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S P O R T S

Harbhajan bats for Dravid, Chappell
New Delhi, September 29
Spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh today defended the strategies of captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell to shuffle the batting order and induct more pacers into the team as an attempt to get the right balance in the run-up to next year’s World Cup. Reacting to former captain Ravi Shastri’s criticism about the frequent shuffling in the batting order, Harbhajan said cryptically, “Everyone has his opinion. 
Ace spinner Harbhajan Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday
Ace spinner Harbhajan Singh addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Boycott’s testimony did the trick: media
London, September 29
The testimony of Geoffrey Boycott, one of the expert witnesses for the defence, proved crucial in clearing Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq of ball tampering, the British media claimed today.

Haq’s gesture had upset Hair: report
London, September 29
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq had made a gesture to upset umpire Darrell Hair which resulted in his walking out of a meeting to explore ways to rescue the fourth Test against England at the Oval.

Younis Khan to lead Pakistan
ISLAMABAD:
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan will lead his country in next month’s Champions Trophy in India after regular skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was banned for four one-day internationals on Thursday.

Walter Hadlee dead
Wellington, September 29 
Former New Zealand cricket captain Walter Hadlee (91), father of bowling great Sir Richard Hadlee and two other Test players, died today. Hadlee, who passed away in Christchurch after suffering a stroke, played 11 Tests for his country between 1937 and 1951 in a career interrupted by World War II.


Russia’s Marat Safin celebrates after defeating Germany’s Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinal of the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok on Friday
Russia’s Marat Safin celebrates after defeating Germany’s Mischa Zverev in the quarterfinal of the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok on Friday. Safin won 7-6, 5-7, 7-5. — Reuters 

EARLIER STORIES




Mohammad Nisar Trophy
Rizwan puts UP in command
Dharamsala, September 29
The Uttar Pradesh team posted a massive total of 361 in their second innings against the injury-stricken Sialkot on the third day of Mohamad Nisar Trophy. It meant UP had an overall lead of 416.

Gurmit Hockey PSB, BPCL sail into semis
Chandigarh, September 29
Justifying their seeding in the last eight, defending champions Punjab and Sind Bank routed Indian Air Force 6-0 to sail into the semifinals of the SN Vohra’s Hutch 36th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here today. Also moving into the last four were BPCL, who beat Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) 4-2.

Hockey eves go down to Germany
Chandigarh, September 29
Indian eves conceded two goals in the last eight minutes to go down 2-3 to Olympic champions Germany in their second pool match of the women’s hockey World Cup in Madrid, Spain, today. The Indians squandered a 2-1 lead to lose their second successive match. The eves had went down fighting 2-3 to the Netherlands in their first match in Pool A on Wednesday.

Sania bows out of Korea Open
Seoul, September 29
Sania Mirza’s dream run at the Korea Open came to an end as she went down to Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in the women’s singles quarterfinals of the $145,000 tennis event here today.

Spain’s Virginia Ruano Pascual returns a shot to Sania Mirza during the quarterfinal of the Korea Open in Seoul on Friday. Pascual won 7-6, 6-4, 7-6. — AP/PTI
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Spain’s Virginia Ruano Pascual returns a shot to Sania Mirza during the quarterfinal of the Korea Open in Seoul on Friday

Randhawa trails Woods by three strokes
Hertfordshire, September 29
Jyoti Randhawa trailed world No. 1 Tiger Woods by three strokes after carding a brilliant opening round of five-under 66 at the WGC American Express Championship golf here yesterday. Randhawa landed an eagle on his way to a tied-sixth place in one of the most star-studded fields for the $7.5 million event at the Dunhill golf links.

Indian Open golf

Mayo College, Ashoka Hall to clash in final
Dharampur, September 29
Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, will take on Ashoka Hall, Nainital, in the final of the 6th IPSC Girls Cricket Tournament being held at Pinegrove School here. In the first semifinal, Mayo College defeated Maharani Gayatri Devi, Jaipur.

