Royals cruise to victory over KKR
Mumbai, Chargers look to get back on track
Warriors post 2nd consecutive win; beat Punjab by 22 runs
Super Kings back in action, thrash Deccan Chargers
Delhi Daredevils get Mahela, KP boost
Recovering Yuvraj Singh returns to India today
Vijender books ticket for London Olympics
inconsequential reverse singles
Saina seeded third for India Open
Windies make Oz pay for missed opportunities
Intense battle as Hanson chases maiden Masters
Mushtaq Ahmed now in race for Pakistan’s bowling coach
Pankaj Advani clinches Asian billiards title
Jaipur, April 8
Rajasthan registered their second win of the tournament today after thrashing Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs in their lung opener at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here.
Tiwary scored 59 off 49 balls with seven fours but could never force the issue as he ran out of partners till Brett Lee smashed a quickfire 25 off 11 balls with two fours and two sixes. Cooper cleaned up Lee but by then the match was as good as over.
With the likes Jacques Kallis (5), Brendon McCullum (2), Gautam Gambhir (0), Yusuf Pathan (15) again failed with the willow as Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise flattered to deceive as it has been the case in the four previous seasons.
Rajasthan bowlers maintained a disciplined line with Caribbean seamer Kevon Cooper being the pick of the bowlers with three for 28. Medium-pacers Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi and Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankit Chavan chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Australia's T20 specialist Brad Hodge and local boy Ashok Menaria scored some quick runs to help Rajasthan Royals post a competitive total of 164 for five.
Hodge hit a 29-ball 44 laced with two sixes and three fours while Menaria came up with 30-ball 40 that included one six and four boundaries after KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir elected to field in searing heat.
Owais Shah provided the late burst with a cameo of 11-ball 23, comprising of a six and couple of fours that helped Rajasthan cross the 150-run mark.
Chasing a stiff target, Kolkata got off to a worst start as they lost four quick wickets inside six overs with just 25 runs on the board.
Rajasthan pacer Amit Singh dealt two consecutive blows to KKR in the form of South African veteran Jacques Kallis and skipper Gautam Gambhir in the second over.
Kallis (5) was the first to depart caught by Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid at mid-off while trying to clear the region. Gambhir (0) followed suit the very next ball when Amit bowled a beauty that angled away after pitching as KKR skipper poked at it helplessly to glovesman Shreevats Goswami behind the stumps.
Spinner Ankit Chavan further compounded the misery for KKR when he dismissed New Zealander Brendon McCullum leg before for just two runs. Debabrata Das (12) too departed early bowled by West Indian Cooper as Kolkata were left reeling at 25 for four.
Talented Tiwary and explosive Pathan tried to resurrect the innings and forged a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket before the latter was caught by Hodge off Siddharth Trivedi at deep square leg.
Earlier, sent in to bat, Royals' Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 98 in their win over Kings XI Punjab, was run-out by a direct throw from skipper Gambhir stationed at mid-off. Even a dive couldn't save Rahane who was found atleast a yard short.
Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid started in right earnest when he hooked Lee for a six and then hit him for a four.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine making his IPL debut was hit over fine leg for a six. Dravid hit 24-ball 26 helped by two sixes and an equal numbers of fours before he became another run out victim.
Goswami, who looked good for his 18-ball 23, could not capitalise on the start as he was cleaned up by Bhatia while trying to drive it through the covers. The loss of two wickets somewhat put brakes on the scoring rate of Rajasthan as both Hodge and Menaria started dealing in singles and doubles to keep scoreboard ticking.
Hodge broke the shackles in the 14th over bowled by Pathan when he hit the bowler for two huge sixes and a four to knock 17 runs from that over and took Rajasthan past the 100-run mark. He then hit Kallis for two consecutive fours in the next over.
Lee, who was called back for his second spell, put an end to Hodge's exploits when the Victorian was caught by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum while trying to play a pre-determined reverse scoop.
New man in Shah made his intentions clear from the outset as he first hit Kallis for three fours and then clobbered Lee for a six and a four to take Rajasthan past 150-run mark.
