Friday, December 28, 2001, Chandigarh, India






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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

Langer, Hayden put Aussies on top
Melbourne, December 27
The prolific opening pair of Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden had South Africa firing blanks with yet another imposing stand to have Australia dictating terms in the second Test here today. 
Matthew Hayden
Australian opener Matthew Hayden during another century opening partnership with Justin Langer in Melbourne on Thursday. Australia moved to 126 without loss at close of play in reply to South Africa’s 277 on the second day of the second Test. — Reuters photo

Sri Lanka in command
Colombo, December 27

Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya today hit a patient 92 to help his side to a commanding 211 for three at the close of a rain-affected opening day in the first Test against Zimbabwe today. 

Rain washes out 2nd day’s play
Wellington, December 27
Play has been abandoned on the second day of the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh after it became impossible to dry the Basin Reserve after hours of heavy rain today.



EARLIER STORIES
 
Film star Shatrughan Sinha and cricketer Virendra Sehwag
Film star Shatrughan Sinha and cricketer Virendra Sehwag at the Bharatiya Nrtiya Kala Mandir after inaugurating the All-India Sukhdeo Memorial Inter-School Cricket Tournament prize distribution and felicitation ceremony in Patna on Thursday. — PTI 

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs
Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs (L) celebrates scoring against Everton with team-mates Mikael Silvestre (2nd L) Juan Veron (3rd R) and David Beckham (2nd R) in their English Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool, on Wednesday. Manchester United won the match 2-0. — Reuter

NFL: East Bengal rally to down JCT; HAL stun Mohun Bagan
Kolkata, December 27

Defending champions East Bengal came from behind to carve out a 2-1 victory over JCT Mills in the Sixth National Football League match at the Salt Lake Stadium here today.

Vijay, Islam in lead
Noida, December 27

Mohammad Islam and Vijay Kumar led the 78-man field at the half-way stage with one-under 143 on the second day of the Royal Challenge Grand Prix Golf here today.

Hockey: Indians surprised the cynics with their performance
New Delhi, December 27

It was an epoch-making year in Indian hockey as a jubilant country welcomed with open arms its triumphant junior team, and before that stupendous World Cup victory could be forgotten, the Champions Challenger trophy vindicated the senior side as well.

Rock Rovers upset Western Railway
Patiala, December 27
Rock Rovers, Chandigarh, played fluently to upset star-studded Western Railway by a solitary goal in the 26th All-India Liberals Hockey Tournament Ripudaman College grounds at Nabha today.

Football title for Chandigarh team
Fatehgarh Sahib, December 27
Young Star Sports Club, Chandigarh, won the All-India Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Shaheedi Football Tournament defeating Diamond Club, Kalka, in the final by two goals to nil.

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Langer, Hayden put Aussies on top

Andy Bichel
Australian bowler Andy Bichel celebrates his second wicket after he caught and bowled South African batsman Lance Klusener for no score on the second day of the second cricket Test match in Melbourne, on Thursday. 
— AP/PTI photo

Melbourne, December 27
The prolific opening pair of Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden had South Africa firing blanks with yet another imposing stand to have Australia dictating terms in the second Test here today.

Restricting South Africa to 277 in their first innings, Australia made a rousing start and by the close of a seven-hour day were cruising at 126 without loss.

Langer was unbeaten on 67 with Hayden not out 55, the pair scoring at a rate of almost four runs an over.

Hayden and Langer have blossomed into a formidable opening duo with two double-century and two century stands since they were united in the fifth Ashes Test against England at the Oval last August.

The two left-handers have scored 823 runs in opening stands and are averaging 117.5 runs per partnership.

Their dominance highlighted the lack of new-ball penetration by the South African fast bowlers with ageing Test warhorse Allan Donald having trouble with his bowling rhythm and Shaun Pollock and Nantie Hayward posing few problems.

Donald went for 34 off nine overs, Pollock 41 off 10 overs and Hayward 33 off five.

