Saturday, November 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Harbhajan, Nehra doubtful
Bloemfontein, November 2

Battling injuries and lack of practice going into the first Test against South Africa here tomorrow, the Indians saw their gameplan being upset with question marks over participation of their key bowlers Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh.

Saurav Ganguly writes
SA uncomfortable against spin
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UR preparation for the Test series was seriously hampered by the rains at Chatsworth. It would obviously have been beneficial for Connor Williams and VVS Laxman to have had some time in the middle.

Irina lifts Quark Trophy
Wins Punjab Open third time in row
Chandigarh, November 2
Irina Brar has done it again. Yes, this 17-year-old Chandigarh girl today clinched the Punjab Open title for the third time in succession as she claimed the Quark overall trophy with a four-day par score of 288. 

Irina Brar proudly displays the Quark Trophy
Irina Brar proudly displays the Quark Trophy which she won in Chandigarh on Friday. — Tribune photo


 

EARLIER STORIES

 

ECB satisfied; decks cleared for tour
New Delhi, November 2

The decks were cleared for English cricket team’s tour of India starting later this month with the England and Wales Cricket Board today expressing full satisfaction with the security arrangements planned by the Indian Government.

Pak beat Lanka by 7 wickets
Sharjah, November 2
Powered by centuries from Inzamam-ul-Haq and N. Latif, Pakistan inflicted a 7-wicket defeat on Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy here today. Earlier, Sanath Jayasuriya became the third Sri Lankan to pass 7,000 one-day runs as his team made 272 for nine from 50 overs. 


Lindsay Davenport of the USA returns a ball to Yugoslavia’s Jelena Dokic during their quarterfinal match at the WTA Women’s Championships in Munich on Thursday. Davenport won the match 6-4, 6-2. 


Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil prepares to serve during his match against Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands at the Paris Indoor Tennis Masters Series on Thursday. Schalken won the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. 


Serena Williams of the USA reacts after a successful volley against Belgium's Justine Henin during their quarter final match of the WTA Women's World Championships in Munich on Thursday. Williams won the match 6-3 7-6. 
— Reuters photos

Dharmani’s ton puts Punjab on top
SAS Nagar, November 2
A flawless unbeaten century by Pankaj Dharmani and an early three-wicket burst by medium pacer Vineet Sharma enabled Punjab to gain stranglehold on the second day of the four-day North Zone Ranji Trophy league match against Himachal Pradesh at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.

Ranji Trophy: J&K follow on
Rohtak, November 2
The young brigade of Haryana bowlers ripped through the opponents’ batting as Jammu and Kashmir were forced to follow on the second day of the north zone Ranjit Trophy league match at Maharaja Aggarsain Stadium here today. 

Tamil Nadu hold Gujarat
Mumbai, November 2
A last minute goal by Sabir Pasha helped Tamil Nadu salvage a point as they drew 1-1 with Gujarat in the cluster viii match of the 57th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy being played at the University Stadium here today.

Delhi in driver’s seat
New Delhi, November 2

Services toiled for 40 overs to reach 62 for the loss of two wickets in reply to Delhi’s imposing 467 for five declared powered by captain Mithun Manhas’ cracking 140, at the end of the second day’s play in the north zone Ranji Trophy league match here today.

Surjit hockey from today
Chandigarh, November 2
The stage is set for the 18th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament, which begins at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar tomorrow. Sports Minister, Punjab, Mr Nusrat Ali Khan, will inaugurate the tournament at 12.30 p.m.

Rajinder Kalsi on ABC panel
Rajinder KalsiSangrur, November 2
Rajinder Kalsi, Treasurer of the Badminton Association of India and Honorary Secretary, Punjab Badminton Association, has been nominated member of the Asian Badminton Confederation’s Finance Committee.

Bhangu retires
Patiala, November 2
Senior Sports Authority of India’s hockey coach Gurdial Singh Bhangu, recipient of this year’s Dronacharya award, retired from service yesterday. Bhangu was the coach of the Indian women’s team which won the silver medal in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.

Lt Mukesh Anand Memorial Sports Award-2000
Ambala, November 2
Two outstanding sportspersons were presented the Lt Mukesh Anand Memorial Sports Award-2000 here today.Ms Jasdeep Mann and Mr Pankaj Sharma have been conferred the sports award.