Karnataka move into quarters
Gurgaon, September 29
Karnataka came from behind and edged out a gritty Chhattisgarh 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out to book a berth in the quarterfinals of the 61st Santosh Trophy here today.

 

 


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Harbhajan bats for Dravid, Chappell
M.S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, September 29
Spin spearhead Harbhajan Singh today defended the strategies of captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell to shuffle the batting order and induct more pacers into the team as an attempt to get the right balance in the run-up to next year’s World Cup.

Reacting to former captain Ravi Shastri’s criticism about the frequent shuffling in the batting order, Harbhajan said cryptically, “Everyone has his opinion. I am sure Rahul and Greg have been doing a great job for the team. We played good cricket in the DLF Cup in Kuala Lumpur. It was a very good tournament, though we did not play to our potential”.

The ace spinner, who signed a four-year sponsorship deal with Harish Krishnamachar of ICONIX India here today — the second cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to do so with ICONIX — said whatever the captain and coach was doing was for the overall good of the team. He said batsmen were promoted and demoted to try them out in different positions to draw out the best in them and to make them perform with confidence in whatever position the team management thought it fit for them to be slotted.

“Dravid and Greg want to try out the players in difficult positions, different situations to see whether they can play effectively in the new role given to them”, elaborated the spinner, who believes in the credo that “the players should concentrate and excel in whatever job assigned to them in the overall interest of the team”.

He said though there was criticism about the experiments, all permutations and combinations being worked out by the captain and the coach were aimed at getting the right balance in the team. “They want the team to do well in the World Cup, and they have done well in shaping up the team so far”, he observed.

Talking about his own performance, particularly about his pleasing display in the limited-overs tournament in Kuala Lumpur both with the ball and the bat, Harbhajan said, “I am very happy with my bowling and batting for the past one and a half years, not just in Malaysia. I am happy that I am doing well in one-day cricket. If I am bowling, I gain in confidence by bowling well, and not just taking wickets. And good batting is a bonus”.

The spinner said India, as a team, did not do that well in Malaysia. “We are all disappointed about it. But you can’t ruminate over the past. There is no need to get panicky. We are all looking forward to the Challenger Trophy and the Champions Trophy. If we can play to our potential, we can really do well in the Champions Trophy”, Harbhajan said.

He said the Challenger Trophy would offer an ideal opportunity for the players to get into their groove, as it would offer stiff competition.

The off-spinner, noting that he was not averse to bowling with any brand of the ball, said there were lots of young spinners who had shown promise and would contribute to the pool of spinners in the coming years. He particularly mentioned the rapid strides being made by Piyush Chawla “who can be a very good bowler in the next couple of years”.

Harbhajan, commenting about the changes in the Selection Committee, said he was not bothered about who all constituted the panel. “When I am out on the field, I try to focus on my cricket. If I do well, I will be there in the team,” he said.

When asked about the prospects of bowling on slow wickets in the West Indies for the World Cup, Harbhajan said he did not know what sort of wickets would be on offer there. “I have been to the West Indies twice and I look forward to playing in the World Cup there”, he added.

He said the composition of the bowling line-up in the Indian team depended on the conditions of the wickets, even if it meant tilting the balance in favour of pacers. He was all praise for young pace bowlers like S. Sreesanth and Munaf Patel “who really did well in the West Indies. We have got very good fast bowlers in them, very hard working and very positive. They got us vital breakthroughs in the West Indies and I wish they continue to do well for the country in the coming years”.

He said the recent slump in form of Irfan Pathan was just a passing phase. “He has done very well for the country. He is a very good player and the kind of bowler he is, he is bound to bounce back”, he noted.

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Boycott’s testimony did the trick: media

Geoffrey Boycott London, September 29
The testimony of Geoffrey Boycott, one of the expert witnesses for the defence, proved crucial in clearing Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq of ball tampering, the British media claimed today.

The testimony of the former England captain and Channel Five TV analyst, Simon Hughes, proved sufficiently convincing for ICC adjudicator Ranjan Madugalle to arrive at the conclusion that the Pakistan team had not altered the condition of the ball, The Guardian stated.

