Bangar may replace Wasim Jaffer
EB shine dazzles Bagan
Five share lead after Round VI
‘We should’ve scored six’
Dora named goalkeeping coach
U-17 team doing well in Germany
Bhupathi, Mirnyi trip up in final again
In The City
Calcutta Racing/ Alternator may be hard to toss
Track trials/ Cool Quest impresses

Leeds, Aug. 20: 
With the Headingley wicket being pretty damp and somewhat green Tuesday, Sanjay Bangar is in with a good chance to play in the third Test.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, specialist opener Shiv Sundar Das would have walked in had “conditions been normal.” More so, after his double hundred against Essex. But, if the wicket largely remains unchanged, Bangar is the one who will then almost surely replace Wasim Jaffer.

Bangar, of course, will serve a dual purpose: Besides opening the batting, he can be counted upon for some medium-paced stuff. Bangar’s last Test appearance was quite some months ago — in the West Indies.

As of now, it is confirmed that both spinners — Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh — will play. Of the three quicks who did duty in the first two Tests, Ashish Nehra will sit out.

As was reported in these columns last week itself, Partiv Patel will again keep wickets.


Calcutta, Aug. 20: 
Red and gold were very much the dominant colours at the floodlit Salt Lake Stadium as a boisterous 70,000-odd watched East Bengal score a 2-1 win over Mohun Bagan in Tuesday evening’s Super Division derby.

Dominating proceedings right from the start before losing their way somewhat for a short spell after the breather, East Bengal took the lead through Dipankar Roy in the 10th minute. Mohun Bagan were fast fading under the steady pressure, but got a lifeline in the 32nd minute when Basudeb Mondal made things even against the run of play. Their joy didn’t last the distance as Dipankar’s substitute S. Malsawmtluanga capped his team’s decent performance with a 74th-minute winner.

East Bengal, with 16 points from six matches, now head the table alongside Mohammedan Sporting. Mohun Bagan, after crashing to their second defeat in six games, stay on 12.

East Bengal’s five-man midfield gained early ascendancy with Chandan Das playing the anchor. They kept probing mostly down the flanks and moved up enough men inside the striking zone to push Mohun Bagan into the defensive. With the goalkeeper struggling with collections and deep defenders not oozing confidence, East Bengal created several openings and accuracy in their finishing could have made things embarrassing for Mohun Bagan.

Mohun Bagan were trying out a new defensive combination with George Ekeh replacing Yakubu as central defender and barring a lapse in concentration which led to the East Bengal winner, the newcomer had a good first match.

However, the vigil was far too inadequate elsewhere and the feeble midfield was clearly lacking a navigator. Basudeb tried to get things going but barring him and Dulal Biswas to an extent, there was hardly any contribution from the other medios.

Jose Ramirez Barreto, whose skill and determination bailed Mohun Bagan out of trouble on numerous occasions in the last three seasons, was a shadow of his usual self. Apart from a few classy pushes and nudges, one of which set up the equaliser, the Brazilian was kept quiet by Subhashish Roy Chowdhury.

With Chandan operating down the middle, Alvito D’Cunha and Dipankar, pushed closer to the sides, tried to make things happen instead of waiting for them. Strikers Mike Okoro and S. Kulothungan were always lurking around the box, which kept the Mohun Bagan defence from breathing easy.

Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Amit Sinha Roy was struggling to grip the ball and after getting away with a punch at the ball which almost bounced in off Okoro’s shoulder in the sixth minute, paid the price soon after.

Amit chose to fist Chandan’s flag-kick from the right and the ball went to Alvito who was waiting free near the tip of the box. The Goan hammered a left-footer, which came off the legs of the defenders crowding the goalmouth, but Dipankar slotted the rebound in from close.

It took Mohun Bagan 23 minutes to take the first shot at goal and it was a low right-footer from a distance that was collected well by goalkeeper Sandip Nandy. They got the equaliser when East Bengal skipper Anit Ghosh lost the ball near the rival box. Kajal Bhattacharya gave it to Basudeb who quickly saw that the entire East Bengal midfield had moved up and released Barreto down the right with a measured pass. Barreto dragged it wide, taking away two defenders and played it back inside the box for Basudeb who finished with a smart first-time right-footer.

Mohun Bagan were looking better in the second half but Ekeh’s only error in the match proved decisive. Shankarlal Chakraborty’s curling cross landed in front of the defender who failed to make contact while trying to whip it out.

Okoro gleefully took the ball, cut away towards the side and sent a measured cross for Malsawmtluanga who obliged with a header. The 20-year-old from Aizawl, nicknamed Mama, got a golden chance to stretch the lead but banged a right-footer against the upright after being put through by Okoro.


