For a change, KXIP start with win
Praveen Kumar scalped two wickets on Sunday. — PTI
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Wade Ormsby won his maiden Asian Tour title with a final round of one-under-par 71 on Sunday. — PTI
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For a change, KXIP start with win
Pune, April 7
Angelo Mathews' decision to bat first backfired badly as the home team batsmen produced another inept show posting a meagre 99 for nine in their 20 overs.
The chase was a cakewalk for KXIP as young IPL debutant Manan Vohra sent the Pune bowlers on a leatherhunt, finishing the lopsided contest in only 12.2 overs.
Manan (43 no, 7x4, 1x6) and Mandeep Singh (31) added 58 runs, including 21 in one Ashoke Dinda over, as the Preity Zinta co-owned team finished the match in a jiffy.
The match ended in a dramatic fashion when David Hussey's flick shot was acrobatically caught at short mid-wicket by T Suman off Mitchell Marsh's bowling. But TV replays showed that it was a no-ball and thus KXIP won the match. It was a match in which KXIP outclassed their opponents in every department of the game. The sheer dominance of the KXIP pacers was evident as the highest partnership for Pune was 25 and the top scorer was Abhishek Nayar with 25.
For KXIP, Azhar Mahmood and Praveen Kumar got two wickets apiece, giving away 19 and 31 runs respectively.
The slide started in the very first over as Manish Pandey (0), who has done nothing in the past two seasons to merit a place in the starting XI, failed yet again as he played on off the last delivery of Praveen Kumar's first over. T20 specialist T Suman (6) hit a boundary before holing out at mid-off, with veteran Azhar Mahmood being the bowler.
The Pune batsmen found it difficult to score on a wicket that had spongy bouncy but credit must go to KXIP bowlers as they were consistent in bowling to a particular line. Marlon Samuels (3) was run-out as Piyush Chawla's immaculate throw landed on top of the stumps and skipper Adam Gilchrist whipped off the bails as the diving Jamaican failed to make his ground. The problems only compounded for Pune from there on. If that wasn't enough, Chawla ended Pune's 'Million Dollar' recruit Robin Uthappa's misery as a faster one castled the Karnataka batsman, who scratched around for 23 balls to make only 19.
At 33 for four, a lot depended on skipper Mathews, who started well with a boundary, but got out to the best delivery of the innings from Parvinder Awana. Mathews was forced to edge one that had a bit of extra bounce as the ball moved a shade after landing on the good length spot. At the halfway stage, Warriors were 38 for five with hopes of posting a decent total vanished.
There was another misery in store for Warriors as Ross Taylor found out to his amazement. He slog swept a delivery from Praveen and Gurkeerat Mann, fielding in the deep fine leg, took a magnificent one-handed catch diving to his right. The chase was an easy as Adam Gilchrist welcomed Bhuvneshwar Kumar with a couple of boundaries and a big six to set the ball rolling. Although the former Aussie glovesman holed out for only 15, Manan and Mandeep upped the ante with a flurry of boundaries.
The pitch was a good one and with the ball coming onto the bat nicely, it proved to be a stroll in the park for the Punjab batsmen. The short balls were pulled and the length deliveries were driven with ferocity.
Mandeep was finally bowled by statemate Rahul Sharma for 31 off 26 balls with four boundaries. — PTI
Pune Warriors India
Uthappa b Chawla 19
Pandey b Kumar 0
Suman c Kumar b Mahmood 6
Samuels run out 3
Taylor c Gurkeerat b Kumar 15
Mathews c Gilchrist b Awana 4
Nayar not out 25
Marsh b Harris 15
Bhuveshnar b Mahmood 8
Rahul run out 1
Total: (9 wkts in 20 ovs) 99
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-21, 3-29, 4-33, 5-38, 6-53, 7-78, 8-93, 9-99
Kings XI Punjab
Gily c Samuels b Mathews 15
Mandeep b Sharma 31
Manan not out 43
Hussey not out 8
Total: (2 wkts in 12.2 ovs) 100
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-52, 3-93, 4-99
Pune, April 7
He said his side did everything right in all departments of the game."It's a great start in the tournament and all the players showed the right intentions whether in batting, bowling and fielding,” said the former Australian captain.