Australia, comprehensive 246-run victors of the first Adelaide Test, are well on the way to seizing control of this one and with it the series with a new year Test to play in Sydney.

South Africa were looking to make early in-roads into the Australian top order in the post-tea session, extended to make up for lost playing time through rain on Boxing Day.

But Langer and Hayden, who’ve developed a telepathic understanding in their short time together, batted them out of it.

The pair, who put together 158 in their first knock together against England, amassed stands of 224 and 223 in consecutive Tests against New Zealand in Brisbane and Hobart last month.

Hayden has had a phenomenal year and is this year’s leading scorer in Test cricket with 1,305 runs at 62.14.

The South Africans were heading for a first innings total of less than 250 until Pollock and Hayward slapped on 44 runs for the last wicket before South Africa were dismissed for 277 just before tea.

The Australians were in command at 233 for nine, but Pollock, farming the strike from No11 Hayward, added crucial runs before Hayward was snapped up in the slips by Ricky Ponting for 14, giving Andy Bichel his third wicket of the innings.

Pollock remained unbeaten on 42 off 93 balls in his best knock of the series after scores of 0 and 1 in Adelaide.

Bichel finished with three for 44 off 19.5 overs as well as taking a catch to dismiss Mark Boucher and running out Claude Henderson with a direct throw.

Australia applied the squeeze in the mid-afternoon session, removing Mark Boucher for 43, Neil McKenzie 67, Claude Henderson five and Allan Donald for a duck before picking up Hayward’s wicket.

Boucher played an indisciplined shot to hole out to Bichel at deep mid-off just after lunch.

McKenzie’s gritty 232-minute stay came to an end when he was lbw to the much-improved Brett Lee. He hit eight fours in his topscoring 163-ball knock.

Five minutes later, Bichel brilliantly threw down the stumps from cover to run out Henderson.

Lee unsettled donald with two throat-high bouncers before the veteran paceman edged to ponting at third slip. Lee ended the innings with three for 77 off 31 overs and bowled no no-ball.

Australian skipper Steve Waugh’s tactics to set deep fields to restrict Pollock’s scoring and try to get Hayward on strike handed the initiative temporarily to South Africa.

That helped the pair to frustrate the home side in their 53-minute rearguard action.

Earlier, Jacques Kallis was out to a critical decision by West Indian umpire Eddie Nichols three balls after first drinks, ending an important 72-run fourth wicket partnership with McKenzie.

Dropped twice late yesterday, Kallis was given out for 38 caught behind by Adam Gilchrist off Bichel, yet TV replays clearly showed that Kallis’ bat made no contact with the ball.

Gilchrist made a half-hearted appeal but Bichel celebrated his first wicket of the Test when Nichols gave Kallis out.

The importance of the wicket was underlined on the next ball when out-of-form Klusener played against the line and offered a left-handed catch to Bichel, who celebrated wildly.

Klusener, whose position was under threat before this match, made a quick exit from the field, racing up the steps to the players’ dressing-room. He did not bowl any of his team’s 32 overs later in the day.

Scoreboard

South Africa (1st innings): (89 for 3 overnight)

Gibbs c Ponting b McGrath 14

Kirsten b McGrath 10

Dippenaar c Hayden b Lee 26

Kallis c Gilchrist b Bichel 38

McKenzie lbw b Lee 67

Klusener c and b Bichel 0

Boucher c Bichel b M. Waugh 43

Pollock not out 42

Henderson run out 5

Donald c Ponting b Lee 0

Hayward c M. Waugh b Bichel 14

Extras (b-1, lb-10, nb-7) 18

Total (all out,103.5 overs) 277

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-36, 3-59, 4-131, 5-131, 6-198, 7-220, 8-225, 9-233

Bowling: McGrath 26-8-70-2, Lee 31-10-77-3, Bichel 19.5-6-44-3, Warne 19-3-56-0, M. Waugh 8-1-19-1.

