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Vijay-Pemba win gold
Rathore, Bhagwat settle for silver

Melbourne, March 19
The gold medal hopes of Olympic double trap silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Anjali Bhagwat were dashed as the famed Indian shooters were pushed to second spots in their respective pairs events at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today.
Vikram Bhatnagar (left) and Rajyavaradhan Rathorne hold up their silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Sunday Vikram Bhatnagar (left) and Rajyavaradhan Rathorne hold up their silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne on Sunday. — AFP photo

Paddlers in final
Melbourne, March 19
Indian paddlers today upset formidable Nigeria to book a berth in the men’s team table tennis final at the 18th Commonwealth Games here.


 







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Good day for pugilists
Melbourne, March 19
Capping another good day in boxing ring, three Indian pugilists including, Olympian Vijender, stormed into quarterfinals in various divisions at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today.

Asdullah wins silver
Melbourne, March 19
India’s Mohammed Zakir Asdullah virtually dropped the gold medal and had to be content with a silver when he let the bar slip in his final attempt in the men’s 77 kg weightlifting event at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today. Asdullah failed in his third lift of 176 kg in the clean and jerk, which left him with an overall lift of 301 kg (134kg+167kg), allowing Majeti Fetrie to run away with the maiden weightlifting gold for Ghana carrying a total of 309 kg at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Asdullah, the only Indian lifter seen in action during the day, thereby took the country’s medal haul from the discipline to two gold, three silver and one bronze.


Mohammed Asdullah lifts during the Commonwealth Games Men’s 77kg weightlifting in Melbourne on Sunday. — AFP photo
Mohammed Asdullah lifts during the Commonwealth Games Men’s 77kg weightlifting in Melbourne

Gowda in shotput final
Melbourne, March 19
India’s Vikas Gowda produced his season’s best performance to book a berth in the men’s shotput final at the 18th Commonwealth Games’ athletics competition here today.

India lose
Melbourne, March 19
India virtually bowed out of medal contention in the men’s basketball competition at the 18th Commonwealth Games when they went down 57-67 to Scotland here today.

India’s events today
Medals Tally

India on the backfoot 
Mumbai, March 19
India dug themselves into a hole after an inept batting display and allowed England to seize the initiative at close of the second day’s play in the third and final cricket Test here today. At 89 for three, in response to England’s first innings score of 400, the home side were battling for survival, their hopes resting on the ever-dependable skipper Rahul Dravid (37 not out) and left-hander Yuvraj Singh (32 not out) after being let down again by Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer.
In an improved performance, the Indian bowlers contained England, overnight, 273 for three, to 400 runs by taking the last six wickets for the addition of 74 runs.
Matthew Hoggard bowls on the second day of the third Test between India and England at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. — AFP photo

Matthew Hoggard bowls on the second day of the third Test between India and England at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Sunday

Pak beat Lanka
Colombo, March 19
Pakistan pulled off a close, four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second limited-over match today after surviving an early scare chasing a meager total. Pursuing 131 runs to win, Pakistan lost six early wickets, but Abdul Razzaq played a patient innings to take his side through to victory with 32 balls to spare .

West Indies facing defeat
Wellington, March 19
Bad light halted play early on the third day of the second Test between New Zealand and West Indies today with the visitors struggling to save the match and series. West Indies were 118 for four at the close with Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 13 and Dwayne Bravo on two and needing another 62 runs to make New Zealand bat again.

UP in final
Lucknow, March 19
Riding on an unbeaten 99 from Jyoti Yadav, title holders Uttar Pradesh scripted a convincing 102-run victory over Baroda to set up a title clash with Railways in the Ranji Trophy one-day tournament here today.


Football exhibition organised in Dharamsala.
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Mohali Gymkhana lift cricket trophy
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
Mohali Gymkhana Cricket Club has won the 4th Rajiv Walia Memorial Cricket tournament, which was organised by Bassi Pathana Cricket Club on the ITI grounds, Bassi Pathana.

61st Cavalry (Red) win polo cup
Patiala, March 19
Ravi Rathore, who had a wonderful run in the recently concluded FIP Ambassadors’ Cup polo tourney, once against played a stellar role to enable 61st Cavalry (Red) down Sehgal Studs 7-3 in the final of the Patiala Cup polo tournament, which concluded at Patiala Polo and Riding Club (PPRC) here today.