Gilchrist praised Gurkeerat Singh for his brilliant catch to dismiss dangerous Pune Warriors batsman Ross Taylor and also patted IPL debutant Manan Vohra who scored an unbeaten 43 to take KXIP to victory.
“What a catch Gurkeerat had and every player fielded with great intention. Manan played with same intention and scored quickly. We know how important the run rate becomes towards the end of the tournament. The players adjusted to the conditions really well,” he said.Man-of-the-match Manan Vohra said that he was nervous in his debut IPL match but happy that he could contribute for the team's cause.
"I was very nervous before the start, butterflies in my stomach. I felt good as the innings progressed. The wicket got better during the course of the innings. I am really happy that I could contribute to the team's win," Vohra said.
Asked what the senior team-mates told him before the match, Vohra said, "They said just go and enjoy and play your natural game freely just like in a practice game.” A disappointed Pune Warriors captain Angelo Mathews said that his side could not have played worse than Sunday's match.
“It's disappointing, can't get any worse than this. Batting let us down again. We need to sort out our intent and attitude towards the first six overs, that sets up the whole innings," he said.
“The pitch was a bit up and down and slow as well. It was not conducive to play shots," he added.
The Warriors had lost their opening match of the tournament against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday. Mathews, however, said that his side would bounce back in the event.
“We can only get better from here. There are 14 more games to go and we have to be positive and put in our efforts together,” he said. — PTI
Hyderabad, April 7
Hyderabad’s Cameron White lit up the game with two sixes in the third and fifth ball of Vinay Kumar’s decisive over to set a target of 21 runs.
In reply, skipper Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle could only score 15 runs.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to touch Royal Challengers Bangalore score of 130 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Hanuma Vihari scored 44, while Akshath Reddy made 23 in pursuit. For Bangalore Jaydev Unadkat (2/24) and Moises Henriques (2/14) scalped two each.
Batting first, Royal Challengers Bangalore had scored 130/8 in 20 overs.
The visitors received an early setback when both their openers, Chris Gayle (1) and Tilakaratne Dilshan (5) misfired. Middle order batsmen Virat Kohli (46) and Moises Henriques (44) helped the team reach a decent total. For Hyderabad, Ishant bagged 3 wickets as Bangalore tried to up the ante on visitors. Sunrisers replaced DB Ravi Teja with Ankit. — TNS
Hyderabad, April 7
Batting first, Bangalore received an early setback when both their openers, Chris Gayle (1) and Tilakaratne Dilshan (5) misfired. Middle order batsmen Virat Kohli (46) and Moises Henriques (44) helped the team reach a decent total.. For Hyderabad, Ishant Sharma bagged three wickets toward the end as Bangalore tried to up the ante on visitors. Sunrisers replaced DB Ravi Teja with Ankit Sharma while RCB brought in Moises Henriques in place of Daniel Christian.
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kumar Sangakkara (Capt), Dale Steyn, Akshat Reddy, Ashish Reddy, Ankit Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Cameron White, Hanuma Vihari, Thisara Perera, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Capt), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, K B Arun Kumar, T Dilshan, Murali Kartik, R Vinay Kumar, Muthiah Muralidharan, Karun Nair and J Unadkat. — TNS
Brief Scores Ist Innings
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 130/8 in 20 overs (V Kohli 46, C Gayle 1, T Dilshan 5, K Nair 9, M Henriques 44, Ishant Sharma 3/27, A Mishra 1/15, T Perera 1/21).
Islamabad, April 7
However, reports suggest that the tour is unlikely to go ahead after both boards failed to find a new window.
“It's a very tricky situation here as our first priority is to play according to the FTP,” Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman was quoted as saying by CMC.
“They actually planned their tri-nation series within our window and left us with a choice to reschedule the series. However, after a lengthy deliberation we failed to find a window to go ahead with it.”
