India off to rousing start
Tajikistan two good for Kyrgyzstan
In The City
Calcutta Races/Season set to start from tomorrow
Track Trials/ Assertive Dancer works well
Mysore Races/ Three To Count lifts Trophy

Calcutta, July 10: 
India romped to a 4-1 victory in their Asian under-20 qualifying match at Salt Lake Stadium Wednesday. The quality of play, however, may have provided some anxious moments to coach Islam Akhmedov, who had planned to hide his cards prior to the match.

For India, Malswamatluanga and Ashim Biswas scored a brace each while Sonam Jamtsho pulled one back for Bhutan.

The Indians held complete sway over the central zone with a five-man midfield consisting Bungo Singh, Malswamatluanga, Ashim, Subhas Chakraborty and James Singh.

But what could give the Indian coach a few sleepless nights with their crunch game coming up against Tajikistan, was their defence. The Bhutan team relied on sudden counter-attacks and the Indian defenders were often caught napping. Had the Bhutan attackers being a little more alert, the margin could have looked different.

But a couple of quick goals by India early in the second half killed Bhutan off and the match fizzled out into a drab affair in the last half-an-hour.

For India, Malswamatluanga in the left-wing was an absolute revelation. He along with Bungo Singh and Ashim struck a perfect combination and it was this trio�s performance which finally sealed the day for India.

It was a combination of Bungo and Malswamatluanga that allowed India to take the lead in the 12th minute. Bungo�s through found Ashim Biswas on the left and his measured back-centre was banged home by an onrushing Ashim Biswas.

Bhutan struck back in the 22nd minute on the back of a sudden counter-attack. Kinley Dorji delivered a through and with the Indian defenders caught on one line, Jamtsho placed the ball high into the net. However, the Indian goalkeeper Satish Kumar should also share parts of the shock because he was woefully out of position at that time.

Stung by the reversal, India scored immediately after the breather when Ashim, Rahim Nabi and Malswamatluanga played an exquisite three-pass move culminating in a well-placed finish by Malswamatluanga.

The third goal in the 48th minute was a product of Malswamatluanga�s brilliance. The TFA boy dribbled past the Bhutan right-end rearguard and set up for Ashim who had ample time and space to slot in.

India completed the rout in injury times when Malswamatluanga poked home following a Bhutan goalie blunder.


INDIA: V.P. Satish Kumar, Prasantha Jaggi, Manas Das, Amandeep Singh, Amjad Ali Khan (Palash Karmakar, 67 min), James Singh (Bhuvan Joshi, 57), Malswamatluanga, Bungo Singh, Ashim Biswas, Subhas Chakraborty, Ashim Biswas (Pappachan, 78), Rahim Nabi.

BHUTAN: Pushpalal Sharma, Yeshey Nedup, Dorji Khandu (Wangchuk, 79), Sonam Norbu (Sumesh Tamang, 42), Pema, Sonam Jamtsho, Sonam Dorji, Sonam Tobgye, Pasang Tshering, Sonam Tanzing (Ugyen Dorji, 66).

Referee: Ram Krishna Ghosh.


Calcutta, July 10: 
On the back of a disciplined performance, Tajikistan posted a convincing 2-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in the opening group four of the AFC under-20 championship at Salt Lake Stadium on Wednesday.

Djaborav Sharif put Tajikistan ahead in 18th minute and twelve minutes later, Sadikov Makhmadali made it 2-0 as the Tajiks took control of the match through some neat passes and ball control.

Kyrgyzstan�s plans to fight back suffered a blow when defender Kydyraliev Timur got a red card for committing severe foul on Tajikistan�s Eradzh Nasikhov in the 61st minute.

Kyrgyzstan started well and were in attacking refrain initially as the Tajiks hardly missed any chance of probing the rivals� area on counter-attack.

Tajikistan earned a freekick on the left of the box in the 18th minute. Ismoilov Jamshed�s floater was excellently headed home by Djabarov.

In the 30th minute, Ismoilov was again in the thick of action when Kyrgyzstan custodian Kashuba Valery missed the flight of his left-wing cross and a lurking Borotov Murodali placed the ball in front of unmarked Sadikov. The striker tapped in from close.


