India’s batting woes continue
Johnson fires Australia to victory
Gatka seeks bigger platform
BCCI chief Manohar appears before ED
Team leaves for Univ Games
India go down to Pak
Saina makes rollicking start
Lee-Hesh suffer shock second-round exit in Rogers Cup
India dismissed for 224 l England 84 for no loss l broad, bresnan take four wickets each l Sehwag, sachin flop
Birmingham, August 10
Earlier, openers Gautam Gambhir (38) and Virender Sehwag (0) as well as Sachin Tendulkar (1) and Rahul Dravid (22) were sent packing early as India's top-order floundered once again in the face of some hostile pace bowling by the English seamers.
India appeared to have overcome the early dismissal of Sehwag when Gambhir and Dravid were at the crease but disaster struck when the left-hander, after facing 64 balls, played on to a Bresnan delivery with the score at 59 for one. Not just that, the visitors were in for more trouble as Broad induced an edge from Tendulkar.
India suffered their biggest blow when Bresnan dismissed the in-form Dravid with a peach of a delivery which straightned after landing in the last over before the lunch break. In the final half an hour's play before lunch, India could add only 16 runs from 40 balls for the loss of three wickets.
After losing a crucial toss under overcast conditions, India suffered a a big blow when opener Sehwag was dismissed off the first ball he faced from Broad, caught behind by Matt Prior. Sehwag was initially given a reprieve by Steve Davis but England captain Andrew Strauss asked for a review which showed the ball had flicked the gloves of the right-hander even as he tried to keep his bat down to a lifting delivery.
Gambhir, though, quickly seized back the initiative with some attacking strokeplay, matched in intent by Dravid as India looked to hit their way out of trouble. The left-hander was productive from the start itself as he steered James Anderson past slip and then flicked him for two boundaries in the first over.
Gambhir was not yet through with Anderson as in subsequent overs, he cover drove and flicked him again for fours. Dravid, aware that England bowlers would bowl full to induce an edge, came right forward to off-drive Broad and then hit him gloriously through the covers for yet another boundary. When the first drinks arrived, India were 47 for 1 with Gambhir on 34 and Dravid on 13.
Dravid brought up the fifty of the innings when he came right forward to needle a drive off Broad between mid-off and cover fielder. Under the overcast conditions, England seamers managed to gain considerable movement through the air. — PTI
India 1st innings
Gambhir b Bresnan 38
Sehwag c Prior b Broad 0
Dravid b Bresnan 22
Tendulkar c Anderson b Broad 1
Laxman c Broad b Bresnan 30
Raina b Anderson 4
Dhoni c Strauss b Broad 77
Mishra c Prior b Broad 4
Praveen c Prior b Bresnan 26
Ishant c Cook b Anderson 4
Sreesanth not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 14) 18
Total: (all out; 62.2 overs) 224
Bowling: Anderson 21.2-3-69-2, Broad 17-6-53-4, Bresnan 20-4-62-4, Swann 4-0-22-0.
England 1st innings
Strauss batting 52
Cook batting 27
Extras (lb 5) 5
Total: (for no loss; Stumps) 84
Bowling: Praveen 9-4-27-0, Sreesanth 5-2-21-0, Ishant 7-2-16 -0, Mishra 3-0-13-0, Raina 1-0-2-0.
Pallekele, August 10
Opener Watson cracked six sixes and five fours in his 51-ball knock as Australia achieved a 192-run target with more than 11 overs to spare for a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Left-arm fast bowler Johnson played a key role in restricting Sri Lanka to a modest total, marking his 100th one-day international with disciplined bowling to bag his third haul of five or more wickets.
Watson reaching his 24th half-century in one-dayers, was successful in pressurising Lanka. — AFP
Tharanga b Doherty 34
Dilshan c Bollinger b D Hussey 29
Sangakkara c Smith b Johnson 16
Jayawardene c Haddin b Johnson 3
Chandimal c Clarke b Bollinger 12
Mathews c Watson b Johnson 15
Jeevan b Johnson 2
Randiv c Doherty b Johnson 41
Kulasekara c M Hussey b Lee 34
Mendis b Johnson 0
Lakmal not out 0
Extras (lb 3, w 2) 5
Total: (all out; 41.1 ovrs) 191
Bowling: Lee 7.1-0-33-1, Bollinger 7-1-34-1, Watson 2-0-12-0, Doherty 10-1-48-1, D Hussey 2-0-12-1, Johnson 10-1-31-6, Smith 3-0-18-0.
Watson c Jayawardene b Randiv 69
Haddin b Mendis 12
Ponting b Randiv 53
Clarke not out 53
M Hussey not out 2
Extras (lb 1, w 2) 3
Total: (3 wkts; 38.1 ovrs) 192
Bowling: Kulasekara 5-1-21-0, Lakmal 5-0-39-0, Mendis 6-0-32-1, Randiv 8.1-0-44-2, Jeevan 9-0-37-0, Dilshan 5-1-18-0.
