Sinking Proteas take India down
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Sinking Proteas take India down
Colombo, October 2
South Africa were bowled out for 151 with one ball to be bowled as they tried to overhaul India's total of 152 for six.
But the Indian total was not enough because in the 17th over South Africa passed the cut-off mark of 121 — India had to restrict South Africa below this score to pip Pakistan on the basis of the net run-rate and enter the semifinals.
As South Africa got this number, a huge cheer went up among the Pakistanis in the crowd, even as the Indian faces in the stands and on the ground visibly lengthened.
After India won the inaugural event in South Africa in 2007, they had failed to reach the Super Eight stage in 2009 and 2010. They managed to do it this time, but would be bitterly disappointed with the final outcome as they had won four out of the five games they played in the tournament. South Africa won just two games out of the five they played.
India, thus, paid for the big defeat they suffered at the hands of Australia, which made their net run-rate plummet to perilously low levels.
India had scratched their way past 150, boosted by a late burst from Suresh Raina (45) and captain MS Dhoni (23 not out).
South Africa lost in-form opener Hashim Amla second ball but thanks to Faf du Plessis's rapid 65 they threatened a first Super Eight victory before falling just short, Zaheer Khan claiming figures of three for 22 for India.
Lakshmipathy Balaji was twice hit for six in the final over but he bowled Albie Morkel and his brother Morne to seal victory with one ball to spare.
The narrow victory seemed to give Dhoni a straw to clutch at. "If you take the Australia game out, where the rain intervened, we performed brilliantly and can't have control over how other teams played," Dhoni said. "Overall, I'm quite happy with how the team performed. There were instances where we should have had 10-15 runs more on the board. We lost too many wickets early."
Yuvraj Singh, with 21 runs and two wickets, was named the Man of the Match.
Gambhir b M Morkel 8
Sehwag b Peterson 17
Kohli c de Villiers b Kallis 2
Rohit lbw b Peterson 25
Yuvraj b M Morkel 21
Raina run out (Botha/de Villiers) 45
Dhoni not out 23
Extras: (lb 10, nb 1) 11
Total: (6 wkts; 20 ovrs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-30, 3-36, 4-68, 5-112, 6-152
Bowling: Steyn 4-1-26-0, Morkel 4-0-28-2, Kallis 3-0-24-1,Peterson 4-0-25-2,Botha 3-0-30-0, du Plessis 1-0-3-0, Duminy 1-0-6-0
Amla c Sehwag b Khan 0
Kallis c Sharma b Pathan 6
de Villiers b Yuvraj 13
du Plessis c Raina b Yuvraj 65
Duminy c Gambhir b Balaji 16
Behardien c Raina b Khan 13
Peterson b Khan 10
J. Morkel b Balaji 10
Botha c Raina b Ashwin 8
Steyn not out 0
M. Morkel b Balaji 6
Extras: (lb 3, nb 1) 4
Total: (all out; 19.5 overs) 151
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-16, 3-46, 4-95, 5-107, 6-127, 7-127, 8-138, 9-145
Bowling: Zaheer 4-0-22-3, Pathan 3-0-26-1, Yuvraj 4-0-23-2, Rohit 1-0-13-0, Ashwin 4-0-27-1, Balaji 3.5-0-37-3
Colombo, October 2
“If you take the Australia game out, where the rain intervened, we performed brilliantly and can't have control over how the other teams played,” Dhoni said. “Overall, I'm quite happy with how the team performed. There were instances where we should have had 10-15 runs more on the board. We lost too many wickets early.”
Dhoni said the team had played good cricket in the Super Eight stage. “We played good cricket in the Super Eights. We had no control of the match against Australia but we bounced back well. Of course, we do not have control over other teams or results,” he said.
Dhoni said that today, once the team knew that they had to restrict South Africa to less than 121 to qualify for the semifinals, they decided to attack with their pacers. “I thought it was good to attack with the fast bowlers,” Dhoni, who has captained India in all the four Twenty20 World Cups till date, said. “We looked to attack in the first six overs. The pitch had spin and I did not want to use our trump card (spin) early. That is why R Ashwin came in late.”— TNS
Colombo, October 2
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal took three wickets, while Mohammad Hafeez and Raza Hassan took two each. Australia's Michael Hussey, who remained not-out, scored the highest with 54 runs off 47 balls. Australia have still qualified for the semifinals.