Menaria was bowled by Lee in the 19th over when he tried to go high over the cover region but missed the hit. — PTI
Dravid run out 26
Rahane run out 0
Goswami b Bhatia 23
Menaria b Lee 40
Hodge c McCullum b Lee 44
Shah not out 23
Cooper not out 5
Extras: (NB-1, W-2) 3
Total: (5 wkts, 20 overs) 164
Fall of wkts: 1-1, 2- 44, 3-61, 4-125 , 5- 152.
Bowling: Brett Lee 4-0-29-2, J Kallis 4-0-35-0, Sunil Narine 4-0-29-0, Iqbal Abdullah 2-0-16-0, Rajat Bhatia 4-0-27-1, Yusuf Pathan 2-0-28-0.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kallis c Dravid b Amit 5
McCullum lbw b Chavan 2
Gambhir c Goswami b Amit 0
Tiwary b Botha 59
Das b Cooper 12
Pathan c Hodge b Trivedi 15
Bhatia c&b Trivedi 8
Shukla c Shah b Chavan 8
Lee b Cooper 25
Narine b Cooper 0
Abdulla not out 1
Extras: (B-1, LB-1, W-5) 7
Total: (all out, 20 overs) 142
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-8, 3-8, 4-25, 5-66, 6-77, 7-94, 8-132, 9-132.
Bowling: Ankeet Chavan 4-0-23-2, Amit Singh 4-0-30-2, Kevon Cooper 4-0-28-3, Siddharth Trivedi 4-1-25-2, Johan Botha 4-0-34-1.
Visakhapatnam, April 8
Despite missing Sachin Tendulkar to injury, Mumbai Indians still look the stronger side, on paper at least, but the visitors must be aware of the fact that the Chargers' would be playing in front of their home crowd.
While the Chargers lost to defending champions Chennai Super Kings to start their campaign on a sour note yesterday, Mumbai were done in by Ashok Dinda's four-wicket haul when they clashed with Pune Warriors in their last match. The last edition's runner-up though beat Chennai in the tournament opener on April 4.
However, in the absence of Tendulkar, there was little of note in the Mumbai innings against Pune, barring Dinesh Karthik's 32 off as many balls and an identical effort from James Franklin.
While the bowlers did a creditable job in both their matches so far with Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha and skipper Harbhajan Singh being the wreckers-in-chief, a much-improved performance from the batsmen is what the Mumbai oufit would be hoping for at the Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Richard Levi, the much sought-after South African, blazed his way to a half-century against Chennai, but the likes of Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Keiron Pollard are yet to fire.
The batting looks formidable but Mumbai will bank heavily on Levi to get them off to a flyer tomorrow.
While it would be a challenge to face countryman Dale Steyn, Levi would surely fancy his chances against the likes of Manpreet Goni, Ankit Sharma, Dan Christian and TP Sudhindra. As far as the Chargers are concerned, true they were outclassed by Chennai in their campaign opener yesterday, but ruling a team out in this form of the game would be a folly. — PTI
Pune, April 8 Clambering at 32 for two at one stage after electing to bat, Pune Warriors posted a competitive 166 for six, built around 81-run partnership between Marlon Samuels (46) and Robin Uthappa (40). It was not a big total to chase but a good start always helps and it was not the case with Punjab. They lost both the openers, Paul Valthaty (1) and skipper Adam Gilchrist (6), in run outs. The Punjab batsmen never recovered from the twin blows and all they could manage was 144 for eight in reply. Apart from top-scoring for Warriors, Samules also contributed with the ball, giving away 23 runs in his three overs and taking one wicket. Warriors had beaten formidable Mumbai Indians in their tournament opener. The first overs fetched Punjab just 13 runs and the required run-rate climbed to over 10. Mandeep Singh (24) and Abhishek Nayar (24) had a huge task at hand but they had barely reached 50-run mark in the 10th over that Jesse