Patiala district swimming championship
Patiala, November 2
The Patiala district swimming championships for sub-juniors, junior and seniors will be held at the Mohindra college swimming pool on November 6 and November 7.Top







 

Harbhajan, Nehra doubtful

Bloemfontein, November 2
Battling injuries and lack of practice going into the first Test against South Africa here tomorrow, the Indians saw their gameplan being upset with question marks over participation of their key bowlers Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh.

Nehra sprained his left ankle while bowling in nets today, while Harbhajan was said to have developed an infection due to wearing someone else’s abdomen guard. Both were doubtful starters for the match with a final decision expected only tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, the Indians went on the defensive opting to open with Rahul Dravid instead of rookie left-hander Connor Williams who most likely would have to wait for his debut.

With the only practice game ahead of the Test, the three-day match against South Africa ‘A’ in Chatsworth, Durban, having been washed out, Williams had not faced a single delivery after coming here for the Test series and the Indian camp obviously found him too risky to be blooded straightaway.

The team management reposed its faith in explosive Delhi middle-order batsman Virender Sehwag who will make his Test debut tomorrow.

The latest developments mean India would go into the match with six specialist batsmen but the exact bowling composition would depend on fitness of Nehra and Harbhajan tomorrow morning.

Team physio Andrew Leipus said Nehra was afflicted with the same problem that he faced in Zimbabwe where he fell more than once. “He faces this problem on slippery surfaces,” Leipus said.

The latest problems have given a serious jolt to India’s quest for improving their head to head record against South Africa.

India have never defeated South Africa on two previous visits to this country, losing three of the seven matches. In fact they were thrashed even at home last year when South Africa won both the Tests of the series. The head-to-head record between the two countries is heavily tilted in favour of the South Africans who have won six of the 12 matches and lost two.

Yet captain Saurav Ganguly was quite hopeful of his team making a match out of it. He said his team was going into the match with a positive frame of mind and was quite capable of springing up a few surprises.

This, despite the fact the Indians have had the worst possible practice coming into this Test series. They suffered their ninth consecutive defeat in a final match when they lost to the hosts in the title-clash of the triangular one-day series last week.

Then they watched in frustration as the Chatsworth game was washed out due to rain and wet outfield. To top it all, Dravid was found to have been carrying a shoulder injury.

However, it is easy to see the reason for Ganguly’s hope and optimism. It obviously stems from a strong batting order with most of the batsmen in good nick though their failure to click as a unit has been a problem for the Indians.

Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly himself have been among the top scorers in the one-day series. The Indian batsmen have shown no signs of their perceived weakness on the fast and bouncy pitches with Ganguly himself leading the charge against the South African speedsters. PTI

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Saurav Ganguly writes
SA uncomfortable against spin

OUR preparation for the Test series was seriously hampered by the rains at Chatsworth. It would obviously have been beneficial for Connor Williams and VVS Laxman to have had some time in the middle. Moreover, it would have also helped Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan if they had got a few overs, especially since both are recovering from injury. The team tried to make the most of the superb indoor facilities available at Kingsmead, Durban, by practicing as much as possible. We also managed open nets on Wednesday before coming to Bloemfontein.

The wicket that greeted us here at the Goodyear Park looked good, with a fairly liberal grass covering on top. While it’s a newly-laid pitch, the ground has a history of being batsman-friendly. In fact, the last match here, between Natal and Orange Free State, yielded a thousand runs in four days.

The Indian team is more or less predictable, except for the toss-up between Williams and Zaheer. This is the only confusion in picking the final eleven, since we have decided to go with two spinners as Kumble and Harbhajan have been the best bowlers so far. A final decision on whether to play six batsman or five bowlers will be taken only late in the evening, after our afternoon session of nets and training. That we have seen neither perform under these conditions really makes it a tough call.

The hosts will be going in with four seamers and the lone spinner. Although they bat right down the order, their line-up looks a bit brittle. This is primarily because they look distinctly uncomfortable against spin, and in our spinners they will be facing very high quality bowling.

One player there has been plenty of conjecture about is Rahul Dravid. After the one-day series we decided to give him some rest as a precautionary measure. Let me state clearly that they Indian vice-captain is fully fit now and will be available for the entire Test series. It’s time touring reporters become a little responsible about the stories they send back.