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Vijay-Pemba win gold
Rathore, Bhagwat settle for silver
R. Eswar

Melbourne, March 19
The gold medal hopes of Olympic double trap silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Anjali Bhagwat were dashed as the famed Indian shooters were pushed to second spots in their respective pairs events at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today.

However, their disappointment gave way to joy when pistol shooters Vijay Kumar and Pemba Singh shot an excellent 1134 points in the 25 m rapid-fire pistol pairs event to pick the sixth gold for the country.

Out of 15 gold medals decided so far, India have bagged six, one better than Australia.

Vijay (290) and Pemba (280) finished a whopping 18 shots ahead of Australia’s David Chapman and Bruce Favell. Canadians Metodi Igorov and Yuri Movshovich were third with 1111.

The marksmen said it was nice to give India a lead in the gold medal tally against Australians, who have five gold medals so far.

“This is an amazing moment, we were chasing a gold and we got there,” said Pemba.

Rathore, paired up with Vikram Bhatnagar, lost his men’s double trap pairs title to Australia’s Russell Mark, who marked his return after a four-year break with the gold and a new games record. He had teamed up with Craig Trembath.

Rathore had bagged the gold in this section in the last edition of the games with Moraad Ali Khan.

Rathore and Bhatnagar tallied 179, which was seven points less than 186 set by Mark, Rathore’s former coach, and his partner at the Melbourne Gun Club.

Defending champion Bhagwat and her new partner Anuja Jung’s silver was worth 1142 points which was just one point adrift of the champion’s mark in women’s 50 m rifle 3 positions pairs event.

Harveen Srao and Sonia Rana missed the bronze by a difference of two points and were relegated to fourth place with 748 points in women’s 10m air pistol pairs event.

Rathore shot two best-of-50 rounds of 45 and 44 while Bhatnagar fired 46 and 44 in their total of 179.

Mark was four points ahead of his ward, scoring 47 and 46, while Trembath returned 46 and 47 to amass 186 points which exceeded what Rathore’s team shot in 2002 Manchester Games by two points.

The bronze went to England’s Richard Faulds and Steven Walton for a combined score of 176.

Rathore, who was coached by Mark when he hogged Olympic glory at Athens in 2004, said there was still a lot to learn from the champion Aussie.

“Mark showed today what a champion he is. We can all take a lesson from him,” said Rathore.

Rathore and the 42-year-old Atlanta Olympics champion Mark will once again vie for top honours in individual event on March 23.

Bhagwat and Jung missed the gold by a slim margin to England’s Louise Minett and Becky Spicer, who shot a combined total of 1143.

In the process, the English girls equalled Canada’s Games record set at home in Victoria in 1994.

Bhagwat (573) shot rounds of 189, 193 and 191 in prone, standing and kneeling positions respectively while Jung, wife of ace pistol shooter Samresh Jung, carded 192, 189 and 188 for her individual score of 569.

Minette’s 574 comprised 193, 189 and 192 while Spicer, scored 197, 186 and 186 to aggregate 569.

Malaysia’s Nur Suryani (192, 187, 194) and Nurul Hudda (198, 182, 187) won the bronze with 1140 ahead of Australia and New Zealand.

Harveen Srao and Sonia Rana were fourth with a tally of 748 behind England’s Georgina Geikie and Julia Lydall who grabbed the bronze by totalling 750 in women’s 10m air pistol pairs event.

Australia took the gold through Dina Aspandiyarova and Lalita Yauhleuskaya, who finished with 770 points while Malaysian duo of Bibiana Ng and Joseline Cheah won the silver with 758 points. — PTI 

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Paddlers in final

Melbourne, March 19
Indian paddlers today upset formidable Nigeria to book a berth in the men’s team table tennis final at the 18th Commonwealth Games here.
Nigeria, who stunned defending champion England yesterday, found themselves at the receiving end as the inspired Indians pulled off a thrilling 3-2 victory against the table tennis silver medallist of the last Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

India, who lost in the semifinals in Manchester, will clash for the title tomorrow with the winner of the Singapore versus Wales match scheduled later today and are therefore assured of at least a silver.