In the first innings, Nasir Jamshed hit 55 off 46 balls to steer Pakistan to 149-6 against Australia.
The left-hander smashed four boundaries and two sixes after Pakistan, who were sent in to bat on a slow pitch at the Premadasa stadium, had lost the openers by the sixth over. Jamshed put on 79 off 55 balls for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal, who made 32 before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three deliveries. Abdul Razzaq marked his return to the side in place of Yasir Arafat to make 22 from 17 balls.
Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3-20 for Australia, who will advance to the semi-finals with their third successive win. The second semi-finalist from the group will be decided only after the India-South Africa game later on Tuesday.
Both Pakistan and India have one win each from two games, while South Africa lost both their matches.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was leg-before to Starc in the second over, before Imran Nazir was snapped up at mid-off when he mis-hit a drive off Shane Watson. Jamshed reached his half-century with a boundary off Brad Hogg and celebrated the landmark by lofting the next ball for a six to bring up 100 of the innings.
He was caught in the deep trying to hit spinner Xavier Doherty out of the ground in the 15th over. Two balls later, Kamran Akmal was dismissed in Starc's next over. Earlier, Australia's captain George Bailey won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat. The Pakistan team line-up has one change, Abdul Razzaq replaces Yasir Arafat. Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez said the team was hoping to achieve a higher score than the last match. He said, "We believe 150 plus should be a good target." Australia, who won their first two games, will advance to the semi-finals if they win. But the second semi-finalist from the group will be decided only after the India-South Africa game later on Tuesday. — PTI
Hafeez lbw b Starc 4
Nazir c Bailey b Watson 14
Jamshed c Warner b Doherty 55
K. Akmal c White b Starc 32
U. Akmal not out 9
Razzaq c Watson b Cummins 22
Afridi b Starc 4
Malik not out 4
Extras: (lb-2, w-3) 5
Total: (six wickets; 20 overs) 149
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-29, 3-108, 4-108, 5-136, 6-144
Bowling: Doherty 4-0-27-1, Starc 4-0-20-3, Watson 4-0-23-1, Cummins 4-0-42-1, Maxwell 1-0-6-0, Hogg 3-0-29-0
Watson lbw b Hasan 8
Warner lbw b Hafeez 8
M. Hussey not out 54
Bailey lbw b Ajmal 15
White c Nazir b Hafeez 12
Maxwell c Hafeez b Raza 4
Wade b Ajmal 13
Cummins lbw b Ajmal 0
Starc not out 1
Extras: (b-1, w-1) 2
Total: (7 wickets; 20 overs) 117
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-19, 3-44, 4-58, 5-65, 6-110, 7-110
Bowling: Hafeez 4-0-22-2, Hasan 4-0-14-2, Ajmal 4-0-17-3, Afridi 4-0-33-0, Malik 2-0-19-0, Gul 2-0-11-0
Pakistan won by 32 runs
Colombo, October 2
Australia qualified for the semifinals from Group 2 despite losing to Pakistan by 32 runs in their final Super Eights match here today. Chasing 150, Australia could manage just 117 for seven, but their superior Net-Run-Rate took them to the top of Group 2. “Pakistan outplayed us. The ball turned more, they used spin against us well. You want your top-order to do the majority of the scoring. The challenge will be to get that form back in the semis," Bailey said.
Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez was happy with his side's superb all-round show. He was was very impressed with young spinner Raza Hasan, who took two wickets and gave away just 14 runs in his four overs to be adjudged the Man of the Match. “I'm grateful to see the effort put in by the boys. We got the total we wanted, Raza Hasan was brilliant,” he said. Hasan said, “I'm really happy at the moment as it's my first big tournament. Everybody gives me confidence. We knew we had to try hard.” — PTI
Colombo, October 2
England's 19-run defeat against Sri Lanka here yesterday was their second loss in three Super Eights games and paved the way for the hosts and the West Indies to advance to the semi-finals from group one.