“Boycott in particular delivered a veritable tour de force. At one point, he took the infamous match ball in his hand, held it up and said: “That’s a good ball, not just a playable ball,” it said.

Boycott also took exception to the idea that an accusation of cheating should be tolerated.

“If me or any of my friends were ever called a cheat,” he told the hearing, the accuser would be “decked with a bunch of fives.”

The former England opener “invoked the spirit of the game” with passion while Hughes, a former county player, gave evidence in support of Boycott’s position that the ball had not been tampered with.

Hughes was enlisted as a witness by the Pakistan team’s lawyers for his distinguished expertise on condition of cricket balls.

In spectacular fashion, and to the consternation of many, Hughes produced two other balls bearing remarkably similar traces of wear and tear to the match ball from the fourth Test.

There was nothing about the ball that should excite suspicion, he argued. Hughes then presented a deliberately tampered ball, replete with scuff marks and abrasions, to demonstrate the distinction.

The report said although both umpires, Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove, appeared well rehearsed and furnished rigorous evidence, there were appreciable discrepancies in their accounts, in particular regarding what was said to the England batsmen on the fourth day at the Oval.

Under cross-examination, Hair was asked at length about the procedure he had followed in changing the ball when he suspected it had been altered. The evidence was important in so far as it made plain whether the umpires followed proper protocol.

Trevor Jesty, the fourth umpire and former Hampshire all-rounder, was summoned next and offered brief details on the condition of the ball and what happened on and off the field.

The prosecution concluded its presentation of evidence with Doug Cowie, the ICC umpires and referees manager.

It was then the turn of the legal team representing the Pakistan Cricket Board from the elite law firm, DLA Piper, to call their expert witnesses. Shaharyar Khan, the Chairman of PCB, initiated the evidence for the defence. — PTI

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Haq’s gesture had upset Hair: report

London, September 29
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq had made a gesture to upset umpire Darrell Hair which resulted in his walking out of a meeting to explore ways to rescue the fourth Test against England at the Oval.

The meeting had been convened by the match referee Mike Procter to rescue the match and reduce the damaging impact of one of the biggest controversies in the history of Test cricket.

“Hair was incensed by a gesture made towards him by the Pakistan captain. It is believed that attempts were made to persuade Hair to stay, but he departed with the words: “I am leaving and he knows why,” indicating Inzamam,” according to a report in the English daily The Independent.

The meeting took place despite the fact that the umpires had awarded the match to England after Pakistan had failed to meet their deadline to return to the field protesting charges of ball tampering for which Hair and Doctrove deducted five penalty runs from their score.

“Inzamam made a waving gesture to which Hair took great exception and walked out. One explanation is that the umpire felt the gesture was insulting to anyone who knew anything about Pakistani culture,” the report said. — PTI

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Younis Khan to lead Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan will lead his country in next month’s Champions Trophy in India after regular skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was banned for four one-day internationals on Thursday.

“I have been told that I have to captain the side,” Younis told Reuters on Friday. A Pakistan Cricket Board official said Younis would be formally confirmed as captain in the next few days. “We are going to miss Inzamam in the Champions Trophy and we want to win it for him because he took a stand for us and the country,” Younis said. “It is not going to be easy as the players are comfortable with his style of captaincy and he is our best batsman.” — Reuters

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Walter Hadlee dead

Wellington, September 29 
Former New Zealand cricket captain Walter Hadlee (91), father of bowling great Sir Richard Hadlee and two other Test players, died today.
Hadlee, who passed away in Christchurch after suffering a stroke, played 11 Tests for his country between 1937 and 1951 in a career interrupted by World War II.

He was a popular captain with a keen strategic sense in an era when New Zealand had yet to win a Test. The tall, bespectacled batsman Hadlee played 19 innings, scoring 543 runs at an average of 30.16. He was never dismissed for single figures, although he scored only one Test century.

His career peaked with the 1949 away series against England when New Zealand under his captaincy drew all four Tests with a line-up which included batting stars Bert Sutcliffe and Martin Donelly, and all-rounder John Reid.