According to the Future Tours Programme, the West Indies were scheduled to host Pakistan from the last week in June to the last week in July, but a tri-series involving India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies has since been planned. To avoid a clash, the WICB is reported to have asked the PCB to reschedule its tour to August but this change would have interfered with Pakistan's own plan to host India and to play out the Zimbabwe series that was postponed last year. Also, the inaugural Caribbean Premier League is scheduled to take place from July 29 to August 26.
“Earlier, there were plans to split the tour but it's not working as we want to play a full series,” the PCB chairman said. “The West Indies is an important cricket team and we have always had cordial relations with them, and hopefully we will find another window next year,” he added.
Pakistan last visited the West Indies in 2011, drawing the Test series 1-1, winning the ODI series 3-2 and losing the only T20I. — Agencies
Jaipur, April 7
While the defending champions KKR beat Delhi Daredevils comfortably by six wickets in a low-scoring match in the tournament opener, the Royals eked out a five-run win over the same opponents in their first game. The Royals, who have looked awry since their inaugural edition feat, will take confidence from the fact that they had beaten KKR by 22 runs at the same venue exactly a year ago in previous edition of the cash-rich event. Add to it, their last outing against the Daredevils when skipper Rahul Dravid struck a 51-ball 65 and Stuart Binny chipped in with quickfire 40 off just 20 balls to help the team, would also give them an edge. However, the fact that they were lucky to have scrapped through against a depleted Delhi-side and were unable to tighten the noose at crucial moments, will play in their mind. Both openers Ajinkya Rahane (28) and Kusal Perera (14) got starts but failed to convert them into big scores. Despite Dravid, Rahane and Binny in good nick, Royals were unable to give necessary thrust to their innings.
Sehwag to take fitness call on Monday
Virender Sehwag, who missed Delhi Daredevils' opening two Pepsi IPL games because of back spasms, would join the team's training session and then take a a call on whether he would play against Mumbai Indians in the next IPL game on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Daredevils squad will be bolstered with South African pacer Morne Morkel joining the squad tomorrow evening after completing his domestic T20 engagements tomorrow. Morne will thus be available for Tuesday's game. Sehwag will reach Mumbai on Monday evening and then take part in the evening training session of the team. "He (Sehwag) will take part in the evening training session and then a call will be taken whether he can play the match against Mumbai Indians. There is marked improvement (on the fitness front)," informed a team source. — PTI
Virender Sehwag, who missed Delhi Daredevils' opening two Pepsi IPL games because of back spasms, would join the team's training session and then take a a call on whether he would play against Mumbai Indians in the next IPL game on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Daredevils squad will be bolstered with South African pacer Morne Morkel joining the squad tomorrow evening after completing his domestic T20 engagements tomorrow. Morne will thus be available for Tuesday's game. Sehwag will reach Mumbai on Monday evening and then take part in the evening training session of the team. "He (Sehwag) will take part in the evening training session and then a call will be taken whether he can play the match against Mumbai Indians. There is marked improvement (on the fitness front)," informed a team source. — PTI
Sydney, April 7
In a report published in the Sydney Morning Herald, the bowler has been quoted as saying that the difference between playing in England and in India 'is like the difference between vindaloo curry (a dish popular mainly in Goa) and cold pork pie.'
India annhilated Australia last month when the visitors surrendered in each of the four Tests played. The 23-year-old however said that conditions in England would be easier for the Australians - especially since the Indian wickets have no grass and are meant to favour spin.
The Ashes series begins from July 10 at Trent Bridge with Starc saying that the pitch will offer a more here to the seamers than the Indian tracks could. — Agencies
New Delhi, April 7
There were seven Indians who finished in the Top-15 as Australian Wade Ormsby won his maiden Asian Tour title with a final round of one-under-par 71 to pip Thailand veteran Boonchu Ruangkit by one stroke and get richer by USD 54,000.
Kapur was in contention till three holes from the finish before he ran into trouble on 16th and 18th and dropped shots on both to drop to fourth, while SSP Chowrasia (68) made a valiant bid only to end up fifth alongside defending champion Digvijay Singh, who carded four sub-par rounds.
