Friday, October 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India






THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Tendulkar’s return a big boost
Johannesburg, October 4
The touring Indian cricketers were brimming with confidence — and options — ahead of the first day/night one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers here tomorrow.

Kumble back to his best, says Dravid
Johannesburg, October 4
Stand-in captain Rahul Dravid is full of admiration for the attitude and form match-winner Anil Kumble has shown in the run-ups to the triangular one-day international series starting tomorrow.

Laxman skipper of Rest of India
Mumbai, October 4
India’s star batsman V.V.S. Laxman will return to first class cricket next week after more than a month’s lay off, after he was named the captain for the Rest of India team to play the Irani Trophy against Ranji champions Baroda here today.

Punjab men, Delhi eves lift titles
Jalandhar, October 4
Punjab men regained the Rehmatullah Cup defeating last years champion Delhi in a tough fight here today. Harish of Punjab and Arjun Kalia showed some wonderful shots and long rallies. Kalia could not last long despite the fight and lost 7-5, 3-7, 2-7, 3-7. In the second singles it was a one-sided match as Rohan Kapoor of Punjab defeated Manmeet Singh of Delhi in straight sets.

Bishnoi XI, Roofit XI win
Chandigarh, October 4
Mumbai will clash with Bishnoi XI, while Roofit XI will take on ONGC in the semifinals in the eighth JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament slated to be played from October 6.

DLF golf at Gurgaon from Oct 6
Chandigarh, October 4
The Haryana Golf Association is organising the first HGA DLF Invitational Golf Tournament at the DLF Golf Club, Gurgaon, on October 6. In all 60 participants comprising senior business executives, corporate heads and senior administrators have confirmed their participation in the tournament.

Simarjeet plays 3 under
Chandigarh, October 4
The golfers could not have asked for more. A slight drizzle in the first 15 minutes brought down the temperature — tailor-made for good golf. Simarjeet Singh and Keshav Misra made the most of the weather conditions returning three under cards on the third day of the Samarvir Sahi Memorial Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club today.


Third seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan raises her arm as she celebrates her victory against Pavina Nola of New Zealand in the women's singles third round match at the Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo
Third seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan raises her arm as she celebrates her victory against Pavina Nola of New Zealand in the women's singles third round match at the Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo, on Thursday. Sugiyama won the match 6-1, 6-4. — AFP photo

 

EARLIER STORIES

 

Mohun Bagan enter semifinals
Kolkata, October 4
Strong contenders Mohun Bagan set up a semifinal clash with arch-rivals East Bengal when they edged past Tollygunge Agragami 2-1 in the last quarterfinal match of the IFA Shield Football Tournament at Salt Lake Stadium here today.

Bathinda powerlifter clinches silver
Bathinda, October 4
Kushal Syal, a student of local SSD School, brought laurels to the country claiming a silver medal in the World Sub Junior Powerlifting Championship held at Sochi in Russia from September 26 to 30.






Australia's Lieyton Hewitt serves against USA's Michael Russell during the 3rd round of the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on Thursday. Hewitt won the match 6-1,6-1.
 — AP/PTI

Supporters of Jakarta's Persija soccer team beat a supporter of rival team Persebaya from Surabaya following the team's semifinal match in Jakarta on Thursday. Policemen tried to separate supporters from the rival clubs, after the Jakarta team won the match 2-1. 
— Reuters



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Tendulkar’s return a big boost

Johannesburg, October 4
The touring Indian cricketers were brimming with confidence — and options — ahead of the first day/night one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers here tomorrow.

In the course of an evening, the Indians have come out of inertia over concerns over injured Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar after their youngsters stood up to the task and delivered in a day/night one-day warm-up game against South Africa ‘A’ at Benoni yesterday.

Ajit Agarkar, with 3 for 46 and a hectic 49 off just 43 deliveries, was Man of the Match but no less important were Jacob Martin and Yuvraj Singh who put themselves in focus at the first opportunity afforded on the tour.

Martin, coming in at 38 for two, made a classy 54 from 81 balls before he sacrificed his wicket to a call by his stand-in captain Rahul Dravid while Yuvraj saw off the second major crisis of the innings, remaining unbeaten till the end on 46 after taking guard at the team’s total of 156 for six.

The fightback by the youngsters has allowed the tourists to look at the Tendulkar-Ganguly issue in a positive manner and they would now approach the tri-series opener not exactly quaking in their boots.

