CSK snap KKR’s winning streak
Kings not up to the Challenge
PAU opens road named after former Olympians
Pirthi Pal Singh
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New Delhi, March 16
Both Gambhir and Sehwag gave a fine exposition of their batting might against Kings XI and Rajasthan respectively. The Ferozeshah Kotla is their own fiefdom where Gambhir and Sehwag had revelled in many a brilliant knock. Mumbai Indians were lucky to scrape past Rajasthan Royals in opener, despite Yusuf Pathan’s blistering century.
Though star batsmen Jayasuriya and Sachin had failed to fire, Mumbai found two young talent coming to their rescue -Tiwari and Rayudu, who both cracked quick-fire half centuries, and were involved in a 110-run partnership. But the Delhi Daredevils are a different kettle of fish, that too in their own backyard, and the visitors would find the going really tough against the hosts in the flood-lit match.
Kotla ground was mired in a major controversy following the abandonment of the India-Sri Lanka ODI match here a few months ago on account of the pitch being “dangerous” for play. The ICC subsequently imposed a one-year ban, and the IPL is expected to erase that balck spot from Kotla’s name.
For the past few weeks, curator Venkat Sundaram, a former Delhi and North Zone opener, has been working on the pitch hard to bring it to the level of international standard. And expectedly, it would be a batsman-friendly pitch, aiding the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir to indulge in their uninhibited strokeplay.
Mumbai Indians will have to come up with something extra if they want to tame Daredevils in their lair, which would be a tough task indeed. But Sachin was happy at the state of the pitch. “It looks like a good wicket..a typical Delhi wicket, which looks bare with no grass cover on it”, he said after a practice session.
With both the teams boasting of many cricket icons, the match has generated tremendous interest, though security people are yet again playing their role of the spoilsports. The media has already got a taste of the tight security on the eve of the match, as most parts of the pavilion area were inaccessible to them.
Kolkata, March 16
Ealier, electing to bat, CSK rode on a late blitzkrieg by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who plundered an unbeaten 66 from 33 balls, and Subramaniam Badrinath (43 not out off 33 balls) to post 164 for three after a slow start. Chasing a challenging total, the Kolkata batsmen competed in gifting away wickets as their top half were back in the pavillion by the ninth over at team score of 55.
None of the KKR top order batsmen made any significant contribution with Wriddhiman Saha top-scoring with a 13-ball 22. Spinner Murali Kartik was the next highest scorer with 21. Laxmi Ratan Shukla contributed 19 while captain Sourav Ganguly made 11. With today's loss, KKR's two-game winning streak was snapped.
The Kolkata outfit made a disastrous start in their run chase with opener Brad Hodge falling for a duck in the second ball of the innings with R Ashwin taking a fine catch after the Australian tried to pull an Albie Morkel short ball.
Seven balls later, last match half centurion Manoj Tiwary perished to a Mapreet Gony incoming delivery and the KKR batsman found his middle stump cartwheeling for eight.
Wriddhiman Saha looked good in his brief innings of 22 from 13 balls studded with five fours. Having hit Balaji for a four, Saha's inexperience was exposed when the former India pacer gate-crashed his defence to uproot the middle stump.
Owais Shah (5) followed suit and captain Ganguly (11) too joined him in the pavillion as the former India skipper was caught at the mid-on off Kemp. KKR were 55 for five then and never recovered from there.
KKR found the going tough at their home ground with wickets continued to fall as Balaji and Kemp were on a roll.
Kemp got his second scalp in the form of Angelo Mathews (6) and followed it up with that of Rohan Gavaskar (2) as KKR almost gave up the fight.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla (19) and Shane Bond (1) departed in consecutive overs as KKR were 84 for nine in 14.1 over and an eerie silence engulfed the packed Eden Gardens.
Kartik briefly put up resistance with a 20-ball 21 before he was the last man out.
Chennai Super Kings
Vijay b Shukla 33 (26)
Hayden b Sharma 1 (8)
Raina b Hodge 18 (20)
Badrinath not out 43 (33)
Dhoni not out 66 (33)
Extras (lb 2, w 1) 3
Total (3 wickets; 20 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-16,, 2-53, 3-55.
Bowling: Bond 4-0-33-0, Sharma 4-0 -38-1, Mathews 3-0-29-0, Shukla 4-0-37-1, Kartik 4-0-21-0, Hodge 1-0-4-1.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Hodge c Ashwin b Morkel 0 (2)
Tiwary b Gony 8 (3)
Ganguly c Morkel b Kemp 11 (20)
Saha b Balaji 22 (13)
Shah c Dhoni b Balaji 5 (4)
Mathews lbw b Kemp 6 (13)
Shukla c Morkel b Muralitharan 19 (16)
Gavaskar c Vijay b Kemp 2 (8)
Bond b Ashwin 1 (2)
Kartik run out 21 (20)
Sharma not out 6 (15)
Extras (lb 5, w 3) 8
Total (10 wickets; 19.2 overs) 109
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-8, 3-34, 4-46, 5-55, 6-69, 7-79, 8-82, 9-84.
Bowling: Morkel 2-1- 6-1, Gony 3 -0-33-1, Balaji 2.2-0-9-2, Muralitharan 4 -0-16-1, Kemp 3-0-12-3, Ashwin 4-0-22-1, Raina 1-0-6-0.
