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Hayden calls it quits
Sydney, January 13
In this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo, Matthew Hayden raises his bat while walking off after he was caught out for 123 runs against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the second Test. Hayden announced his retirement from international cricket Australia batsman Matthew Hayden announced his retirement from international cricket today, drawing stumps on a dazzling career as one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time.
In this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo, Matthew Hayden raises his bat while walking off after he was caught out for 123 runs against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the second Test. Hayden announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday. AP/PTI 

Chasing 402, UP struggle at 91 for 3
Hyderabad, January 13
Mumbai's Zaheer Khan celebrates the dismissal of UP batsman Tanmay Srivastava. Having allowed Mumbai to amass 402 runs in their first innings, Uttar Pradesh lost early wickets to be left struggling at 91 for three at close on the second day of the Ranji Trophy cricket final here today.




Mumbai's Zaheer Khan celebrates the dismissal of UP batsman Tanmay Srivastava. PTI




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Hussey, White script Oz 6-wkt win over SA
Brisbane, January 13
Michael Hussey did a redemption act after a woeful Test series as he struck an unbeaten half century (53) to lead Australia to a six-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa here today.

Kiwis clinch series 2-1
Wellington, January 13
New Zealand beat West Indies by nine runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-disrupted fifth one-day international at Mclean Park in Napier today to win the series 2-1.

Dalbir academy score 1-0 win
Nabha, January 13
Dalbir Football Academy, Patiala, rode on skipper Harpreet Singh to notch up an impressive 1-0 win against CISF while SNC, Banga scraped past DFA, Kapurthala 6-4 after taking the tie-breaker route in the 32nd Gurdarshan memorial football tournament played at the Ripudaman college ground here today.

India to play 5 ODIs, one T20 game in Sri Lanka 
Colombo, January 13
The Indian cricket team will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match in Sri Lanka next month, the dates of which would be announced soon, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said here today.



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Hayden calls it quits

Sydney, January 13
Australia batsman Matthew Hayden announced his retirement from international cricket today, drawing stumps on a dazzling career as one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time.

The 37-year-old had planned to retire after this year's Ashes tour of England but told a Brisbane news conference he knew his time to quit had come.

''Today I am announcing my retirement from representative cricket effective immediately,'' he said.

''This is a decision that I have not taken lightly and I am here after much thought, consideration and discussion with my family and close friends.

''It is ultimately my decision and I know that now is the time to move on to the next stage of my life and career.'' Hayden, a powerfully built left-hander and prolific run-scorer, played 103 Tests for Australia between 1994 and 2009, scoring 8,625 runs at an average of 50.73.

The Queenslander completed 30 centuries, including 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003, which briefly stood as the world record for the highest Test score.

Hayden was just as effective as a one-day player, amassing 6,131 runs from 161 appearances and featuring in the Australian teams that won the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.

''There are zero regrets when it comes to my cricket performance,'' he told reporters.

''Rightly or wrongly I have tried to extract every ounce of ability I have been given and turned it into performance.''

Hayden was a key member of an Australian team that dominated world cricket for the past decade, forming a devastating opening partnership with fellow lefthander Justin Langer.

Yet, Hayden's career will be remembered as much for his stubborn fight against adversity as the number and manner of runs he scored.

He was dropped after his first Test in 1994 and made only six appearances before finally establishing himself as a permanent member of the team in 2000.

He enjoyed a golden run over the next five seasons, piling on the runs and scooping up awards, before his age finally started to catch up with him and his team mates started to disappear.

Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Langer and Damien Martyn all retired during the 2006-07 Ashes series and Adam Gilchrist quit a year ago.

Hayden's place in the team was starting to come under scrutiny but he vowed to play on. He fought his way back into the one-day team to play a starring role at the 2007 World Cup but speculation about his future intensified over the last year.

His retirement came as little surprise after he was dropped from the one-day team last week and selectors revealed he was no longer certain of making the Ashes squad.