“Hadlee was a courageous and enterprising batsman, a popular and successful captain who played his cricket in the sporting manner usually associated with his country,” English writer John Woodcock said.

After retiring from Test and first-class cricket, Hadlee turned to administration. He was a national selector, a New Zealand team manager, and a leading cricket board member until 1983.

Three of his five sons — Barry, Dayle and Richard — represented New Zealand. Richard Hadlee retired in 1990 with 431 Test wickets. — AFP

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Mohammad Nisar Trophy
Rizwan puts UP in command
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, September 29
The Uttar Pradesh team posted a massive total of 361 in their second innings against the injury-stricken Sialkot on the third day of Mohamad Nisar Trophy. It meant UP had an overall lead of 416.

Even as there was no sting in the Sialkot bowling attack with their ace bowler Mohammad Asif out of action with injury, man-in-form Rizwan Shamshad struck 88 runs, complementing his last innings’ knock of 84.

Resuming play from their overnight score of 14, Uttar Pradesh played effortlessly and the two openers got to their thirties. But it was skipper Suresh Raina, who took the charge and completed his half-century in 72 balls.

Raina had a valuable partnership with Ravikant Shukla, before Abdul Rehman bowled him on the last delivery before lunch for 55.

Ravikant Shukla, who was dropped by Sarfraz Ahmed in the very first over after lunch, was finally caught by Alafiz Majid off Tahir at 64. He played a sensible inning by keeping the scoreboard ticking and completed his half-century in 102 balls, despite facing some problems playing Sarfraz.

Meanwhile, Sialkot team was plagued by injuries. Nazir, who hit a brilliant 123 yesterday, hurt his wrist with his shoe spike last evening and had to be given two stitches and advised rest. With the wicket keeper of the Sialkot team also injured, two players of HPCA - Siddharth Minhas of Palampur and Satwinder Singh of Jwali - were asked to field for the Sialkot team.

Scoreboard

UP (1st innings) 316

Sialkot (1st innings) 261

UP (2nd innings)

Srivastava c Yousuf b Jahangir 33

Shiv Shukla c Yousuf b Mughal 36

Raina b Rehman 55

Ravikant Shukla c Jahangir b Mughal 64

Rizwan c Atiq b Amjad 88

Yadav not out 47

Praveen c Inam b Mughal 1

Chawla c&b Jahangir 8

Extras (b-9, lb-3, nb-17) 29

Total (7 wkts, 97.4 overs) 361

FoW: 1-57, 2-95, 3-165, 4-238, 5-326, 6-336, 7-361.

Bowling: Asif 4-1-7-0, Ahmed 22-4-68-0, Mughal 22-1-96-3, Jahangir 8.4-0-28-2, Rehman 27-1-108-1, Shoaib Malik 7-1-23-0, Amjad 5-1-16-1, Shehzad Malik 2-0-3-0.

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Hockey eves go down to Germany
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
Indian eves conceded two goals in the last eight minutes to go down 2-3 to Olympic champions Germany in their second pool match of the women’s hockey World Cup in Madrid, Spain, today. The Indians squandered a 2-1 lead to lose their second successive match. The eves had went down fighting 2-3 to the Netherlands in their first match in Pool A on Wednesday.

Germany took the lead through Anke Kuehn, who converted a penalty corner in the 21st minute. Surinder Kaur equalised for India in the 34th minute by deflecting the ball into the net off a free hit. This was Surinder’s third goal in the ongoing World Cup as she had scored a brace against the Netherlands. The two teams were locked 1-1 at half-time.

India made it 2-1 when Mamta Kharab scored a field goal in the 62nd minute. However, Germany drew parity in the next minute through Mandy Haase. A field goal by Natascha Keller made it 3-2 in Germany’s favour.

India will play their next match against England on Sunday.

In other Pool A matches, the Netherlands beat England 1-0, while hosts Spain edged out Asian Games champions China 1-0.