Ryder had Mandeep caught behind. Only four boundaries were scored by Punjab in the first 10 overs and they needed 114 runs in the last 10 to win. David Hussey, the highest run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket, also could not do much for his side, as he contributed 18 runs before being bowled by Rahul Sharma. Earlier, Samuels and Uthappa's 81-run stand for the third wicket to help Warriors recover from a pathetic start as they had lost both the openers inside first five overs. — PTI Scoreboard Pune Warriors Ryder run out 8 Ganguly c Valthaty b Mascarenhas 20 Samuels b Harmeet 46 Uthappa b Harmeet 40 Ferguson c&b Harmeet 3 Smith b Faulkner 25 Pandey not out 12 Sharma not out 0 Extras: (LB-7 W-3 NB-2) 12 Total (6 wkts, 20 overs) 166 Fall of
wickets: 1-28, 2-32, 3-113, 4-121, 5-132, 6-166. Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-0-27-0, Faulkner 4-0-31-1, Mascarenhas 4- 0-23-1, Bipul Sharma 2.4-0-40-0, Piyush Chawla 2-0-14-0, Harmeet Singh 3.2-0-24-3. Kings XI Punjab Gilchrist run out 6 Valthaty run out 1 Mandeep c Uthappa b Ryder 24 Nayar c Ganguly b Nehra 24 Hussey b R Sharma 18 Chawla c Pandey b Sharma 16 Mascarenhas c Ryder b Samuels 5 Bipul Sharma not out 35 Faulnker c Ganguly b Dinda 3 Praveen not out 1 Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 144 Fall of
wickets: 1-7, 2-9, 3-50, 4-75, 5-84, 6-99, 7-106, 8-131. Bowling: Dinda 3-0-13-1, Samuels 4-0-23-1, Nehra 3-0-20-1, Sharma 4-0-34-2, Kartik 3-0-23-0, Ryder 3-0-25-1.
Clambering at 32 for two at one stage after electing to bat, Pune Warriors posted a competitive 166 for six, built around 81-run partnership between Marlon Samuels (46) and Robin Uthappa (40).
It was not a big total to chase but a good start always helps and it was not the case with Punjab. They lost both the openers, Paul Valthaty (1) and skipper Adam Gilchrist (6), in run outs.
The Punjab batsmen never recovered from the twin blows and all they could manage was 144 for eight in reply.
Apart from top-scoring for Warriors, Samules also contributed with the ball, giving away 23 runs in his three overs and taking one wicket.
Warriors had beaten formidable Mumbai Indians in their tournament opener.
The first overs fetched Punjab just 13 runs and the required run-rate climbed to over 10. Mandeep Singh (24) and Abhishek Nayar (24) had a huge task at hand but they had barely reached 50-run mark in the 10th over that Jesse Ryder had Mandeep caught behind.
Only four boundaries were scored by Punjab in the first 10 overs and they needed 114 runs in the last 10 to win.
David Hussey, the highest run-scorer in Twenty20 cricket, also could not do much for his side, as he contributed 18 runs before being bowled by Rahul Sharma.
Earlier, Samuels and Uthappa's 81-run stand for the third wicket to help Warriors recover from a pathetic start as they had lost both the openers inside first five overs. — PTI
Ryder run out 8
Ganguly c Valthaty
b Mascarenhas 20
Samuels b Harmeet 46
Uthappa b Harmeet 40
Ferguson c&b Harmeet 3
Smith b Faulkner 25
Pandey not out 12
Sharma not out 0
Extras: (LB-7 W-3 NB-2) 12
Total (6 wkts, 20 overs) 166
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-32, 3-113, 4-121, 5-132, 6-166.
Bowling: Praveen Kumar 4-0-27-0, Faulkner 4-0-31-1, Mascarenhas 4- 0-23-1, Bipul Sharma 2.4-0-40-0, Piyush Chawla 2-0-14-0, Harmeet Singh 3.2-0-24-3.
Kings XI Punjab
Gilchrist run out 6
Valthaty run out 1
Mandeep c Uthappa b Ryder 24
Nayar c Ganguly b Nehra 24
Hussey b R Sharma 18
Chawla c Pandey b Sharma 16
Mascarenhas c Ryder
b Samuels 5
Bipul Sharma not out 35
Faulnker c Ganguly b Dinda 3
Praveen not out 1
Total (8 wkts, 20 overs) 144
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-9, 3-50, 4-75, 5-84, 6-99, 7-106, 8-131.