Australia (1st innings):

Langer batting 67

Hayden batting 55

Extras (nb-4) 4

Total (for 0 wkt, overs 32.1) 126

Bowling: Donald 9-0-34-0, Pollock 10-1-41-0, Hayward 5-0-33-0, Kallis 6-1-13-0, Henderson 2.1-0-5-0. AFPTop

 

Sri Lanka in command

Colombo, December 27
Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya today hit a patient 92 to help his side to a commanding 211 for three at the close of a rain-affected opening day in the first Test against Zimbabwe today. The not out batsmen when bad light and then heavy rain forced play to finish 16.4 overs early were Kumara Sangakkara, on 62, and Russel Arnold, on four.

The left-handed Jayasuriya, normally a dashing batsman, reined in his usual aggressive approach but still managed to stroke 16 fours in 164 balls after four hours at the crease.

He was finally dismissed in the 55th over of the day, caught behind off the glove as he attempted to sweep the occasional off-spin of Trevor Gripper.

Jayasuriya survived one sharp chance on 33 when he edged paceman Heath Streak behind but wicketkeeper Andy Flower, diving to his right, was unable to take the catch.

He had completed his 20th Test fifty with a late cut for one to third man during the afternoon session, his half-century including 10 fours in 98 balls.

Jayasuriya and fellow opener Marvan Atapattu threatened to lay the platform for a substantial total as they put on 78 for the first wicket.

But Atapattu, dropped on 21, was caught behind down the legside for 25 after edging a delivery from Streak. Jayasuriya and Sangakkara then added a further 72 for the second wicket, in 22 overs either side of tea, before the Sri Lanka captain was removed by Gripper’s part-time spin.

Gripper, who was to end the day with a return of two for 35, struck again just six overs later when Mahela Jayawardene, on 18, was brilliantly caught by Zimbabwe captain Stuart Carlisle at wide mid-on.

Sri Lanka (1st innings):

Atapattu c A. Flower b Streak 25

Jayasuriya c A. Flower b Gripper 92

Sangakkara batting 62

Jayawardene c Carlisle b Gripper 18

Arnold batting 4

Extras: (b-2, lb-2, w-2, nb-4) 10

Total: (for 3 wkts, 73.2 overs) 211

FOW: 1-78, 2-150, 3-170.

Bowling: Streak 17-3-41-1, Friend 14-3-58-0, Olonga 9-1-35-0, Brent 17.2-4-26-0, Gripper 13-3-35-2, G. Flower 3-1-12-0. Reuters
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Rain washes out 2nd day’s play

Wellington, December 27
Play has been abandoned on the second day of the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh after it became impossible to dry the Basin Reserve after hours of heavy rain today.

The rain stopped at about 2 pm two hours after the scheduled start, but damp patches at both ends of the pitch meant the drying time was too much to expect play.

In an unusually wet early summer, three complete days have been lost to rain out of a possible five in the series against Bangladesh. The first two days of the first Test in Hamilton were lost, as well as the day in Wellington.

New Zealand dominated the first day yesterday, dismissing the tourists for 132. Reuters
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Kambli hits century

Mumbai, December 27
Vinod Kambli’s swashbmuckling unbeaten century (149 n.o.) and his partnerships with Wasim Jaffer (135 runs for the 2nd wicket) and Amol Muzumdar helped Mumbai register a six-wicket win over Baroda in the West Zone one-day league match for the Ramakant Desai Trophy here today. Baroda who had set Mumbai a huge task of 319 for victory, saw Mumbai eclipse this score making 320 for four with 13 balls to spare.

Brief scores: Baroda: 318 for eight in 50 overs (Connor Williams 93, A Bedade 77, A Bhoite not out 61, S. Bahutule 3-42) lost to Mumbai 320 for four in 47.5 overs (V. Kambli not out 149, W. Jaffer 68, A Muzumdar 53, A Bhoite 1-44, V. Buch 1-44). UNI
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NFL: East Bengal rally to down JCT; HAL stun Mohun Bagan

Kolkata, December 27
Defending champions East Bengal came from behind to carve out a 2-1 victory over JCT Mills in the Sixth National Football League match at the Salt Lake Stadium here today.

