I knew we could do it: Bhutia
BSF eye 5th title
E. Railway win
Mumbai Races/ Easy win for Lady Moura

 
 
I KNEW WE COULD DO IT: BHUTIA 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 8: 
Few gave India a chance to snatch a point, forget three, against UAE in today’s World Cup qualifier in Bangalore. What happened, however, is certain to become a landmark in the history of Indian football.

“I always felt it was possible, told everybody to be positive and believe in our abilities,” skipper Bhaichung Bhutia told The Telegraph after the 1-0 win against the 1990 World Cuppers, now coached by Frenchman Henry Michel.

“The entire team fought and it was the fighting spirit which kept us going. Everybody gave their 100 per cent,” he said.

Unusually relaxed, considering the value of the win, Bhutia hoped it should serve as a shot in the arm for Indian football.

“Look, there are problems in the game in India but such wins can only boost chances of a revival. Not just in the context of the tournament, this win was very important for us.”

The match was not just against a team which boasts of better technique and physique apart from being miles ahead in preparation, it was perhaps also a mental battle — to prove to themselves that such opponents can actually be beaten.

“That is what I have been telling everybody after arriving from England — that we can. In modern football, you can’t survive if you aren’t positive,” he said.

The first hurdle crossed, Bhutia said the aim now would be to maintain the rhythm and overcome complacency. “We have to remember this is not the end of world and there won’t be any easy matches.

“Without thinking of what may happen, we have to take one game at a time and give our best. Today’s game taught us that we can,” he said, adding there would be no party tonight to celebrate.

   

 
 
BSF EYE 5TH TITLE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 8: 
Border Security Force will be vying for their fifth Beighton Cup title when they take on Central Industrial Security Force in the final tomorrow.

It will be the Jalandhar side’s sixth entry into the title-round having last won the title in 1998.

CISF, on the other hand, will be hoping to make their maiden entry into the final memorable.

Both teams were seeded in the same group in the quarter final league, their engagement having ended 1-1.

BSF are confident about their chances but the final will sure to be a different battle altogether.

The Mangru Tirkey, Christopher Ekka, Kuljinder Singh and Harbhajan Singh manned BSF defence looks solid to withstand pressure. On the other hand, Marinus Lakra, Peter Tirkey, Shinu Herenz and Sushil Kujur are capable of running through any defence.

CISF, like the securitymen, have depended more on team game for their success. They will look to Gregory Vincent Xaxa — the highest scorer in the meet so far with seven goals, including a hattrick versus Army XI — for the goals.

With a handsome prize money awaiting both teams (Rs 1 lakh for the champion and Rs 50,000 for the runners-up), the final is likely to be a keenly contested affair.

The bouncy natural turf at the Mohun Bagan ground could, however, come in the way of the players’ performance.

   

 
 
E. RAILWAY WIN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, April 8: 
Souvik Mukherjee’s 140 helped Eastern Railway beat Barisha Sporting by four wickets in the J.C. Mukherjee pre quarter final today.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Aryan 183 (Sovan Mitra 53, Pulak Das 37, Ajoy Das 30; Murtaza Lodhgar 4/74). Kalighat 186/2 (Safi Ahmed 40 n.o., Humza Ferozie 66 n.o., Manoj Roy 45). Kalighat won by 8 wkts.

Barisha Sporting 334/5 (Saikat Seth 102, Shome Kapoor 109, Subhradeep Ganguly 60). Eastern Railway 339/6 (Souvik Mukherjee 140, Anand Kumar 50, Sanjoy Bhattacharjee 41). Eastern Railway won by 4 wkts.

Tapan Memorial 233/7 (Ranabir Nath 91; Randeb Bose 4/37). Wari 236/2 (Arindam Das 117 retd hurt, Avishek Jhunjhunwala 50). Wari won by 8 wkts.

   

 
 
MUMBAI RACES/ EASY WIN FOR LADY MOURA 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, April 8: 
The Cooji Katrak-trained ward Lady Moura won the Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday. Chowksey Ruzaan partnered the Cristofori-Ile Des Soeurs four-year-old filly.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)
1. Naval Honey Plate 1,100m: (7-4-5) Miss Trump (Bhati) 1; Timeless Elegance 2; Blusheon 3. Won by: 2-1/4; Nk; (1-9.7). Tote: Win Rs 198; Place: 27; 12; 22; Quinella: 113; Tanala: 2,472. Fav: Timeless Elegance (4).
2. Bay Beuty Stakes 1,800m: (2-1-3) Avantage (Gallagher) 1; Auditor 2; Kazakh 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-57). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 12; 20; 11; Quinella: 127; Tanala: 387. Fav: Kazakh (3).
3. A. F. S. Talyarkhan Trophy 1,200m: (2-5-1) Senor Pele (Shroff) 1; Seriously Stunning 2; Idaho 3. Not run: Aphaia (3). Won by: 5; 4-1/2; (1-14.4). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 13; 24; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 107. Fav: Senor Pele (2).
4. Naval Glory Plate 2,000m: (1-3-4) Great Alliance (Prakash) 1; Pride The Lightning 2; Northern Frontier 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 1-1/4; (2-11.6). Tote: Win Rs 38; Place: 26; 18; Quinella: 55; Tanala: 185. Fav: Pride The Lightning (3).
5. Indian Navy Trophy 1,800m: (7-5-8) Lion Of Judah (S. Nayak) 1; Reflecting 2; Romano 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-55.5). Tote: Win Rs 111; Place: 29; 18; 17; Quinella: 258; Tanala: 2,353. Fav: Romano (8).
6. Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia Trophy 1,800m: (11-6-9) Lady Moura (Ruzaan) 1; The Proletarian 2; Zephyr Bay 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 1; (1-54.7). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 11; 30; 27; Quinella: 96; Tanala: 848. Fav: Lady Moura (11).
7. Commander In Chief Plate 1,400m: (6-1-8) Grey Area (Prakash) 1; Nothing Better 2; Son Of Spartacus 3. Won by: 4; 5-1/2; (1-28). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 13; 15; 18; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 143. Fav: Grey Area v(6).
8. Sea Mist Plate 1,200m: (7-3-4) Bon Apetit (Aadesh) 1; Prince Shazaan 2; Tasha Beat 3. Won by: 1; 3/4; (1-14.1). Tote: Win Rs 94; Place: 24; 43; 29; Quinella: 1,251; Tanala: 83,126. Fav: Persian Lord (2).
Jackpot: Rs 21,056; (C) Rs 726.
Treble: (i) Rs 894; (ii) Rs 467; (iii) Rs 1,239.
   
 

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