"You can look at the missed opportunities. But I think throughout the whole tournament, we've not quite been good enough," Broad said last night as his team prepared for the long journey home.
England, who won the 2010 title in the Caribbean under Paul Collingwood, beat only New Zealand in the Super Eights but could have made the semi-finals had they defeated Sri Lanka.
Sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga dashed the champions' hopes with three wickets in his first over that reduced England to 18-3 chasing Sri Lanka's 169-6.
Broad's men ended on 150-9 following a half-century from Samit Patel and his 51-run stand for the eighth wicket with Graeme Swann, who swung his bat to hit 34 off 20 balls with four boundaries and a six.
Patel finished with a glorious 67 off 48 balls, but the effort came too late to save England from an early exit. "It was very disappointing to have gone out, because I believe we do have the firepower in that changing room to go far," said Broad. "It was frustratingly close."
The man who could have changed England's fortunes was star batsman Kevin Pietersen, the man of the tournament in 2010 who was confined to the TV studio in Colombo after being axed for disciplinary reasons.
Pietersen was cast into international exile after sending text messages to South African players that contained criticism of then England skipper Andrew Strauss during the recent Test series. Broad refused to dwell on Pietersen's absence, but admitted his side lacked experience to match the firepower of the other teams."What you get with young guys is some days of absolute brilliance, and other days a bit of an average," he said. "I think, as a team, we've probably shown that.
"It has been a learning experience for us. Obviously, we did not have enough players firing at the same time.
“The talent is certainly there. You see on the domestic scene that these are the guys who are performing week in and week out.
"But it's a learning experience when you come into the international scene. "We've got guys here who have not played a lot of international cricket. But as long as we learn from it, we will develop." — PTI
Colombo, October 2
Police said Caesar Buller, 54, had gone to a sales booth in the capital Colombo on Sunday and pocketed four books of tickets for Monday's game, which Sri Lanka won, eliminating England from the tournament.
He was arrested after sales staff raised the alarm. Colombo Chief Magistrate Rashmi Singappuli ordered Buller, from Manchester, to appear for sentencing on October 16 and remanded him on bail of one million rupees ($7,700).
Under Sri Lankan law theft carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine.
Police told the court Tuesday that the stolen tickets had a face value of 10,920 rupees (around $85), but most of them could not have been used as they had not yet been validated. It was the first case of ticket theft for the Twenty20 tournament which opened on September 18 and continues until October 7.
Last month, police raided a factory turning out counterfeit International Cricket Council World Twenty20 T-shirts and seized stocks of fake merchandise after the ICC complained about trademark infringements.The World Cup has not generated much of hype. — PTI
London, October 2
The length of the suspension will be determined under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, to which the ECB and all counties are signatories. Rehman played a total of four Championship matches for Somerset last season, taking 27 wickets at an average of less than 15.
According to the Pakistani media, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) about Rehman flunking the test.Rehman is the 17th player worldwide and third from Pakistan to have failed a dope test. Earlier, fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar had also tested positive. Though left out of the World T20 squad, Rehman is a regular member of the Test and one-day squads. In 17 Tests, he has taken 81 wickets and 21 in 25 ODIs. — PTI
Pallekele, October 2
To ensure Jayawardene was available for the semifinals, Sri Lanka made Kumar Sangakkara skipper on Monday.
The team bowled in time and beat England by 19 runs. Jayawardene said it was the idea of team manager Charith Senanayake to change captains, and the team looked into the ICC code of conduct before going ahead with the plan.
The ICC rules don't make any reference to switching captains before any international match. "I'm sure they'll change the rules after this, but hopefully not in this tournament," Jayawardene said. The International Cricket Council didn't specifically address the issue on Tuesday but said it will review the rules in the tournament aftermath.