Bowling: Dinda 3-0-13-1, Samuels 4-0-23-1, Nehra 3-0-20-1, Sharma 4-0-34-2, Kartik 3-0-23-0, Ryder 3-0-25-1.
Visakhapatnam, April 8
Chasing a mammoth 194 for a win, the Deccan Chargers batting could not get their act together as they were all out for 119 in the 18th over.
Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja hit 29-ball 48 while Dwayne Bravo provided the late burst with some lusty shots as defending champions Chennai Super Kings scored an imposing 193 for six.
After Jadeja's show, West Indian Bravo played a special unbeaten knock of 43 from 18 balls towards the end to provide the late surge for the visitors, who piled up 40 runs in the last two overs. Bravo struck five sixes which included three off Manpreet Gony's last over.
Sent into bat, Chennai Super Kings were in for an early shock as left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma cleaned up Murali Vijay (2) with a peach of delivery in only the fifth ball of the innings.
New man Suresh Raina showed glimpses of his class with a 12-ball 16 with the help of three boundaries before persishing, caught by Daniel Christian of his own bowling. Opener Fau du Plesis scored a quickfire 39 off 25 balls before being caught by Christian at long on off debutant TP Sudhindra's opening over. Du Plesis struck four sixes and one lone boundary during his stay.
Badrinath (25)) and Jadeja then forged a 31-run fourth wicket stand which came off 25 balls to give some momentum to Chennai innings before the former was caught by Bharat Chipli at backward point off Christian. — PTI
Chennai Super Kings
Vijay b Ankit 2
Plessis c Christian
b Sudhindra 39
Raina c & b Christian 16
Badrinath c Chipli b Christian 25
Jadeja hit wicket b Steyn 48
Dhoni c Harris b Steyn 7
Dwayne not out 43
Albie not out 2
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 7, nb 1) 11
Total (6 wkts, 20 ovrs) 193
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-42, 3-63, 4-94, 5-120, 6-147.
Bowling: Ankit 3-0-28-1, Steyn 4-0-25-2, Gony 4-0-54-0, Christian 4-0-26-2, Harris 1-0-11-0, Sudhindra 4-0-46-1.
Harris c Dhoni b Bollinger 15
Dhawan c Bravo b Raina 21
parthiv b Jadeja 20
White c Raina b Jakati 23
Chipli b Jadeja 10
Christian c Bravo b Jakati 2
Gony c Raina b Jadeja 4
Teja st Dhoni b Jadeja 0
Ankit c Albie b Bollinger 15
Steyn lbw b Jadeja 5
Sudhindra not out 0
Extras (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total (all out; 17.1 ovrs) 119
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-45, 3-77, 4-85, 5-94, 6-98, 7-99, 8-99, 9-119.
Bowling: Ashwin 3-0-12-0, Albie 2-0-20-0, Bollinger 2.1-0-20-2, Raina 2-0-10-1, Bravo 1-0-10-0, Jadeja 4-0-16-5, Jakati 2-0-14-2, du Plessis 1-0-16-0.
New Delhi, April 8
Jayawardene and Pietersen, who headed the batting averages for Sri Lanka and England respectively, during in the Test series in Sri Lanka, arrived from Colombo today. "I am looking forward to a good season with the team," Jayawardene said.
"It will be wonderful working with some wonderful cricketers with so much collective experience. (Team Mentor) TA Sekar had been telling me for a while before the auction that he was keen for me to turn out for Delhi Daredevils. I am hoping to do my best.
"I know the Delhi Daredevils fans would have liked the Colombo Test to end in three or four days so that we could play last night's game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But KP and I had other ideas," he said with a smile.
Jayawardene and Pietersen both got hundreds in the first innings of the second Test match. Pietersen said he is also eager to contribute to the Delhi Daredevils' progress.
"I know we have a good unit and am happy that we got off to a good start in Kolkata. I am looking forward to spending some time with young cricketers in Delhi," he said.
Pietersen was also happy to hear that paceman Umesh Yadav will be available for selection for the April 10 game against Chennai Super Kings at the Ferozshah Kotla.
Yadav had gone off the field in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore because of a bout of cramps. — PTI
New Delhi, April 8
"Finally the day has come ! i am going home tomorrow ! cant wait , excited to see my friends and family ..see you india!! mera bharat mahan!" Yuvraj tweeted.