East Bengal: Sandip Nandy; M. Suresh, Anit Ghosh, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury; Shankarlal Chakraborty, Alvito D’Cunha, Chandan Das, Dipankar Roy (S. Malsawmtluanga, 64), Surya Bikash Chakraborty; K. Kulohtungan (Subhash Chakraborty, 79), Mike Okoro.

Mohun Bagan: Amit Sinha Roy; Satyabrata Bhowmick (Tarif Ahmed, 46; Amar Ganguly, 71), George Ekeh, Kajal Bhattacharya; Santosh Singh, Dulal Biswas, Basudeb Mondal, Umesh Sharma (Sumit Sengupta, 87), Lolendro Singh; Sheikh Sanjib, Jose Ramirez Barreto.

Referee: Subrata Sarkar.


Calcutta, Aug. 20: 
A clear leader failed to emerge after the sixth round of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess Championship at Gorky Sadan on Tuesday. With five players sharing the lead on 5.5 points at the end of the round, the championship is still wide open.

Overnight leaders Debaditta Sinha Biswas of Salt Lake Point School and Samput Mallick of Holy Home had to settle for a draw despite valiant efforts by both players to squeeze out a win.

Top seed, Joydeep Dutta of Kumar Ashutosh Institution decided to employ the Ruy Lopez opening instead of his usual Centre counter defence against Abhinash Das of Bhubaneswar with the black pieces, in the meet organised by Horlicks. His strategy paid dividends as he outwitted his opponent in 47 moves comfortably.

Souvik Chakraborty of Narmada High School continued his impressive showing by overcoming the challenge of Sourav Bose of Julien Day School in a queen ending where he had three extra pawns. Sourav tried to salvage a draw by giving a few checks with his queen, but in vain.

The second seed, Debayan Majumdar of St James, had little difficulty in getting the better of Ritam Bhowmick of Modern English Academy in a rook and pawn ending. Debayan had two connected passed pawns on the queenside in a rook ending which decided the ending in his favour.

On the 4th board, Baishaki Das of Jamshedpur prevailed over Soumya Thakurta in a bishop ending where her central passed pawns forced her opponent to resign.

Thiry-fourth seed Supriya Majhi of B.A.P. S. Balika Vidyapith outplayed fifth seed, Fide-rated, Mihazuddin Ahmed Sagar of Bangladesh in just 26 moves in the Petroff defence. Supriya broke open the latter’s kingside after which her better placed pieces decided the fate of the game.

Mary Ann Gomes of Frank Correa Academy was stretched to the second time control by N.T. Rama Rao in a queen ending but she patiently converted her material advantage into a win.


Debaditta S Biswas (5.5) drew with Samput Mallick(5.5); Abinash Das (4.5) lost to Joydeep Dutta (5.5); Souvik Chakraborty (5.5) bt Sourav Bose (4.5); Soumya Thakurtha (4.5) lost to Baishaki Das (5.5); Debayan Majumdar (5) bt Ritam Bhaumik (4); Anurag Jaiswal (5) bt Sandipan Chatterjee (4); Subhas Mondal (4) lost to Tanmoy Pattanayak (5); Suman Basu (5) bt Thampsan Sahoo (4); Supriya Majhi (5) bt Minazuddin Ahmed Sagar (4); Varun Jain (4) lost to Saurav Chakraborti (5); Payel Guha (4.5) drew with Manish Sharma (4.5); Kh. Sanjoy Singh (5) bt Debanjon Das (4); Mary Ann Gomes (5) bt N.T. Rama Rao (4); Trailokya Nanda (5) bt Soumya Talukdar (4); Sriya Bhattacharya (4) drew with Swayams Mishra (4); Jibanand Singh (4) drew with Arijit Sinha (4); Sankar Majumder (3.5) lost to Suddhasattwa Das (4.5); Sumit Shaw(4.5) bt Arpan Sarkar (Sr) (3.5); Indranil Chattopadhyay (3.5) lost to Debanand Singh (4.5); Bitan Banerjee (4) drew with Souparno Ghosh (4); Mahfuzur Rahman (3.5) lost to Amritesh Ray (4.5); Indradeep Giri (3.5) lost to Arindam Das (4.5); Souvick Barick (3.5) lost to Himanshu S. Sharma (4.5); Priya Ratnam (4) drew with Samrat Ghorai (4); Rajashri Ghosh (3.5) lost to Rajib Dhar (4); Suchandra Chatterjee (4.5) bt Sudip Rajbanshi (VC) (3.5); Ankan Modak (4.5) bt Nazir Arifin (3.5)


Calcutta, Aug. 20: 
East Bengal coach Subhash Bhowmick felt his team should have won by a bigger margin against arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in their Super Division League match Tuesday. His Mohun Bagan counterpart blamed the players for the lacklustre showing.