"As is always the case, the ICC will be reviewing the playing conditions and the code of conduct at the conclusion of the event," an ICC spokesman Samiul Hasan told AP on Tuesday. It came as a big surprise when senior batsman Sangakkara went out for the toss on Monday, and not Jayawardene or his deputy Angelo Mathews, who were in the playing 11. Mathews was also handed a similar fine during Pakistan's Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka at Hambantota in June when the all-rounder led the home team. "I had a warning for an over rates issue, and if it happens again I miss the match so what we did was have Kumar as the official captain," Jayawardene said.
“I don't think that the intentions were wrong. It's a tough system and it's tough to bowl 20 overs in one hour and 20 minutes in a tournament like this.
"We try our best, but the penalties are harsh. We don't want to miss the big games, so we did it with the right intentions. "Angelo Mathews was on the same offence for a match against Pakistan in Hambantota, so if he got nailed he misses a game as well. We had to find someone who didn't have a rap sheet and Kumar fitted the bill." — PTI
Bangalore, October 2
After a goalless first-half, Punjab took the lead through Prabhdeep Singh in the 36th minute before Air India scored an equaliser a couple of minutes later when Vinaya Vokkaliga (38th min) converted a penalty-corner.
With the regulation period ending in a 1-1 deadlock, the extra-time was enforced and in the second minute, Gurbaj Singh's hard hit from the right went into the goal off defender Joga Singh's stick.
Earlier, Karnataka beat defending champions Haryana 2-1 to finish third in the tournament. Karnataka scored once in each half through MB Aiyappa and skipper VR Raghunath. While Aiyappa struck in the 24th minute from a goalmouth scramble following a left-wing move, Raghunath converted a penalty-corner in the 41st minute. Haryana captain Sardar Singh scored with a reverse hit in the 60th minute to reduce the margin.
Prabhdeep Singh was adjudged Man of the Final. Special awards were presented to Arjun Halappa of Air India (Best Forward of the tournament), Gurjinder Singh of Punjab (Best Defender of the tournament) and MB Aiyappa of Karnataka (Upcoming Player of the tournament).
Punjab, bronze medallists last year, were worthy winners of the trophy given the abundant talent in the side, besides the presence of the youngsters. Air India, who were rather lucky to have made the final after a close 3-2 win over Karnataka yesterday, played as well as they could, but on the day, their best was not enough.
In the first half both the teams had their fair share of scoring opportunities, but neither of them were able to convert the chances successfully as the emphasis was more on caution rather than all-out aggression.
In today's play-off involving the 2011 finalists, Karnataka dominated from the word go and could have actually won by a bigger margin. But they once again ended up wasting a number of scoring chances. Haryana, meanwhile, showed urgency only late in the match.
Karnataka, showing appreciable fluency and purpose, applied pressure on Haryana, but the forwards proved to be real let-downs as they failed to cash in on the openings inside the striking circle. It was left to Aiyappa to open the account for Karnataka with an opportunistic goal that inspired the hosts to intensify their efforts. However, it was not until the 41st minute that Karnataka managed to breach the Haryana defence when Raghunath came good with a drag-flick for the only penalty-corner conversion from five attempts. At the other end, Haryana had few opportunities as they could not find a way through the well-organised Karnataka defence, which though slackened in the last quarter and it saw Sardar Singh latching on to a pass to essay a reverse hit to goal.
With time running out, Haryana switched to an all-court press, but Karnataka pulled back all their players to defend and managed to nurse their slender lead to the final hooter. In fact, Haryana forced four of their seven penalty-corners in the second-half, all proving abortive, while Karnataka received five chances, but could convert only one.
Air India, with a wealth of collective experience, sought to slow down the pace, while the youthful Punjab showed greater urgency. But, like their rivals, Punjab also came up short at the finish. If anything, Air India looked better organised and sharper compared to their lackluster performance in the semifinals, while Punjab seemed to struggle to break free to play at a faster pace that would have suited them. The second half began on a rousing note with Prabhdeep giving Punjab the lead as he scored off a Satbir-Akashdeep move from the right, hardly a minute into the session.