''I believe I could play Twenty20 and one-day cricket but I recognised it is time to move on,'' he said.

''I have spent the last 17 years doing something I love and that has been playing cricket for my country.

''I've lived the dream of every kid who ever picked up a cricket bat or ball and wanted to wear the Baggy Green.'' His former team mates were quick to pay tribute.

''Matty is a legend of the game - he's got nothing left to prove. His career stands alone,'' said McGrath.

Mark Waugh said the opener had shown perfect timing. ''While it's very disappointing we won't see him again in Australian colours, it's a good time to reflect on how good a player he was,'' Waugh told Australian television. Reuters

Justin Langer The one that's in my memory and my soul at the moment is my last Test match (against England)... we won the series 5-0 and walked off together, so it was a fairytale end and one that I'll never forget thanks to my big mate

Justin Langer 

Ricky PontingI don't think there is any doubt about that (being Australia's best opener), you can even look back through the history books and try and see if there has ever been a better opening batsman in the game, let alone Australia.



Ricky Ponting

Glenn McGrathIt's been an absolute honour and a privilege to play with him and even more so to call him a mate. And to me Matty is a legend of the game; he's got nothing left to prove, his career stands alone.




Glenn McGrath

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Chasing 402, UP struggle at 91 for 3

Hyderabad, January 13
Having allowed Mumbai to amass 402 runs in their first innings, Uttar Pradesh lost early wickets to be left struggling at 91 for three at close on the second day of the Ranji Trophy cricket final here today.

Resuming at the overnight score of 297 for six, Mumbai capitalised on Uttar Pradesh's fielding lapses as they scored 105 more runs before the innings folded up and then pace spearhead Zaheer Khan sparkled with two wickets to put the opposition on the back foot.

Uttar Pradesh dropped as many as four catches and missed one stumping and two run-outs to allow Mumbai to gain the upper hand.

At close, Uttar Pradesh were trailing by 311 runs with seven wickets remaining in the five-day match being played at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium at Uppal.

Opener Shivakant Shukla was batting on 46 and Parvinder Singh was yet to open his account.

UP team was reeling at 6 for two in less than three overs of the start of their innings with Zaheer removing opener Tushar Srivastava by getting him caught behind by Samant in the fourth ball of the third over.

UP received another jolt when next batsman Suresh Raina was gone in a blink after facing just one ball. Raina was run out by Sairaj Bahutule on duck.

The other opener Shivakant Shukla, however, played cautiously and seemed like repeating his semifinal performance, which helped UP secure the final berth. PTI

Scoreboard

Mumbai (1st innings):

(overnight 297/6)

Samant lbw b B Kumar 26

Jaffer lbw b B Kumar 1

Rahane lbw b RP 23

Tendulkar c Shukla b B Kumar 0

Rohit c Parvinder b Gupta 141

Nayar lbw b B Kumar 99

Bahutule c Amir b B Kumar 0

Agarkar c and b Parvinder 47

Powar c Chawla b Gupta 0

Zaheer c Parvinder b RP 33

Kulkarni not out 11

Extras (b 8, lb 6, w 2, nb 5): 21

Total (all out in 131 overs): 402

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-42, 3-55, 4-55, 5-262, 6-262, 7-344, 8-344, 9-358.

Bowling: P Kumar 34-8-85-0, B Kumar 30-9-78-5, RP Singh 27-3-100-3, Parvinder Singh 8-2-29-0, P Chawla 15-2-57-0, P Gupta 15-6-29-2, S Raina 2-0-10-0.

Uttar Pradesh (1st innings):

Srivastava c Samant b Zaheer 6

Shukla batting 46

Raina run out 0

Kaif c Samant b Zaheer 33

Parvinder batting 0

Extras (lb-1, wd-1, nb 4): 6

Total (for 3 wkts in 47 overs): 91

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-6, 3-91.