It was extremely disappointing to lose yet another one-day final. However, we have to shake off the defeat and hopefully the boys will not let it affect them in the Tests, which are a completely different ball game. I am confident that we will acquit ourselves well in the Test series, especially since I will be leading a full-strength side for the first time in my 18-month tenure as captain.

I would also like to mention that it was good to hear that the England Cricket Board has decided to go ahead with their tour of India starting later this month. It’s great that almost all the top names have decided to come on the tour, since it will be generating a great deal of interest back home. The England team has not toured India for the last seven years and the contest should be well worth the wait. (Gameplan)
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Irina lifts Quark Trophy
Wins Punjab Open third time in row
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
Irina Brar has done it again. Yes, this 17-year-old Chandigarh girl today clinched the Punjab Open title for the third time in succession as she claimed the Quark overall trophy with a four-day par score of 288. Her nearest rival, Parneeta Garewal, finished 17 strokes behind, with an aggregate of 305.

Irina continued her steady game. She never waivered despite starting with a third-position score on the opening day. But while the leaders of the opening day, Parneeta and Shruti Khanna, played disappointing games on the subsequent days, Irina returned one-under cards on the second and third day, And at the end she had a massive 17-stroke victory.

The final results:

Quark Overall Trophy: Irina Brar 1, Parneeta Garewal 2, Shruti Khanna 3, Vandana 4.

Quark Silver Salver: Mayali Talwar 1, Urvashi Sethi-Sodhi 2.

Quark Challenge Bowl (13-24): Gross — Manavi Halwasiya 1, Rana Alam 2. Nett — Mina Johl 1, Kanika Minocha 2.

Quark Bronze Plate (25-36): Gross — Gaitri M.M. Singh 1, Harsharan Kaur 2. Nett — Darshi Narang 1, Neelu Chopra 2.

Quark Junior Shield (under 18): Gross — Mayali Talwar 1. Nett — Mina Johl 1.

Quark Subjunior Shield (under 14): Gross — Kanika Minocha 1. Nett B — Nitika Jadeja 1.

QuarkSenior Challenge (Above 50): Gross — S. Ratia 1. Nett — Veenu Sandhu 1.

Quark Super Senior (above 65): Gross — Nirmal Milkha Singh 1. Nett — Darshi Narang 1.
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ECB satisfied; decks cleared for tour

New Delhi, November 2
The decks were cleared for English cricket team’s tour of India starting later this month with the England and Wales Cricket Board today expressing full satisfaction with the security arrangements planned by the Indian Government.

ECB Director of Operations John Carr and English players’ representative Tim O’Gorman held extensive discussions with officials of Home Ministry and cricket board and were convinced that the security planned by the Indian authorities would “substantially address the concerns of the English cricketers”.

“It is essential that our team and management can have peace of mind with regard to security arrangements to enable them to focus 100 per cent on the cricketing job in hand. We are now happy that arrangements can be put in place to achieve this end. We look forward to a most exciting Test series,” Mr Carr told reporters here today.

After meeting BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata yesterday, the ECB team today held consultations with Joint Secretary (Security) in Ministry of Home Affairs Harminder Rajsingh and were “reassured” by the government that their security concerns would be adequately addressed.

“I spoke to the players before I arrived in India and I believe all their individual concerns can be substantially addressed by the proposed security arrangements,” a Press release by ECB quoted O’Gorman as saying.

London: Two uncapped players, off-spinner Martyn Ball and seamer Richard Johnson, were called up to the England cricket squad today for the upcoming tour to India.

Ball, of Gloucestershire, and Johnson, of Somerset, are replacements for Andrew Caddick and Robert Croft, who pulled out of the 16-man squad because of security fears.

Ball was chosen ahead of county team-mate Jeremy Snape and experienced Phil Tufnell, while Johnson was picked over Yorkshire’s Chris Silverwood.

The selections mean England will travel to India for its first tour in eight years with one of its most inexperienced attacks ever. The three spinners have eight Test appearances among them, while the three seamers have just three.

Only five members of the squad have played more than 20 Tests. Only two players - captain Nasser Hussain and Graham Thorpe - have more than 50 appearances.

