India caught napping in Napier despite Kohli ton
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Vinay’s five-for breaks Punjab back
Punjab colts thump Baroda, storm into final
Gagan slips to T10 finish; Lahiri 3rd in Hua Hin
Napier, january 19
The Indian batting failed to get going and they were bowled out for 268 in 48.4 overs. Barring Kohli and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (40), the middle-order was found wanting.
Opener Rohit Sharma, who failed in South Africa, looked out of his depth in foreign conditions and was dismissed for three after facing 23 balls. His partner Shikhar Dhawan (32) fared better, falling to Anderson in the 19th over.
Both Ajinkya Rahane (7) and Suresh Raina (18) failed to make significant contributions and the visitors found themselves in a spot of bother at 129 for four in 28.2 overs. Kohli and Dhoni then combined well and notched a 95-run stand for the fifth wicket, taking India closer to the target. With Stuart Binny knocking on the doors, Ravindra Jadeja (0) didn't do himself any favours with a dismal show with the bat.
Kohli hit a few lusty blows to keep India's hopes alive but his fall in the 45th over ended all chances of an Indian win. Some clean hitting by Ravichandran Ashwin (12) and Mohammed Shami (7 not out) managed to take India close but it was not enough.
Earlier, after losing openers Martin Guptill (8) and Jesse Ryder (18) cheaply, Kane Williamson crafted the innings initially, stroking his way to 71 off 88 balls, guiding New Zealand to safety. Shami, on his first tour to New Zealand, bowled brilliantly, removing both openers, and then dismissing the dangerous Ross Taylor and Nathan McCullum (2).
Williamson, along with former captain Ross Taylor (55), steadied the ship with a patient 121-run stand for the third wicket. The hosts lost Williamson just before the final powerplay, paving the way for former opener and captain Brendon McCullum (30). Shami dismissed Taylor early in the powerplay but New Zealand still managed to score 41 off the five overs.
That set the stage for Anderson, who recently displaced Pakistan's Shahid Afridi as the holder of the record for the fastest hundred in ODIs.
Anderson bludgeoned his way to a half-century in just 30 balls. New Zealand benefited immensely as Anderson and Luke Ronchi (30 off 18 balls) combined well to gather 50 runs off just five overs. —IANS
For the record
n Dhoni has become the first Indian keeper and fourth overall to effect 300 dismissals in ODIs. Leading the list are Gilchrist (472), Sangakkara (443) and Boucher (425).
Guptill c Ashwin b Shami 8
Ryder b Shami 18
Williamson c Rahane b Jadeja 71
Taylor c Dhoni b Shami 55
McCullum c Dhoni b Kumar 30
Anderson not out 68
Ronchi c Kumar b Sharma 30
McCullum c & b Shami 2
Southee not out 3
Extras (lb 1, w 6) 7
Total (7 wkts; 50 overs) 292
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-32, 3-153, 4-171, 5-213, 6-279, 7-284
Rohit c Southee b McClenaghan 3
Dhawan c Taylor b Anderson 32
Kohli c Ryder b McClenaghan 123
Rahane c McCullum b Anderson 7
Raina c Southee b Milne 18
Dhoni c Ronchi b McClenaghan 40
Jadeja c Ronchi b McClenaghan 0
Ashwin c Southee b Williamson 12
Kumar run out 6
Sharma b Southee 5
Shami not out 7
Extras (lb 3, w 12) 15
Total all out; 48.4 overs) 268
FoW: 1-15, 2-73, 3-84, 4-129, 5-224, 6-224, 7-237, 8-244, 9-259, 10-268
Ana roars, shows Serena the door
MELBOURNE, January 19
Novak Djokovic was for once forced to cede the spotlight to another Serbian but showed no signs of relinquishing his iron grip on the men's title and was merciless in his 6-3 6-0 6-2 flogging of Fabio Fognini. He gave his friend of 10 years Fognini absolutely nothing in their 93-minute encounter and still had plenty of energy left at the end to launch into an impersonation of new coach Boris Becker.
Third seed David Ferrer also advanced to the last eight and a meeting with Tomas Berdych and his stripy football shirt, while women's fourth seed Li Na and Flavia Pennetta set up a last eight clash of 31-year-olds. Li and Pennetta had every reason to expect their path to the final to be blocked by world number one and top seed Williams until Ivanovic secured the biggest shock of the tournament with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory.
The Serbian's win instead sent her through to a quarter-final clash against Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard, who ended Australia's hopes of a home champion when she overcame Casey Dellacqua 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-0.
"I actually believed," said Ivanovic, whose mental toughness has been frequently questioned because of her failure to back up her 2008 French Open title. “I tried to make it a good match. I was very competitive till the last moment and I'm just very thrilled.”
It was a fruitful day for Leander Paes, who sailed into the quarterfinals of the men`s doubles with Czech partner Radek Stepanek, besides making the second round of the mixed doubles with Slovakia`s Daniela Hantuchova.
Fifth seeds Paes and Stepanek hit 25 winners en route their 6-3 6-2 win over Yuki Bhambri and Michael Venus. In his mixed doubles, Paes and Hantuchova, got the better of Ajla Tomljanovic and James Duckworth 7-5 4-6 10-7 to set up a second round clash against Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina.