Substitute striker Dipendu Biswas saved the day for the glamour club as he produced a brilliant goal midway through the second session after both the teams were locked 1-1 at the interval of a fast-paced encounter.

The millmen left the home crowd in a daze by firing in the first salvo as early as the 18th minute of the contest through the hard-working Hardip Singh Saini, while the defending champions restored parity through striker Omalaja Olalekin 15 minutes before the lemon break.

East Bengal, who were expected to capitalise on home conditions, were a pale shadow of themselves as they failed to find their rhythm for most part of the contest.

The home team could have won by a much bigger margin had their forwards not muffed a number of gilt-edged opportunities in both the sessions, much to the disappointment of their supporters who cheered every move of the team.

With this win, East Bengal have secured seven points from four outings so far while JCT have managed just two points from as many matches.

Although JCT were pegged in their own half in the early stages of the proceedings, a surprise goal suddenly tilted the balance of the game as it forced the glamour club to alter their game plan to some extent.

The hard-working Hardip Singh Saini produced a gem of a goal as he broke through the defence and unleashed a curling volley taking the rival custodian Sangram Mukherjee by surprise.

Mukherjee dived to his right but could not stop the goal while none of the defenders were in position to foil him.

East Bengal took some time to recover from the early jolt and it was in the 30th minute when Omalaja Olalekan brought back the smiles with a superb effort much to the delight of the home crowd.

The goal was the result of a fast counter-attack, which saw Dipankar Roy give a through pass to Omalaja, who was lurking inside the box unmarked. Omalaja collected the ball cleanly and placed it to the right of custodian Arvind Kumar.

Both the teams played their hearts out to break the 1-1 scoreline after the breather but the game was mainly confined to the midfield with mispasses punctuating most of the moves.

The home team, however, managed to earn full points when substitute striker Dipendu Biswas headed home from inside the box a measured floater from Isiaka, capitalising on a defensive lapse.

Biswas was guilty of squandering a sitter in the dying minutes of the match as he failed to place the ball with only the goalkeeper at his mercy.

BANGALORE: Kyrgistan’s Raja Baliev Nurlan scored twice as Hindustan Aeronautics Limited shocked Kolkata’s Mohun Bagan 3-1 in the National Football League here today.

In an action-packed encounter, HAL shot into the lead in the 18th minute thanks to a splendid header by Rajendra Prasad off a beautiful pass from Sunil, skipper of the home team.

Nurlan made it 2-0 in the 29th minute, neatly netting the ball which popped out of the hands of Bagan ‘keeper Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, who could not collect it cleanly, after a corner kick taken by Gregory Clarke.

Stung by the reverses, Bagan, former champions who finished runners-up last year, pulled one back as their Brazilian star Jose Ramirez Barreto found the net in the 35th minute.

After the break, Bagan went all out and made repeated forays into HAL citadel but without success. HAL goal-keeper Gumpe Rime did a fine job under the bar, as HAL, who played their hearts out, held on.

With seconds to go before the final whistle, Nurlan scored his second goal, giving HAL a well-deserved 3-1 win.

Punjab Police lose

MARGAO: Scoring once in each half, Salgaocar downed Punjab Police 2-0 to score their second win in the 6th edition of the National Football League at the Nehru Stadium, here today.

Salgaocar, who failed to get a good start, went into the lead in the 44th minute through medio Eugene Gray whose cross from the left deflected off defender Balwinder Singh and beat keeper Satish Kumar on the wrong foot.

Bruno Coutinho, replacing Glador Oscar Zaire 10 minutes before the interval, played a major role in Salgaocar’s win. He made the issue safe in the 76th minute when his long lob from the left found the net as keeper Satish Kumar misjudged the flight of the ball.

