From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.40 :: Oct. 03, 2009
There have been roadblocks in Shoaib Malik’s international career, a few of them career threatening. But the Pakistani willed his way through those turbulent times. And in the process, he has evolved as a cricketer. By S. Dinakar.
Shoiab Malik and Mohammad Yousuf were involved in a match-winning partnership of 206 and Pakistan, despite stumbling in the last stretch, posted a daunting 302. By S. Dinakar.
SOUTH AFRICA DIARY
Never short of ideas
Fielding legend Jonty Rhodes believes all the Power Plays, including the one chosen by the batting side, should be taken before the 31st over to make the middle-over phase more interesting. By S. Dinakar.
CHAMPIONS TROPHY/AUSTRALIA-WEST INDIES
Johnson’s day out
A middle-order slump saw Australia lose three wickets cheaply before Mitchell Johnson demonstrated that his skills extend beyond the ball.
CHAMPIONS TROPHY/ENGLAND-SRI LANKA
England reached the 213-run target on a lively track with five overs to spare against Sri Lanka, thanks to Eoin Morgan (62 not out), Paul Collingwood (46) and Owais Shah (44).
CHAMPIONS TROPHY/PAKISTAN-WEST INDIES
Low-scoring, but still engrossing
The West Indies was in with a chance with Pakistan at 76 for five but the young Umar Akmal and stand-in skipper Shahid Afridi guided the side home.
CHAMPIONS TROPHY/SRI LANKA-SOUTH AFRICA
Dilshan’s blazing knock
If Tillekeratne Dilshan was the pick of the Sri Lankan batsmen, Ajantha Mendis’ mystery spin made him the lead bowler for the visitor.
CHAMPIONS TROPHY/SOUTH AFRICA-NEW ZEALAND
Smith’s gamble pays off
The bowlers set up South Africa’s victory as they snared the last five New Zealand wickets for 11 runs in 18 balls. Wayne Parnell was the pick and was rightly adjudged the Man of the Match.
Gunning for gold
With two bronze medals in his kitty, Vijender Singh refuses to rest on his laurels and aims for gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. By Y. Sarangi.
Master of 64 squares
Another successful edition produces some stunning plays, with the young GM from Vietnam, Le Quang Liem, walking away with top honours. By S. Sabanayakan.
‘I have come a long way’
Somdev Devvarman is confident of India progressing in the Davis Cup World Group. “If a team like Israel can do it (make it to the semifinals) with one great player in Dudi Sela, we can also do it,” he says in a chat with Kamesh Srinivasan.
It’s all about Chinese efficiency
China enthralled the spectators with its pace and precision. Its stature as the superpower in Asia was never in doubt. By S. Thyagarajan.
Another one in Churchill’s kitty
Okolie Odafe, the man behind the Goan outfit’s win, has emerged as the best advertisement for professional football in India, setting new benchmarks in technical excellence. It wasn’t surprising that he was chosen the ‘Player of the Tournament’. By Vijay Lokapally.
Snapping up the young
It wasn’t so long ago that Chelsea was in trouble for grabbing two teenaged players, Michael Woods and Tom Taiwo, from Leeds United. The grabber-in-chief being Frank Arnesen, once a splendid player for Denmark and Ajax, but in more recent times, something of what you might call a child catcher.
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