Air India, however, soon produced an equaliser through Vinaya's penalty-corner conversion. The proceedings swung from end to end as the pace noticeably picked up. Punjab had better chances, including five penalty-corners, but their specialist Gurjinder Singh, who had converted two apiece in the previous two rounds, failed in the final. Also, Air India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh, the goal notwithstanding, enjoyed a good session as he brought off some quality saves to keep his team afloat.
On their part, Air India had fewer openings, one of them being when Vikram Pillay, one of the three brothers in the team, drove wide off the wrong foot with goalkeeper out of position. With neither team able to stamp its authority during the course of the match, the game flowed into the extra-time. With a minute into the extra-time, Punjab clinched the issue with an own goal from Air India.
An ecstatic Punjab team coach Baljit Singh Saini said, "Obviously, it is a wonderful moment for Punjab who last month had won the junior national title and this team here has seven players from that team. The victory is very special also because we beat such an experienced side.” — PTI
No if or Butt, Rehan to definitely play in WSH
New Delhi, October 2
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had threatened the players with a ban if they associated with the WSH as it was organised by the Indian Hockey Federation without the approval of the FIH.
But Butt and some others ignored the PHF fiat, and was eventually included in the Pak team for the 2012 London Olympics, after being fined and getting a warning. The PHF had no choice but to recall senior players like Rehan Butt, Mohammad Waseem and Shakil Abbasi, in order to make up the best team.
The PHF decision was vindicated when Pakistan finished seventh in London — a slot better than at Beijing in 2008.
This time around, Butt has no ambiguity about playing in the WSH (December 15-January 20), without bothering about the PHF reaction. The PHF has allowed 14 Pakistan players to play for the rival Hockey India League (HIL) which, Butt felt, was understandable as the PHF officials were friends with Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra. He also does not bother about playing for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy in December, as he has not yet made up his mind to don the country’s colours again.
“I was hesitant initially to play in the WSH last year, as it was the Olympics year. But this year, there is no such pressure,” Butt told The
“That the WSH was a great success — or a great beginning — was evident from the fact that Pakistan is also working on towards hosting such a league. It will give a big boost to the game. The HIL cannot get bigger than the WSH,” Butt noted.
He said hockey in the subcontinent can get a shot in the arm only if the European and Australian teams come to India and Pakistan to play on a regular basis.
“We go to Europe and play in their conditions, which will not benefit us much. We will benefit only if we play against the best in our own environment. Unfortunately, foreign teams don’t want to come here and play against us,” said the ace Pakistan forward.
Butt observed that the demise of club hockey sounded the death-knell of the game in India and Pakistan, and its revival was the real panacea for the ills afflicting the game here. “Club hockey should be revived as legends used to play for clubs, and when they came on the field, even for five minutes, they provided great motivation for the young players to watch them and learn the finer nuances of the game,” Butt added.
Butt said it was a great playing for Chandigarh Comets as he had so many friends in the City Beautiful, and moreover Punjab was the hub of hockey. Turning up for a club in the region was a real education, and value addition in his glittering hockey career, he said.
Tokyo, October 2
The Olympic gold medallist said winning his first grand-slam title in New York had forced him to change his objectives and become more "responsible."
"I was so, I don't want to say 'obsessed' with winning a grand slam, but it was so important to me," world number three Murray told reporters. "Sometimes during the year in certain matches I haven't done myself justice. I felt after the US Open (I needed to) reset some goals. I was always focusing on the next grand slam rather than every tournament and every match I played.”
Murray had been scheduled to open his Japan Open defence against Gael Monfils but the Frenchman pulled out with a knee injury, to be replaced by lucky loser Karlovic.
He got a workout from the 2.08-metre Karlovic and was forced into a tiebreak in the first set which the Scot took 9-7 with a superb running forehand pass down the line.
After a quick wardrobe change, Murray, now in all black, patiently waited for his opportunity as Karlovic, beaten in qualifying by Swiss Marco Chiudinelli, blasted 18 aces.
Karlovic, facing three match points at 5-4 down, saved two with unplayable serves but Murray pounced on the third, closing out proceedings with a vicious backhand to the Croatian's body.