The England team, due to arrive in India on November 14, will play three Tests in December and five one-day internationals in January. AP
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Cleric’s warning on England tour

London, November 2
A London-based Muslim cleric told England’s cricket authorities last night to call off their forthcoming tour of India as their security could not be guaranteed in the wake of US-led bombing raids on Afghanistan. Sheikh Abu Hamsa al-Masri said: “England must cancel the tour. Only that way can the England team invest in their future security.

“As England have ground troops working in Afghanistan, it might be high risk for an England team to go anywhere near that area,” Hamsa said in the Evening Standard newspaper.

Hamsa, who can only see out of one eye, was recently forced to relinquish control of a mosque in Finsbury Park.

He is reported to be under surveillance by British security services because of alleged links with Osama bin Laden. He described the September 11 terror incidents as “acts of self-defence”. Hamsa said a potential consequence of the military action in Afghanistan was that there was now a risk to England’s cricketers in India.

“The Afghans don’t have much influence in India. The risk will come from Muslim sympathisers inside India,” he said.

“The political situation inside India is that it can explode at any time and England could get caught in it,” Hamsa said. Hamsa continued: “There can be no safety guarantees this year, next year, whenever. People don’t get hit when they expect to be hit. It can come suddenly at any time.” AFP
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Pak beat Lanka by 7 wickets

Sharjah, November 2
Powered by centuries from Inzamam-ul-Haq and N. Latif, Pakistan inflicted a 7-wicket defeat on Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy here today.

Earlier, Sanath Jayasuriya became the third Sri Lankan to pass 7,000 one-day runs as his team made 272 for nine from 50 overs. The left-hander, who was wrongly credited with the landmark on Tuesday because of a statistical oversight when still 29 runs short, ensured he was not left red-faced again by making 36.

The 246-match veteran joins his former World Cup-winning colleagues, Aravinda De Silva (8,430 runs) and Arjuna Ranatunga (7,456), as the three Sri Lankans in the coveted club.

Jaysuriya, who elected to bat after winning the toss, put on 95 for the first wicket with Avishka Gunawardena.

Gunawardena hit seven boundaries in his 57, while Mahela Jayawardena built on the bright start with a superb 84 off 83 balls.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka:

Jayasuriya c Akhtar b Afridi 36

Gunawardena c Inzamam b Akhtar 57

Atapattu c Latif b Razzaq 24

Jayawardena c Afridi b Akhtar 84

Arnold lbw b Waqar 19

Sangakkara b Waqar 0

Kaluwitharana lbw b Mahmood 7

Vaas c Latif b Akhtar 10

Dharmasena run out 3

Buddhika not out 1

Extras (lb-12, w-16, nb-3) 31

Total (for 9 wkts, 50 ovrs) 272

FOW: 1-95, 2-103, 3-158, 4-224, 5-224, 6-250, 7-258, 8-271, 9-272.

Bowling: Waqar 10-0-51-2, Akhtar 10-1-45-3, Mahmood 9-0-51-1, Afridi 10-0-46-1, Razzaq 8-0-53-1, Malik 3-0-14-0.

Pakistan

Afridi c Sangakkara b Vaas 11

Latif c Nissanka b Dsena 113

Youhana b Buddhika 11

Haq not out 118

Khan not out 7

Extras: 16

Total: (in 49.2 overs) 276 for three

FOW: 1-17, 2-41, 3-260

Bowling: Buddhika 10-1-35-1, Nissanka 9-0-71-0, Dharmasena 9-0-44-1, Vaas 10-1-40-1, Arnold 9-0-57-0, Jayasuriya 2.2-0-25-0. AFPTop

 

Dharmani’s ton puts Punjab on top
Gopal Sharma
Tribune News Service

SAS Nagar, November 2
A flawless unbeaten century by Pankaj Dharmani and an early three-wicket burst by medium pacer Vineet Sharma enabled Punjab to gain stranglehold on the second day of the four-day North Zone Ranji Trophy league match against Himachal Pradesh at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.

Dharmani scored a sparkling 119 off 168 deliveries, his 12th three-figure knock in the national championships, as the hosts, resuming from their overnight score of 330 for four took the innings to 540 for the loss of nine wickets, their highest score against Himachal Pradesh, before skipper Vikram Rathore declared the innings closed.