But the 30-year-old batsman is not expected to play for a few more months.
After being diagnosed with the disease, Yuvraj underwent three sessions of chemotherapy and was discharged from his hospital in the United States
He is expected to announce his future plans and details about treatment that he underwent after returning to the country.
Recently, Yuvraj met Sachin Tendulkar in London who had gone there to get a check up on a toe injury.
Yuvraj missed the entire Australian tour and will miss the Indian Premier League season 5 due to his ailment. — PTI
New Delhi, April 8
The first Indian to win an Olympic and World Championships medal, bronze in both events, Vijender outpunched Chuluuntumur Tumurkhuyag of Mongolia 27-17 to not just assure himself of an Olympic berth but also a medal at the ongoing tournament.
"I am back," were Vijender's first words while speaking to PTI from Astana after winning the crucial bout, a loss in which would have ended his hopes of making to the London Games.
The 26-year-old had failed in his first attempt to book a ticket for London in last year's World Championships.
"I have answered all my critics, who said that I was finished (after losing in the first round of World Championships)," said the former world number one, who was gasping for breath after a draining encounter.
Before the 2008 Beijing Games, Vijender had won gold at the Asian Qualifiers at that time, which incidentally were also held in Kazakhstan.
"I will now give it my all in the Olympics and prove that I am the best. It's such a relief to have got qualified. The fact that I am the first Indian boxer to have qualified for a third successive Olympics makes it all the more special," he said.
Vijender, a former World Championships bronze-medallist, had defeated Syria's Ishak Waez in his pre-quarterfinal bout after getting an opening-round bye.
"His fitness and endurance were a revelation in today's bout. He took me by surprise with the intensity with which he fought," said national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu.
"I don't have words to describe how well he fought. It was a fantastic display by a proven talent," he added.
Vijender had lost in the preliminaries of 2004 Athens Games but went on to clinch a bronze in the Beijing edition.
With his qualification for London, Vijender became the fifth Indian boxer to book a berth for the mega event.
India already have four Olympic berths through L Devendro Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), Manoj Kumar (64kg) and Vikas Krishan (69kg) who grabbed their slots after reaching the quarterfinals of the World Championships last year. Of these, Vikas went on to clinch a bronze in the biennial event, only the second boxer after Vijender to achieve the feat. — PTI
inconsequential reverse singles
Namangan, April 8 Young Yuki Bhambri stunned Uzbek number one Denis Istomin in the first reverse singles of the day before Rohan Bopanna gave India their second win by beating Sarvar Ikramov. Bhambri and Bopanna showed a lot of character to win their singles encounters though India had already lost the tie yesterday. World number 295 Yuki inflicted world number 43 Istomin his first defeat at home in six years, albeit in a dead rubber with a 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(3) upset win in a hard-fought battle at the Sport Complex Pahlavon. In the second match, Bopanna, a replacement for Sanam Singh, who was hospitalised for chicken pox after losing to Istomin on the first day, made amends of his doubles loss to defeat Ikramov 6-2 6-7 6-1. India had already crashed out of Davis Cup Group I after Uzbekistan had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead yesterday. The seasoned doubles pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna lost their doubles rubber yesterday, making the today's reverse singles inconsequential. Uzbekistan advanced to their sixth World Group play-off in September. The Central Asian nation has never made the 16-nation elite group since it joined Davis Cup in 1994. — PTI
Namangan, April 8
Young Yuki Bhambri stunned Uzbek number one Denis Istomin in the first reverse singles of the day before Rohan Bopanna gave India their second win by beating Sarvar Ikramov.
Bhambri and Bopanna showed a lot of character to win their singles encounters though India had already lost the tie yesterday.
World number 295 Yuki inflicted world number 43 Istomin his first defeat at home in six years, albeit in a dead rubber with a 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(3) upset win in a hard-fought battle at the Sport Complex Pahlavon.
In the second match, Bopanna, a replacement for Sanam Singh, who was hospitalised for chicken pox after losing to Istomin on the first day, made amends of his doubles loss to defeat Ikramov 6-2 6-7 6-1.