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Gurmit Hockey PSB, BPCL sail into semis
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 29
Justifying their seeding in the last eight, defending champions Punjab and Sind Bank routed Indian Air Force 6-0 to sail into the semifinals of the SN Vohra’s Hutch 36th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here today. Also moving into the last four were BPCL, who beat Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) 4-2.

Belying all expectations of a close contest after their promising show against Central Railway yesterday, Indian Air Force surrendered meekly to their much superior opponents, who commenced the proceedings in whirlwind fashion, slamming in two goals in the first two minutes.

Such was the bank men’s domination that the IAF had to requisition the services of their substitute goalkeeper with the goal glut assuming alarming proportions. The lead increased to 3-0 by the seventh minute and then to 5-0 in the 27th minute when the goalkeeper was replaced.

Led by international Davinder Pal, Punjab and Sind Bank displayed perfect understanding to overwhelm their opponents in the first half. Olympian Baljit Singh Saini lent strength to the midfield as the attack spearheaded by Baljit Singh Chandi, Parminder Singh, and Mandeep Singh kept IAF on the tenterhooks. Parminder Singh, who scored three goals, was later declared man of the match.

Indian Air Force, who remained at the receiving end in the first half, showed some promise in the second session but stout defence put up Sharanjit Singh and Davinder Pal coupled with intelligent goalkeeping by international Teja Singh frustrated their designs.

The match had hardly commenced when PSB’s Parminder Singh capitalised on a pass by Baljit Singh Chandi to score the first goal in the opening minute. In the very next minute the lead increased to 2-0 when Kuljinder’s drag flick off a penalty corner brooked no resistance. Five minutes later, Mandeep put Parminder in possession and the latter’s hard hit saw the ball landing in the net (3-0). Parminder boosted the tally to 4-0 when he found the target once again in the 23rd minute off a pass by Kulwinder. The fifth goal followed in the 27th minute when substitute Major Singh found the target from a difficult angle (5-0). It was at this stage that the IAF custodian was replaced.

In the second half, IAF reorganised themselves and forced as many as six penalty corners in rapid succession but a goal eluded them. On one occasion, a powerful reverse hit by Sanwar was saved by PSB custodian Teja Singh in the nick of time. Again, a back pass received by Balbir from the goal-line went waste as he only managed to scoop the ball over the horizontal.

A minute before the end, PSB scored their sixth goal when Olympian Baljit Singh Saini’s rasping hit from just inside the D left the goalkeeper flummoxed (6-0).

In the second quarterfinal, BPCL rallied to down ONGC 4-2 after having conceded a goal in the 13th minute through Anurag who scored off a short corner. The equaliser by Joginder in the 23rd minute brought BPCL back on even terms after which international Sabu Varkey put BPCL ahead with a field goal in the 27th minute. However, ONGC restored parity through Aftab Ahmed who converted a short corner at the stroke of half time.

Thereafter BPCL swung the match in their favour through successive strikes by P. Bellary and Amar Aiyamma in the 42nd and 49th minutes, respectively, to end ONGC’s campaign in the tournament. Prabhdeep Singh of BPCL was declared man-of-the-match.

Saturday’s fixtures (q-finals): Punjab Police v Namdhari XI: 4.15 pm; Ropar Hawks v IOC: 6 pm. 

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Sania bows out of Korea Open

Seoul, September 29
Sania Mirza’s dream run at the Korea Open came to an end as she went down to Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in the women’s singles quarterfinals of the $145,000 tennis event here today.

The 19-year-old Indian, who had shocked top seed Martina Hingis in the second round, lost to doubles specialist Pascual 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 at the Olympic Park tennis centre. The final set, which the Indian lost 7-3 in tie-break, was marred with a series of chair over-rules.

The Indian averted two match points but eventually succumbed to the guiles of 33-year old Pascual.

Sania said she gave her best but her 72nd ranked rival proved to be the better player in the near three-hour contest. “Losing the deciding set in tie-break is tough. I don’t think anyone can ask for more than that,” she said.

Pascual, who has three WTA Tour singles to her credit besides 33 in doubles, played a steady game and capitalised on the unforced errors by Hyderabadi girl.

