Sunset for Somerset
Pollard powers T&T win over NSW
Kalmadi softens, but doesn’t want Hooper
RCB face Daredevils in clash of
Sunset for Somerset
Hyderabad, October 16
The Eagles bowlers, especially Cornelius de Villiers (4/17) did a brilliant job -- allowing just one significant partnership in the Somerset innings -- restricting the English outfit to a modest 132 for eight wickets.
The same discipline was the hall-mark of their chase as Morne van Wyk (47) and Ryan Bailey (29) guided them near the victory mark and their teammates completed the rest with 1.2 overs to spare.
The Eagles got off to an eventful start in their pursuit for the 133-run victory with in-form Rilee Rossouw (13) in the thick of things. The attacking left-hander, who had slammed a half-century against Sussex, was clearly in a hurry today.
He came down the track to meet the first ball he received to send it across the rope, while depositing the fourth delivery in the sight-screen for a massive six to make a statement of intent.
Charl Willoughby's torment, however, was soon over as Alfredo Thomas pouched Rossouw's skier at mid-on to see the back of the batsman, who was looking ominous.
Morne van Wyk and Adrian McLaren (13) maintained the tempo, picking boundaries at will and their stance had yielded 30 quick runs when McLaren fell to Willoughby, having hit the bowler for a four in the previous delivery.
If van Wyk was perturbed after losing two partners, it did not show as he smote Max Waller for a huge six over mid-wicket. In keeping with the trend, just when things were looking picture-perfect for the Eagles, came the next setback as captain Boeta Dippenaar (18) holed out to Wes Durston off Waller in the 12th over.
The situation merited caution and van Wyk sensibly retreated into a shell, leaving the job of scoring to Ryan Bailey (29). Both eventually fell in quick succession but by then, the writing was clear on the wall for Somerset and Ryan McLaren and Alan Kruger completed the formality.
Earlier, Wes Durston starred in a 77-run stand with James Hildreth to guide Somerset to 132 for eight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Recovering from the shock of Marcus Trescothick's sudden departure for home due to stress-related illness, Somerset found themselves in a hole at 52 for five inside nine overs with Corneius de Villiers (4/17) wreaking havoc on their top and middle order. — PTI
Kieswetter lbw b de Villiers 8 (9)
Langer b Tshabalala 12 (14)
Suppiah lbw b de Villiers 0 (1)
de Bruyn c McLaren b de Villiers 2 (8)
Hildreth c Rossouw b Coetzee 31 (40)
Trego c & b Kruger 6 (11)
Durston c McLaren b de Villiers 57 (32)
Phillips c McLaren b Coetzee 0 (4)
Thomas not out 1 (1)
Waller not out 0 (2)
Extras (lb 10, w 3, nb 2) 15
Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 132
Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-12, 3-18, 4-40, 5-52, 6-129, 7-131, 8-131.
Bowling: Coetzee 4-0-24-2, de Villiers 4-2-17-4, van Schalkwyk 1-0-9-0, McLaren 4-0-31-0, Tshabalala 3-0-18-1, Kruger 3-0-14-1, Bailey 1-0-9-0.
van Wyk c Kieswetter b Thomas 47 (41)
Rossouw c Thomas b Willoughby 13 (8)
McLaren c Durston b Willoughby 13 (14)
Dippenaar c Durston b Waller 18 (19)
Bailey c Waller b Thomas 29 (24)
McLaren not out 4 (5)
Kruger not out 0 (1)
Extras (lb 8, w 1) 9
Total (5 wickets; 18.4 overs) 133
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-46, 3-77,
Bowling: Thomas 3.4-0-20-2, Willoughby 4-0-29-2, Phillips 4-0-22-0, Waller 4-0-28-1, Trego 3-0-26-0.
Hyderabad, October 16
The Australian outfit had posted a mammoth 170 on the board and as the T&T chase started looking shaky, the result was looking one-sided, but clearly Pollard had other plans.
He was aided by some useful innings in the middle by captain Darren Ganga, Darren Bravo and wicket keeper Dinesh Ramdin.
Earlier, opening duo Philip Hughes and David Warner made merry against an inexperienced Trinidad & Tobago attack as New South Wales posted a mammoth 170 for four.
Hughes played a destructive 64-ball 83 run innings while Warner made a quickfire 63 off 41 balls as the duo raised 121 runs for the opening wicket to set the platform for the big total.
Dwayne Bravo was the most successful bowler for Trinidad and Tobago with figures of three for 31, while left-arm chinaman bowler Dave Mohammed took one wicket, giving away 26 runs.
Opting to bat, Warner and Hughes gave a rollicking start to the NSW innings, scoring 24 runs in the first two overs.
Both the left-handers were in a murderous mood from the word go as they clobbered Ravi Rampaul for three boundaries to pile up 14 runs in the opening over.
Sensing the ease with which the NSW openers were negotiating the pacers, Darren Ganga introduced his brother Sherwin Ganga into the attack in the third over and the off-spinner did justice to his skipper's call, giving away just 17 runs in his four overs. — PTI
New South Wales:
Hughes c Pollard b Dwayne 83 (64)
Warner c Dwayne b Mohammed 63 (41)
Henriques c Simmons b Dwayne 17 (11)
Rohrer c Pollard b Dwayne 2 (3)
S Smith not out 3 (1)
Extras (lb 1, w 1) 2
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-121, 2-164, 3-164, 4-170.
Bowling: Rampaul 3-0-38-0, Dwayne 4-0-31-3, S Ganga 4-0-17-0, Mohammed 4-0-26-1, Simmons 4-0-33-0, Badree 1-0-24-0.
