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Calcutta, May 17: 
When the on-going Test series began, in the West Indies, a top worry was finding a partner for Shiv Sundar Das.

Ironically, as the weeks went by, the question which began doing the rounds was whether Shiv Sundar should himself remain one of the openers.

However, with the thinktank not being swayed by calls to exercise the guillotine, Shiv Sundar will get one more chance, at Sabina Park, to come good.

Of course, had �options not been limited,� as a well-placed source put it, captain Sourav Ganguly and John Wright could have looked elsewhere.

Thankfully, Shiv Sundar hasn�t been affected by the mounting criticism � pretty expected after scores of 33, 10, 0, 0, 35 and 3 in the first four Tests.

�Some may believe otherwise, but I�m not short on confidence� Moreover, I do realise that the deciding Test (beginning Saturday) will probably be the biggest game of my career,� Shiv Sundar told The Telegraph.

Speaking briefly from the team hotel in Kingston, before the customary match-eve workout Friday, he promised: �Main theek karoonga��

But for that, Shiv Sundar must not repeat the obvious mistakes.

In the opinion of his Bhubaneshwar-based personal coach (and mentor) Kishore Mania, Shiv Sundar hasn�t been getting the basics right.

Specifically, Mania said: �Firstly, he is playing away from the body and, then, isn�t getting across as he should when going on the backfoot. He must play straight.�

Mania, in fact, went to the extent of saying Shiv Sundar �should be prepared� for the axe in case he repeats mistakes. �There will come a time when the country�s interest simply has to be placed first� In such a situation, a price will have to be paid for repeated failures��

Confirming that Shiv Sundar had called him a couple of times, from the West Indies, Mania remarked: �Basically, I asked him to �go� to the ball and not play away (from the body)� Not play late� I also had words of encouragement. After all, my job is to make things easier for the boy, not add to whatever his worries.�

In passing, Mania �hoped� Shiv Sundar hasn�t been struck by the distractions� bug.

Significantly, talking exclusively, Sourav had this to say: �Dassie isn�t short on motivation and, clearly, his confidence hasn�t taken a beating. He has, in the past, done well and has our (the thinktank�s) backing at a time he needs all the support.�

The captain�s own confidence has gone a long way in ensuring the diminutive opener is just hours from his 23rd successive Test cap. Now, then, it�s in Shiv Sundar�s hands to justify this faith hasn�t been misplaced.


Calcutta, May 17: 
Newly-aired Ten Sports has come up with a �live� package of the World Cup finals matches in Japan and South Korea.

The inaugural match between France and Senegal on May 31 will be telecast live at 5 pm IST. The semi-finals on June 23 and 26 as well as the final on June 30 will also be telecast live at the same time.

Ten Sports will show repeat telecast for all matches, some of them to be repeated as many as four times.


May 17: 

Mohun Bagan retain Dulal

Mohun Bagan retained the services of Dulal Biswas for the next season Friday. The side-back had good offers from outstation clubs, but decided to renew his stay in the city following discussions with Mohun Bagan officials.

Mohun Bagan are also trying to bring back Debjit Ghosh who had opted to cross over to Mahindra United. There were some technical problems with his transfer which Mohun Bagan are trying to capitalise on after clearing Debjit�s dues for last year.

Meanwhile, Sashthi Duley, Koustav Ghosh and Swarup Chatterjee signed for East Bengal Friday. Sandip Das will don Tollygunge jerseys again next season.

Tollygunge letter

Tollygunge Agragami have written to the IFA asking them not to allow Ashim Biswas to sign for any other club. According to Tollygunge officials, Ashim had given his word to stay one more season with the club and had even submitted his token.

Hockey squad

The Bengal hockey squad for the 63rd Obaidullah Khan, underway in Bhopal, was announced Friday.

THE SQUAD: Sunil Soren, Chandan Debnath, Manoj Kujur, Albrt Tete, Rakesh Mondal, Britius Minz, Aiyaz Ahmed, Niral Bhengra, Edmond Karketta, Prakash Toppo, Petrus Ekka, Junas Bara, Sunil Soren, Paulus Soi, Mukti Toppo, Maqbool Ahmed. Stand-byes: Sushil Minz, Manmeet Singh, Ashok Toppo, Joseph Ekka, Pintu Debnath, Somrah Horo, Sanjay Tirkey. Coach: B.B. Chetry

Azan in final

Fourth seeded Azan Piperno moved into the under-10 final of the junior age-group tennis tournament Friday.

In the boy�s under-14 section, Karan Dhillon, Ranjan Prasad, Biplab Das and Dharamveer Biswakarma moved into the semi-finals.

In the women�s under-18 category, Sharmishtha Choudhury, Amrita Talukdar and Hina Valecha made it to the semis.

Farid Alam, Sourav Sukul and Nirvik Mohanta moved into the last four stage of the boy�s under-18 event.