Nigeria’s Kazim Nasiru seemed to have become the favourite whipping horse of the Indian team as he lost both his matches to Achanta Sharath Kamal and Soumyadeep Roy while national champion Subhajit Saha accounted for Merotohum Monday.

The Indians, however, failed to match the prowess of reigning singles champion Segun Toriola, who ousted both Roy and Kamal in straight sets.

Roy lost the opening match against Toriola 10-12, 6-11, 8-11 before Sharath Kamal showed his class as he fought back from a game down to restore parity against Kazeem Nasiru.

Sharath kept Indian hopes alive with a 7-11, 13-11, 11-5, 13-11 win against Nasiru, who had a bad day.

National Champion Saha then put India ahead as he prevailed 3-2 over Merotohum Monday in the crucial third match.

An unruffled Saha carved out a sparkling 5-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8 win to raise India’s hopes of a medal.

Toriola, however, temporarily put the brakes on India’s surge towards the finals as he blew away Sharath Kamal 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 and pushed the tie to the decider.

The seasoned Roy then sealed the issue as he kept his composure in the final game to thrash Nasiru 15-13 11-7 11-8 and propel India to the title round.

But women paddlers lost to defending champions Singapore in the table tennis team event semifinals.

Seasoned Poulomi Ghatak went down 11-3, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7 to Li Jia Wei in the opening match. India’s woes continued, as national champion Mouma Das proved no match for Ling Xue Zhand and got a 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 drubbing. Xu-yan completed the rout with a 11-6 11-4 11-3 win over Nandita Saha.

Singapore will meet hosts Australia, who edged past Canada 3-2 in the other semifinal, in the title round. — PTI 

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Good day for pugilists

Melbourne, March 19
Capping another good day in boxing ring, three Indian pugilists including, Olympian Vijender, stormed into quarterfinals in various divisions at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today.

Light heavyweight contender Ajay Kumar and Verghese Johnson in the superheavyweight category carved out contrasting wins in their pre-quarterfinal bouts to advance their medal hopes.

The talented Vijender, who recently caused a flutter by outboxing Athens Olympics bronze medallist Kim Jung Joo of South Korea at an exhibition match in Delhi, proved too strong for Alvyn Andy Gabriel of Seychelles in welterweight class.

The 20-year-old Indian maintained his dominance throughout to win 25-11 and make his way into the last eight at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Ajay Kumar came up with a sparkling performance to get the better of Tonga’s Mokai Paraha with a 22-16 points favourable verdict.

The Indian will next meet Kenya’s Joshua Ndere on Tuesday for a place in the last four.

In a late night bout, Johnson threw his weight around to overpower Frederick Orieyo Oracho of Kenya in only 35 seconds with the referee stepping in to stop the contest in the first round of the bout and declaring the Indian as the winner.

However, amidst the good tidings from the boxing ring, the only failure for the country came in the lightflyweight category where Suranjoy Singh Mayengbam went down 12-20 to Darren Langley of England in his pre-quarter final bout.

England down India

Indian shuttlers found themselves within sniffing distance of victory against defending champions England in the badminton mixed team semifinals before going down 3-2 in a nerve wracking encounter at the 18th commonwealth games here today.

A spirited Indian side, which upset formidable Singapore in the semifinals earlier in the day, were on course to stunning England as well but faltered at the last hurdle.

Going by the recent form of the shuttlers, India can hope for a bronze when they take on New Zealand for the third place play-off tomorrow.

The day certainly belonged to the promising Saina Nehwal, who pulled off yet another major upset, thrashing world no nine Tracey Hallam in straight sets.

Hallam’s reputation took a battering as she lost 21-23, 15-21 to a player 88-rank below him in world.

The Indians stretched England to the full, as national Champion Anup Sridhar raced to a straight set annihilation of world number 43 Aamir Ghaffar 21-15, 21-14 after the mixed doubles duo of V. Diju and Trupti Murugunde lost the first match 10-21 7-21 to James Nathan Robertson and Elizabeth Gail Emms.