Trinidad & Tobago:
Simmons lbw b Bollinger 3 (6)
Perkins c Hauritz b Lee 16 (13)
Dwayne c Bollinger b Henriques 1 (5)
D Ganga run out 32 (26)
DM Bravo run out 27 (24)
Ramdin run out 23 (13)
Pollard not out 54 (18)
S Ganga not out 4 (7)
Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 3, nb 1) 11
Total (6 wickets; 18.3 overs) 171
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-26, 3-30, 4-77, 5-91, 6-118.
Bowling: B Lee 3-0-17-1, Bollinger 4-0-22-1, Henriques 3.3-0-49-1, Hauritz 2-0-22-0, Clark 4-0-27-0, Smith 2-0-27-0.
Osaka, October 16
With Bartoli hampered by a right shoulder injury, Sania controlled the proceedings in the hour-long match, although the Indian said she did not play all that well. "You always like to win match point, so it was unfortunate but I felt I was playing well and was in control.
At the end of the day, a win is a win. The big thing for me is that I was outplaying a top 15 player, who was in good form," Sania said.
Sania will next play fourth seed Francesca Schiavone, who didn't even need to take the court as her seventh seeded rival Melinda Czink withdrew due to a right foot injury. Sania faced eight break points in the first set itself but managed to save seven of them.
"I'm pleased that after two weeks of not playing my best, I'm finishing on a high and have made the semifinals. I'm playing a good friend next," Sania said.
Sania and Schiavone have played twice before, with the Italian losing the first set in both meetings but coming back to win both in three setters. — PTI
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New Delhi, October 16
Randhir will also oversee and co-ordinate the functioning of the 23 sub-committees working under various functional areas of the Organising Committee. Meanwhile, Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi "clarified" that he had not asked for the sacking of Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation Mike Hooper, but had only asked for him to be relocated in London.
He said Clause 30 (f), dealing with Knowledge Transfer and GKMP in the Host City Contract, did not provide for the permanent presence of a CGF representtive in the Organising Committee's office. Kalmadi said he would discuss all matters arising out of the Indian Olympic Association directive to repatriate Hooper to London and the formation of the Technical Review Panel with CGF president Mike Fennell when they meet in London later this months before the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay.
New Delhi, October 16
"The Organising Committee expected Mr Hooper to play the role of the advisor and guide it. I am very unhappy to say that he has offered us little advice. With one year to go for the Games, I need the right people here and I cannot be getting into a confrontation with the CEO of CGF," said Kalmadi, who had eariler described Hooper as an "impediment" to Delhi's preparation for the Games.
"I shall place before (CGF President Michael) Fennell all the details when I meet him in London on October 28 or 29. I will ask Mr Fennell to depute someone who can work with us. That is all. We need someone who guides and encourages us and not confront us at all meetings," Kalmadi, who also heads the Indian Olympic Association, said in a statement.
Kalmadi said he would meet Fennell in London later this month before the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay and try to convince the CGF chief to relocate Hooper and not to set up the Independent Technical Review Panel. Kalmadi also made it clear that IOA had not demanded for Hooper's sacking from the CGF chief executive's post and merely asked for him to be relocated in London.
Kalmadi also made it clear that Hooper was unwelcome in the OC headquarters. "Clause 30 (f) dealing with Knowledge Transfer and GKMP in the Host City Contract does not provide for the permanent presence of a CGF representative in the Organising Committee office," Kalmadi said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, the showdown between the Commonwealth Games organisers and their international bosses took a moreacrimonious turn with the CGF rejecting calls for Hooper's ouster and bluntly telling the Organising Committee to focus on the work at hand. — PTI
Bangalore, October 16
In a match which would see several cricketing stars in action, the Royal Challengers, who were thumped by Victorian Bushrangers in the League B opener yesterday, just cannot afford to lose tomorrow as that would confirm their ouster. The Bangalore squad looked well-balanced on paper with world-class batsmen and bowlers in their ranks but they have not been able to put their act together in the tournament so far, having won just one game out of four.
Any side which has Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Mark Boucher would be a formidable batting unit but they have not fired in unison in the two out of four matches. In the bowling front also, Bangalore boasts of Anil Kumble, Kallis, Dale Steyn, Roelof van der Merwe and Praveen Kumar but here again, except for Kallis, none has been consistent.
Bangalore need an inspired performance from Kumble tomorrow against the likes of his former India teammates Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
Incidentally, Delhi Daredevils has a similar concern with its batting. Their key player Tillakaratne Dilshan is struggling and more importantly, the burden of captaincy seems to have bogged down Gautam Gambhir. Only Sehwag seems to be enjoying his game, while consistency eludes Dinesh Karthik.
One department which could tilt the balance in favour of the Daredevils could be their bowling with Australian Dirk Nannes carrying over his red-hot form of the Indian Premier League II. He has taken four wickets out of the two group matches. The Daredevils had also been strengthened by the good showing of retired Australian great Glenn McGrath in their last match against Wayamba of Sri Lanka.
The born-again Ashish Nehra is yet to make his mark in the tournament while Amit Mishra has been average so far.Squads (From): Royal Challengers Bangalore: Anil Kumble (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Balachandra Akhil, Rajesh Bishnoi, Mark Boucher, Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Manish Pandey, Ross Taylor, Robin Uthappa, Roelof van der Merwe and Vinay Kumar.
Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir (c), Virender Sehwag, Rajat Bhatia, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Karthik, Mithun Manhas, Amit Mishra, Yogesh Nagar, Dirk Nannes, Ashish Nehra, Aavishkar Salvi, Pradeep Sangwan, Owais Shah, Manoj Tiwary. — PTI
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