India had already crashed out of Davis Cup Group I after Uzbekistan had taken an unassailable 3-0 lead yesterday. The seasoned doubles pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna lost their doubles rubber yesterday, making the today's reverse singles inconsequential.
Uzbekistan advanced to their sixth World Group play-off in September. The Central Asian nation has never made the 16-nation elite group since it joined Davis Cup in 1994. — PTI
New Delhi, April 8
The world number 5, who is considered to be India's best bet in the London Olympics later this year, is flanked by the all-conquering Chinese contingent comprising world number three Shixian Wang (Seeded 1st), Li Xuerui (Seeded 2nd) and Yanjiao Wang (Seeded 4th) in the USD 200,000 tournament, the organisers said in a release.
Saina had thrashed Shixian in the final of the Swiss Open a few weeks ago. Two-time All England champion Tine Baun of Denmark completes the top five in the last tournament of the London Olympics qualification period.
In the men's section, world number one and defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia has been given the top billing with Denmark's Peter Gade and former world champion Jin Chen of China seeded second and third respectively.
With the men's singles field being one of the best in the world, last edition's quarterfinalist Sourabh Verma will have to qualify for the event and has been seeded second in the draw.
Former national champion RMV Guru Sai Dutt, ranked 41 in the world, will be leading the pack of qualifiers. — PTI
Bridgetown, April 8
When rain curtailed the action, the home side were 179 for 3 yesterday with the backbone of the score being a century second wicket partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards.
Having won the toss, the West Indies' openers made a steady start and the initial breakthrough for Australia didn't come until the 18th over.
For his second spell, Ryan Harris had replaced Nathan Lyon at the Malcolm Marshall end and came around the wicket to Adrian Barath.
His third ball was a bouncer outside off stump that Barath, who had made 22, hit high in the air for Peter Siddle to get under at fine-leg.
Edwards joined Brathwaite and he started slowly but the score was steadily building with Brathwaite being fortunate to survive two tough chances that he offered. His first slice of luck came during the morning session.
In his third over, Siddle had him playing too early and, as his hand came off the bat, the ball looped back to the bowler who, despite getting his left hand down to the dropping ball, couldn't hold on to the chance.
Brathwaite moved on to 44 when Shane Watson induced an edge that went wide to Ricky Ponting's right at second slip. He did well to reach the ball but he couldn't grasp it as the ball died on him. It was Watson, himself, who then gave Edwards a life.
Siddle found the edge when the batsman had made 56 and the ball flew high above Watson's head at fourth slip and, despite getting both hands to the ball, he couldn't hang on.
It came at a time when Edwards had upped the tempo as he hit several boundaries and smashed Lyon over long-on for six. As Michael Clarke looked for options he turned to part-time leg-break bowler David Warner.
When Edwards had reached 61 he smashed a return catch back at Warner who took it smartly.
It was his first international wicket and he was clearly delighted to have made a contribution with the ball breaking the 104-run second wicket partnership.
Siddle was probably the pick of a pace attack that had kept things tight all day and he was rewarded when Brathwaite played one loose shot too many.
He played at a ball slightly wide of the off stump and was caught behind for 57, an innings that had lasted over four hours and 199 balls. It gave wicket-keeper Matthew Wade special cause for celebration as he had been presented with his baggy green before play by Ponting and it was his first Test dismissal.
Steady rain arrived with 17 overs left in the day and with the light getting worse the umpires called an early end.
There had been plenty of discussion about the newly-found resilience of the West Indies team following good performances in Tests in India and in the recent shorter forms of the match against Australia.
Now it was seen in a home Test for the first time in many years with the West Indies off to a good start as they aim for their first Test win against Australia for nine years and for their first series win over the visitors in 19 years. — AFP
West Indies (1st innings)
Barath c Siddle b Harris 22
Brathwaite c Wade b Siddle 57
Edwards c&b Warner 61
Darren Bravo not out 20
Chanderpaul not out 8
Extras (b4, lb2, w4, nb1) 11
Total (3 wkts; 73 overs) 179
Fall of wickets: 1-38, 2-142, 3-167.