“We ran more with the ball, that made the difference. 6-2, or 6-3 would have been a fair reflection of our performance,” said Bhowmick. “I was worried about defence and the problem persists, but today, the team managed to plug the holes.”

The coach said he wants to carry on certain experiments during the league and requested the fans to be patient. “Our bench strength needs to improve and I have not been able to try out players like Kaustuv Ghosh, Soumitra Chakraborty or Falguni Dutta.”

Amid the picture of gloom at the Mohun Bagan dressing room, coach Subrata Bhattacharya said it was impossible to force better results with the current crop of players. “They are not fit to don the Bagan colours.

“Most of my newcomers have never played full 90 minutes at this level. How can you expect them to do better? I don’t think we can win the League with this set of players,” Bhattacharya said.

Going by what he said, things don’t look too bright for Mohun Bagan, since they are unlikely to get reinforcements before the League gets over.

17 arrested with fake tickets

The Salt Lake Stadium housed a big crowd after a long time and 17 people were arrested for trying to get in with fake tickets. According to police officials, all 17 were released later. There were reports of black-marketing of tickets as well and a top IFA official said some tickets distributed through the affiliated units might have been “misused”.


New Delhi, Aug. 20: 
Stephen Constantine Tuesday confirmed that Hemanta Dora will take over as Indian goalkeeping coach and will join the squad for the final Asian Games preparatory camp to be held in Jamshedpur from September 5.

The Indian coach added that the former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal custodian will accompany the squad to the Pusan Games.

The Indian squad assembled in the capital Tuesday and began working out for the ensuing tour of England.

It’s the same set of 21 players who lifted the LG Cup in Vietnam earlier this month. East Bengal midfielder S. Venkatesh did not attend practice because of a minor leg injury.

The Indians, who leave for England on Sunday, will play two matches against Jamaica — at Watford on August 29 and at Wolverhampton on September 1. Constantine is trying to get his footballers to witness a Premier League match — Arsenal versus West Bromwich Albion — at Highbury on August 27.

According to the coach, the main aim of the tour is to give “more exposure to some of the boys who had less time on the pitch in Vietnam.”

He will try out all 21 players in the two matches before making a final assessment for the Asian Games.

The Asian Games team will leave India on September 15 and travel to Pusan via Bangkok. Constantine said that efforts are on to arrange two friendly matches in Bangkok, against local club sides.

The coach added that seven non-resident Indians had contacted him via e-mail expressing a desire to play for India.

The list includes Leeds United reserve Harpal Singh and Bournemouth defender Devinder Singh.


Calcutta, Aug. 20: 
The India under-17 soccer team is doing well in Germany. The team is there to prepare for the Asian under-17 championship main round matches to be held in Dubai next month.

According to information received here, the Indians beat SC Viktoria Cologne 4-0 in Monday’s friendly match.

Malswama scored two goals with Jerry Zirsanga and Sutang Marlanki completing the tally.

On Sunday, the Indians squandered a 3-1 lead to be held 3-3 by FC Cologne’s under-18 side. For India, Marlanki scored two goals and Mona one.

The team coached by Islam Akhmedov will play one more match on the 12-day tour.

Digvijay in joint lead

Digvijay Singh, shot a superb five-under 67 to share the opening day’s honours with Mukesh Kumar at the ColorPlus Open in Chennai Tuesday.


Calcutta, Aug. 20: 
Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi are playing some great doubles but are still to be blessed with champions’ luck. The Indo-Belarussian pair on Sunday crashed to their third defeat in as many final appearances.

According to information received here, Bhupathi and Mirnyi lost 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6 to Mark Knowles (Bahamas) and Daniel Nestor (Canada) in the final of the $800,000 Indianapolis meet.

Twice earlier, including last week in Cincinnati, Bhupathi and Mirnyi had tripped at the final hurdle.

It was a tough week for the French Open semi-finalists. They started with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Amritraj cousins Prakash and Stephen before being made to sweat in each of the next three rounds. Bhupathi and Mirnyi dropped the opening set against Jeff Morrison-Glenn Weiner (quarter final) and Brian MacPhie-Nenad Zimonjic (semi-final) before coming through.