World number 61 Sridhar not only restored parity against the second seeded nation but also inspired his team-mates to play their heart out.

Nehwal then axed Hallam to put India ahead 2-1.

The doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas then came to the threshold of victory against Robert James and Ian Anthony before losing the close contest 19-21, 19-21 taking the tie to the decider.

However, England had the last laugh as India’s women pair of Jwala Gutta and Shruti Kurian lost the issue 11-21, 17-21 to Donna Victoria Kellog and Elizabeth Emms.

Swimmers fail

Indian swimmers failed to make a splash yet again, bowing out in the heats on the fourth consecutive day of the event at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today.

Shikha Tandon floundered both in women’s 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle events, while Rehan Poncha found his opponents too formidable in the 400m individual medley for men at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Muralidharan also failed to create any ripple as he took 50.74 seconds to complete the race in the 100m-butterfly contest. There was more bad news for India from synchronised swimming, as Avani Dave brought up the rear among seven competitors in solo clocking 23.667 seconds. — PTI

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Asdullah wins silver

Melbourne, March 19
India’s Mohammed Zakir Asdullah virtually dropped the gold medal and had to be content with a silver when he let the bar slip in his final attempt in the men’s 77 kg weightlifting event at the 18th Commonwealth Games here today.

Asdullah failed in his third lift of 176 kg in the clean and jerk, which left him with an overall lift of 301 kg (134kg+167kg), allowing Majeti Fetrie to run away with the maiden weightlifting gold for Ghana carrying a total of 309 kg at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Asdullah, the only Indian lifter seen in action during the day, thereby took the country’s medal haul from the discipline to two gold, three silver and one bronze. Asdullah opened with 130 kg in the snatch and managed 134 kg in his third attempt after being unable to carry the same weight in his second chance.

The Ghanaian was way ahead after gradually raising the bar to 138 kg through snatch. He successfully managed 168 kg and 171 kg in the clean and jerk but his third lift of 175 kg was declared ‘no lift’ by the judges who said he had timed out.

The Ghana team argued on the sidelines since Asdullah had the chance to win the gold if he could clear 176kg.

But things went awry for Asdullah as he could hoist 167 kg in his second chance and when he attempted 176 kg in a bid to steer clear of 31-year-old Ghanaian by one kg, he dropped the bar.

Pakistan’s Irfan Muhammad got the bronze on 299 kg (137kg+162kg). He could have surpassed Asadullah if he’d succeeded in lifting 166 on his failed final try in clean and jerk. — PTI 

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Gowda in shotput final
R. Eswar

Melbourne, March 19
India’s Vikas Gowda produced his season’s best performance to book a berth in the men’s shotput final at the 18th Commonwealth Games’ athletics competition here today.

The 22-year-old Gowda hurled the metal to a distance of 18.37 m on his third throw to claim the fifth spot in the qualifiers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

His first attempt was declared a no throw, while the ball travelled a distance of 17.91 m on his second effort. The US-based Gowda’s previous best was 18.09m, which he achieved at Raleigh (USA) in March last year.

Australia’s Scott Martin finished first in the qualifiers with a throw of 19.64 m, followed by Janus Robberts of South Africa (19.40m) and Carl Myerscough of England (18.95m) on the second and third spots, respectively.

Though the cut was fixed at 19.50m, none of the competitors save Martin was able to reach it, and hence, as per rules, the best 12 performers made their way into the final scheduled for tomorrow.

In women’s 400m, Manjit Kaur booked a berth in the semifinals slated for tomorrow as she clocked 53.06 seconds to finish fourth in her heat.

India’s two elite athletes with disabilities failed to progress in the men’s 100m.

Balwinder Singh finished second in his heat with a timing of 13.24 seconds behind Malaysia’s Khaironi Mohammad Hisham who came home in 11.71 secs.

In another heat, Vivek Monga brought up the rear among three athletes clocking 13.36 secs. Nigeria’s Adekunle Adesoji (11.38 secs) and Richard Souci of Mauritius (12.70 secs) finished ahead of him. — PTI

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India lose

Melbourne, March 19
India virtually bowed out of medal contention in the men’s basketball competition at the 18th Commonwealth Games when they went down 57-67 to Scotland here today.