The former world No.1 doubles player would play either Ai Sugiyama of Japan or Paola Suarez of Argentina in the semifinal tomorrow. — PTI

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Randhawa trails Woods by three strokes

Hertfordshire, September 29
Jyoti Randhawa trailed world No. 1 Tiger Woods by three strokes after carding a brilliant opening round of five-under 66 at the WGC American Express Championship golf here yesterday.
Randhawa landed an eagle on his way to a tied-sixth place in one of the most star-studded fields for the $7.5 million event at the Dunhill golf links.

Woods, the defending champion, had a sensational eight-under 63 with an eagle on the closing hole, seven other birdies and just one bogey, preceding the eagle.

Randhawa, who finished fifth at this tournament in 2002, the year he was Asia No.1, shot an eagle, four birdies and just one bogey in his fine round.

Irishman Padraig Harrington and England’s Ian Poulter lie in second place at 64 each, while South African star Ernie Els and Stewart Cink of the US share fourth place at 65 each.

Randhawa, who has five Asian Tour titles and one on Japan Tour, started on the 10th tee on the first day. He flew high with an eagle at the par five 15th hole and followed that up with a birdie at the next. Randhawa, who has four top-10 finishes on the Asian Tour this season, dropped his only shot of the day at the 17th hole before firing three more birdies on the inward nine.

His birdies came on the second, fifth and seventh. Randhawa, who has made some adjustments to his swing this season, needed just 26 putt.

Asian Tour member Simon Dyson, who has won twice this season and is due to play in the hero Honda Indian Open next month, carded a 67 and was tied at eighth spot.

Woods gave himself ideal start in his sixth successive stroke play tournament win when moved into the top slot at the end of the first round.

He soared on an eagle three at the 18th to go past his two nearest challengers, Harrington, who birdied five of his first seven holes.

Woods, who has won four of the six WGC American Express Championships, had just one bogey on the day at the 17th. But he recovered in sensational fashion at the 18th, a superb drive and a three wood finding the centre of the green before he holed from 20 feet to set a new course record.

Atwal tied 11th

Madison (USA): Arjun Atwal boosted his chances of retaining a card for 2007 with a fine three-under 69 on the opening day of the $3 million Southern Farm Bureau Classic at the Annandale Golf Club yesterday.

Atwal, who needs at least a couple of good top-10 finishes to secure his card in the remaining four events, had a roller-coaster of round to finish four stroke behind leader D J Trahan. Atwal is tied for 11th with five others, the 50-year-old Fred Funk, Bo Van Pelt, Robert Damron, Shigeki Maruyama and John Huston at 69 each. — PTI

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Indian Open golf

New Delhi, September 29
Though Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal will be the notable absentees, the Hero Honda Indian Open Golf Championship, to be held at the Delhi Golf Club course here from October 19 to 22, has attracted a star-studded field, including European Tour winners Andrew Coltart from Scotland, Englishman Simon Dyson and Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.
Mr Pawan Munjal, Chief Executive Officer of title sponsors Hero Honda, announced a steep hike in the total prize money, which will be $400,000 this year — an increase of $ 100,000. — OSR

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Mayo College, Ashoka Hall to clash in final
Tribune News Service

Dharampur, September 29
Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer, will take on Ashoka Hall, Nainital, in the final of the 6th IPSC Girls Cricket Tournament being held at Pinegrove School here. In the first semifinal, Mayo College defeated Maharani Gayatri Devi, Jaipur.

The latter won the toss and elected to bat. They scored 112 runs for five in stipulated 20 overs. Padmini top scored with 24 runs followed by Paridhi who scored 23. Mayo girls achieved the target in 18 overs. Pankhuri scored 31 while Pragati hit 28. Pankhuri of Mayo College was adjudged the player of the match.

Ashoka Hall, Nainital, defeated Pinegrove School, Subathu. Batting first, Pinegrove girls were out on meager 44 runs in 11.1 overs. Ashoka Hall achieved the target in just eight overs for the loss of two wickets. Sonal and Ashwarya took three wickets each for Nanital school. Sonal was adjudged as the player of the match. 