The ninth-ranked team in the world is taking a week’s break before regrouping for the US Open starting on Monday. Bhupathi’s partner at the $480,000 Hamlet Cup in Long Island is Mike Bryan.

Meanwhile, Leander Paes’ wretched run continues. Hoping to recreate their French Open magic, Paes and Czech Tomas Cibulec had reunited for the Long Island meet only to bow out in the first round.

The Roland Garros semi-finalists lost 3-6, 5-7 to Jan Michael Gambill and Grayson Oliver on Monday.


Aug. 20: 

YRC, LMOB notch up victories

YRC trounced Orissa 15-0 in the Famous Grouse All India and South Asia rugby championship at the CCFC ground Tuesday. In other matches, LMOB thrashed Delhi A 23-5, Future Hope edged out GMP 15-10 and Sergeants’ Institute downed Hammers 7-0.

ILSS win big

ILSS beat Salkia Swimming Association 10-5 in the first match of the 48th Centennial waterpolo meet at the College Square pool Tuesday. Babu Naiya scored four, Ram Chandra Halder and Bharat Bajkhan two each for the winners. Ayan Paul and Nepal Ghosh scored two each for Salkia. CSCC beat YMLA 7-4, with Souvik Boral, Saarik Pramanik and Sourav Dutta scoring a brace each. Ranjit Paul got two for YMLA.

State snooker

The state senior and junior snooker and billiards championships will be held at the Bengal Rowing Club from September 15. The Coca Cola-sponsored meet will have a total prize-money of Rs 40,000.


SOCCER: CFL Group A: Police AC vs Wari AC (Tarun Sangha); Kidderpur vs Howrah Union (East Bengal); Milan Bithee vs Peerless SC (Howrah Stadium); ECLSA vs Sonali Shibir (Rabindra Sarobar); Bata SC vs CFC (Mohun Bagan); George Telegraph vs Railway FC (SAP 1); City AV vs Kalighat (Md Sporting) Matches from 3.30 pm

RUGBY: Famous Grouse All India and South Asia meet, Losers Plate Semi-finals: Delhi B vs Magic Bus (3 pm); YRC vs Sergeants Institute (4.10). Matches at the CC&FC

WATERPOLO: 48th Centennial meet, semi-final: CSA vs Rishra Swimming Club (4 pm)

CRICKET: Corporate indoor meet: Tata Steel vs CESC (8.30 pm); Holoflex vs Perfetti (9.30 pm) Matches at Space Circle


Calcutta, Aug. 20: 
Barring Star Selection, in the Miss X O Lence Cup, and Alternator in the main event, the Orange William Cup, winner spotting may not be easy in Wednesday’s race-card.

Star Selection’s ‘Fillies’ run is best ignored as the Green Forest-Classic Story had gone easy in that race. Alternator, on the other hand, is heavily favoured by the terms of the race and the Bharath Singh-trainee may find going easy in the hands of Cristopher Alford.

Read as: Horse nos, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st race at 2.00 pm

Pure Gold Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) —Indian jockeys only
1 0022 Grand Lodge [Javed] M. Maseyk 60.0 2
2 0400 Calabash [Mujeeb] S. Shanker 59.0 7
3 0000 Regal Rocket [Daniel] B. Gurang 58.5 1
4 - - - 4 Flossy [Javed] P. Alford 58.0 5
5 0001 Adeline [Daniel] Engineer 55.0 4
6 2123 Odyssey [R. Alford] Tamang 54.0 6
7 0000 Red Cordon [Daniel] Md Yacoob 50.5 3
1. Grand LodgeE (1) 2. Flossy (4) 3. Adeline (5)
Grand Lodge: Went down fighting to Aiberni, a good horse. Flossy: Looks much improved since her last run. Adeline: May place.

2nd Race at 2.40 pm

Miss X O Lence Cup 2,000m (Cl III; Cl IV; Eligible Rt.22-72)
1 0002 Discomatic [Daniel] A. P. Singh 60.0 1
2 0100 Sovereign Bullet [Rodrigues] Surjeet S. 53.5 3
3 3000 Peace Envoy [Daniel] Md Amil 52.5 2
4 1210 Brave Show [Bharath] C. Alford 51.0 5
5 3313 Star Selection [Daniel] Merchant 51.0 4
6 0012 Black Mane [Karki] P. Kujur 47.5 6
1. Star Selection (5) 2. Peace Envoy (3) 3. Brave Show (4)
Star Selection: Had gone easy in ‘Fillies’ won by stablemate Smart Ruler. Peace Envoy: Well in at the weights. May trouble the best. Brave Show: Upset, if any.