Vineet took centrestage as Himachal started their innings. His twin strikes, when the visitors were coasting along nicely at 43 without loss, at the same score as he sent back opener Nischal Gaur and former skipper Rajiv Nayyar jolted the innings. Himachal had yet to recover from the losses when he struck again claiming the wicket of former Railway player Raja Ali, playing his first match for the hill state, as the batsman cut the ball into the hands of Sandeep Sawal at gully.

With the score nearing the 100-run mark seamer Gagandeep consumed skipper Varinder Sharma. Debutant Paras Dogra survived some anxious moments and riding his luck — he was dropped twice — accumulated valuable runs in the company of Sangram Singh. When it appeared that they would see through the remaining over without any further damage amidst fading light left-arm spinner Babloo Kumar ended Dogra’s stay at the wicket as the hosts finished the day at 147 for five still 244 runs short to make Punjab bat again in their second innings. Sangram gave a good account of himself and played some good strokes during his stay at the wicket.

Earlier Punjab medium pacer Sandeep Sharma, former Punjab player making his first appearance for Himachal, struck in the very first over as the play started for the day scalping Dinesh Mongia without the addition to his overnight score of 178 runs. But Dharmani batted beautifully and struck 17 well-timed fours in the course of his unconquered innings.

Chandigarh youngster Amit Uniyal, who made his debut, showed that he was no novice with the bat. Not afraid to play his shots he notched up an impressive half century which was studded with eight fours. Dharmani and Uniyal frustrating the Himachal bowling attack added 170 runs for the seventh-wicket partnership to put the hosts in the driver’s seat.

SCOREBOARD

Punjab (1st innings):

Ricky c Raja Ali b Thakur 5, Munish c Ravikant b Panta 4, Rathore c Varinder b Ali 126, Yuvraj b Thakur 0, Mongia c Dogra b Sandeep 178, Dharmani not out 119, Sawal c Ravikant b Thakur 5, Uniyal c & b Sangram 57, Gagandeep b Sandeep 9, Vineet run out 5, Babloo not out 8.

Extras ( nb 5, lb 8, w 1, b 10): 24.

Total ( dec for nine wickets ): 540.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-10, 3-18, 4-287, 5-331, 6-340, 7-510, 8-521, 9-530.

Bowling: Ashok Thakur 21-3-70-3, Rahul Panta 19-2-77-1, Sandeep Sharma 28-1-116-2, Sangram Singh 8-3-24-1, Vishal Bhatia 29-3-106-0, Nischal Gaur 12-2-45-0, Raja Ali 11-0-46-1, Paras Dogra 3-1-14-0, Varinder Sharma 7-0-24-0.

Himachal (1st innings): Gaur c Sawal b Vineet 24, Ali c Sawal b Vineet 22, Nayyar c Gagandeep b Vineet 0, Varinder c Sawal b Gagandeep 23, Sangram batting 27, Dogra lbw Babloo 29, Sandeep batting 0.

Extras (nb 12, lb 08, w 02): 22.

Total ( for five wickets in 39 overs): 147.

Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-43, 3-67, 4-93, 5-147.

Bowling: Gagandeep 14-3-48-1, Vineet 14-1-55-3, Uniyal 7-1-22-0, Sawal 3-0-13-0, Babloo 1-0-1-1.
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Ranji Trophy: J&K follow on
Our Sports Reporter

Rohtak, November 2
The young brigade of Haryana bowlers ripped through the opponents’ batting as Jammu and Kashmir were forced to follow on the second day of the north zone Ranjit Trophy league match at Maharaja Aggarsain Stadium here today. In reply is Haryana’s first innings total of 410, J and K were bundled out for a paltry 113 off 35.1 overs in 168 minutes. They still need 282 runs more to avoid the innings defeat.

Resuming their innings today at 286 for 3, Haryana batsmen carried their total to 410. The overnight unbeaten batsman Ishan Ganda added only three runs today whereas Shafiq Khan recorded his career-best score of 146 with the help of 20 fours. J and K captain and medium pacer Vijay Sharma wrecked Haryana’s middle order to capture five wickets.

Thereafter, Haryana bowler took complete control of the situation.

