India 86 runs from win, 7 wickets in hand
Scrutiny was intense at ICC
Harbhajan: I’ll treasure Andy’s dismissal
Tolly-Mahindra crunch face-off
Tisco record three wins
Customs win big
Turf Invitation Cup/ Christopher Lemaire guides The Pelican to fine victory
Calcutta Races/ 6 events in Wednesday’s card

 
 
INDIA 86 RUNS FROM WIN, 7 WICKETS IN HAND 
 
 
FROM NOVY KAPADIA
 
New Delhi, March 3: 
ZIMBABWE 329, 146
INDIA 354, 36/3

Seventeen wickets tumbled on a dramatic fourth day of the second and final Test between India and Zimbabwe here at the Kotla. By the time stumps were drawn, the match was interestingly poised with India needing 86 runs and Zimbabwe seven wickets for victory.

The largest crowd of the match witnessed quality spin bowling, dubious umpiring decisions, attacking captaincy and some casual batting.

For the first time, the deadly duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh scalped all ten wickets as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 146 after conceding a first-innings lead of 25. Harbhajan (six for 62) and Kumble (four for 58) bamboozled the Zimbabweans with sustained accuracy, variation and sharp turn. This was Harbhajan’s seventh five-wicket Test haul.

Kumble has taken 38 wickets in four Tests at this venue — an all-time record, bettering Kapil Dev’s tally of 32.

Sourav Ganguly’s positive thinking and aggressive captaincy definitely helped the spinners reap rich rewards.

In the morning, Sourav’s aim of gaining a lead of around 100 did not materialise. But despite the narrow lead India managed, he attacked the Zimbabwe batsmen straightaway.

The skipper brought on Harbhajan in the sixth over, replacing Zaheer Khan who was quite listless today. The ploy clicked as the off-spinner dismissed Trevor Gripper with the first ball of his second over. He then got rid of Alistair Campbell and Andy Flower in his fourth over.

The prolific Andy lasted just three balls, getting out bat-pad to a tentative forward prod. In the Delhi Test in November 2000, Andy had scored 183 and 70. This time, he returned scores of 92 and 0. Zimbabwe lost heart after Andy’s soft dismissal.

After Harbhajan and Kumble’s heroics, Indian openers Shiv Sundar Das and Deep Dasgupta went out in pursuit of a modest target. Though the pitch is offering help to spinners, it’s not a minefield yet. However, India created a minor crisis for themselves by losing three wickets before close.

With Virender Sehwag recuperating in a local hospital after damaging his left shoulder attempting a catch at mid-on, India will be one batsman short tomorrow. Sachin Tendulkar is at the crease and a lot will depend on him.

Dasgupta got himself needlessly run out. He flicked Travis Friend to fine-leg and ambled for a single before responding to Das’ call for a second. Heath Streak, coming in from the deep, picked the ball up and got it back swiftly to Tatenda Taibu who had the bails off in a flash.

With scores of just 19 and 1 in this Test, coupled with sub-standard keeping, Dasgupta’s berth on the trip to the Caribbean is anything but certain.

Sourav (20) was plumb leg-before to a Grant Flower delivery which kept low. Ironically, Sourav got out twice today to left-arm spinners, whom he normally plays with disdain. In the first over of the day, he top-edged a sweep off Raymond Price to be caught at short-leg for 138.

A ball later, it was 36 for three. Nightwatchman Anil Kumble was a victim of a bat-pad catch at forward short-leg off Grant. It was a horrendous decision by Asoka D’Silva as TV replays showed Kumble’s bat was nowhere near the ball. Tendulkar came out and averted the hattrick.

Seven of the Zimbabwe wickets fell at the Delhi Gate end, as both Harbhajan and Kumble exploited a spot. Kumble, in fact, got all his four wickets bowling into the rough at that end.

Luck smiled on India too. Zimbabwe skipper Stuart Carlisle, who was playing the spinners with ease and added 38 with Dion Ebrahim, was out to a freak dismissal.