Coach John Wright has confirmed Tendulkar would be fit to return tomorrow after the maestro took a couple of days off to try out his refitted and recushioned right shoe, in an effort to protect his not-yet-healed toe injury.

The good news on Ganguly though is still awaited as the Indian captain battles for his injured right index finger to heal in time for tomorrow’s game.

Ganguly, who was hit by Mornantau Hayward in the tour opener against NFO XI at Randjestfontein on Monday, still finds the injured area on his right hand a bit soft and is keeping his fingers crossed for tomorrow’s game.

But if Ganguly is missed, the team needs to look no further than Martin who has enjoyed the most fortitutious 10 days of his career, first being drafted into the team at the last minute after V.V.S. Laxman pulled out due to still-healing knee and then making the most of yet another lucky break due to his captain’s injury.

Martin, who has played eight one-day internationals for 122 runs with 39 as highest, last played for the country against Pakistan in the Carlton and United Series at WACA, Perth in Australia almost two years ago in early 2000.

Indeed even if Ganguly is fit, martin can still run close better-placed Shiv Sunder Das for a berth in the Indian middle-order. There is little to choose between the two on form but Das, being an opener, would be expected to take up Tendulkar’s partner’s slot, if vacated by Ganguly.

Yuvraj Singh, after his late heroics in a one-day series in Sri Lanka in August, reconfirmed his status as an emerging star, flaying the near-top class attack around the park.

The success of Ajit Agarkar, in a way, is a bad news for either Javagal Srinath or Venkatesh Prasad as India are expected to field only two medium-pacers to support the spinning duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

If form and past record are any criteria, accurate Prasad should get a nod ahead of his Karnataka team-mate Srinath who conceded 58 runs from his nine overs yesterday. However, given the pacy deck promised for tomorrow’s game, Srinath’s speed would be difficult to ignore for the Indians.

The best news in a long time for India is, of course, the return of Anil Kumble who, with figures of 1 for 15 from 10 overs, showed he is close to his top form after sitting out for a year due to a shoulder injury.

The South Africans have taken note of India’s strength and national coach Graham Ford said he is under no illusions about how tough the coming series is going to be.

“I have great respect for the Indian players,” said Ford “An exciting challenge lies ahead of us.”

“India has some of the finest cricketers in the world. It’s not going to be easy.”

South Africa started their season with an impressive 1-0 Test series win over Zimbabwe, and followed it up with a 3-0 win in the one-day international series.

“We got through the Zim series well and it was positive that a few of the players got into top form.” Ford said. “It’s now a whole new situation.”

“But that’s sport nowadays, you clear one hurdle and the next one follows quickly.

“There is some steep challenge ahead of us.”

South Africa have a wealth of allrounders in captain Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Lance Klusener and Justin Kemp and they are also well served by openers Gary Kirsten and Hershelle Gibbs.

Otherwise, despite the presence of Jonty Rhodes and Neil Meckenzie in the middle order and Makhaya Nitini as a fast bowler, they still appear a bit lightweight in both bowling and batting.

Teams

South Africa: Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs, Neil Mckenzie, Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, Mark Boucher, Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel, Justin Kemp, Jacques Kallis.

India (from): Sourav Ganguly (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Jacob Martin, Shiv Sunder Das, Deep Dasgupta, Yuvraj Singh, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad. PTI

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Kumble back to his best, says Dravid

Johannesburg, October 4
Stand-in captain Rahul Dravid is full of admiration for the attitude and form match-winner Anil Kumble has shown in the run-ups to the triangular one-day international series starting tomorrow.

“He was the match-winner for us on Wednesday (against South Africa ‘A’),” said Dravid “I would say he is back to at least 95 per cent of his best.

“It was his spell which turned the game in our favour after the home openers had got them off to a good start,” said Dravid.

South Africa ‘A’, after 56 for no loss from just 10 overs, took another 17 overs for their next 50, as Kumble unleashed a lethal attack.

The early trouble for the Indians was because of the waywardness of its medium-pacers, chiefly Javagal Srinath and Harvinder Singh, but Dravid was quick to spring to their defence.

“It was never going to be an easy wicket when the ball was new...Even their medium-pacers suffered in the evening. Having said that, all the seamers came back well in the second spell — Harru (Harvinder), Sri (Srinath) and Agarkar, who bowled well throughout,” Dravid said.