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(Haryana (first innings)

P.S. Sehrawat c Bali b Surinder Singh 0, Chetan Sharma lbw Surinder Singh 41, Ishan Ganda b Vijay Shama 109, Parendre Sharma c Kanwaljit Singh b Jagtar 5, Shafiq Khan b Vijay Sharma 146, Ajay Ratra c Raju Sharma b Vijay Sharma 0, S. Vidhyut st Taggar b S. Khajuria 31, Amit Mishra c Dhurv Mahajan b Vijay Sharma 12, Sumit Narwal c Fayaz b S. Khajuria 30, Gaurav Vashishta not out 7, Vineet Jan b Vijay Sharma 2. 

Extras (b-8, lb-4, w-2, nb-13) 27 

Total (all out in 129.3 overs) 410

Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-94, 3-117, 4-294, 5-216, 6-342, 7-370, 8-371, 9-407.

Bowling: Surinder Singh 31-7-97-2, Vijay Sharma 23.3-5-67-5, Raju Sharma 6-0-31-0, Jagtar Singh 34-9-86-1, S. Khajuria 15-1-70-2, Ashwani Gupta 17-4-36-0, D. Mahajan 3-0-11-0.

J&K (first innings)

R. Bali b Sumit Narwal 21, Raju Sharma c Shafiq b Amit Mishra 8, Kanwaljeet Singh b Sumit Narwal 13, Ashwani Gupta b Sumit Narwal 6, Vikram Taggar c Ajay Ratra b Amit Mishra 0, Dhurv Mahajan lbw Gaurav Vashishta 12, Fayaz Ahmed st Ajay Ratra b Amit Mishra 0, Vijay Sharma b Gaurav Vashishta 15, S. Khajuria c sub b S. Vidhyut 19, S.S. Bagal not out 7, Jagtar Singh lbw S. Vidhyut 0 

Extras: 12 

Total (all out in 35.1 overs) 113

Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-35, 3-52, 4-57, 5-58, 6-59, 7-87, 8-96, 9-110.

Bowling: Vineet Jain 5-0-24-0, Parinder 3-1-8-0, Amit Mishra 10-3-29-3, Sumit Narwal 7-0-26-3, Gaurav Vashishta 6-2-18-2, S. Vidhyut 4.1-0-8-2.

J&K (2nd innings)

Ranjit Bali b Sumit Narwal 0, Raju Sharma batting 4, Kanwaljeet Singh batting 8. 

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Total for 1 wicket 16

Fall of wickets: 1-1.

Bowling: Sumit Narwal 2.1-0-9-1, Vineet Jain 2-0-7-0, S. Vidhyut 0.1-0-0-0.
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Tamil Nadu hold Gujarat

Mumbai, November 2
A last minute goal by Sabir Pasha helped Tamil Nadu salvage a point as they drew 1-1 with Gujarat in the cluster viii match of the 57th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy being played at the University Stadium here today.

Gujarat shot into the lead in the 67th minute through substitute Ranjit Sisodia, whose 35 yard shot sailed over the advancing Tamil Nadu goalkeeper Felix Edward, into the net.

However, a defensive lapse in the dying minutes of the match by Gujarat saw Sabir Pasha score and ruin Gujarat’s chances of upsetting the applecart of Tamil Nadu and pocketing three points. Tamil Nadu earned a free kick from just outside the box on the right side. A Chendur floated in a cross, which went straight to unmarked Pasha who had enough time to control the ball and place it into the net to salvage a point for Tamil Nadu.

The first half of the match belonged to Tamil Nadu as both the teams played a fast and physical game and if it was not for the brilliance of Gujarat goalkeeper George Mathew behind the bar, the southern state would have been up by atleast four goals at the breather.

Mathew blocked a rasping shot by Anthony who was fed by Jagan and then again in the 26th minute dived to his right to save a long ranger from Francis Xavier.

After the breather Gujarat regrouped well to run circles around the Tamil Nadu defence showing good understanding between them.

In fact they would have gone up in the 61st minute but Sisodia could not get his boots on a superb cross by Edvin D’Souza, with just the Tamil Nadu goalkeeper in front of him.

Gujarat’s preseverance paid off in the 67th minute when Sisodia saw the Tamil Nadu goalkeeper advancing from his line and sailed in a long ranger from 35 yards over his head and into the net.

