and I think most disappointing thing is that she was reciprocating and laughing with her friends about it but now shes decided to go public with it and try to crucify me.
Warne has been tight-lipped since a London newspaper last Saturday accused him of harassing a 22-year-old nurse with disgusting phone messages. Donna Wright (22) told the Daily Mirror that Warne harassed her with a series of unwanted and messages to her mobile telephone.
She said Warne called her when she spurned his advances in a Leicester nightclub.
Pride at stake for England, Germany
CHARLEROI (Belgium), June 16 (AFP) History, passion, national pride and a likely place in the quarterfinals of the Euro 2000 Football Tournament will all be at stake here tomorrow, when England take on defending champions Germany.
But coaches Kevin Keegan and Erich Ribbeck will only worry about the implications of defeat or victory in the group A tie, which both sides need to win if they are to stand a realistic chance of making progress.
Both teams are coming off a disappointing opener though Englands 3-2 defeat to Portugal was a lot harder to digest than Germanys 1-1 draw with Romania.
Englands finest moment in nearly a century and a half of football came one summer afternoon in 1966 when they beat West Germany 4-2 in the World Cup final at Wembley.
And they havent beaten them in a competitive match since.
The last time England squandered a 2-0 lead, as they did against Portugal last Monday, was against West Germany at the 1970 World Cup. Englands last major tournament ended with a defeat to Germany on penalties, at Euro 96, the same fate as befell them at the semifinals of the 1990 World Cup.
If Manchester United hadnt beaten Bayern Munich 2-1 in the 1999 European Cup finals, albeit with two goals in injury-time, there would have seemed little point in Keegans men turning up here tomorrow.
England captain Alan Shearer is convinced that 34 years of unstinting defeat are about to end. We believe its our turn now. Our time has come...we believe we will beat Germany and then Romania and make it through to quarterfinals.
Former skipper Paul Ince was also confident: We know we can beat the Germans, we know we can beat the Romanians... we just have to win both games and kick on.
Defender Tony Adams and winger Steve McManaman wont be doing any kicking after being ruled out through injury, with Arsenal teammate Martin Keown and Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise expected to replace them.
Though McManaman scored Englands second goal, Wise would probably be more help to Ince in the crucial battle in midfield one that Keegans men lost on Monday despite a fine performance from David Beckham. Keegan said of the United midfielder: If he plays two more matches like that one, we will get through into the next round.
However, Shearer and Michael Owen if selected will need to improve up front, as will the England defence, with the notable exception of Sol Campbell.
But if England have their problems, the situation is little better in the German camp after a protracted row over 39-year-old Libero Lothar Matthaus and a calf injury to skipper and centre-forward Oliver Bierhoff.
Matthaus was hammered in the German press for his ponderous performance against Romania, even though it was his outstretched boot which stopped Viorel Moldovans shot from hitting the back of an empty net.
The most capped player in football history, Matthaus reportedly offered to quit the squad in the aftermath but his offer was rejected. And Ribbeck clearly hopes his man will recover physically and mentally.
I am working on the basis that he will be in better shape, said the coach. I hope that the other players will see for themselves in training that he is on top form.
Bierhoff will be out of action for the rest of the group phase, handing over attacking responsibilities to Ulf Kirsten and Carsten Jancker.
The pair will be supported by Mehmet Scholl, Germanys goalscorer and best player against Romania, while Keeper Oliver Kahn takes over the captaincy.
German players traditionally have grit and determination in industrial quantities. They have also that enviable record against England.
However, not all the omens are good for Ribbeck.
There are deep divisions in his side, their recent form has been mixed and even the statistics are misleading. Germany havent actually beaten England in open play in a competitive match since 1972 the others having all finished in draws or the roulette of penalty shoot-outs.
And in Shearer, Beckham, Owen and Paul Scholes, England have men of world-class quality, all capable of turning a match.
Injured Agassi bows out; Hewitt wins
LONDON, June 16 (AFP) Andre Agassis Wimbledon preparation suffered a minor setback as the top seed slipped on slick grass while racing for a shot and had to quit in the second set with a back spasm at the $ 800,000 Queens Club Tournament here yesterday.
Italian Gianluca Pozzi was handed the 4-6 3-2 victory as the disappointed American retired after two more games and a bout of treatment on court.
Agassi was treated by ATP Tour trainer Doug Spreen and later by tournament doctor Johnny Gaynor, who said that he had suffered a back spasm as a result of the sliding fall, but should be fit for the start of Wimbledon in 10 days.
Its tight right now and it hurts when I force anything, a subdued Agassi said.
The scariest part was when I fell and first felt the pain, the worst was when it happened, added the 1992 Wimbledon champion.