Bowling: Harris 15-4-29-1, Hilfenhaus 16-4-32-0, Siddle 17-8-36-1, Lyon 12-5-31-0, Clarke 2-0-4-0, Watson 6-2-18-0, Warner 5-0-23-1.
Augusta, April 8
Hanson shot the week's best round of seven-under 65, while Mickelson shot the week's back nine, 30, in his round of 66. Hanson moved to nine-under 207, Mickelson was one behind.
The 2010 British Open champion South African Louis Oosthuizen (69) was lying third despite a bogey on 18th, while making it tight were Bubba Watson (70) at fourth with six-under 210 and Matt Kuchar (70) at 211.
Lee Westwood (72) stuck it out while Henrik Stenson (70) put behind him his opening day quadruple bogey, and Padraig Harrington (68) had five birdies in last six holes. The trio was four-under 212 in tied sixth place.
Meanwhile Tiger Woods (72), Rory McIlroy (77) or Sergio Garcia (75) couldn't do a thing right. Woods was tied 38th, McIlroy 27th and Garcia 19th.
Hanson, who missed the cut last year in his maiden Masters, is looking to become the first Swede to win it, while Mickelson playing his 20th Masters has won three times before.
Last season, the 34-year-old Ryder Cup player Hanson got his first top-10 at a Major, when he shot 67 on the final day to tie for seventh at US Open at the Congressional.
Besides three Masters, Mickelson also has one PGA title to make it four Majors. He has been runner-up at the US Open five times and once at the British Open. Since 1999, he has finished outside the top-10 at Masters only twice, including last year. — PTI
Lahore, April 8
According to details, Mushtaq who until this week was working with the England team in Sri Lanka as their bowling consultant has already held two meetings with the PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf.
"Mushtaq has met with the Board Chairman and discussed the possibility of taking over as bowling coach and working with head coach, Dav Whatmore," one source said.
Mushtaq who was a member of Pakistan's 1992 World Cup winning squad, has spent the last few years obtaining coaching credentials and working as a professional coach in England.
"Many officials in the Board and some senior members of the Pakistan team are impressed with the experience Mushtaq has obtained while working in England and also as a bowling consultant with the England team in the last two three years," the source said.
Mushtaq worked as a bowling coach for a short while with the Pakistan team three years back but left to take up a more lucrative offer with the ECB.
The source said it was not confirmed whether Mushtaq had also applied for the bowling coach position to the PCB coaching committee which had advertised the post recently and given a March 23 deadline for interested candidates to send in their CVs. "What I know is that three former Pakistan bowlers, Mohammad Akram, Shahid Mahboob and Jalaluddin have also applied to the coaching committee which is headed by Intikhab Alam," the source said.
He pointed out that both Akram and Mahboob were based in England.
The coaching committee that also includes former Test captain Zaheer Abbas held its first meeting to assess the applications they had received in Lahore on Saturday after which Alam told reporters that the bowling coach would be picked before the Sri Lankan tour, starting late May.
It was the first meeting of the committee in which 11 candidates, including some foreigners, submitted their profiles, but the committee will take a decision on merit after examining potential of each and every candidate," he said.
"In the first phase, the committee will shortlist the coaches and then pick up the best one, hopefully before the team's departure to Sri Lanka," he added.
The former Test captain and coach said six applications were filed by local candidates while the rest were foreigners but refused to disclose the name of the foreigners. Alam also said that if the Board wanted it could appoint a candidate outside the list received by the coaching committee as bowling coach. — PTI
Panaji, April 8
Although Advani was the one who started the proceedings on a positive note by winning the opening game, it was Thawat who actually impressed in the initial stages of the match played at the Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias Miramar by taking the second and third games to secure a 2-1 lead. Having won the second game, Thawat showed not only is he a very capable player but also has an intelligent head over his shoulders.
Under a bit of pressure as he was trailing 1-2, Advani stroked the balls well and compiled an unbeaten century break to take the fourth game and restore parity at 2-2.
Advani notched up a 73 break to win the fifth game, leaving Thawat stranded once again at 0.
Showing no mercy, Advani just went about his job of scoring in a fluent manner with clinical efficiency to record another unbeaten century break on way to pocketing the sixth game. — PTI
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