As Carlisle drove uppishly, Harbhajan dived to his left, but the ball popped out of his left hand. Instead of falling groundwards, the ball got lodged in his clothes and Harbhajan claimed the catch after rolling over. Third umpire Narendra Menon of Indore declared Carlisle out.

The visitors got two dubious decisions. Opener Gripper was adjudged caught by Dravid at first slip, but the ball seemed to go off first bounce. The replays later showed the ball had not snicked Gripper’s bat but had brushed his pads.

Ebrahim was also well forward to a Kumble delivery and was attempting a shot, but was declared leg-before. Both these decisions were given by D’Silva.

In the morning, Price and Streak took two wickets apiece to wrapped up India’s second innings in just 15 overs for 35 runs. Kumble remained unbeaten on 34, inclusive of six fours — mostly crisp drives on either side of the wicket.

   

 
 
SCRUTINY WAS INTENSE AT ICC 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, March 3: 
With all the attention on the outstanding individuals shortlisted for the ICC’s Elite Panel of Match Referees, it’s been overlooked that only two of the five figure in the current (Test-playing countries’) nominated line-up.

The Asia-dominated Elite Panel, of course, will be operational from April 1.

Though Clive Lloyd has, in the past, served as Match Referee, he didn’t find a place in the still-in-operation nominated line-up. Ditto for Wasim Raja and Mike Procter. Only Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle and Gundappa Vishwanath figure in the current one as well.

[Madugalle, Lloyd and Vishwanath are former captains.]

This alone, more than anything else, suggests not everything was right about the nominated Panel.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, some countries didn’t even recommend their current representatives to the Elite shortlist. In some cases, only one name from the existing Panel was forwarded.

The BCCI, for instance, is understood to have recommended Vishwanath, Bishan Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna. Specifically, then, Hanumant Singh — who figures in the current line-up — wasn’t marked out for ‘promotion’.

Then, one learns Australia didn’t forward Barry Jarman’s candidature, though he is that country’s nominee on the existing Panel.

While chief executive Malcolm Speed and Sunil Gavaskar, chairman of the Cricket Committee (Playing), eventually decided on the four to join Madugalle in the Elite line-up, they did so after the initial screening by Madugalle himself.

Madugalle recommended 12 names and, frankly, it won’t surprise if it’s revealed he (rightly) ignored England nominee Mike ‘Controversial’ Denness.

Sources have indicated Madugalle and, then, Speed and Gavaskar largely kept in mind three factors.

Firstly, those who make it should have the “complete” respect of players. Then, they ought to be “fully” conversant with modern-day cricket and, finally, must possess “excellent” man-management and communication skills.

It’s significant, perhaps, that Lloyd, Raja and Procter have also coached their national team — a job which calls for a high degree of communication and man-management skills.

Not that Madugalle and Vishwanath’s CV is any less impressive.

ELITE PANEL

(In operation from April 1)

Ranjan Madugalle (Chief Match Referee, Sri Lanka), Clive Lloyd (West Indies), Gundappa Vishwanath (India), Wasim Raja (Pakistan) and Mike Procter (South Africa).

Of the ten Test-playing countries, only Bangladesh did not recommend a candidate.

EXISTING PANEL

Australia: Barry Jarman.

[The ACB didn’t name a replacement for Peter Burge, who passed away after the Panel was constituted.]

England: Mike Denness, Alan Smith and Raman Subba Row.

India: Hanumant Singh and Gundappa Vishwanath.

New Zealand: Graham Dowling, Brian Hastings and John Reid.

Pakistan: Naushad Ali and Talat Ali.

South Africa: Denis Lindsay and Cyril Mitchley.

Sri Lanka: Ranjan Madugalle and Roy Dias.

West Indies: Jackie Hendriks and Cammie Smith.

Zimbabwe: David Arnott and Justice Ahmed Ebrahim.

Bangladesh did not nominate any representative.

   

 
 
HARBHAJAN: I’LL TREASURE ANDY’S DISMISSAL 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, March 3: 
Buoyant after his haul of six for 62 in 31 overs in Zimbabwe’s second innings, Harbhajan Singh said his combination with Anil Kumble was getting better by the day. And he said he would treasure the wicket of Andy Flower the most.