July 10: 

Bad beginning by Bhratri

Bhratri Sangha made a poor start to the Super Division League, losing 0-1 to Port Trust, in opening day action on Wednesday. Sanjit Saha scored the goal in the fifth minute of the match. Bhratri were hardly impressive and didn�t trouble the opposition much.

In another Super Division match, newly elevated Ever Ready Association lost 0-1 to Eastern Railway. Prasanta Ghosh scored.Sonali Shibir downed BNR 1-0 with a goal from Mohammed Kayum Ali.

Tolly bag Isiaka

Akeem, Isiaka, Dipayan Majumdar and Srikanta Dutta signed for Tollygunge Agragami Wednesday. While Akeem and Majumdar renewed allegiance, Isiaka and Dutta came from East Bengal. Mohun Bagan signed in Sheikh Sanjeeb, Santosh Singh, Sushil Chettry and Umesh Sharma.

Bula�s venture

Swimming ace Bula Chowdhury will attempt to cross the Tororneus Gulf in Greece on July 20. Bula, who has already crossed the English Channel and Gibraltar Straight,wleaves on July 12 with husband-coach Sanjib Chakraborty.

Eight days later, she will take the plunge at Nikiti Chalkidiki � a small Macaedonian town � and cover the 26 km distance upto Cassandra.

The 35-year-old, who still holds the national record in 100 m butterfly, would then set out to conquer the Catalina Channel in the US, the fifth of the seven seas.

Bula became the first Asian woman to cross the English Channel twice, in 1989 and 1999. In 2000, she created a women�s world record by covering the 20-km Gibraltar straight from Spain to Morrocco in three hours and 35 minutes.

Ex-umpire dead

Kanak Chatterjee (95), a former Ranji Trophy umpire and a national referee passed away Wednesday. He was a member of the IFA governing body for 15 years. The IFA office will remain closed Thursday as a mark of respect to Chatterjee.


SOCCER: Calcutta League: Group A: Kidderpore vs Milan Bithee (Rabindra Sarobar), Bata SC vs Calcutta Customs (Belghoria AC). Group B: Aikya Sammilani vs Behala Youth (Md Sporting), United Student vs Bally Protiva (Mohun Bagan), Salkia Friends vs Milan Samity (East Bengal) Matches from 3:30 pm    

Calcutta, July 10: 
With 253 race-worthy horses in RCTC�s stables, fields are expected to be decent during the monsoon racing season that starts from Friday. �The opening day�s card looks fairly represented,� said General (Retd.) Shankar Roychowdhury, senior steward RCTC, at a press conference on Wednesday. There are 46 runners in the six-event card and the first race starts at 2 pm.


1. Amberdue Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 2 pm: Crowned Prince 60; Blessed Spirit 59.5; Impressive Prince 58.5; Darth Vader 58; Mahika�s Pet 52.5; Scenic Song 47.

2. Desiree Cup 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 2.40 pm: Lucifer 60.5; Sencai 60.5; Ace of Spades 56; Leading Conquest 55.5; Prince of Fashion 55.5; Yukon 54.5; Star Selection 52.5; Midas Touch 49.5.

3. Zelda Handicap 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.10 pm: Illustrious Reign 61; Soviet Port 60.5; Discomatic 58; Alamito 55; Rescue Act 52.5; Peace Envoy 52; Tajik 52.

4. Gamble For Love Cup 1,200m (Cl I; Rt. 88 & over) 3.40 pm: Beneficent 60; Alcalde 55; Acute 52; The Archer 51.5.

5. Scarlet Prince Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over; Rt. 22-50) 4.15 pm: Brave Show 61; Declarationoflove 60.5; On The Bit 60.5; Ardon 58; Mr. Bombshell 58; Software 58; Rare Gold 57.5; Giorgio 56; Starina 54.5; Simply Monarch 53.5; Tequila Shot 53.5; Storm Centre 52; Finders Keepers 48.

6. Woolver Valley Handicap 1,000m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 4.45 pm: Thunder Struck 60.5; Scarlet Raider 60; Sky Command 58; Secret Adversary 52.5; Queen�s Logic 52; Winning Hand 51; Kargil Soldier 50; Sovereign Bullet 48.5.