However, Rohan Bopanna and his partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi endured a shocking defeat against the 12th seeded duo of Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot to crash out of the men`s doubles event. — Agencies
Men (4th round)
8-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat 17-Tommy Robredo (Spain) 6-3 7-6(3) 7-6(5); 7-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat 19-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 6-2 6-2 6-3; 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 15-Fabio Fognini (Italy) 6-3 6-0 6-2; 3-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Florian Mayer (Germany) 6-7(5) 7-5 6-2 6-1
Women (4th round)
30-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 6-7(5) 6-2 6-0; 14-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat 1-Serena Williams (US) 4-6 6-3 6-3; 4-Li Na (China) beat 22-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 6-2 6-0; 28-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat 9-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-1 4-6 7-5
Visakhapatnam, January 19
After bundling out Sri Lanka for a meagre 76, the Indian women achieved the target in 32.3 overs, losing three wickets in the process. The Sri Lanka team, which opted to bat, was dealt early blows as Jhulan Goswami, playing her first match since February 2013, struck early to dismiss opener Chamari Atapattu (6) and Deepika Rasangika (4).
Sri Lanka could never overcome those initial jitters and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually get dismissed for 76 in 39.3 overs. Yasoda Mendis (17) was the lone batter to reach the double-digit mark.
In reply, the Indian openers — Karu Jain (6) and Smriti Mandhana (13) — could add just 15 runs before their stand ended in 10.3 overs. Sri Lanka picked up two more wickets but their low total meant the Indians were never in much trouble. They reached 80 for three with 105 balls to spare.
Mithali Raj and Anagha Deshpande (23) put on a 43-run stand together for the third wicket. Mithali finished unbeaten on 34 off 59 balls with six fours.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 76 all out in 39.3 overs (Mendis 17; Sultana 4/04); India: 80 for three in 32.3 overs (Mithali 34no, Deshpande 23). — PTI
Tribune News Service
Mohali, January 19
Vinay’s outswingers and his alternating between short of a length and good length were enough for Punjab to give away a decent start. It was not that Karnataka bowled exceedingly well – Punjab, rather, threw it away. It is not common to see eight wickets falling in the second session in Mohali, but full credit to the home team for making it an eventful session in the crucial semifinals.
Punjab’s happy hours had began early as Vinay left the field midway in his second over, writhing in pain. The hosts scored at more than four runs an over, their morale boosted by two reprieves in the form of LBW decisions. Yuvraj Singh shuffled between sublime and ungainly in his 42-run knock. He got two reprieves; a difficult chance in the slips and a catch taken outside the boundary rope by Amit Verma; still it was not to be his day.
Manan Vohra (51), Jiwanjot (74; 121b, 12x4), and Yuvraj (42; 56b, 4x4, 2x6) had almost seen through the first session and it was time to capitalise but Punjab wilfully decided to capitulate.
Manan edged a gentle outswinger to the wicketkeeper, Taruwar Kohli drove into the hands of short cover, Jiwanjot inside-edged an innocuous off-spinner to the stumps, Yuvraj finally holed out a simple catch at deep midwicket off a full toss. Vinay saw it coming from outside and rushed to the field, removing two batsmen in three balls in the 55th over to give the final push. In no time, Punjab had lost six wickets for just 16 runs. In the end, Vinay emerged with his season-best figures of 8-0-27-5. Incidentally, Vinay had scored his season-best score of 102 against Punjab earlier in Hubli this season.
In reply, a jolted Punjab pace attack struck twice, removing Mayank Aggarwal and KL Rahul cheaply. But the visitors suffered no damage thereafter. Robin Uthappa (25) and Manish Pandey (8) were at the crease at the end of play, and Karnataka (39/2) trailed by 231 runs.
Punjab: 270 (Jiwanjot 74, Manan 51, Yuvraj 42, Vinay 5/27, Shreyas 3/92); Karnataka: 39/2 trail
Bengal: 114 and 16 for 1 trail Maharashtra: 455 (Atitkar 168, Bawne 89, Sanklecha 52; Shukla 3-76, Dinda 3-114) by 325 runs.
Mumbai, January 19
Baroda, in reply, were shot out for 116 in 50.2 overs, thanks to superb bowling by Resham Sharma who picked up a five-for, conceding just 37 runs. Punjab, however, faltered in their second essay, caving in for just 126. However, the first innings lead came handy for them as Baroda, chasing 309 for victory, folded up for just 122 runs. Resham was again the pick of the bowlers with an impressive 5/49 haul. — TNS
Brief scores: Punjab 1st innings 299; 2nd innings 126 all out ; Baroda 1st innings: 116; 2nd Innings: 122 all out.
Gagan slips to T10 finish; Lahiri 3rd in Hua Hin
Chandigarh, january 19
Anirban carded a final round of 68 in the final event on the Asian Tour season to finish the week in third place at nine-under 279, three behind winner Prayad Marksaeng. "It was a solid week; it has been a great season for me to finish on a high. I played well today but should have made a couple more birdies. There are lots of positives I can take back from this week," said Lahiri.
The result helped Lahiri finish third on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit and confirm his place in the team for the EurAsia Cup.
Rahil Gangjee carded a level-par 72 after three consecutive 71s to finish tied 12th, while Jyoti Randhawa carded a 69 today, finishing tied 27th at one-under 287.
Meanwhile, Bhullar shot a final round of three-over 75 to tie for tenth place at seven-under 285. The $2.7 million event was won by Pablo Larrazabal, while Phil Mickleson and Rory McIlroy finished tied for second place.
Bhullar made two bogeys early in his round, followed by a third on the 13th hole. His only birdie came on the 15th. "I would have liked to have made more birdies today but overall it has been a good week. It's great to play with the big boys as you get to learn a lot and I hope I have many such opportunities in the future," said Bhullar.
Shiv Kapur had a good final round of 67 to finish the week at three-under 285, while Jeev Milkha Singh carded a level-par 72 to finish with a total of two-over 290.
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