“There are always negatives which you can pick from a game as there could never be a perfect one-day game for you,” Dravid said philosophically. Dravid did not hold back his praise for young Jacob Martin who played an all important knock of 54 off 81 balls after indians were reeling at 38 for two.

“It wasn’t easy to bat in the evening but he really showed character and fought well...It’s a long series and the way Martin batted and the attitude he showed, definitely his time would come (to play in the eleven),” the Karnataka bat said.

Dravid also extended his praise to Yuvraj Singh and Ajit Agarkar. “Their early form is a good sign for us as it builds up competition for the places.” The only area which seemed to bother Dravid was fielding. “I was a little disappointed with our fielding. We gave away 20 runs too many. But the outfield also was a bit bumpy”. PTI

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Laxman skipper of Rest of India

Mumbai, October 4
India’s star batsman V.V.S. Laxman will return to first class cricket next week after more than a month’s lay off, after he was named the captain for the Rest of India team to play the Irani Trophy against Ranji champions Baroda here today.

Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary Niranjan Shah told newsmen here today that the match has been shifted from Baroda to Pune but the dates will be the same — October 12 to 16.

Shah said Baroda secretary J.Y. Lele informed him that the city was not ready for a big match. Anyway, the legal muddle involving Lele and others would not have provided conducive atmosphere.

The 14-member Rest of India team will be almost full of new faces like Kerala’s medium pacer T. Yohannan and another medium pacer from Uttar Pradesh S. Srivastava, talented North Zone opening batsman Akash Chopra and a cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir after a long time — Surinder Singh.

The team: V.V.S. Laxman (capt-Hyderabad), Vinayak Mane (Mumbai), A. Chopra (Delhi), Dinesh Mongia (Punjab), Y. Goud and R. Parida (Railways), Ajay Ratra (wk-Haryana), Hrishikesh Kanitkar (Maharashtra), Debashish Mohantny (Orissa), T. Yohannan (Kerala), Surinder Singh (J&K), Rahul Sanghvi (Delhi), S. Srivatsav (UP) and Sarandeep Singh (Punjab).

Chairman of the selection committee Chandu Borde, opening his second consecutive term, said Laxman has assured the selectors that he was having strenuous net practice for last two weeks and has backed his claims with certificates from the Australian association doctors.

Borde, with India’s win over South Africa “A’’ last night, was confident that Laxman’s return will give more options to captain Saurav Ganguly in the Tests.

Borde said the selectors ignored almost whole of the second string players, who were considered for the Indian squad last month, in order to give some new faces a chance as early as possible. But, he added that this does not mean that they will get priority over seasoned players when the selectors meet again later this month to pick the Test team against South Africa.

“We want to have broad and rich future plus the selectors will be collectively watching the new team’’, he said.

Only five players — Laxman, Mongia, Kanitkar, Mohanty and Sanghvi — have the experience of playing for India. Goud and Parida played a big role each in the Ranji final early this year.

Ratra was rated World Cup material till Saurav Ganguly recommended D. Dasgupta over him. Sarandeep has over the years proved his merit as an off spinner while mane was considered unlucky to lose the place to Shiv Shankar Das in the Indian team. UNI

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Punjab men, Delhi eves lift titles
Our Correspondent

Jalandhar, October 4
Punjab men regained the Rehmatullah Cup defeating last years champion Delhi in a tough fight here today. Harish of Punjab and Arjun Kalia showed some wonderful shots and long rallies. Kalia could not last long despite the fight and lost 7-5, 3-7, 2-7, 3-7. In the second singles it was a one-sided match as Rohan Kapoor of Punjab defeated Manmeet Singh of Delhi in straight sets.

Punjab lost the momentum in the doubles when Harish and Gurmukh gave little resistence to their rivals Ajay and Arjun loosing 5-7, 2-7, 4-7. In the decider Yogesh of Punjab made it difficult for Ashish Chadda to last long. Yogesh won 7-1, 7-4, 2-7, 7-2.