Bowling: Z Khan 13-10-11-2, D Kulkarni 8-4-24-0, A Agarkar 8-3-25-0, R Powar 8-2-11-0, A Nayar 5-3-6-0, S Bahutule 5-2-13-0. PTI 

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Hussey, White script Oz 6-wkt win over SA

Brisbane, January 13
Michael Hussey did a redemption act after a woeful Test series as he struck an unbeaten half century (53) to lead Australia to a six-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa here today.

In the match played in the backdrop of Australian opener Matthew Hayden's retirement, Hussey shared two crucial 50-plus stands - 61 with captain Ricky Ponting for the third wicket and 69 with Cameron White (40) for the unbroken fifth wicket - to guide his side to a comfortable win after South Africa had scored 157 for five largely revolving around J P Duminy's unbeaten 69.

The home side were off to a shaky start with the two openers gone for 29, but after that the Australians were never in trouble.

Ponting contributed a useful 31-ball 38 and though there was a bit of hiccup when David Hussey was out for 2-ball two, Hussey and White took the home side to 161 for four with seven balls to spare.

The packed 40,000 crowd at the Gabba, who gave a standing ovation to Hayden when he ran a lap of honour during the innings break, later saw a lot of stunning hits in the 69-run stand for the fourth wicket between Hussey and White in just 5.5 overs, though the duo each enjoyed reprieves from the South African fielders. PTI

Scoreboard 

South Africa:

Amla c White b Hilfenhaus 26

Gibbs c M Hussey b Hopes 6

Duminy not out 69

Jaarsveld lbw b D Hussey 0

Boucher c Tait b Hopes 19

J Morkel c D Hussey

b Bracken 19

McKenzie not out 7

Extras (lb-7, wd-4): 11

Total (for 5 wickets in 20 overs): 157

Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-40, 3-41, 4-90, 5-128.

Bowling: S Tait 4-0-37-0, N Bracken 4-0-29-1, B Hilfenhaus 4-0-32-1, J Hopes 4-0-29-2, D Hussey 3-0-18-1, M Hussey 1-0-5-0. PTI

Australia:

Marsh c Botha

b M Morkel 15

Warner b Steyn 7

Ponting run out 38

M Hussey not out 53

D Hussey c Duminy

b M Morkel 2

White not out 40

Extras (lb-3, wd-3): 6

Total (4 wickets in 18.5 overs): 161

Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-29, 3-90, 4-92.

Bowling: J Botha 4-0-19-0, D Steyn 3-0-19-1, D Parnell 4-0-44-0, M Morkel 3.5-0-32-2, J Morkel 3-0-36-0, JP Duminy 1-0-8-0. PTI 

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Kiwis clinch series 2-1

Wellington, January 13
New Zealand beat West Indies by nine runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-disrupted fifth one-day international at Mclean Park in Napier today to win the series 2-1.

Chasing 294 for victory after Chris Gayle's 135 and Shivnarine Chanderpaul's 94 had lifted the visitors to 293 for nine, New Zealand were 211 for five after 35 overs when players left the field in heavy rain.

West Indies:

Gayle c Taylor b Mills 135

Chattergoon b Mills 1

Sarwan c Elliott b Gillespie 22

Chanderpaul c Guptill b Ryder 94

Findlay run out 3

Pollard c Taylor b Gillespie 19

Ramdin b Gillespie 9

Powell c McCullum b Mills 4

Nash not out 1

Edwards b Gillespie 1

Extras: (lb-2, w-2): 4

Total: (50 overs for 9): 293

Fall of wickets: 1-1 2-73 3-243 4-247 5-272 6-279 7-291 8-291 9-293

Bowling: Mills 10-2-57-3, Gillespie 10-0-58-4 (w-1), Southee 10-0-63-0 (w-1), Vettori 10-1-45-0, Ryder 6-0-35-1, Elliott 4-0-33-0

New Zealand:

Ryder c Findlay b Powell 21

McCullum c Findlay b Baker 41

Guptill c Ramdin b Pollard 43

Taylor not out 48

Flynn c&b Powell 21

Broom lbw Powell 0

Elliott not out 14

Extras: (b-1, lb-6, w-13, nb-3): 23

Total: (for 5 wickets): 211

FoW: 1-59 2-96 3-138 4-175 5-175

Bowling: Edwards 5-0-46-0 (nb-3), Powell 10-0-66-3 (w-6), Baker 6-0-36-1, Pollard 10-0-40-1 (w-2), Nash 4-0-16-0 (w-1)

Result: NZ won by nine runs

(D/L method) Reuters 

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Dalbir academy score 1-0 win
Ravi Dhaliwal

Nabha, January 13
Dalbir Football Academy, Patiala, rode on skipper Harpreet Singh to notch up an impressive 1-0 win against CISF while SNC, Banga scraped past DFA, Kapurthala 6-4 after taking the tie-breaker route in the 32nd Gurdarshan memorial football tournament played at the Ripudaman college ground here today.

Up against a thoroughly professional outfit like CISF, the young and exuberant Dalbir academy lads played with verve and were never overawed by the reputation of their rivals.

For the Patiala team, captain Harpreet Singh played a pivotal role and turned out to be the fulcrum around which the academy lads wove their moves. Medio Preet Jot too played well and most of the moves in the midfield were planned and executed by him with precision. For his efforts Preet Jot was justly awarded the Man-of-the-Match award.

Dalbir academy pumped in the first goal in the beginning of the first half when Sunil Kumar rose above the defence to chest a long aeriel ball floated in by Preet Jot from the left flank. After playing a passing bout with Harpreet Singh, Sunil Kumar displayed good ball control to push it past the defence horde and finally executed a hard shot which went past the diving CISF goal tender.

Buoyed by this success, the academy boys started attacking with renewed vigour and put three strikers upfront. They could have got a cool two goal cushion but the CISF defence stood like a rock and withstood several raids by the troika of Harpreet, Preet Jot and Sunil Kumar.

Dalbir Academy now play their pre-quarterfinal match against JCT academy tomorrow, a contest which is sure be an acid test for the Patiala outfit..

In the second match, SNC, Banga and DFA Kapurthala played a 1-1 draw in regulation time before the former won 6-4 in the tie breaker.

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India to play 5 ODIs, one T20 game in Sri Lanka 

Colombo, January 13
The Indian cricket team will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match in Sri Lanka next month, the dates of which would be announced soon, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said here today.

"We have agreed to visit Sri Lanka and play five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match before we go to New Zealand for our pre-fixed tour. The exact dates will be finalised soon and will be released jointly," Srinivasan said in a press conference.

Srinivasan also thanked Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge for assuring that Sri Lankan cricketers would be available for the second edition of the Indian Premier League scheduled in April.

He also thanked the SLC for supporting the BCCI's stand on the rebel Indian Cricket League.

The cancellation of India's tour of Pakistan following the terror attacks in Mumbai provided a gap in the calendar and Sri Lanka too split their hastily arranged Pakistan tour to accommodate this series. PTI 

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 BRIEFLY

Seoul
Saina gets opening round walkover:
India's Saina Nehwal moved to the second round of the women's singles in the Yonex Korea Super Series 2009 after Charmaine Reid of Canada gave her a walkover in the opener here on Tuesday. The fifth-seeded Indian will next face Adrianti Firdasari of Indonesia, who also withdrew against Finland's Anu Nieminen. The tournament started today with the finals slated on January 18. The other Indian in fray in the women's singles, Aditi Mutatkar, will meet Julia Pei Xian of Malaysia in the first round tomorrow. The Indian men's contingent will start their campaign on Wednesday with Arvind Bhat facing compatriot Chetan Anand while P Kashyap will be up against seventh-seed Przemyslav Wacha of Poland. Anup Sridhar faces Wei NG of Hong Kong and Anand Pawar will meet Malaysian Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif. The men's doubles pair of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas too got a walkover against Indonesian pair Wijaya Rendra and Joko Riyadi in the first round. In mixed doubles, India's V Diju and Jwala Gutta will begin their campaign in the first round against Yeon Seong Yoo and Min Jung Kim of Japan. PTI

