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Vijay Zol smashes 451 n. o.

Calcutta: Seventeen-year-old Vijay Zol recorded the fourth highest score in Indian cricket as he made an astonishing 451 not out for Maharashtra U-19 against Assam U-19, in Nasik, on the second day of the Plate Group A match of the Cooch Behar Trophy.

According to statistician Mohandas Menon, Zol faced 467 balls, stayed at the crease for 657 minutes, and hit 53 fours and two sixes. His team declared at 763/4 in 157 overs.

The top-five scores in Indian cricket:

515 — DR Havewalla, BB & CI Rlys vs St Xavier’s (Mumbai), 1933-34

502* — Chamlal Malhotra, Mahendra College, Patiala vs Govt College, Rupar (Patiala), 1956-57

498 — Arman Jaffer Rizvi, Springfield vs IES Raja Shivaji School (Mumbai), 2010-11

451* — Vijay Zol, Maharashtra U-19 vs Assam U-19 (Nasik), 2011-12

443* — BB Nimbalkar, Maharashtra vs Kathiawar (Poona), 1948-49

Corruption

Zurich: Fifa’s head of security believes games at this year’s US-based Concacaf Gold Cup tournament were “manipulated” and that irregular betting patterns raised suspicions at world soccer’s governing body, a report said. Fifa security chief Chris Eaton said on Thursday that they have worked together with Concacaf to investigate games at June tournament.

‘Bloody tiff’

Luanda: An Angolan teenager allegedly shot and killed his father after a row about this weekend’s “Clasico” between Real Madrid and Barcelona, an Angolan state news agency reported. The 17-year-old and his 48-year-old father had argued about Spanish soccer and Angolan music on Thursday in the capital Luanda and the discussion ended in violence, the report added.

Three-way lead

Mumbai: Jyoti Randhawa, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Vikrant Chopra are in the joint lead after round three of the Crompton Greaves Open 2011 being played at the par-70 Bombay Presidency Golf Club here. The three golfers are tied at 12-under 198.

Women’s golf

Gurgaon: Seasoned golfer Smriti Mehra and young Neha Tripathi were the best-placed Indians at tied 35 after carding a matching 72 in the opening round of the Hero Women's Indian Open here, on Friday. Swede Pernilla Lindberg and Thailand’s Nontaya Srisawang grabbed the opening day’s honours with identical scores of six-under 66 at the DLF Golf and Country Club.

Indians in final

Chennai: Paramjeet Samota, Diwakar Prasad and Shiva Thapa advanced to the finals of the 58th Senior National Championship after registering contrasting wins in the penultimate round of their respective categories here.

Soderling ill

London: Robin Soderling will miss the Australian Open as he battles to recover from illness, the 13th-ranked Swede said. Soderling, twice a French Open finalist, has been suffering from the viral infection mononucleosis and has not played since he won in Bastad last July.

Staff reporter & Agencies