A late surge in the final quarter went in vain as the Indians suffered their second successive defeat at the mega event. Indians took some time to settle down and conceded an early 13-point lead.

However, the Indian hoopsters, who had lost their first match to Nigeria, fought back from a 38-55 score after the third quarter with S Robinson and Riazuddin working in tandem to match the Scots.

The Indians rattled their rivals in the last quarter with superb dunking with their success rate improving considerably. But the deficit proved too much to make up in the end. Robinson top scored for India with 20 points and while Riazuddin contributed 11. — PTI

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India’s events today

(All timings IST)

ATHLETICS: Deepmala L Devi (W) 20km Walk (3.30 am); Malati Holla Women EAD Shot put (4.30 am); Jora Singh (M) Decathlon (4.35 am); Orchatteri Jaisha (W) 1,500m (5.45 am); Parayil Jalan (M) 20 km walk (6.30 am); Vikas Gowda (M) Shot put final (2.10 pm); Manjit Kaur (W) 400m semis (3 pm).

BADMINTON: India v New Zealand — Bronze medal play-off match (8.30 am).

BASKETBALL: India v Mozambique (W) (8.15am).

BOXING: (Pre-quareterfinsls) Akhil Kumar v Atanas Mugerwa 54 kg (8.50 am); Diawakar Prasad v M Coriakula (Fij) 57 kg (9.50 am); Jitender Kumar v M Letsopea (Les) 51 kg (1.30 pm) Jai Bhagwan v F R Gavin (Eng) 60 kg (4.15 pm).

HOCKEY: India v Trinidad (M) (10 am).

SHOOTING: Women 10m Air Rifle- Avneet Kaur & Tejaswini Sawant (3.30 am); Men’s 50 m Rifle 3 — Pos Abhinav Bindra & Gagan Narang (3.30 am); Men’s 25m Centre Fire Pistol — J Rana & S Jung (3.30 am); Men’s Skeet Pairs Amit Sanghi & Baba PS Bedi (4.30 am); Women’s Skeet — Arti Singh (4.30 am).

SWIMMING: Prem Kumar (M) EAD 100 m free (5am); TK Subbaiah (M) EAD 100m free (5 am); Rehan Poncha (M) 200 m IM (6.15 am) Arjun Muralidharan (M) 200 m IM (6.15 am).

TABLE TENNIS: India v Canada (W) Bronze medal match 3.30 am India v Singapore (M) Gold medal match 1 pm.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Monica Lashiram Devi (W) 69 kg (8.30 am) Sateesha Rai (M) 85 kg (1 pm); Tejinder Singh (M) 85 kg (6.30 pm). — PTI

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India on the backfoot 
S.S. Ramaswamy

Mumbai, March 19
India dug themselves into a hole after an inept batting display and allowed England to seize the initiative at close of the second day’s play in the third and final cricket Test here today.

At 89 for three, in response to England’s first innings score of 400, the home side were battling for survival, their hopes resting on the ever-dependable skipper Rahul Dravid (37 not out) and left-hander Yuvraj Singh (32 not out) after being let down again by Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Jaffer. In an improved performance, the Indian bowlers contained England, overnight, 273 for three, to 400 runs by taking the last six wickets for the addition of 74 runs. Medium pacer S. Sreesanth took four wickets, Harbhajan Singh three and Munaf Patel two, a meagre reward for his brilliant bowling.

India, which had gifted the initiative to the visitors by putting them in after Dravid had won the toss, required their batsmen to respond well thereafter, but that was not to be.

Sehwag (6) fell in a now familiar fashion, fending a short pitched ball from Matthew Hoggard into the slips, and a nervous Tendulkar played an atrocious shot to be out for one and to continue his miserable Test run. Opener Wasim Jaffer did no better by gloving Hoggard down the leg side to wicketkeeper Geraint Jones.

Reduced to 28 for three, India managed to stem the rot somewhat through the 61-run fourth wicket partnership between Dravid and Yuvraj.

The Punjab left-hander had hit six fours in his counter-attacking 47-ball knock but a big battle was in front of the Indian duo against England’s three-pronged pace attack on a wicket offering good bounce.