Shamim Khan, who barely made the cut, continued his great work over the weekend following up his third round 67 with a final round of 69 to be tied eighth, while Rahil Gangjee, with five birdie on the front nine, carded 68 to be tied 10th with local lad Manav Jaini (72) and Siddikur at three-under.
Singapore's Lam Chih Bing, who led briefly during the final round, settled for third place after carding a level par 72 while Kapur's search for a first win on his home course was extended after he bogeyed two of his last three holes to finish three shots behind Ormsby in fourth position.
Ormsby, who held at least a share of the lead from the opening day, birdied the second hole but stumbled badly with a seven at the next hole.
However, the Aussie showed great character by shooting birdies on the fifth, seventh and eighth holes to stay in the title hunt. He bogeyed the 12th and needed an 18-foot birdie conversion on 17 which proved decisive as Boonchu's title challenge faded with a bogey on 16.
"It means so much. I've played tournaments worldwide but to finally get a win in Asia is fantastic. I felt pretty good on the fourth tee but I just put my head down and tried to get down into it and birdied the fifth," said Ormsby. — PTI
Munich, April 7
He is also friends with some of Bayern's players. Bayern won the Bundesliga title for the 22nd time in the competition's 50 year history on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, thanks to Bastian Schweinsteiger's second-half goal, and Bolt offered his congratulations.
"It's impressive what Bayern have done this season," Bolt told German daily Bild on Sunday after Bayern won the title with six games left, a new Bundesliga record.
"To be champions with such a lead and so early in such a strong league, is extraordinary."First of all, I want to congratulate Basti (Schweinsteiger) and the team, who, just like the coach (Jupp Heynckes), have done a great job. “I know how hard the boys have worked for this behind the scenes.”
Bolt has said he wants to play football when he retires from athletics. — Agencies
New Delhi, April 7
Competing in the women’s 10-metre air pistol event, Heena qualified for the finals with an impressive second-place finish. But she failed to replicate that in the medal round, finishing at the bottom among the top eight shooters.
After totalling 388 with the help of 9x in the qualifying round, Heena could not manage more than 75.7 in the finals. Annu Raj Singh and Ruchita Vinerkar could not even qualify for the finals after finishing dismal 14th and 27th respectively.
In the women’s 50-metre rifle 3 position, Tejaswini Sawant, Lajja Gauswamy and Meena Kumari failed to make the cut as they finished 18th, 24th and 33rd respectively in the qualifying round.
London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar, Pemba Tamang and Harpreet Singh will be competing in the qualification stage 2 of the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol event tomorrow. — PTI
India stamp complete domination over Indonesia by winning reverse singles without dropping a set
Bangalore, April 7
Somdev outplayed David Agung Susant 6-3 6-1 in little over an hour while Yuki Bhambari registered a thumping 6-0 6-1 victory over Wisnu Adi Nugroho here.
Non-playing captain SP Misra wanted Sanam Singh to play in place of Somdev but the Chandigarh youngster developed some wrist problem, forcing India to field Somdev in the fourth rubber.
Misra had the satisfaction of going on a high as he did the job for one last time as AITA would find his replacement before the next year’s campaign.
India now stay in Group I and will strive to qualify for the World Group in 2014.
Somdev took some time to get into the groove but gradually overpowered his opponent with his trademark punching shots and baseline shots.
On the other hand, Yuki did not have do much as Wisnu made the job of the Indian much easy with umpteen number of unforced errors.
In the first match, watched by a motley crowd, the opening set went with serve until the sixth game when David dumped a forehand long outside the baseline to trail 2-4.
Though the Indonesian saved his eighth game negating Somdev to pull off the set, he lost the set in the ninth game when he blasted a forehand smash wide as he greedily eyed a winner down the line.
Both the players held serve until the third game of second set when David, running in hard across the ball, smashed the ball outside the sideline to give India 2-1 lead.
However, the Indonesian did not give in easily in the fourth game, forcing the Indian to earn points.
Then Somdev broke the Indonesian for the second time in the fifth game after David smashed the backhand shot wide over the sideline.