In the women’s section, Delhi once again secured the Chadha Cup defeating hosts Punjab 2-1. Nagma from Punjab gave some resistance in the first game. The third game was a close call and went on with some tough rallies but in the end lack of consistency and stamina cost her the match 5-7, 0-7, 6-8. In the doubles Punjab’s Sumit and Nazma beat Deepti and Parul 7-5, 1-7, 7-5, 7-4. The deciding tie again saw fine shots from Depti of Delhi who beat Sumit 7-1, 8-6, 7-5.Haryana registered a spectacular victory against Delhi to win the junior boys title, while last year’s winners Delhi retained the title in junior girls’ section defeating hosts Punjab 2-0 in the finals of North Zone Inter-State Badminton Championship.

Earlier, in the final of junior girls section, Delhi’s Deepti made some impressive shots around the nets to confuse her Punjab counterpart Navita and win two games 7-5, 7-0, but she failed to maintain the tempo and slowed down in the next two games. Navita displayed some finer techniques to take the next two games 7-3, 7-1. In the deciding game Deepti made no mistakes to win 7-1.

In the doubles, Punjab’s Navita and Aarti tried to put up a brave fight in the first and third games but failed to match their rivals Deepti and Parul, who won 7-4, 7-0, 8-6 to secure the trophy.

Haryana boys, who entered the finals of the championship for the first time, fought a long battle against Delhi in all the three games before winning 2-1 much to the surprise of everyone. In the first game Sumit of Haryana and Delhi’s Sandeep fought neck-and-neck as both the players tried their best to beat each other. Sumit finally won the first game 8-6 and then easily took the next two games 7-0, 7-5.

In the doubles however, Haryana’s pair of Rohit and Sumit failed to maintain the lead despite taking the first two games against Sandeep and M.Khan of Delhi 7-0, 7-0. But the Delhi shuttlers slowly outplayed their rivals, to win the next three games 8-6, 7-2, 7-4 and level the score (1-1). In the decider Haryana’s Umesh faced some resistance from Munish of Haryana, but won the game comfortably 7-4, 7-2, 2-7, 7-3 to take the title for Haryana.

Results

Women (semifinal): Delhi b J&K 2-0 Gayatri b Samrika 7-0, 7-0, 7-4; Parul and Deepti B. Madhwi & Samrika 7-3, 0-7, 7-4, 8-6. Punjab b Haryana 2-0 Nazma B Amita 7-2, 7-0, 7-0; Nazma Sumit b Amita Meenu. 7-4, 7-1, 7-2.

Men (semifinal): Punjab b Chandigarh 3-0: Rohan Kapur b Rudra Kaushik 3-7, 7-3, 5-7, 7-4, 7-3; Yogesh b Deepak Sidhu 7-5, 7-3, 5-7, 7-0; Harish Gurmuk Singh b Rajni Kant Varun 7-1, 7-1, 7-1. Delhi b Rajasthan 3-0: Sumit Chabra b Raj Saraswati 7-0, 1-7, 7-1, 7-2; Manmeet Singh b Ranvir Singh 7-4, 6-8, 7-5, 7-2; Ajay Arjun b Vikram Raj 0-7, 7-2, 7-2, 7-4.

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Bishnoi XI, Roofit XI win
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
Mumbai will clash with Bishnoi XI, while Roofit XI will take on ONGC in the semifinals in the eighth JP Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament slated to be played from October 6.

In the match between Mumbai versus Madhya Pradesh played at the PCA Satdium, Mohali the former emerged winner by 11 runs, while in the other match played at the Sector 16 cricket stadium, ONGC registered a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Air-India today.

Batting first Air-India scored 197 before being all out. Opener Satish Sawant played a breezy knock of 32 runs facing 33 balls. He was ably supported by former India player Samir Dighe and Harvinder Sodhi, who contributed 44 and 34 runs, respectively.

Mithun Minhas, who remained not out on 84, batted with authority as ONGC coasted home by eight wickets.

Brief scores: Air-India: 197 all out in 45.5 overs (Satish Samant 32, Sameer Dighe 44, Harvinder Sodhi 34; Amit Bhandari 5 for 33)

ONGC: 198 for 2 (Mithun Minhas 84 no, Mohd Kaif 71 n.o).

MP won the toss and put Mumbai into bat, who were resting their star players Vinod Kambli, Wasim Jaffer and Paras Mahmbery, Mumbai, with three straight wins, had already ensured a place in the semifinals. Mumbai innings folded at 203 in 47.2 overs with Abbas Ali and J. Likhar doing most of the damage.