3rd Race at 3.10 pm

Astre d’Or Handicap 1,000m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) —Indian jockeys only
1 ----- Positive Thinker [Karki] G. Singh 60.0 2
2 ----- Sariano [Karki] Sher S. 60.0 3
3 - - - 0 Kainat [Javed] Saran S. 59.0 8
4 0041 April Ace [Daniel] Merchant 58.5 1
W ----- Arrayal [Bharath] (Withdrawn) 58.5 --
6 4232 Castle Moon [Karki] A. P. Singh 58.5 4
7 0400 Dancing Rhythm [Bath] Surender S. 56.5 5
8 1024 Blushing Brave [Karki] P. Kujur 53.5 6
9 - - 30 Flinders [Jaiswal] Som S. 51.5 7
1. April Ace (4) 2. Dancing Rhythm (7) 3. Flinders (9)
April Ace: Easy winner in her last start. Capable of defying the handicap. Dancing Rhythm: Well prepared for the event. May surprise. Flinders: May place.

4th Race at 3.40 pm

Orange William Cup 1,400m (Terms; 4-y-o & over)
1 - 341 Alternator [Bharath] C. Alford 60.0 1
2 1231 Soviet Ride [Daniel] Merchant 57.5 4
3 3033 Allodium [Bharath] S. Rabani 55.5 2
4 4314 Earl Grey [Stephens] Surjeet S. 55.5 3
1. Alternator (1) 2. Allodium (3) 3. Soviet Ride (2)
Alternator: Heavily favoured by the terms of the race. May win. Allodium: May find Alternator a hard nut to crack. Soviet Ride: Only a place possibility.

5th Race at 4.10 pm

Mica Empress Cup 1,100m (Cl II; Rt. 66-94)
1 0403 Acute [Bharath] M. Maseyk 60.0 2
2 0400 Clarice Cliff [Bharath] Md Islam 55.5 5
3 0000 Tsavo [Karki] A. P. Singh 54.5 6
4 0041 Scarlet Raider [Daniel] Merchant 53.5 8
5 0000 Silver Patriarch [Daniel] S. Salam 52.0 4
W ----- Illustrious Reign [Jaiswal] (Withdrawn) 51.0 --
7 0433 Ispahan [Stephens] Surjeet S. 51.0 1
8 2120 Abashed [Mujeeb] C. Alford 49.0 7
9 4120 Endless Surprise [Bharath] S. Rabani 48.5 3
1. Abashed (8) 2. Ispahan (7) 3. Scarlet Raider (4)
Abashed: Was very impressive in his last week’s barrier-trial. Looking well, too. Ispahan: Looks improved since her last run. Scarlet Raider: May upset.

6th Race at 4.40 pm

Zeeba Handicap 1,100m (Cl III; 5-y-o & over Rt. 44-72)—Indian jockeys only
1 1000 Revolution [Karki] A. P. Singh 60.0 10
2 0010 Gallant Romeo [Daniel] Asghar 59.0 1
3 0003 Arctic Fancy [Daniel] Merchant 58.5 5
4 0331 On The Bit [Stephens] P. Alford 58.5 3
5 0001 Sergeant Slipper [Daniel] R. Yadav 58.0 6
6 1004- Raaz [Karki] G. Singh 57.0 8
7 0000- Reine Beau [Daniel] R. Ahmed 56.5 7
8 1304- Tajik [R. Alford] Tamang 53.5 4
9 1334- Winning Hand [Javed] S. Shanker 53.5 2
10 1024- Magnifico [Mujeeb] C. Alford 48.5 9
1. Arctic Fancy (3) 2. Winning Hand (9) 3. On The Bit (4)
Arctic Fancy: Working well. May do the trick. Winning Hand: Well in at the weights and poises a threat to all. On The Bit: Upset, if any.
Day’s Best: Star Selection
Double: April Ace & Alternator

Calcutta, Aug. 20: 
Cool Quest was impressive in workouts on Tuesday:

Outer sand track

800m: Among Men (Som S.) and Tiger Talk (Rb) in 59s; (400m) 31s. Former better. Flamebird (Saran) in 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Suriyothai (A. P. Singh) in 1-1s; (400m) 31s. Easy.

400m: Magic Ring (Koch) in 29s.

Sand track

800m: Kyalami (Tamang) in 1-0s; (400m) 25s. Fit.

600m: Cool Quest (Brij S.) in 40s; (400m)25s. Fit. Rock Scene (R. Ahmed) in 44s; 400m 31s.

400m: Abandoned (Jaiswal) in 31s.    


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