Orissa pip Delhi
Orissa played an attacking game to pip fancied Delhi 2-1 after leading by a solitary goal at half-time. UNI
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Delhi in driver’s seat

New Delhi, November 2
Services toiled for 40 overs to reach 62 for the loss of two wickets in reply to Delhi’s imposing 467 for five declared powered by captain Mithun Manhas’ cracking 140, at the end of the second day’s play in the north zone Ranji Trophy league match here today.

Resuming at their overnight score of 242 for two, Manhas was on the offensive right from the beginning, and was instrumental in his team scoring 151 runs off 36 overs bowled in the first session.

Services tasted success in the 14th over of the day when they had yesterday’s centurion Akash Chopra (123) caught at silly point by P M S Reddy off Arun Sharma, bringing Pradeep Chawla to the wicket.

Manhas, who exploited Services’ erratic bowling and shoddy fielding to the full, dispatched glorious shots all over the ground, cracking 20 boundaries and two sixes, sending his rivals scurrying for cover.

His 16th boundary, a captivating pull towards the midwicket, fetched him the century.

Manhas and Chawla (66, 112b, 9x4, 1x6) added 140 runs in 34 overs, piercing the field at will, before the latter fell, brilliantly stumped by ‘keeper Sarabjeet Singh off Reddy in the 135th over.

Delhi plundered 72 runs in 11 overs after lunch before a mistimed Manhas shot off Sudhakar Ghag landed straight into the hands of Sanjay Verma at cover, and the inning was promptly delcared.

Services began their innings on a sedate note, runs eluding them with Delhi opening bowlers Amit Bandhari and Arun Singh on target, striking line and length straight away.

Delhi drew first blood in the seventh over when ‘keeper P Chawla lunged to his right to latch on to an edge from N P Singh, who never looked comfortable and managed just two off 30 balls. PTI
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Surjit hockey from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 2
The stage is set for the 18th Indian Oil Surjit Hockey Tournament, which begins at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium, Jalandhar tomorrow. Sports Minister, Punjab, Mr Nusrat Ali Khan, will inaugurate the tournament at 12.30 p.m.

The opening match will be played between Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Jalandhar, and Sikh Regimental Centre while in the second match E.M.E. Jalandhar will meet Police Academy, Jalandhar, at 2 p.m.

The tournament will be played on knock-out basis. The matches of the women’s section will start on November 7.

The quarterfinals will be played on November 9 and the men’s semifinals on November 10. The women’s semifinals will be played on November 11. The finals will be played on November 12. The Finance Minister, Punjab, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh will give away the prizes.
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Rajinder Kalsi on ABC panel
Our Sports Reporter

Sangrur, November 2
Rajinder Kalsi, Treasurer of the Badminton Association of India and Honorary Secretary, Punjab Badminton Association, has been nominated member of the Asian Badminton Confederation’s Finance Committee.

This information has been conveyed by Mr V.K. Verma, Vice-President of Asian Badminton Confederation. The meeting of the ABC was held in Manila.
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Bhangu retires
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, November 2
Senior Sports Authority of India’s hockey coach Gurdial Singh Bhangu, recipient of this year’s Dronacharya award, retired from service yesterday. Bhangu was the coach of the Indian women’s team which won the silver medal in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. 

He also coached the men’s team that took part in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and was also with the women’s team which participated in the 1988 Commonwealth Games.
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Lt Mukesh Anand Memorial Sports Award-2000
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 2
Two outstanding sportspersons were presented the Lt Mukesh Anand Memorial Sports Award-2000 here today.

Ms Jasdeep Mann and Mr Pankaj Sharma have been conferred the sports award. While Ms Jasdeep Mann of S.D. College, Ambala Cantt had won the gold medal in All India senior gymnastics championship, Mr Pankaj Sharma, a former students of SD College, had won the gold medal in inter-university gymnastic championship.

The awards were conferred by Addiaitonal Deputy Commisioner, Mr Mahinder Kumar. A silver tray and Rs 2,100 has been given to the awardees.

Lt Mukesh Anand, after whom the awards had been instituted had made the supreme sacrifice in the Valley in 1993.

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Patiala district swimming championship
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, November 2
The Patiala district swimming championships for sub-juniors, junior and seniors will be held at the Mohindra college swimming pool on November 6 and November 7.