About having come on as early as the sixth over, he said: “I had no problem in gripping the new ball and I am glad that the captain has so much faith in me.” He would not be averse to such early call-ups in the future too. It could actually be a useful ploy on Indian wickets, he said.

“I am really happy that I got Andy out twice in this match and prevented him from scoring a century, because he is a great player of spin,” he said. He said Andy and Mathew Hayden were the best left handers he had ever bowled to. “The two are different types of players, but both play spin very well and both are dangerous if they stay on at the wicket for long.” Hayden, though, is “more difficult” to bowl to.

Harbhajan also admitted that “the return catch to dismiss Stuart Carlisle was somewhat of a fluke. “The the ball just got stuck in my body,” he said.

Harbhajan was excited about how the combination with Kumble is developing.

“Kumble is great bowler and it is an advantage to bowl on the opposite side, because Kumble dries up the run-rate and thus frustrates the batsmen. That makes wicket-taking easier.”

Harbhajan got three wickets each from each end. He said: “It made no difference from which end I bowled, since I managed to get turn and bounce from both ends. That was because my attitude was positive.”

He said Sourav Ganguly asked him to change ends, because the skipper felt Kumble would get bounce from the Delhi Gate end.

   

 
 
TOLLY-MAHINDRA CRUNCH FACE-OFF 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 3: 
Tollygunge Agragami face one of their toughest home tests in the second phase of the Tata National Football League tomorrow when they lock horns with Mahindra United.

The title-aspirants from Mumbai will be keen to pocket full points after losing to East Bengal and will fancy their chances against a team devoid of big names.

That, however, has seldom been a deterrent to Tollygunge’s ability to spring the odd surprise, as HAL realised the other day. Tomorrow, still, will be a big day for Aloke Mukherjee’s men.

Having completed 13 matches each, Mahindra and Tollygunge have 23 and 15 points, respectively. There are card-induced worries in the visitors’ camp and Khalid Siddique, Jules Alberto and Anthony Pereira will have to sit out this match.

For Tollygunge, such worries are less, Srikrishna Ghosh to be the only ‘absentee’. The rest, a senior team official said, are in good shape and keen to avenge the 1-2 defeat suffered in the first leg.

To do that, striker Akim Abolanle is once again Tollygunge’s best bet. Fresh after the hattrick against HAL, this Nigerian is sure to be under tight marking.

Midfield, clearly, is the strength of Tollygunge, where Sashthi Duley, Khemtang Paite and newcomer Ashim Biswas have been impressive with their positive approach.

The lack of blocking in the same area, as exposed by East Bengal, will be their biggest concern and Mahindra coach Harish Rao will look to exploit that.

Even without some frontliners, Mahindra form a formidable lot and there should be plenty of supply for strikers Bala Usman and Austin Okolo if the likes of S. Venkatesh and Khalid Jamil play to potential.

Tollygunge will bring Sandip Nandy back under the bar after Gopal Das’ shaky show against HAL and follow something like a 4-5-1 formation with Akim as spearhead.

   

 
 
TISCO RECORD THREE WINS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 3: 
Tisco posted three victories in The Telegraph Merchants’ Cup badminton meet at Saturday Club today.

After beating The Telegraph 21-1, 21-0, they defeated O&M 21-1, 21-5 and returned to trounce Indal 21-5, 21-3.

OTHER RESULTS

O&M bt Berger 8-21, 21-18, conceded; Madhya Bharat paper bt M.N. Dastur 21-6, conceded; ITC B bt Rediffusion 21-6, 17-21, conceded; Citibank bt Williamson Magor 21-18, 21-20; Pricewaterhouse bt Infar 15-21, 21-6, 21-4; Hindustan Times bt Williamson Magor 21-17, 8-21, 21-5; Berger bt Indal 21-14, 21-5; Nicco bt Eveready 21-0, 21-1; Blowplast bt Wockhardt 21-15, 21-5; Infar bt Rediffusion 16-21, 21-1, conceded; ITC A bt Hindustan Times 21-6, 18-21, 21-10.

