trip Super Kings
Skipper Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on a century
partnership for the first wicket to power Delhi Daredevils to a
commanding eight-wicket win against hitherto unbeaten Chennai
Super Kings in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament on
After restricting Chennai Super Kings, who won the toss and
decided to bat first, for 169 for six in 20 overs, the
Daredevils knocked off the runs in 19 overs after Sehwag (71)
and Gautam Gambhir (50) provided them a solid start with a
115-run stand off just 68 balls.
For Super Kings, it was their first loss in five matches while
Daredevils chalked up their fourth win.
The two teams, along with Rajasthan Royals are tied on eight
points after five games apiece. (PTI Photo)
Sehwag and Gambhir set a hectic pace, smashing the Super Kings
attack to all parts of the ground. Manpreet Gony, in particular,
came for some heavy punishment, going for 29 runs in his two
Morkel too suffered as the Delhi openers went hammer and tongs.
The South African all-rounder was spanked for 24 runs in three
overs, including 19 in his third.
The ease with which Sehwag and Gambhir batted, putting on a
century partnership, it looked curtains for Super Kings. The
pair took only 4.5 overs to post 50 on the board and reached 100
in the ninth over with Sehwag also completing his half-century
off 24 deliveries.
Joginder Sharma, who went for 19 runs in his first over,
dismissed Sehwag who attempted another big hit only to be caught
by Muralitharan at long on after making 71.
Thereafter, Gambhir went on to reach his second consecutive
half-century off 35 balls, but attempting a glide to third man,
was bowled by Gony with Daredevils just 31 runs short of
victory. AB de Villiers (26 not out) and Shikhar Dhawan (19 not
out), however, safely guided the Daredevils past the winning
Snowfall hits Everest Olympic
EVEREST BASE CAMP: China’s bold plan to
take a special Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest faced a
possible setback on Saturday as snow fell on the world’s highest
The climbing team has been at 6,500 metres (21,300 feet) in
advanced base camp or higher for at least two days, waiting for
better weather to take the flame to the 8,848-metre
(29,030-foot) peak and claim the crowning moment of a relay that
was marred by anti-China protests on its round-the-world
“It’s normal to have snow in mountain areas,” said Suonam Cuomu,
deputy director of the Everest torch logistics department. “We
are very well prepared. It’s not necessarily bad news because
after snow there is often a few days of good weather.
“But the heavy snow will have an effect on route building in the
mountains,” she told a media briefing.
Officials said they were unaware of conditions on Everest as
they were still awaiting data from the meteorological centre.
“In my experience, in heavy snow you could make a decision to
retreat or abandon, but I don’t know the conditions up the
mountain so it’s difficult to say,” said Beijing organising
committee consultant Liu Jian.
“For mountaineers, the snow we can see down here is not that
heavy,” added Liu, who has climbed the highest mountain on each
of the seven continents and reached the north and south poles.
“Generally speaking, snow in the Mount Qomolangma (Everest) area
can last a day or a week. Obviously, we all hope it stops soon.”
The snowfall left base camp and the nearby media centre
effectively snowbound, with one journalist unable to get to
hospital in the town of Shigatse for treatment of chronic
Organisers said there were plans in place to evacuate anyone
with more serious medical problems.
“We would use cars but go really slowly,” said Suonam. The
attempt to take the Olympic flame up Everest was intended as a
showpiece, separate leg of the torch relay ahead of August’s
The main torch relay was dogged by anti-Chinese protests and
counter-protests over Tibet as it travelled across five
continents, but it now faces a joyous welcome as it heads into
mainland China this week. [Bureau report]
Asian Five Nations rugby
Japan trounces Arabian Gulf
OSAKA, (AFP) - Asian rugby heavyweights
Japan scored 18 tries, including a hat-trick by left wing
Hirotoki Onozawa, to demolish the Arabian Gulf 114-6 in an Asian
Five Nations rugby match here Saturday.
Japan grabbed the lead with just a minute gone on the clock,
captain Takuro Miuchi’s try converted by stand-off James Arlidge,
and never looked back.
Miuchi added another try in the 34th minute, and by the end of a
lopsided encounter 13 different players had touched down,
including substitutes Shaun Webb, with two, and Koji Shinozuka.
Fullback Bryce Robins also got a brace.
Arlidge converted eight from 12 attempts, while right winger
Hiroki Yoshida cashed in four from six after Arlidge was
replaced nearly halfway through the second half.
The Arabian Gulf managed to score two penalty goals in the fifth
and 25th minutes by fullback Paul Beard.
It was a second straight win for Japan, following their 39-17
victory over South Korea a week ago, and a second consecutive
defeat for the Arabian Gulf after their 20-12 defeat to Hong
Kong last weekend.
Marshall twins hit centuries
LONDON, (AFP) - New Zealander James
Marshall and twin brother Hamish helped put the news of a
suspected dislocated finger for England opener Alastair Cook
into the shade with a century against Essex on Friday.
The tourists warmed up for their first Test against England by
finishing the first day of three on 348-9, thanks in large part
to Marshall’s well-taken century.