Joy among the spectators mounted as Somdev broke for the final time in the seventh game. The Indian coming back from 15-30 down served hard before he sealed victory on his match point when David pushed a forehand smash wide.
In the second and final match, Yuki put on an impressive show, playing aggressively. Yuki kept it simple and never let the Indonesian settle.
He went through the first set without much resistance and smashed his way through in the second to seal the tie for India. — PTI
Bangalore, April 7
Paes, who was the only top player to not side with the rebel players, surprisingly joined the newly-formed Indian Tennis Players Association as one of the vice presidents.
Somdev said all players including Paes are on the same page on the issues, raised by IPTA.
“I had a good chat with Lee (Paes). He has already planned new things which is encouraging. I even talked to Hesh (Mahesh Bhupathi) and he has already got six ideas. I am trying to be a part of them. Will this work out or not, time alone will tell,” Somdev said after leading India to a 5-0 whitewash of Indonesia in the Davis Cup tie.
About his role in ITPA, Somdev said he plans to improve things for all tennis players including those who have hung their boots.
“I have been fortunate enough that the game has given me some respect. Therefore I have the responsibility to do things the right way. Why not try. Honestly, I am going to put my efforts in and also do whatever I can to give back,” he said.
Somdev said he was working hard to get back to the top-100 bracket even though the job was not easy.
“I want to be among top 100 players, but it would be tough because there are a lot of good players at the international level. However, I am happy to be among 200 because I had started of lower in the rankings.” Somdev said he has chalked up a plan along with his coach to gain 1,000 points in a year to get into the top 100.
In my first quarter, I have gained 250 points. It will obviously be tough to get another 250 points in the second quarter. There are lot of good players and it will never going to be easy. Even 300-ranked players come up with some quality games,” he said. — PTI
Feels like heaven!
Charleston (South Carolina), April 7 Serena, who won her fifth match in a row against Venus, will face former number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in Sunday’s final as she goes for her third Family Circle title. Jankovic outlasted Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 6-4 6-7 6-2 in a much tougher encounter lasting two hours and eight minutes. Serena, 31, needed only 22 minutes to take the first set against the fifth seed Venus, delivering eight winners to zero unforced errors. She then completed the 54-minute straight-set victory over 32-year-old Venus to prevail for the 14th time in 24 matches against her sister. “Venus has had a great week, and honestly, if she hadn’t had to play so many matches, it would have been a much tougher match,” Serena said. The semifinal came a day after both had played third-round and quarterfinal matches on Friday because of rain delays earlier in the week. “She’ll never admit it, but I don’t think she was 100 percent,” Serena said. “But you will never get that out of her. And quite frankly, three matches for her is much tougher than three matches for me. It’s definitely not easy — because I’m struggling, and I can’t imagine what she must be feeling.” Venus was playing in her second Premier-level semifinal since returning from her seven-month illness lay-off in March last year. “I felt pretty good actually — it would have been nicer to have more space between the matches, but it did not work out,” she said. — Reuters
Charleston (South Carolina), April 7
Serena, who won her fifth match in a row against Venus, will face former number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in Sunday’s final as she goes for her third Family Circle title.
Jankovic outlasted Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele 6-4 6-7 6-2 in a much tougher encounter lasting two hours and eight minutes.
Serena, 31, needed only 22 minutes to take the first set against the fifth seed Venus, delivering eight winners to zero unforced errors.
She then completed the 54-minute straight-set victory over 32-year-old Venus to prevail for the 14th time in 24 matches against her sister.
“Venus has had a great week, and honestly, if she hadn’t had to play so many matches, it would have been a much tougher match,” Serena said.
The semifinal came a day after both had played third-round and quarterfinal matches on Friday because of rain delays earlier in the week.
“She’ll never admit it, but I don’t think she was 100 percent,” Serena said. “But you will never get that out of her. And quite frankly, three matches for her is much tougher than three matches for me. It’s definitely not easy — because I’m struggling, and I can’t imagine what she must be feeling.”