   

 
 
CUSTOMS WIN BIG 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, March 3: 
Calcutta Customs humbled Kalighat by 173 runs in a championship play-off match of the CAB senior division league today. Chasing 282, Kalighat folded up for just 108.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Championship play-off: Customs 281 (Amit Sharma 108, Avik Chowdhury 63; Sabir Ali 4/63). Kalighat 108 (Safi Ahmed 40; Jyotish Das 5/42, Anup Das 3/16). Customs won by 173 runs.

Relegation play-off: DKS 405/6. Milan Samity 177 (Sanjay Das 62; Sachin Baidya 5/45, Abhijit Saha 4/31). DKS won by 228 runs.

YMCA 436 (Jayanta Roy 82, Vikas Mansatta 77, Amit Sharma 68, Anirban Chatterjee 68; Samir Mohanty 4/100). Mohunlal 319 (Swapan Das 126, Sanjib Ghoshal 65; Vishal Pandey 5/122). YMCA won by 117 runs.

Belgachia United 401/6 (Biplab Singh 132, Sudip Palit 83, Rakesh Nagar 57 n.o.). Rangers 348 (Parikshit Nanda 94, R.K. Shaw 62 n.o.; Surojit Chowdhury 5/90). Belgachia United won by 53 runs.

   

 
 
TURF INVITATION CUP/ CHRISTOPHER LEMAIRE GUIDES THE PELICAN TO FINE VICTORY 
 
 
FROM PRAVESH GUPTA
 
Bangalore, March 3: 
Jockey Christopher Lemaire could do no wrong during the Invitational weekend. The crafty jockey drove the Maniar Jadhav-trained The Pelican to a brilliant victory in the classic of classic, the Indian Turf Invitation Cup here today.

The Invitation Cup was not his only achievement during the afternoon. The energetic jockey also guided yesterday’s sprint winner Strengthtostrength to an equally sensational victory in the Maj. P. K. Mehra Super Mile to score a rare double to the delight of a packed house. The Dallas Todywalla-ward Bergamo is the only one to have achieved the feat during the 1985 Calcutta ‘Invitational’ races. Lemaire had also scored a qualitative quadruple yesterday and followed it up with a treble today. Incidentally, the Bangalore Turf Club also set a national record with a totalisator collection of over Rs 3 crore.

Apparently, there was no hard-luck story for the Invitation Cup favourite Ansbach. The Alnasr-Alwasheek-Pass The Secret was positioned ideally in eight as stable-mate Antequera tried to cut a hot pace and with The Pelican right behind him. However, the Vijay Singh-trainee displayed no urgency even as Aslam Kader tried it hard and, surprisingly, went backward to ultimately finish tenth in a field of 13 runners.

Lemaire, on the other hand, found himself upfront at the top of the straight and the young jockey refused to look back despite a strong challenge from Pleasure Hunt who covered the ground in amazing manner from the wrong end of the field.

RESULTS

(With inter state dividends)

1. Mumbai Trophy 1,200m: (1-5-9) Pettalumma (Ramesh) 1; Bin Tin Tin 2; Astec Gold 3. Won by: 4-3/4; Nk; (1-14.8). Tote: Win Rs 58; Place: 18; 27; 11; Quinella: 359; Tanala: 1,455. Fav: Astec Gold (9).

2. Chennai Trophy 1,400m: (4-6-5) Taipan (Lemaire) 1; Silvertre 2; Air Strike 3. Won by: 2; 3-1/2; (1-25.5). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 11; 22; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 132. Fav: Silvertre (6).

3. Japan Trophy 1,400m: (4-1-5) Accede (Prakash) 1; Just Brave 2; Royal Honey 3. Won by: 3; 1; (127.3) Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 20; 14; Quinella: 60; Tanala: 181. Fav: Accede (4).