Earlier, India fought back to stop a rampaging England from running away to a mammoth score.

They were able to do so despite the fact that the fielders gave chances galore to rival team skipper Andrew Flintoff who made a hard-hitting 50 in 85 balls, embellished with six fours and three sixes.

Flintoff and the other overnight unbeaten batsman Paul Collingwood (31) put on 84 runs in 27.4 overs and the going looked good for the visitors when this pair was at the crease with the Indian fielders too in a generous mood.

But once this stand was broken at 326, when Collingwood fell to rookie pacer Sreesanth, the innings was thrown into disarray and ended half an hour before tea.

The lone man to keep the innings going towards the end was Owais Shah, who had retired due to cramps in both the arms when on 50 yesterday. The Indian origin player resumed his interrupted innings at the fall of Collingwood and was ninth out for 88.

Scoreboard

England (1st innings)

Strauss c Dhoni

b Harbhajan 128

Bell c Harbhajan

b Sreesanth 18

Shah c Dravid

b Harbhajan 88

Pietersen c Dhoni

b Sreesanth 39

Collingwood c Dhoni

b Sreesanth 31

Flintoff c Tendulkar

b Kumble 50

Jones c Kumble b Sreesanth 1

Udal lbw Patel 9

Hoggard b Patel 0

Anderson c Yuvraj

b Harbhajan 15

Panesar not out 3

Extras (b-5, lb-7, nb-3,

w-3) 18

Total (all out,

133.4 overs) 400

Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-230, 3-242, 4-326, 5-328, 6-333, 7-356, 8-356, 9-385.

Bowling: Pathan 17-4-64-0, Sreesanth 22-5-70-4, Patel 29-4-81-2, Kumble 39-7-84-1, Harbhajan 26.4-4-89-3.

India (1st innings)

Jaffer c G. Jones

b Hoggard 11

Sehwag c Shah b Hoggard 6

Dravid not out 37

Tendulkar c Jones

b Anderson 1

Yuvraj not out 32

Extras (nb-2) 2

Total (3 wkts, 37 overs) 89

Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-24, 3-28.

Bowling: Hoggard 10-3-16-2, Flintoff 10-4-13-0, Anderson 6-3-15-1, Panesar 7-2-18-0, Udal 4-0-27-0. — PTI 

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Pak beat Lanka

Colombo, March 19
Pakistan pulled off a close, four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second limited-over match today after surviving an early scare chasing a meager total.
Pursuing 131 runs to win, Pakistan lost six early wickets, but Abdul Razzaq played a patient innings to take his side through to victory with 32 balls to spare .

Razzaq was unbeaten on 41 at close of play after facing 101 balls and hitting two boundaries and a six.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s new ball bowlers Rana Naved and Mohammad Asif took immediate control, picking up regular wickets after their captain Inzamam-ul-Haq elected to field first after winning the toss.

Seam bowlers Rao Ifthikar and Razzaq joined the attack to push the hosts to seven down for 56 runs after 20 overs, and later bundled them out for 130 in 44.2 overs.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka

Tharanga lbw Razzaq 19

Kapugedara c Yousuf b Naved 1

Sangakkara lbw Asif 1

Jayawardene c Akmal b Naved 0

Arnold b Ifthikar 16

Dilshan not out 48

Maharoof c Afridi b Ifthikar 2

Lokuarachchi c Akmal b Razzaq 1

Kulasekara lbw Afridi 11

Malinga lbw Afridi 15

Muralitharan b Naved 2

Extras (lb-8, w-3, nb-3) 14

Total (all out, 44.2 overs) 130

Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-7, 3-16, 4-39, 5-43, 6-51, 7-56, 8-98, 9-123.

Bowling: Rana Naved 6.2-0-23-3, Asif 8-4-22-1, Ifthikar 7-2-13-2, Razzaq 6-1-19-2, Afridi 10-0-28-2, Malik 7-0-17-0.

Pakistan

Butt c Sangakkara b Maharoof 4

Afridi c Sangakkara b Malinga 2

Malik c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 17

Younis run out 4

Haq lbw b Malinga 1

Yousuf lbw Lokuarachchi 26

Razzaq not out 41

Akmal not out 20

Extras (w-15, nb-4) 19

Total (6 wkts, in 44.4 overs) 134

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-15, 3-34, 4-39, 5-47, 6-82.