"It's always hard the first match after a few weeks off," said Murray, who had won all his four previous meetings against Karlovic. "I played well when I needed to."
Murray, who was on court for an hour and 38 minutes, will face Slovakia's Lukas Lacko in the second round.
Japan's Kei Nishikori survived a fright against countryman Go Soeda, the eighth seed squeaking through 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to the relief of Tokyo organisers in two hours 29 minutes. Nishikori, who reached his first semifinal of the year in Kuala Lumpur last week, next plays Spaniard Tommy Robredo, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
Big-serving Milos Raonic hit 10 aces in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek, the Canadian's 40th win of the year taking him through to face Serbia's Viktor Troicki. — Reuters
Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov piled more misery on Australian hope Bernard Tomic, recently given a dressing down by Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter, beating the 19-year-old 6-4 7-5.
Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis scraped past Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 7-5 to reach the last 16. (Editing by Peter Rutherford and Clare Fallon)
Stosur succumbs to Goerges
Beijing: Germany's Julia Georges created a flutter in the China Open when she beat eighth seed Sam Stosur in a tough three-set match in the second round. The 23-year-old, ranked 21st in the world, took the first set on a tie-break but had to withstand a fightback from the Australian before eventually prevailing 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 7-5. Meanwhile, Chinese star Li Na brushed aside on-form Nadia Petrova of Russia in straight sets to progress to the last 16. Asia's top player, who needs a strong showing this week to qualify for the WTA Championships in Istanbul, won the match convincingly at a packed National Tennis Stadium 6-1, 6-2. France's Marion Bartoli Bartoli, the ninth seed, also progressed Tuesday, defeating Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-4, 6-3 while Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino knocked out Britain's Laura Robson 7-5, 6-3. — Agencies
Beijing: Germany's Julia Georges created a flutter in the China Open when she beat eighth seed Sam Stosur in a tough three-set match in the second round. The 23-year-old, ranked 21st in the world, took the first set on a tie-break but had to withstand a fightback from the Australian before eventually prevailing 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 7-5. Meanwhile, Chinese star Li Na brushed aside on-form Nadia Petrova of Russia in straight sets to progress to the last 16.
Asia's top player, who needs a strong showing this week to qualify for the WTA Championships in Istanbul, won the match convincingly at a packed National Tennis Stadium 6-1, 6-2. France's Marion Bartoli Bartoli, the ninth seed, also progressed Tuesday, defeating Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-4, 6-3 while Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino knocked out Britain's Laura Robson 7-5, 6-3. — Agencies
London, October 2
A frantic search of the players' 14th floor by hotel housekeeping staff revealed one room still occupied. McIlroy was due off in the third match of the morning, which was half an hour away. Budzar, 28, said: "I knew JP [JP Fitzgerald, McIlroy's caddie] had left about an hour earlier. I knew his [McIlroy's] tee time was 11.25 and he was the third group to go off. And we still hadn't seen him.
"We tag-team with my colleague at the course, ticking them in and out. There was a huge crowd here waiting so everyone knew he [McIlroy] hadn't come down yet. The crowd were getting antsy asking where he was so I just lied and said he had already left.
"And then I started getting worried... The hotel said he was maybe on the players' floor. There was only one room still in use when housekeeping checked and a male voice said not to come in. We figured it had to be him. We then had someone go up to his room. He was in a panic when he came down."
McIlroy was just emerging from his room when the staff member intercepted him at 11.52am. He was just taking a call from his manager, Conor Ridge, who had phoned to wish him luck. Only now did McIlroy understand the pickle he was in. "I was just lucky there was a state trooper [Rollins] downstairs who could put the lights on and get me past all the traffic,” McIlroy said.
— The Independent
London, October 2
The Man United manager admitted that Luis Nani had "made a meal" of a fall under a challenge from Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen. Ferguson said that diving had been more prevalent from foreign players. "Nani is not the type to dive, I know that," he said. "Down the years there have been plenty of players diving, and you have to say particularly foreign players." — Agencies
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