Marshall’s 128 came on the same day Hamish, who after limited
chances with New Zealand has concentrated on country cricket,
brought up a three-figure score for Gloucestershire 166 miles
away in Bristol.
With New Zealand set to face England in their first Test on May
15, it was James Marshall’s display that has more significance.
“It’s nice to get a hundred early in the tour. I was just
pleased with the way I constructed the innings on a surface that
wasn’t easy to bat on,” said James.
“There were a lot of shots that probably weren’t on today and
you had to be mentally strong not to bring those out.”
Cook was hurt when he dropped Daniel Vettori at gully off Ryan
ten Doeschate, but after an X-ray he is expected to return to
duties on day two and against the Kiwis in the Test series.
Ten Doeschate took 5-57, underpinning Marshall’s 128 as the
cornerstone of a an innings which saw contributions notably from
Aaron Redmond (35), Daniel Flynn (39) and Iain O’Brien.
Redmond hit seven boundaries in his breezy 35, but after Jamie
How was lbw to Tony Palladino Ten Doeschate removed Redmond in
similar fashion in his first over.
Marshall and Flynn then put on 128 in 25 overs, before the
latter drove Ten Doeschate to mid-off, while Jacob Oram, Vettori
and Kyle Mills did not last long.
Marshall ploughed on until he gave Ten Doeschate his fifth
New Zealand rallied with Michael Mason and O’Brien frustrating
Essex by adding an unbroken 52 late on.
Suspended IHF secretary files
suit against TV channel
CHENNAI: Suspended secretary of the
disbanded Indian Hockey Federation K Jothikumaran on Friday
filed a suit against the television channel, that did a sting
operation on him, claiming damages of Rs 25 lakh.
“Indian Hockey Federation and K Jothikumaran have filed a civil
suit in the High Court of Chennai against the news channel, the
television broadcasters to declare that their telecast under the
subject “Sting Operation - Operation CHAK DE” is concoctive,
fabricated and fictitious in order to lower the status of IHF
and K. Jothikumaran and claiming damages of Rs 25 Lakhs,”
Jothikumaran said in a statement.
Jothikumaran was caught on camera accepting bribe for puportedly
selecting a player in the national team.
The sting operation stunned the hockey fraternity and resulted
in the KPS Gill-headed IHF being suspended by the Indian Olympic
Association (IOA). PTI
dreaming of winning title in derby
ROME, (AFP) - Inter Milan’s robust
centre-back Marco Materazzi said it would be a dream to sew up
the Serie A title in Sunday’s crunch derby against AC Milan at
the San Siro.
It is a game being billed as one of the most important derbies
of recent years with both sides desperate for a victory to
realise their individual ambitions.
Inter need three more points from their final three matches to
ensure they finish the season top of the pile.
AC need to win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next
season’s Champions League as they currently trail Fiorentina in
fourth spot by two points.
“It’s the dream for everyone involved to win the title in the
derby,” said Materazzi.
“It would make up for many disappointments but we know that
we’re coming up against a team in great condition who are
certainly the favourites as they’re playing at home and they’re
“(Milan coach Carlo) Ancelotti maybe has more fear about missing
out on the Champions League than we have of losing the title.
“If we can’t win the title on Sunday, touch wood, we still have
two more possibilities.”
Defeat could spell disaster for Milan as Fiorentina travel to
Sardinia to face Cagliari.
Fiorentina have to quickly overcome the disappointment of losing
on penalties to Rangers in Thursday’s UEFA Cup semi-final, but
if they win and Milan fail to, the race for fourth spot will be
as good as over.
Milan’s veteran Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf is worried
that Inter’s lesser need of victory could see them play more
defensively and make life difficult for Milan.
“I think that we will have a different way of looking for the
victory to them,” he said.
“Inter certainly have better individuals which makes it easier
for them to unlock the defence and settle the match in one
Seedorf admitted that the major difference could be made by
Fiorentina, who have to find a way of recovering from their
“You can’t tell how they will react, especially given that they
deserved to get to the final,” added the midfielder.
Fiorentina’s cause has not been helped either by a season-ending
injury to veteran forward Cristian Vieri, who has a muscle
Their coach Cesare Prandelli has already started working on
refocusing his team on their championship campaign.
“The bitterness is there but we have to look to get past it
because now is the time to concentrate on Cagliari,” he said.
In an intriguing sub-plot, Sampdoria host AS Roma, with either
side holding the potential to end the other’s hopes for the
Roma are still dremaing of an unlikely title success but defeat
to Samp would end their faint hopes.
Samp sit sixth in the league, four points behind Fiorentina and
two off Milan, but still in with a chance of Champions League
football next season.
However, defeat to Roma would, barring some unlikely results,
end their chances as well.
In the relegation battle things are very tight with seven teams
separated by just five points.
Livorno, who travel to Atalanta, and Parma, who host Genoa, find
themselves in the most precarious positions and defeat for
either would leave them with more than a mountain to climb to