Kumar, who was guilty of conceding the second goal, rose to the occasion twice when he brilliantly saved shots by Bruno and Alvito from inside the box. PTI
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Vijay, Islam in lead

Noida, December 27
Mohammad Islam and Vijay Kumar led the 78-man field at the half-way stage with one-under 143 on the second day of the Royal Challenge Grand Prix Golf here today.

Vijay Kumar joined Islam at the top after adding par-72 to his first round of 71 on a day when Mohammad Maqbool and Islam recorded the only two sub par scores today.

Four players, Jyoti Randhawa, Mukesh Kumar, Shiv Prakash and Uttam Singh Mundy, shared the third place with 144.

Gaurav Ghei and overnight leader Ranjit Singh are one stroke behind at one-over 145 in joint seventh place.

The cut was made at 16-over 160 and 53 players, including three amateurs made it to the money-making rounds.

Two other stars, Arjun Atwal and Vivek Bhandari, continued to struggle. Atwal came up with another five-over 77. Bhandari was slightly better as he followed his first day’s 75 with a 78.

Jasjit Singh leads the amateurs with identical rounds of 75 each and is now six-over for the tournament. Ankur Prakash is next with with rounds of 82 and 73.

Leading scores (round 2): 143 - Mohd Islam (72, 71); Vijay Kumar (71, 72); 144 - Uttam Singh Mundy (72, 72); Jyoti Randhawa (71, 73); Mukesh kumar (70, 74); Shiv Prakash (70, 74); 145 - Gaurav Ghei (73, 72); Ranjit Singh (69, 76). PTI
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Hockey: Indians surprised the cynics with their performance

New Delhi, December 27
It was an epoch-making year in Indian hockey as a jubilant country welcomed with open arms its triumphant junior team, and before that stupendous World Cup victory could be forgotten, the Champions Challenger trophy vindicated the senior side as well.

One could not blame old-timers and die-hard hockey enthusiasts for jumping to predictions of a return to the golden days of glory, for, India indeed pleasantly surprised the worst of cynics with creditable performances.

The year as usual started on a disastrous note with India, billed as pre-tournament favourites, barely managing to scrape through the World Cup qualifiers held at Edinburgh.

That the eight-time Olympic gold medallists and a former world champions were made to go through the grind of qualifiers was painful enough but India made matters worse for themselves with a pathetic performance.

Darkhorses Argentina romped home with the honours with a deserving 5-4 victory over Spain as India had to be content with a fifth place finish in the seven-team field.

For the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur, India again sent a young team “with an eye on the World Cup” scheduled at the same venue in February next year.

Amongst the formidable seven-country field sans Holland, India managed a fifth placing proving how much homework needed to be done if the country was nurturing any realistic chance of a good showing at the World Cup.

Arch-rivals Pakistan avenged their defeat at the hands of India in the Prime Minister’s Gold Cup Tournament in Dhaka earlier in the year, as they scripted a 4-3 victory to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of the Indians.

India, however, drew some vicarious pleasure when Pakistan, also the defending champions, were made to bite the dust and finished a distant fourth in the tournament.

To blame the administration for an indifferent performance in the first half of the year would be foolhardy. Indians were ensured good international exposure as they played a series against Malaysia, trained at the Australian Institute of Sport in Perth, played against New Zealand and participated in a four-nation tournament at Milton Keynes.

And amidst all the debate on youth and experience, came the triumph which jolted from reverie the fans and critics that the game had long lost to cricket.

The juniors left behind their disappointing 2-3 defeat in the finals of Asian Junior Cup at the hands of South Korea in May and with rare aplomb brought the greater and the all-important booty to India — the junior World Cup in October.

As India inched towards the final, there was an overwhelming feeling “if only India could do it this time” as in the last edition at Milton Keynes, they had fumbled at the last hurdle, losing 2-3 to Australia.

And India did it.

A brilliant hat-trick by fiery forward Deepak Thakur helped India notch up a resounding 6-1 victory against South American champions Argentina.