Swimmers desirous of participating in the meet may send their entries to swimming coach, Mr M.S. Sidhu, honorary secretary, Patiala District Swimming Association on or before November 5 at 15-A, Sarabha Nagar, Bhadson road, Patiala.Top

 

 
 SPORTS BRIEFS

CHELSEA HUMBLED
PARIS:
Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri insisted his players had been “brilliant” as they were dumped out of the UEFA Cup by Hapoel Tel-Aviv on Thursday after failing to overcome the first-leg defeat when key players refused to go to Israel. After his multi-million-dollar squad were held to a 1-1 draw in the second round second leg match at Stamford Bridge, Italian Ranieri said: “The result went against us but the performance was brilliant for Chelsea. “I think my players deserved to win tonight, but in the end it is Tel Aviv who go through because they were calm, they kept possession and they countered well.” Chelsea had lost the first leg 2-0 after six key players including French internationals Emmanuel Petit and Marcel Desailly and England’s Graeme Le Saux declined to travel because of the security situation in the Middle East. AFP

TIGHTEST SECURITY
NIMES (FRANCE):
Next year’s Winter Olympics in the USA will witness the tightest security in the history of the Games, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has said. But Rogge admitted yesterday that 100 per cent security could not be achieved at the Games in Salt Lake City in February. “Next year’s Winter Games will be placed under top-level but very discreet security measures. The security will reach a level never seen in the Olympics so far,” Rogge said on the last day of the fencing world championships. “An IOC commission came back from Salt Lake City today and it’s really satisfied with the measures implemented.” Reuters

ASTLE HITS 223
BRISBANE AUSTRALIA:
Nathan Astle was finally out for 223 as New Zealand declared at 444 for nine on the second day of their tour match against Queensland today. The hosts were 140 for one in reply at the close of play, with Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden unbeaten on 56. Astle’s seven-hour innings, in which he faced 380 deliveries, included 27 fours and two sixes. Astle, who resumed on 160 with New Zealand 332 for six, fell with the score on 427 for nine, caught in the deep by Hayden off spinner Andrew Symonds. Adam Parore made 30 in a partnership of 110 for the seventh wicket with Astle before the wicketkeeper was bowled by Symonds. Reuters 

HP VARSITY WIN
KANGRA:
Jadavpur University and Himachal Pradesh University entered the quarter-finals of the All-India Inter-University Basket Ball Championship for women on the second day here today. Jadavpur University defeated Lucknow University 43:23 in the first round and defeated Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut, 54:22. In the third round Jadavpur University made it to the quarter-finals by defeating Vishwabharti Shanti Niketan University, Kolkata, 60:51 in a well contested match. Himachal Pradesh University defeated Guru Gassi Dass University Bilaspur in a one-sided match by 105:06. In the second round HP University defeated Punjab Agricultural University 71:25 and in the third round HP University defeated Kumaon University to enter the quarterfinals. Kumaon University conceded the match when HP University were leading by 15:04. OC

SANGRUR SHOOTING
SANGRUR:
The District Rifle Shooting Competition concluded here today. Mr Saravjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner, gave away the prizes. Senior men: 177 Air Rifle — 1. Harnihal Singh, 2. Sumit, 3. Sukhvinder. .177 Air Pistol — 1. Yogeshwarpreet, 2. Shamsher Singh, 3. Kavarinder. .22 Rifle — 1. Gagandeep, 2. Gurpreet, 3. Harnihal Singh. Junior (boys): .177 Air Rifle — 1. Harnihal, 2. Saurab, 3. Paramdeep Singh. .177 Air Pistol — 1. Yogeshwarpreet, 2. Shamsher Singh, 3. Kavarinder. .22 Rifle — 1. Yogeshwar Preet, 2. Harnihal Singh, 3. Harnihal Sauch. Subjunior (boys): .177 Air Rifle — 1. Sumit Singh, 2. Saurab, 3. Tegvir. .22 Rifle 1. Tegvir, 2. Saumit Singh, 3. Saurab. Senior Women: .22 Rifle — 1. Harinder Kaur, 2. Amandeep Kaur. .177 Air Rifle — 1. Harinder Kaur. OSR
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