Bournvita CA win

Arun Lal�s Bournvita CA carried on with their winning ways, beating Palta CCC by 54 runs in a CAB Ambar Roy sub-junior match Friday at the Eden Gardens. Raja Yadav of the Bournvita was the star performer with 58 runs and three for seven. In another match, Rahul Singh of Sports Lovers�Association took a hattrick to lead his team to a victory against FD Block CCC.

Bangalore trip

A 20-member squad from the Bally Cricket Clinic will undertake a 15-day tour of Bangalore to play in the Pepsi all-India under-17 meet, organised by Brijesh Patel.

SQUAD: Supravat Biswas (captain), Aniket Nandy (wicketkeeper), Anirban Gupta, Vikramaditya Majumdar, S.S.Tapikar, Jitendra Paswan, Ketan Gupta, Sanjib Mukherjee, Debraj Pramanik, Kuntal Bhattacharjee, Saurav Bose, Avijit Paul, Pallav Mitra, Arnab Shi, Kaushik Paul, Rishi Mehra, Chandan Parth, Tanmoy Saha, Raj Kumar Mondal and Jitindra Sharma. Coach: Kalyan Ghosal.

Tennis camp

Tollygunge Club will organise a tennis camp for juniors from May 20 to 25. Former Davis Cupper Akhtar Ali will be in charge.

Telegraph meet

BPCL thrashed Indian Aluminium 6-0 in the five-a-side The Telegraph Merchants� Cup meet match at CC&FC Friday.

OTHER RESULTS: INFAR 2 CitiCorp 0, Skytech Solutions 2 BDA 0, Madhya Bharat Paper4 Confreight Shipping 2, Price Waterhouse Coopers 2 Blue Star1, Norinco 2 Jet Airways 0, The Taj 0 Bata India 0, Transways 6 Telegraph Sports 1, India Foils 3 Tata A 1, Hyatt Regency 1 ICICI Bank 1


FOOTBALL: The Telegraph Merchants� Cup: Usha Martin vs Infar, Citicorp vs HTA, ITC Infotech vs Confreight Shipping, KQ School Advantage vs Madhya Bharat Papers (all at 4.30pm); Indian Aluminium vs Blue Star, Price Waterhouse Coopers vs Bharat Petroleum, Jet Airways vs The Taj, Norinco vs Bata India (5.00pm); IISCO vs HDFC Bank, ACCEL ICIM vs CA-TCG Software, Telegraph Metro vs Magma Leasing, Tata Power vs Digital Think A (5.30pm); Selvel A vs Bayview Technologies, Tata B vs Magors, Tata Tea vs Apeejay Surrendra Group, J Thomas vs Digital Think B (6.00pm); Transways vs India Foils, Tata A vs Telegraph Sports, ITC B vs O&M, Selvel B vs Transworld (6.30pm); Allied Domecq vs Airtel, Marine Container Services vs ABN Amro, ITC A vs ICRA, Berger Paints vs Carritt Moran (7:00 pm) All matches at the CC&FC.

Cricket: CAB Ambar Roy sub-junior cricket tournament (Eden Gardens)

TENNIS: Fourth Bijoli Grill All India Tennis Finals (High Court Tennis Complex).


Bangalore, May 17: 
The 24 day Bangalore summer race meeting which kicks off on Saturday, will concludes of August 2. The season will see approximately 800 runners battleing it out for stakes amounting to Rs 6.33 crores, compared to Rs 5.47 crores paid out last summer.

The UB group which has been sponsoring the Fillies and the Colts classics in the past has withdrawn from doing so. However the group will continued to sponsor the Kingfisher Derby and the Knockout Million.

The opening day�s main attraction in a frame of eight events for runners rated 40 and above is the 1,200m Krishnaraja Wadiyar Cup, may see Michael Eshwar-trained Top Gun winning in the hands of Malesh Narredu.

Our Calcutta turf correspondent adds: Jockeys in Bangalore have decided to don silks tomorrow but they are firm on not carrying any sort of whip during the races, according to sources in Bangalore.


2.30 pm: Dare You Say 1. Ama zing Career 2. Crow Wood 3.

3 pm: Diamond Harbour 1. Future Way 2. Rasna 3.

3.30 pm: Red Mamma 1. Kingley 2. Broken Silence 3.

4 pm: Snow Fields 1. Milan 2. Daggers Drawn 3.

4.30 pm: Top Gun 1. Vivid Dreams 2. Yewall 3.

5 pm: Regal Society 1. Indian Rocket 2. Star Alone 3.

5.30 pm: Smart Charmer 1. Flirt With Speed 2. Inglewood 3.

6 pm: Royal Force 1. Noble Nancy 2. Silvanus 3.

Day�s Best: Snow Fields

Double: Regal Society & Smart Charmer.


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