Bowling: Malinga 9-1-22-2, Maharoof 8-1-24-1, Kulasekara 9.4-1-43-1, Muralitharan 10-1-22-0, Lokuarachchi 6-1-16-1, Dilshan 2-0-7-0. — AP 

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West Indies facing defeat

Wellington, March 19
Bad light halted play early on the third day of the second Test between New Zealand and West Indies today with the visitors struggling to save the match and series. West Indies were 118 for four at the close with Shivnarine Chanderpaul on 13 and Dwayne Bravo on two and needing another 62 runs to make New Zealand bat again.

West Indies captain Chanderpaul, however, was lucky to have still been batting after he was dropped by counterpart Stephen Fleming before tea.

Fleming was taken to hospital for X-rays on his wrist after dropping Chanderpaul, who was on five at the time, but suffered only heavy bruising and should be fit to resume today.

Openers Chris Gayle and Daren Ganga were the only batsmen to appear comfortable against New Zealand’s attack.

Gayle was dismissed for 68, his 22nd Test half century, while Ganga was caught behind by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum off Chris Martin during the first session for 23.

West Indies had gone to the tea break on 116 for four and added just two runs before the umpires offered them the light, which they had no hesitation in taking.

New Zealand seized control of the match in the second session when they dismissed Runako Morton for seven, Lara for one and then Gayle just before the tea break. — Reuters

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UP in final

Lucknow, March 19
Riding on an unbeaten 99 from Jyoti Yadav, title holders Uttar Pradesh scripted a convincing 102-run victory over Baroda to set up a title clash with Railways in the Ranji Trophy one-day tournament here today.

Railways, on the other hand, outsmarted Bengal by 101 runs in the other semifinal at the K.D. Singh Babu Stadium.

In the match at the Ambedkar Stadium, Uttar Pradesh put up a competitive 217/9 in the alloted 50 over, before scuttling out Baroda for paltry 115 in 38.4 overs.

Shalabh Srivastava (3/11) was the most successful bowler for Uttar Pradesh, while Praveen Kumar and Suresh Raina picked up two apiece. — PTI

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Mohali Gymkhana lift cricket trophy
Our Correspondent

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 19
Mohali Gymkhana Cricket Club has won the 4th Rajiv Walia Memorial Cricket tournament, which was organised by Bassi Pathana Cricket Club on the ITI grounds, Bassi Pathana.

It defeated Minerva Academy, Chandigarh, by 61 runs in the final of the tournament today. Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, gave away the prizes to the winners.

People of the area turned up in large numbers to watch the final match. Minerva Academy won the toss and elected to field.

Mohali Gymkhana scored 216 runs in 30 overs. Lakhbir Singh scored 58 runs, Amit Kakria 49, Gurinder Saini 26 and Navdeep Singh scored 24 runs for Mohali Gymkhana while Vipal Sharma took 2 wickets for 31 runs, Jemmy took 2 wickets for 48 runs and Rahul Sharma took 2 wickets by giving 26 runs.

Chasing the total, the players of Minerva Academy started on a fast note with Vipul Sharma scoring 78 runs. At one time, it seemed that Minerva Academy players would achieve the target easily, but suddenly they lost quick wickets. Binvrant Singh scored 35 runs and S. Khan 15 runs for the academy. Lakhbeer Singh took 3 wickets by giving 16 runs and Sanjay Mahajan took 3 wickets for 19 runs.

Lakhbeer Singh of Mohali Gymkhana was declared the man of the match. 

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61st Cavalry (Red) win polo cup

Patiala, March 19
Ravi Rathore, who had a wonderful run in the recently concluded FIP Ambassadors’ Cup polo tourney, once against played a stellar role to enable 61st Cavalry (Red) down Sehgal Studs 7-3 in the final of the Patiala Cup polo tournament, which concluded at Patiala Polo and Riding Club (PPRC) here today.

The prizes were distributed by Punjab Chief Secretary K.R Lakhanpal in the presence of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his wife Preneet Kaur. OC

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