Gatka seeks bigger platform
Patiala, August 9
Punjabi University, Patiala, in order to promote Gatka, presented a proposal during a meeting of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) to include it in the All-India Inter-University championships to be held in future.
Talking to The Tribune, Dr Rajkumar Sharma, Director Sports of Punjabi University, said that they had already made a presentation to AIU and a committee has been formed to decide whether this would be included in the future AIU tournaments.
Sharma said this had been done with a view to promote this Indian martial art form. "While foreign martial art forms, including Taekwondo, Wushu and Karate were really popular and were part of various national and international tournaments, this Indian martial art was not recognised even in India. Therefore, we have made this proposal as Gatka is not just a spiritual exercise. It is the best combination of agility, strength, endurance, concentration and swiftness. Only if this form is recognised in India, we can promote it further.” He further informed that the university was organising a cash prize Gatka tournament for all universities from Sept 19 to 21 and will invite all universities and AIU for this tournament. "Once they come here, they will realise it is an interesting sport. The university will give cash prizes of Rs 31,000, 21,000 and 11,000 to universities which finish first, second and third, respectively," he added.
Throwing light upon the art of Gatka, coach Avtar Singh said that it was a weapon-based martial art, which was imparted to Sikhs in the time of Guru Hargobind Ji (the sixth guru of the Sikhs), by the Rajputs. "Many of the techniques which are practiced today are variants of the original Indian martial art Shastar Vidyaa. Hundreds of students are learning this art and once it is introduced in AIU events, it would benefit students who spend years learning this martial art. Students have been urging the inclusion of this game at university level and I am hopeful that AIU would consider the proposal seriously," he added.
BCCI chief Manohar appears before ED
Mumbai, August 10
He appeared before ED at around 12.30 pm and left the office at around 2.45 pm. Manohar, however did not speak to the media. "We had sent him summons and it has been complied with," said an ED official.
Earlier, ED had summoned some other members of the IPL Governing Council including former India all-rounder and television commentator Ravi Shastri for answering certain questions related to the Twenty20 league.
Also last month, the ED had issued notices to the BCCI and suspended IPL Chairman Lalit Modi in connection with an alleged dubious transaction of Rs 90 crore with International Management Group (IMG), a UK based event-management company. IMG handled logistics in the first four seasons of IPL. The agency is also investigating the alleged violations against various IPL franchises. — PTI
Patiala, August 10
Giving information in this regard, Dr. Gurdeep Singh, Under-Secretary, Sports, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), said that earlier 70 players were supposed to take part in these Games but one swimmer fell ill and had to opt out. The contingent includes athletes in six events — aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, shooting and tennis. Shooter Harveen Sarao and archer Gagandeep Kaur are the athletes to look out for in the contingent. — TNS
Kathmandu, August 10
In an enthralling encounter at the Dashrath Stadium, Mohammed Zaseen put Pakistan ahead when he found the back of the net in the 25th minute. Not ready to throw in the towel, India drew level through Daniel Lalhlimpuia's strike at the stroke of half-time.
Pakistan took the lead again when Mohammed Mansoor scored early in the second half, a strike which eventually decided the fate of the match. Earlier, India's defence was slow to react as a Zaseen cross from the left flank was too good for custodian Supratim Bhattacharya as it dipped into the far post.
Lalhlimpuia restored parity scoring off a goal-mouth melee as both teams went to the breather with the scoreline reading 1-1. — PTI
Saina makes rollicking start
London, August 10
World number six Saina proved to be too good for the Irish shuttler, who failed to put up any fight and suffered a humiliating 10-21 7-21 loss in a 26-minute second round contest here.
V Diju also made a successful return to the court as he along with his partner Jwala Gutta thrashed Jien Guo Ong and Sook Chin Chong of Malaysia 21-11 21-15 in a 29-minute mixed doubles match at the Wembley arena.
The 21-year-old Saina was at her aggressive best as she digged in her repertoire and played varied strokes to completely bamboozle her opponent.
Playing after more than a month, Saina, who got a bye in the first round, took little time to get into the groove as she moved ahead with a 3-0 lead in the opening game and though Magee had caught up, the Indian surged ahead without much ado.
After pocketing the first game, Saina turned more aggressive in the second game and zoomed to 13-1 before slamming the door on her rival, conceding just six more points.
"It was a good victory to start with. I was playing after a long time and she had beaten the world no. 31 Adrianti Firdasari, so it is quite satisfying to start on a positive note here," Saina said.
Last night, P Kashyap also made a winning start, defeating Germany's Domke Dieter in a hard-fought three-game affair to enter the second round of the men's singles here. The Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Kashyap defeated Dieter 21-13, 23-25, 21-11 in a match that lasted close to an hour. He will face seventh seed Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in the second round. — PTI
Montreal, August 10
The third-seeded Indian Express duo, who got a bye in the first round, were no match for their opponents as they went down without a fight in the first set.
And though they managed to pose some challenge in the second, the Czech-German pair proved to be too strong for the Indians. Paes and Bhupathi were playing together here for the first time since 2004 when they lifted the Rogers Cup doubles title. Besides 2004, they had also won in 1997. — PTI
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