Besides Thakur, the other scorers for India were Jugraj Singh, who smashed in two penalty corners and Prabhjot Singh, who opened India’s account.

It was the first victory at the world level for India, who had last won a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

The youngsters knew well the importance of the victory as they kissed the ground in sheer delight and thanksgiving.

So, it was not a smug cricketer collecting his rewards and being feted by the mediapersons. But a shy Deepak Thakur instead in his just-bought flashy Oakleys, trying to handle sudden fame and adulation.

“We owed it to the nation,” coach Rajinder Singh, himself an ace fullback in his playing days, managed to mumble as he tried to come to grips with the team’s achievement.

Even as a euphoric nation frantically tried to get a glimpse of that historic match as ironically there was no telecast and searched for at least a photograph of the “glory boys”, the senior side started feeling the pinch.

They were aware of the expectations of an over-zealous nation and administration and knew they could no longer take their places in the side for granted, as lurking behind were the talented youngsters eager to make the grade.

Expectedly the Indian Hockey Federation, run by none other than the stern no-nonsense administrator K.P.S. Gill, placed its faith in the juniors as 10 of them were selected for the squad for the inaugural Champions Challenger Trophy at Kuala Lumpur from December 7 to 15.

The IHF also seemed to have made up with the sulking Dhanraj Pillay as the mercurial striker was recalled for the event that was originally slated to be held here but later shifted as many of the teams thought it was safer to travel to the Malaysian capital.

The Indian team was a unique blend of youth and experience and appeared to be the best mix-and-match ever.

So one had young Kanwalpreet Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Vikram Pillay, Bipin Fernandez and Arjun Hallappa brushing shoulders with stalwarts like Dhanraj Pillay, Sukhbir Singh Gill, Thirumalvalvan and Baljit Singh Dhillon.

India started their campaign in the tournament, where a win would have ensured a place back among the elite hockey nations, rather tentatively.

Critics started writing about India’s downward slide in the tournament as they scraped past Belgium 1-0, drew with South Africa 2-2 and then lost 1-2 to hosts Malaysia. But India did not disappoint beyond this.

A comprehensive 3-0 victory over Japan and a 2-1 win against Argentina followed as India booked a place along with South Africa in the final. The final redeemed the senior side as India clinched a 2-1 victory and a berth in Champions Trophy 2002 after a gap of six years.

Undoubtedly India’s exploits at the international level did a world of good to the country starved of heroes and to the game in particular. People sat up to notice the world beyond cricket which was not as glossy but remarkable indeed.

Disappointments in the early part of the year were also forgotten as the IHF got plaudits and their chief also came in for special mention for his efforts to regroup the Indian team and bring it to the threshold of glory.

But with a hectic coming season, including the World Cup scheduled in February and the Asian Games in Pusan, the Indians would have to come out of the euphoria and start afresh and prove their brilliance was no flash in the pan.

The 31st National Games in Punjab saw Services clinch the gold for the first time in their history as they registered a solitary goal victory over Karnataka in the final. Equally pleasing for the Services team was the drubbing they gave to defending champion Punjab in the semifinals. PTI
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Rock Rovers upset Western Railway
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, December 27
Rock Rovers, Chandigarh, played fluently to upset star-studded Western Railway by a solitary goal in the 26th All-India Liberals Hockey Tournament Ripudaman College grounds at Nabha today.

Apart from Rock Rovers, Northern Railway, IHF CISF, New Delhi, Centre of Excellence, Patiala, Punjab and Sind Bank, Jalandhar, UP XI and Punjab Police, Jalandhar, made to the quarterfinals.

Youthful boys of Rock Rovers played with intensity against the experienced Western Railway. Speed was a common factor and what stood out for the Chandigarh boys were the sprightly movements and dash of Olympian S.S. Gill and the opportunism of left out Surjit Singh, who the forwards will some good defence-splitting passes.