Medical staff prescribed several days of rest but said that the 30-year-olds Wimbledon assault should not be affected.
Our outlook is that hell be fully fit for Wimbledon, said Spreen.
He took a knock on the court and recovery is a day-to-day thing. He can get back to hitting when he feels comfortable, he added.
Second seed Pete Sampras, who played the following match on centre court, eased into the quarter-finals with a straight set win over unheralded Frenchman Michael Llorda, 6-1 7-6 (7/2).
After a pair of breaks in the second set, Agassi lost his feet sliding on his back near the net after successfully retrieving a drop shot in the third game on break point a concerned Pozzi came over to see if he was okay.
I saw him fall, said Pozzi. I went over and asked him what was wrong. Even on a good court like this, the grass is slippery, he added.
The return had given the 30-year-old American a 2-1 lead, but he then lost the fourth game before calling for the trainer.
After 10 minutes flat on his stomach having treatment on his back, play resumed at 2-2, but Agassi quit after Pozzi held for 3-2.
With former coach Tony Pickard looking on in a battle of current and former pupils, newcomer seventh seed Marat Safin knocked out the last British hope Briton Greg Rusedski 6-7 (2/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.
The 20-year-old Russian, who stormed back on clay this spring as a turnaround in his career produced back-to-back titles in Spain, had come to Queens vowing that he would try to win one match on grass.
Under temporary guidance of Pickard, who helped Swede Stefan Edberg to the top of tennis and then took Rusedski on board, Safin doubled his career win output on the unfamiliar surface which is becoming more of a friend with each win.
Rusedski and Pickard split in a mud-slanging public display two years ago just before Wimbledon after Rusedski secretly went to Turkey to try and cure an ankle injury and subsequently decided to play at Wimbledon against Pickards advice.
There appears to be no love lost between the veteran coach and the player though Rusedski did admit to saying hello to him whenever he saw him.
Fleet-footed Australian Lleyton Hewitt found his comfort zone quickly, taming the big serve of Goran Ivanisevic 6-4 6-4.
The 19-year-old sixth seed, already a holder of three titles this year, will play fourth-seed Cedric Pioline, a winner against American Justin Gimelstob 6-4, 7-5.
Bierhoff out of Euro 2000
VAASLS(Netherlands), June 16 (Reuters) German striker and captain Oliver Bierhoff was ruled out for the rest of the Euro 2000 tournament today.
German team officials said a right calf injury Bierhoff sustained in training on Wednesday was worse than expected and that the ac Milan striker would not be able to play even if Germany reached the later stages of the tournament.
Team spokesman Wolfgang Niersbach said: The injury is worse than we had first thought and the tournament is over for him.
German coach Erich Ribbeck said: Its a big blow for us and especially for him. Hes staying with us and Im sure he will have a positive influence on the group.
decision on POA poll dates'
NEW DELHI, June 16 Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who is also the president of the Punjab Olympic Association (POA), said here today that there was no move to hold the POA elections within one month.
We have not
decided about the dates (of the elections), Mr
Dhindsa told The Tribune at his residence before leaving
for Chandigarh. The Union Minister said he envisaged no
change in the dates of the National Games to be held in
Punjab from November 18.
Flamboyant 120 by Yuvraj Singh
PATIALA June 16 (FOSR) Despite a flamboyant 120 by young southpaw Yuvraj Singh, Chandigarh managed to score a not so impressive total of 257 against Patiala on day one of the Punjab State Inter-District Katoch Shield league match, played at the Dhruv Pandove stadium here today.
Opting to bat on a placid track, Chandigarh were on their way to a big total as Yuvraj mounted a savage attack on the bowling, hitting three massive sixes and 16 boundaries in his superb innings.
The bowlers seemed to be bereft of ideas till Yuvraj gifted his wicket when he uppishly played Reetinder Sodhi to be caught at midoff. Thereafter, it was just a matter of time for the hosts as the Chandigarh innings crumbled.
At the draw of stumps, Patiala openers Reetinder Sodhi and Gaganinder Garry were inseparated having put on 18 runs, but had to withstand some anxious moments from left arm medium pacer Amit Uniyal.
Brief scores: Chandigarh: Ist innings 257 all out (Yuvraj Singh 120, Dinesh Mongia 29, A. Uniyal 24 n.o, Lakhbir Singh 2 for 39, Gautam Mandora 2 for 29, Rajeev Sirhindi 2 for 92, Reetinder Sodhi 1 for 44, Babloo 2 for 14) Patiala: Ist innings 18 for no loss (R. Sodhi 08 n.o, G. Garry 10 n.o)
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