MP started their run chase in a steady manner. Their openers M. Mishra (27) and Naman Oza (50) posted 70 runs for their first wicket. After that was a regular procession of batsmen, Kunal More and Parveen Thambhe did most of the damage for Mumbai. Kunal More for his all-round performance was declared the man of the Match.

Brief scores: Mumbai 203 (Sushant Manjrekar 46, Abhijit Sehtye 46, Kunal More 42 n.o; Abbas Ali 3 for 39, J. Likhar 2 for 26)

MP: 192 all out (Naman Oza 50, M. Mishra 27; Kunal More 4 for 32).

PATIALA: A fine knock of 62 by Romesh Power, interspersed with 7 boundaries and two sixers, enabled Roofit XI to down Punjab Cricket Club (PCC) by 17 runs.

Chasing a not too formidable target of 176, the PCC batsmen never found their feet and floundered. Opener Ravneet Rickey played a sketchy knock of 31 while Test discard Dinesh Mongia was far more composed and played some delightful shots, particularly square of the wicket, to score 51.

Brief scores: Roofit XI: 176 all out (Jatin Paranjpe 25, Romesh Power 62, R. Patel 30; Lakhbir Singh 2 for 25, Ishan Malhotra 2 for 25, Dinesh Mongia 3 for 16, Vineet Kumar 1 for 27, Sandeep Sood 1 for 37)

PCC XI: 159 all out (Dinesh Mongia 54, Ravneet Ricky 31, S.P Singh 20; Rakesh Patel 2 for 14, A.Yaligi 3 for 30, Kiran Yadav 2 for 23).
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DLF golf at Gurgaon from Oct 6
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
The Haryana Golf Association (HGA) is organising the first HGA DLF Invitational Golf Tournament at the DLF Golf Club, Gurgaon, on October 6. In all 60 participants comprising senior business executives, corporate heads and senior administrators have confirmed their participation in the tournament.

The HGA which has been, in the past, continually involved in the promotion of the game holds several such events throughout the year. This tournament is the first of the season and will be followed by many more events during the current golfing season. The tournament will be played as a stableford event with full handicap. Mr P.K. Chaudhury, President of the association, will inaugurate the tournament with a ceremonial tee-off. The prizes will be distributed by Mr L.M. Goyal, Chief Secretary, Haryana.

The Haryana Golf Association is also in the process of setting up a golf academy of international repute. A spokesman of the HGA said a formal request had been made to the Government of Haryana for allotment of five acres of land at Panchkula to set up the academy. He hoped that the academy will go a long way in promoting the discipline in the state.

Tie-ups had already been made with renowned teaching professionals to run this academy and identify and produce golfers. The academy will not only help golfers develop their abilities but also lay due emphasis on physical and mental facets of the game. The association hopes to engage a well-known Italian pro, Doranto training. Initially, 50 boys and girls drawn from Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Chandigarh would be selected for the academy. The association will not only provide training, but also equipment to the selected trainees. 
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Simarjeet plays 3 under
Tribune news Serivce

Chandigarh, October 4
The golfers could not have asked for more. A slight drizzle in the first 15 minutes brought down the temperature — tailor-made for good golf. Simarjeet Singh and Keshav Misra made the most of the weather conditions returning three under cards on the third day of the Samarvir Sahi Memorial Chandigarh Open Amateur Golf Tournament at the Chandigarh Golf Club today.

Simarjeet Singh of Noida Golf Club produced a brilliant card of three under par. He had five birdies today. He shares the lead after the third day with Manav Das of Khadka Golf Club.

Manav Dass produced a card of one under par. He began his round brilliantly and was 3 under after 5 holes but some loose golf thereafter pulled him back.

Gurbaaz Mann of Chandigarh Golf Club produced a par card. He had three birdies and a eagle but dropped 4 shots to finish with a lack lusture score of 72.

Sandy Lehal also produced a par card and now shares the third position with Gurbaaz Mann with a score of 218. He played loose golf in the front nine but a 2 under back nine helped him recover.

Subhash Bahuguna of Delhi Golf Club produced a level par round. He has a score of 219 after three days.

Keshav Mishra of Delhi Golf Club produced a card of 69. He had an eagle on the 10th hole. His score after three days is 219.

Kapil Dev produced a card of six over and had three birdies. After three days, his score is 233.