Ably supporting S.S. Gill and Surjit Singh were their full backs Saurabh and Gurdeep Singh, who in the end saw to it that their team hung on gamely to the slender one-goal lead. After a barren first half, S.S. Gill and Surjit played a one-two to weave their way into the rival circle and Surjit, in a flash, drove the ball home after he trapped a difficult from S.S. Gill.

The level of play never rose above mediocrity in all the other matches played in the day. The two Jalandhar outfits, BSF and Punjab and Sind Bank played a dull and dreary 1-1 draw in regulation time before the bankmen broke the ice in the penalty shoot out, posting a 6-4 win.

CISF, New Delhi held their nerves towards the end of the match before posting a one-goal win over South East Railway, Kolkata, and Punjab Police just about managed to scrap past a fighting SAIL, New Delhi 1-0.
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Football title for Chandigarh team
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 27
Young Star Sports Club, Chandigarh, won the All-India Baba Zorawar Singh Baba Fateh Singh Shaheedi Football Tournament defeating Diamond Club, Kalka, in the final by two goals to nil.

The match was played on a fast note and was mostly confined to the midfield. In the 20th minute, Deepak Bandal through his solo efforts scored a goal for his team.

In second half, the Kalka lads dominated the proceedings and raided the rival territory. In the dying minutes Rajinder Kumar of Chandigarh got a pass and he dodged two players to score the second goal for his team.

Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner gave away the prizes to the winners. 
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Football tourney
Our Sport Reporter

Jalandhar, December 27
The Jalandhar District Football Tournament will be held from December 28 to 30 at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, here, according to a press note issued by Mr Inderjit Singh, president of the District Football Association. The teams include Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, Sports School, DAV College, K.R. Beri Football Club, Cantt Sports Club, Football Club, Adampur, and Khalsa College, Daroli Kalan.
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 SPORTS BRIEFS

GANGULY TO SKIP RANJI TIE
KOLKATA:
Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly will skip Bengal’s Ranji Trophy engagement against Bihar starting from Saturday and is also unlikely to field himself against Orissa in the next tie. Ashoke Malhotra, Chairman of ‘selection’ committee, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), told UNI that Sourav was definitely not playing against Bihar in Jamshedpur. “Sourav has been playing continuously and this will be a good break for him. He needs some rest, as you know the demands of international cricket. There are no injuries and rest is the only reason for his not playing,” Mr Malhotra said. Meanwhile, Indian keeper Deep Dasgupta and former Bengal skipper Devang Gandhi are back in the 14-member team at the cost of Humza Firozie and Soumen Singh. UNI

DRAVID OPTS OUT
MUMBAI:
Star batsman Rahul Dravid has opted out of the forthcoming one-day series against England to undergo treatment for a shoulder injury, he is believed to have been carrying for quite sometime. Dravid, who also ruled himself out of the January 10 to 13 Challenger Series, will utilise the time to visit South Africa and undergo treatment for his shoulder problem so that he may be fully fit before India’s tour to Zimbabwe in March, cricket board executive secretary Sharad Diwadkar said here today. The Indian team for the one-dayers will be selected at Bangalore on January 13, he added. The decision means Dravid, who aggregated 121 runs from four innings in the just concluded three-Test series against England, will miss the five one-dayers, and possibly a sixth one, the venue and date of which are still to be decided. The five matches are to be played at Kolkata (Jan 22), Chennai (Jan 25), Mumbai (Jan 28) Delhi (Jan 31) and Kanpur (Feb 3). PTI

SUNIL, VISHAL IN FINAL
CHENNAI:
Top seed Sunil Kumar Sipaeya of Chandigarh defeated Vinod K. Sewa in the semifinal here today to set up a summit clash with Punna Vishal (AP) in the Tata Futures Tennis championship. Title favourite Sunil Kumar quelled the challenge of Vinod K. Sewa 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in a hard-fought semifinal encounter. The other semifinal, however, proved to be a one-sided affair. PTI
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