Karachi
Malik does not deserve captaincy, Yousuf:
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf believes Shoaib Malik does not deserve to be the national captain and said his appointment was an injustice. Yousuf, who is banned from playing in Pakistan having joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) last year, said Malik's appointment in 2007 over other senior players was hugely unfair. ''It is perhaps for the first time in Pakistan cricket that a player who is not a certain choice in the Test and one-day team has been made captain,'' Yousuf told the Geo Super Sports channel. The veteran of 79 Tests and 269 one-day internationals and former ICC Test Player of the Year said he joined the ICL and put his international career on the line because of shabby treatment from Malik and former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed. ''Tell me, does Malik command an automatic place in the Pakistan test or one-day team?'' he asked. ''Yet the board made him captain.'' Reuters

Lahore
Malaysia rejects Pak invite for hockey series:
The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF), which is yet to appoint a foreign coach for their team, has turned an invitation by the PHF for a Test series next month. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had extended an invitation to the MHF for a series in February to revive hockey activities at home. However, the MHF was forced to turn down the proposal since the Malaysian team is without a coach at present. ''The PHF was awaiting a final decision, but the MHF officials have turned down our request, saying they have yet to appoint a foreign coach for their team and above all their team is not prepared for the tour,'' a PHF spokesman was quoted as saying by the 'Daily Mail'. An MHF official said in a message that the foreign coach for their team is yet to be appointed and they also don't have the proper preparation for the proposed tour. The PHF would now request Korea, China and Japan to come to Pakistan and play a hockey series for the preparations of the Asia Cup to be held in May in Dubai. UNI

Sydney
Serena flexes her muscles in Sydney:
Serena Williams rebounded from her shaky start to the year with an awesome demonstration of her Australian Open intent at the Sydney International today. The world number two showed no signs of rustiness in her scrappy first-round win over Samantha Stosur as she demolished Italy's Sara Errani 6-1 6-2. The American belted nine aces past her bewildered opponent in an ominous warning to her rivals ahead of next week's first grand slam of the season. ''I played a little better today but I can still improve on some things and that's what I want to do,'' she told a news conference. ''I don't want to peak too soon, I just want to stay level for the whole season.'' The powerful Russian contingent also flexed their muscles, with Dinara Safina, Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova all advancing to Wednesday's quarter-finals. World number three Safina was ruthless in her 6-3, 6-0 win over fellow Russian Vera Dushevina while Kuznetsova showed her determination to get out of a tight corner in her 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 victory over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

Dubai
Proteas fined for slow over-rate
: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined South Africa for mantaining a slow over-rate during its 52-run defeat against Australia in the first Twenty20 match at Melbourne. ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle imposed the fines after the Proteas were ruled to be one over short of their target when time allowances were taken into consideration during their Twenty20 match on January 11. In accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct, players are fined five per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, Botha was fined 10 per cent of his match fee while his players received five-per-cent fines. The offence is contrary to Section J of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to slow over-rates. For such offences, the decision of the ICC match referee is final and binding. UNI

New Delhi
Open qualifiers: Somdev to lock horns with Prakash:
Aiming to make the main draw of Australian Open, Somdev Devavrman will on Wednesday clash with compatriot Prakash Amritraj in the first round of the qualifying event of the first Grand Slam of the year. Somdev, who put up a stellar show at Chennai Open by reaching the finals, has been seeded 28 in the draw of 128. As 16 players will make the men's singles event from the qualifying event, only one Indian can advance either Somdev or Prakash. PTI

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