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

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

Calcutta, July 10: 
Assertive Dancer, Ispahan and Rare Gold were impressive during workouts on Wednesday morning.

Outer sand track

1,200m: Star Selection (Yasin) and Peace Envoy (Asghar) in 1-38s; (400m) 30s. Former far better.

800m: Sencai (Gowli) and Winning Hand (Som S.) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Level. Star of Ring (Yasin) and Social Girl (Asghar) in 1-2s; (400m) 29s. Latter was pushed to level.Sagittarian (Dalpat) in 1-2s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Gold Buck (Shanker) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. Don Vittorio (Shanker) in 1-2s; (400m) 29s.

600m: Harry The Horse (Rutherford) in 44s; (400m) 27s. Cupola (F. Khan) in 44s; (400m) 29s.

400m: Argolis (Yasin) in 30s.

Sand track

1,400m: Wandering Warrior (Jaiswal) in 1-56s; (400m) 31s. Easy.

1,000m: Auctioneer (Haroon) in 1-21s; (400m) 32s. Assertive Dancer (Yasin) and Ballet Master (Asghar) in 1-16s; (400m) 26s. Note former who was 2 ls better.

800m: Software Classic (F. Khan) in 56s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Ispahan (F. Khan) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Impressed. Beneficent (Asghar) in 1-0s; (400m) 26s. Easy. easy. Pearl Dragon (R. Ahmed) and Lively Project (A. P. Singh) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Level.Glass Slipper (F. Khan) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Moved easy. Bul Bul (Engineer) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Scenic Song (Haroon) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Was handy. Flinders (Jaiswal) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. Earl Grey (Rutherford) in 1-3s; (400m) 32s.

600m: Sky Command (Amil) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Ace of Spades (Asghar) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Rare Gold (Amil) in 40s; (400m) 23s. Was handy. Crowned Prince (Upadhya) in 44s; (400m) 29s.

400m: Alborada (Gurang) in 29s.    

Mysore, July 10: 
Trained by S. Inayathulla, Three To Count claimed the Hyderabad Race Club Gold Trophy in Mysore on Wednesday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Ranibennur Plate 1,100m: (2-3-6) Cormac (Warren) 1; Plain Truth 2; Bracelete Queen 3. Won by: Nk; 5; (1-7.4). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 23; 16; Quinella: 101; Shp: 33; Tanala: 869. Fav: Niveditha (1).

2. Harangi Dam Plate 1,600m: (6-4-1) Ace Beret (R. Parmod) 1; Cash Run 2; Buffalo Park 3. Won by: 4-1/4; 1/2; (1-41.7). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 17; 19; 12; Quinella: 113; Shp: 42; Tanala: 518. Fav: Buffalo Park (1).

3. Balamuri Plate 1,600m: (8-5-6) Great Prince (Prithviraj) 1; Emmenbrucke 2; Sirrgaa 3. Not run: Johnny Handsome (9). Won by: 3; 3-1/4; (1-44.1). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 17; 19; 36; Quinella: 115; Shp: 64; Tanala: 2,080. Fav: Great Prince (8).

4. Hyderabad Race Club Gold Trophy (10-5-1) Three To Count (Appu) 1; Prince Zorro 2; Kass 3. Not run: Tresorie (8). Won by: 1; 1-3/4; (1-28.3). Tote: Win Rs 51; Place: 16; 14; 23; Quinella: 78; Shp: 56; Tanala: 470. Fav: Renzino (4).

5. Somwarpet Plate 1,400m: (1-10-9) Jersey Lightning (P. Krishna) 1; Fly Past 2; Chanel 3. Won by: Nk; 1-3/4; (1-29.1). Tote: Win Rs 99; Place: 22; 31; 10; Quinella: 360; Shp: 70; Tanala: 1,886. Fav: Chanel (9).

6. Kokkare Belluru Plate 1,400m: (3-11-12) Lali (P. Krishna) 1; Aghast 2; Atlantic Star 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Hd; (1-30.4). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 20; 476; 30; Quinella: 8,775; Shp: 1,298; Tanala: 16,608. Fav: Storming Thru (6).

Jackpot:Rs 39,837 (Carried over); (C) Rs 5,122.

Treble: (i) Rs 2,048; (ii) Rs 4,275.

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