Bangalore, March 16
Kallis was unbeaten after a stellar 57-ball 89 and his effort was good enough for the Man of the Match award. Uthappa’s 21-ball blitzkrieg of 51 was studded with four fours and as many sixes, while Manish Pandey chipped in with a 25-ball 38. Earlier, Kings XI Punjab rode on the 129-run opening stand between Manvinder Bisla and Ravi Bopara to reach a commanding 203 for three which, however, proved inadequate in the end.
If Pandey and Kallis, who smashed nine fours and five sixes in his sizzling essay, had set the platform with a 74-run partnership at the start, it was Uthappa who provided the nuclear power in the mid-innings to fashion RCB’s magnificent chase. The stocky former Indian batsman struck four sixes and four boundaries in his 21-ball essay, taking 25 off S Sreesanth’s third over.
Though Uthappa perished in the 14th over at 143, Kallis and Virat Kohli ensured RCB reached the target without any hiccups. Earlier, little-known Manvinder Singh Bisla had captured the imagination of the buffs with a ruthless exhibition of attacking stroke-play. The ball was meant to be smashed and he did that with glee. He cared little for reputation as he treated Dale Steyn and Anil Kumble with casual disdain, carting them into the stands with effortless ease.
The Punjab opener struck six boundaries and five sixes before he smashed Kallis into the hands off Eoin Morgan at mid-wicket. But by then he had put Kings XI Punjab firmly in the saddle, a position from where Mahela Jayawardene plundered the whithering RCB attack at will. — PTI
Bopara c Kumble b Praveen 77 (50)
Bisla c Morgan b Kallis 75 (51)
Yuvraj c Morgan b Steyn 9 (6)
Jayawardene not out 26 (13)
Irfan not out 3 (1)
Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 9, nb 1) 13
Total (3 wickets; 20 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-129, 2-141, 3-194.
Bowling: Praveen 4-0-43-1, Steyn 4-0-36-1, Kallis 4-0-39-1, Kumble 4-0-40-0, Vinay 2-0-19-0, Kohli 2-0-23-0.
Pandey c Irfan
b Chawla 38 (26)
Kallis not out 89 (55)
Uthappa c Kaif b Bipul 51 (21)
Kohli not out 16 (12)
Extras (lb 1, w 4, nb 5) 10
Total (2 wickets; 18.5 overs) 204
Fall of wickets: 1-74, 2-143.
Bowling: Irfan 3-0-33-0, Sreesanth 3-0-42-0, Abdulla 2.5-0-36, Chawla 3-0-20-1, Yuvraj 2-0-18-0, Bipul 3-0-37-1, Bopara 2-0-17-0.
PAU opens road named after former Olympians
Ludhiana, March 16
Charanjit, Ramandeep and Jaspreet Kaur, daughter of Late Pirthi Pal Singh were presented a citation and a shawl each by Dr. MS Kang, vice chancellor of PAU. Ramandeep, who is presently working as deputy director sports at PAU, said, “This honour is as prestigious as an Olympic medal and it is more than a personal achievement as the road named after sportspersons has immortalised sports at large. Also, this is a motivation for future generations, especially the aspiring and deserving players,” he added.
Charanjit while recollecting the time spent with Dr. PN Thapar and Dr. Mohinder Singh Randhawa said that they were great administrators who brought eminent scientists and sports persons to the University.
He said the PAU management appointed him and Pirthi Pal as director students welfare on account of their contribution in sports at the international level. He said although he served as deputy superintendent of police but he drew a unique delight while serving PAU.
New Delhi, March 16
Good news started trickling in early in the day for India when Asian Championship silver medallist Jai got a walkover into the finals after his English opponent Danny Philips was found medically unfit in the weigh-in this morning. Jai will face Bahamian Valention Knowles in the final tomorrow. Amandeep, a gold medallist from the January South Asian Games in Dhaka, thrashed Malaysian M Redzuan 7-1 to enter the final. He will now face Kenya’s Peter Mungai. With world number one Vijender Singh (75kg), Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg), World Cup bronze medallist Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Asian bronze medallist Paramjeet Samota already through to the finals, the Indian team is in contention for lifting the team championship as well.
In the only bout to feature a local favourite today, Amandeep fought from long range to get past his opponent, who was aggressive throughout. A few jabs earned Amandeep a crucial 3-0 lead in the opening round and though he couldn’t add to the tally in the next three minutes, the Indian ensured that none of his opponent’s wild swings could get to him.
“My opponent was slightly slow and that helped my cause,” he said. — PTI
Meanwhile, Dr Sakari Orava, who operated on Becks at the Mehilainen Hospital in Helsinki, has said that there is no chance of Beckham making it to the World Cup. When asked, Orava said: “No, I don’t think so. Healing takes a long time. Beckham’s Achilles tendon was torn completely off, and we had to put together the two parts. He will probably be discharged on Wednesday. The operation was successful. Everything is fine.”
Becks picked up the injury while playing for AC Milan on Sunday. Becks hobbled off his private jet on crutches as he touched down at Turku airport yesterday. He was then whisked to the hospital in a SUV. Posh decided to make the 16-hour, 5,400-mile trip from LA after speaking to her distraught husband.
The 35-year-old scrapped a host of work engagements to be there. A source said, “The entire family is absolutely broken by this. Posh is expected to stay in Finland for 48 hours before returning to LA to finish a commercial shoot. — ANI
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