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1st Test now in Chennai

Calcutta: The venues for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia have been revised and now the opening Test of the four-match series, beginning February 22, will be held in Chennai, instead of Delhi as it was earlier scheduled. According to the revised schedule, the second Test will be in Hyderabad, followed matches in Mohali and Delhi.
The schedule
Feb. 22-26 — 1st Test (Chennai)
March 2-6 — 2nd Test (Hyderabad)
March 14-18 — 3rd Test (Mohali)
March 22-26 — 4th Test (Delhi)

Cricket meet

Calcutta: Mainland Sambaran Cricket Academy whipped Vijay Sports by 291 runs in the CAB under-14 Ambar Roy tournament, on Monday.
Batting first, MSCA piled up 344 for seven in 40 overs, with Sajib Debnath hitting a century. In reply, Vijay Sports were bundled out for 53 in 20.4 overs.

BRIEF SCORES
MSCA 344/7 in 40 ovs (Sajib Debnath 105, Dibya Majumder 52 not out); Vijay Sports 53 in 20.4 ovs (Sayak Bhattacharjee 3/5, Subhojit Halder 3/20); MSCA won by 291 runs.

Tennis tourney

Calcutta: Top seed Nitin Kumar Sinha walloped Surya Kumar Srivastav 6-0, 6-1 in the boys’ under-14 singles first round of the Super Series Tennis Tournament, which began on Monday, at the Calcutta South Club. In other matches, Adil Kanyanpur too had it easy over Sarthak Deoras with a 6-0, 6-2 win, while Mrityunjay Badola beat Ishaan Tibrewal 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. In the girls’ section, Mihika Yadav defeated Adrija Biswas 6-0, 6-0 while Prinkle Singh thrashed Yubrani Banerjee 6-2, 6-1.

Vijay view

Singapore: Former Davis Cupper Vijay Amritraj does not have high hopes from a depleted Indian team for the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie against South Korea, which begins on February 1. Vijay also alleged that the Indian sports ministry backtracked on plans to ditch the questionable passport rule that has blocked his son Prakash's return to Davis Cup action for the country.

Fifa point

New Delhi: India’s chances of hosting the 2017 under-17 football World Cup is shrouded in uncertainty as the Fifa recently rejected the government’s letter that was forwarded to the world governing body by the All India Football Federation. Fifa wants to be assured of a few “guarantees” from the Indian government before it gives the green light.

Messi shines

Madrid: Barcelona ended the first half of the La Liga season with a record 55 of a possible 57 points when Lionel Messi scored one goal and had a hand in two more in a 3-1 win at Malaga on Sunday. Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara scored the other goals.

EB move

Calcutta: Australian Andrew Barisic is likely to sign within a day or two for East Bengal as the club’s fourth foreigner. It is learnt that East Bengal are trying to include the 26-year-old striker in their scheme of things for Saturday’s all-important I-League tie against table-toppers Churchill Brothers.
Staff Reporter & Agencies