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Karnataka move into quarters

Gurgaon, September 29
Karnataka came from behind and edged out a gritty Chhattisgarh 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out to book a berth in the quarterfinals of the 61st Santosh Trophy here today.

In an entertaining pre-quarterfinal match, Karnataka missed several sitters and the two teams were locked 1-1 in regulation time and extra time. For Karnataka, J. Murli, Xavier Vijay Kumar, B. Prakash and D. Raju found the target in penalty shoot-out. For Chattisgarh, Deepangshu Mazumdar and P. Krishna Naidu found the net. — UNI

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A kangaroo fights against a buffoon during a boxing match at the 4th National Animal Games in Shanghai on Friday
A kangaroo fights against a buffoon during a boxing match at the 4th National Animal Games in Shanghai on Friday. Over 300 animals from all over China are competing in more than 50 events. — AP/PTI 

Punjab to host national hockey
Jalandhar
: Punjab will host the 62nd Senior National Hockey Championship from October 20 to November 4. The matches will be held at Jalandhar, Bhaini Sahib Hockey Academy, Ludhiana, and Amritsar.
The trials to select the state team for the championships would be held on October 7 at Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton Park, Jalandhar, at 2.30 pm, according to the information received from the Punjab Hockey Association. The teams would be divided into eight pools for the championship. After the preliminary league round, the matches would be played on knock-out basis, with two top teams qualifying for the next round, the super league. There would be four pools for the super league and the matches would be from October 27 at Jalandhar. — TNS

Castrol Awards
Mumbai
: Legendary spinner Erapalli Prasanna has been conferred with Castrol Lifetime Achievement Award at a function held here on Friday.
The Castrol Awards for Cricketing Excellence, in its eighth year now, presented three awards with Piyush Chawla bagging the Castrol Junior Cricketer of the Year Award and India’s pacewoman Jhulam Goswami bagging the Castrol Special Award for her outstanding bowling on the recent tour of England. The other awards, Castrol Cricketer of the Year and outstanding performance awards, will be given away at another ceremony to be held in Johannesburg in South Africa in December this year. — UNI

Talukdar qualifies
New Delhi
: Jayant Talukdar booked a berth for the Archery World Cup finals to be held in Mexico despite bowing out in the preliminary round of the individual men’s recurve event in the Shanghai World Cup on Thursday. Talukdar will be accompanied by top two archers — Ilario Di Buo of Italy and Kyung Mo Park of Korea and also Magnus Petersson of Sweden. — PTI

Cork penalised
LONDON
: Former England bowler Dominic Cork has been fined and banned for one one-day match next season after being found guilty of abusing a doping control official.
The incident took place in the aftermath of Lancashire’s defeat by Sussex in the final of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy last month and Cork has apologised to the official concerned, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday. — AFP

BSF athletics
Jalandhar
: Jammu Frontier lifted the overall trophy with 88.5 points at the four-day 29th Inter-Frontier BSF Athletics Meet which concluded at the Ashwani Stadium, BSF campus, Jalandhar Cantt, on Friday. Punjab were second with 66.5 points, while South Bengal finished third with 64 points.
The meet was declared open by Mr NPS Aulakh, IPS, Additional Director-General, HQ ADG (West) Chandigarh, on September 26 while the closing ceremony was presided over by Mr A.K. Mitra, Director-General. — TNS

Hockey nationals
Jalandhar:
Punjab will host the 62nd Senior National Hockey Championship from October 20 to November 4. The matches will be held at Jalandhar, Bhaini Sahib Hockey Academy, Ludhiana, and Amritsar. The trials to select the state team for the championships would be held on October 7 at Surjit Hockey Stadium, Burlton Park, Jalandhar, at 2.30 pm, according to the information received from the Punjab Hockey Association. The teams would be divided into eight pools for the championship. After the preliminary league round, the matches would be played on knock-out basis, with two top teams qualifying for the next round, the super league. — TNS

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