4. Hyderabad Trophy, Div-I 1,200m: (1-5-7) Just Do It (Marshall) 1; Oscar 2; Royal Caribbean 3. Won by: 2-1/4; SH; (1-15.3). Tote: Win Rs 126; Place: 34; 99; 16; Quinella: 2,301; Tanala: 16,808. Fav: Royal Caribbean (7).

5. Indian Turf Invitation Cup 2,400m: (6-13-7-4) The Pelican (Lemaire) 1; Pleasure Hunt (McCullagh) 2; Royal Gladiator (Eddery) 3; Elusive Hero (Srinath) 4. Won by: 1/2; Hd; Nk; (2-32.3). Tote: Win Rs 146; Place: 32; 50; 40; Quinella: 1,549; Tanala: 45,835. Fav: Ansbach (8).

6. Maj. P. K. Mehra Memorial Super Mile Cup 1,600m: (6-11-3-4) Strengthtostrength (Lemaire) 1; Tobler (M. Narredu) 2; Mega Top (Appu) 3; Acrobat (Shroff) 4. Not run: Machrihanish (8). Won by: 1-1/4; 2; SH; (1-38.2). Tote: Win Rs 110; Place: 32; 14; 28; Quinella: 149; Tanala: 5,031. Fav: Tobler (11).

7. Kolkata Trophy 2,200m: (5-4-9) Indian Rocket (Prithviraj) 1; Tapatio 2; Sunspangled 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; (2-24.8). Tote: Win Rs 278; Place: 51; 20; 15; Quinella: 1,086; Tanala: 8,213. Fav: Sunspangled (9).

8. Hyderabad Trophy, Div-II 1,200m: (1-11-9) Annodomini (A. Imran) 1; Soldier of Fortune 2; Moonlight Rays 3. Won by: 1/2; SH; (1-15.5). Tote: Win Rs 89; Place: 24; 25; 19; Quinella: 168; Tanala: 1,040. Fav: Dee Emm (3).

Jackpot: Rs 9,80,815 (Carried over).

Treble: (i) Rs 135; (ii) Rs 3,493; (iii) Rs 93,187.
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ 6 EVENTS IN WEDNESDAY’S CARD 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, March 3: 
There are eight horses in the line-up for the 1,600m Governor’s Cup on Wed- nesday. First race starts at 1. 35pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. Prince Royal Handicap 1,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 1.35 pm: Automatic 60; Rescue Act 60; Regal Rocket 58; Leading Conquest 51.

2. Daramul Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 2.15 pm: Software 60; New Fortune 59; Wandering Warrior 59; Tequila Shot 58.5; Asprey 57; Constantine 57; Glass Slipper 57; Peppy Mistress 54.5; Abandoned 54; April Ace 52.

3. Play Boy Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) 2.45 pm: Crest Star 60; Adorer 59.5; Touch of Elegance 57; Scenic Song 54.5; Don Vittorio 52.5.

4. Bergamo Cup 1,600m (Cl IV; Cl V eligible Rt. 00-50) 3.20 pm: Scavenger’s Son 60; Black Mane 58; Lucifer 58; Azurica 57.5; As A Rule 57; Brave Show 57; Cosmic Flash 56.5; Rheinheart 55; Crowned Prince 54; Finders Keepers 54; Royal Philosopher 53.5; Dictate 47.

5. Governor’s Cup 1,600m (Cl I,Cl II eligible Rt. 66-94) 3.55 pm: Anolini 60; Cape Blanco 55.5; Lockers Park 55.5; Harry The Horse 54.5; Ballet Master 53.5; Comedy of Errors 51; Estocade 50.5; Cup of Life 49.

6. Phoenecian Handicap 1,200m (Cl III, 5-y-o & over Rt. 44-72) 4.30 pm: Revolution 60; Super Smile 60; Gra-Lemor 59.5; Crimson King 58; Best In Show 57; Queen’s Logic 56.5; On The Bit 56; Kargil Soldier 55.5; Bird’s Empire 55; Crucible 55; Giorgio 54.5; Midnight Escape 53.5; Grand Lodge 52; Tajik 52; Schumacher 48.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.
   
 

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