Venus was playing in her second Premier-level semifinal since returning from her seven-month illness lay-off in March last year.
“I felt pretty good actually — it would have been nicer to have more space between the matches, but it did not work out,” she said. — Reuters
Madrid, April 7
The performance was all the more impressive given that coach Tito Vilanova rested several key players, including midfielder Sergio Busquets, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg at home to Paris St Germain. Mallorca, who are bottom of the table, are battling to maintain their top-flight status but were swept aside by a masterly Barca performance with Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Andres Iniesta in inspired form.
Fabregas, operating in Messi’s roving forward role, scored his first hat-trick since returning to his boyhood club from Arsenal in 2011 and Alexis netted twice and set up two goals. Alex Song, who has struggled to settle since joining from Arsenal, was solid in Busquets’s holding midfield position, while centre back Marc Bartra played well enough to suggest he might be an effective replacement for the injured Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano alongside Gerard Pique.
“When you don’t have a player like Messi available there’s no doubt that you have a problem,” assistant coach Jordi Roura told a post-match news conference.
“The squad once again showed their enormous quality,” he added. “Everyone performed at a high level.”
It is not clear whether Messi, who has scored 43 goals in La Liga and eight in the Champions League this season, will be back for Wednesday’s game against PSG, when the teams will resume locked at 2-2.
If he fails to make it, Fabregas, who came through the club’s youth ranks with Messi and has regularly played in the “false nine” position for Spain in recent years, looks to be a fine replacement.
“Cesc adapts perfectly to this ‘false nine’ position and he played an extraordinary match,” Roura said.
“It’s one more option that we have,” he added. “But I would also like to single out Song’s performance. In fact, in general everyone played very well.”
With fierce competition for places, Fabregas has not been an automatic starter this season. He said he did not think Saturday’s performance was his best but noted that in football goals were all-important.
“I feel very comfortable playing as a false striker but the best player in the world plays there,” he told reporters.
“I am still a midfielder,” the 25-year-old added.
“We scored early, we were able to see some nice play and the fans had a good time. It’s easy to play with Alexis, he’s a player with a lot of qualities.”
Barca pointed out before the Mallorca game that they had won 13 and drawn one of the La Liga, King’s Cup and Champions League games Messi has not featured in over the past three seasons.
“There is life beyond Messi,” they wrote on their website. “Maybe it’s not as beautiful, but it exists.” — Reuters
London, April 7
The point was more useful to the London side, who are now seven points clear of the drop zone in 12th place, than to Liverpool who had been hoping to keep in touch with the group chasing Champions League berths.
Liverpool stayed seventh with 49 points from 32 games, two behind sixth-placed Everton who were playing at third-placed Tottenham Hotspur and seven behind fourth-placed Arsenal who occupy the final Champions League spot. League leaders Manchester United, who are 15 points clear, host champions Manchester City on Monday. — Reuters
Unmukt reprimanded for dress code violation
Malinga joins Mumbai Indians team
He was ruled out for the opening match in Bangalore due to a sore back, which he had sustained during Sri Lanka's recent limited overs series against Bangladesh. "He is likely to be fit for the first home match on Tuesday but the final call will be taken by the team management tomorrow," team sources said. The leading wicket-taker in IPL with 83 wickets, Malinga, could not join the team earlier as the second match was in Chennai and the IPL governing council had decided against playing Sri Lankans there due to political reasons.
Fleming criticises CSK batting performance
“The pitch was fine. The score was achievable playing in the second innings and at half time we were pretty comfortable. I must say the batting was below standards, considering the experience," said Fleming on Saturday. — Agencies
Chhetri denied visa to travel to Singapore
A team official said that Chhetri, Arezou and club chairman Churchill Alemao have been denied visas by the Singapore Consulate in Mumbai for the Goan side's AFC Cup match in Singapore scheduled for April 10. "On Friday the club got a letter from Singapore Consulate in Mumbai that Chhetri, Arezou and Alemao will not be granted visas to travel to Singapore. The consulate gave no reason for the rejection. The players and Alemao will re-apply again," the official said.
Balotelli fined for
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