The golf course is playing at its best and excellent scoring is expected on the final day. The tournament is wide open with the first six players within two shots of the lead.

Gross Scores: Simarjeet Singh 217, Manav Das 217, Gurbaaz Mann 218, Sandy Lehal 218, Keshav Misra 219, Saurabh Bahguna 219, Sanjeev Mehra 220, Harinder Gupta 222, Girish IS Virk 222, Ashok Kumar 223.

Net scores : Sandy Lehal 212, Jaideep Patwardhan 213, Saurabh Bahuguna 213, Girish IS Virk 216, Rajiv N Dattar 216, Vikramjit S Likhari 217, Sanjeev Mehra 219.

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Mohun Bagan enter semifinals

Kolkata, October 4
Strong contenders Mohun Bagan set up a semifinal clash with arch-rivals East Bengal when they edged past Tollygunge Agragami 2-1 in the last quarterfinal match of the IFA Shield Football Tournament at Salt Lake Stadium here today.

For Mohun Bagan, Brazilian striker Jose Barreto excelled again and scored both the goals striking once in each half, while their medio Lolendra Singh trying to clear the ball from their goal-line put it into their own net reducing the margin for their rival.

This was the third time that the match was scheduled. Earlier on Monday, the match was abandoned because of heavy rain with both sides scoring a goal each and yesterday the match could not start because of poor ground condition, caused by heavy rains at Salt Lake stadium. In the first semifinals, favourites Palmeiras from Sao Paolo, Brazil, will take on Mukti Joddha from Dhaka, tomorrow. UNI

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Bathinda powerlifter clinches silver
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
Kushal Syal, a student of local SSD School, brought laurels to the country claiming a silver medal in the World Sub Junior Powerlifting Championship held at Sochi in Russia from September 26 to 30.

Syal who alighted from Dainik Express at railway station here yesterday, was given warm welcome. From the railway station, he was taken to his house in the procession. Coach, school teachers, prominent citizens and a section of school management participated in the procession.

Syal had already brought many laurels to this city state of Punjab by breaking the national record of powerlifting at Lucknow in the National Sub-Junior Powerlifting Championship held from June 23 to 30.

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 SPORTS BRIEFS



Uzbekistan women's basketball team pose during the 19th Asian Basketball Championship for Women, on Thursday in Bangkok. — AFP photo

TEST TEAM SELECTION ON OCTOBER 22
MUMBAI:
The Indian cricket team for the three-match Test series against South Africa from November 3 to 28 will be selected by October 22. Cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah said here on Thursday that the selectors would meet on October 21 or 22 in Mumbai or Delhi. The 66-day South Africa tour is already on and the Indians are scheduled to play the triangular series opener against the hosts (day-night match) on Friday at Johannesburg. Kenya is the third team in the fray. The Indians will play the three Test matches at Bloemfontein (November 3-7), Port Elizabeth (November 16-20) and Centurion Park (November 24-28). PTI

BHUPATHI, TARANGO WIN
NEW DELHI:
Indian tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi, partnering America’s Jeff Tarango, has reached the second round of doubles in the Kremlin Cup Tennis in Moscow. Bhupathi-Tarango pair rallied from a one set deficit to beat Joshua Eagle and Andrew Florent of Australia 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a first round match, according to information received here on Thursday. Bhupathi teamed up with Tarango after regular partner Leander Paes pulled out of the Moscow event. PTI

ROPAR LAWN TENNIS
ROPAR:
Shivalik Public School, Ropar, won the overall District School Lawn Tennis Championship that ended here on Thursday. The results U-19 boys: Shivalik Public School, Ropar; Capt Amol Kalia Fertilizer Model Senior Secondary School, Naya Nangal 2, Fertilizer Senior Secondary School Naya Nangal 3, U -17 Boys: Shivalik Public School Ropar 1, Government Senior Secondary School Mohali 2, Holy Family Convent School Ropar 3, U-14 boys: Shivalik Public School Ropar 1, Holy Family Convent School Ropar 2, Middle School Ropar 3, U-19 girls, Shivalik Public School Ropar 1, Captain Amol Kalia Model Senior Secondary School Naya Nangal 2, U-17 girls: Shivalik Public School Ropar 1, Holy Family convent School Ropar 2, U-14 girls: Shivalik Pubic School Ropar 1, Holy Family Convent Ropar 2, New Model School Ropar 3. OC
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