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Highveld Lions tame Mumbai Indians AGENCIES JOHANNESBURG, SEPT 10

In a huge upset early on underdogs Highveld Lions beat favourites Mumbai Indians by nine runs in the opening (Group B) match of the Champions League played at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday. Chasing an impressive, if not improbable, target the visitors eventually managed only 177 for six in their stipulated quota of overs. This despite a having a solid foundation to build upon. The bowling and fielding were the departments that proved to be the difference between the sides. If MI's performace in the said departments was shoddy, the Lions' effort was commendable to say the least. Sachin Tendulkar carried forward his impressive Indian Premier League form into the Champions League, top-scoring for the Mumbai Indians with a master ful 69. The Master

Blaster's 42-ball knock was inclusive of nine hits to the fence. Shane Burger was the most impressive bowler for the Lions, taking the crucial wickets of Tendulkar and Kieron Pollard (19). The MI captain and his opening Shikhar Dhawan (32) put on a solid partnership for the opening wicket - of 83 runs - to give the innings the foundation it so desperately required. The visitors started on an aggressive note, racing to 46 without loss after six overs with

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Dhawan being the aggressive partner. However, the Master Blaster cut loose soon enough, hitting Aaron Phangiso for successive boundaries in the eighth over. He was fortunate to survive in the same over though when his opposite number Alviro Petersen dropped him at cover. But his opening partner wasn't as fortunate, hitting a Phangiso delivery straight to Cameron at short third man. Ambati Rayudu (3) was run out in the next over. And when JP Duminy (30) was dropped off his own bowling by Cameron, it was a few monents of nerve for Mumbai Indians. However, Tendulkar and Duminy did combine well thereafter, putting on 42 runs (of just 22 balls) for the third wicket. Duminy cut loose in the 14th over, bowled by Cameron, hitting two boundaries and topping it up with a maximum over deep midwicket.

Now Dilshan, Fernando in match-fixing row


Match-fixing scandal that has cast its shadow over the Pakistan cricket team moved to Sri Lanka today with reports that its top batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and fast bowler Dilhara Fernando had been investigated by the ICC's Anti-corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). Dilshan, who has played 63 Tests and 188 ODIs for the island nation, had been monitored by the ACSU for alleged links with a bookmaker, London's 'Daily Mail' claimed today. With regard to Fernando, a Sri Lankan newspaper 'The Island' alleged that he had been under ICC investigation for almost two years now. However, the Sri Lankan Board stoutly denied involvement of its players in match-fixing, saying the charges against Dilshan were "character assassination", while insisting that Fernando had voluntarily disclosed an approach by the bookies to the ICC. The 'Daily Mail' had claimed that Dilshan was the player named in a Sri Lanka Cricket report to ICC's ACSU last year after he was allegedly spotted with a suspected illegal bookmaker in a London nightclub. But the SLC rejected the report with spokesman Brian Thomas saying in Colombo that there were no allegations

against Dilshan. "A far as we are concerned, there are no allegations against Dilshan. If there were allegations, by now the ICC would have informed us and a proper inquiry would have been held. As far as Sri Lanka Cricket is concerned, can I call it character assassination. We know our players are innocent," Thomas said. Sri Lankan Captain Kumar Sangakkara also jumped to Dilshan's defence and said none of his teammates were suspected of "fraternising with shady characters". "All these stories going around about Dilshan are absolutely baseless. No Sri Lankan player to my knowledge is in suspicion of fraternising with these so called bookies by their team-mates nor by team management and Sri Lanka Cricket Board. As far as I know there was no report to SLC or ICC's Anti-corruption Unit," Sangakkara said. 'Daily Mail' had reported that Sri Lankan team manager filed a report to ICC's ACSU after Sangakkara informed him about suspicions among team-mates that Dilshan had been seen with the bookie during the Twenty20 World Cup in England in June last year. Sangakkara refuted it and said he had never passed any such information to the management. "I have never reported against any player specifically. All the

Rooney returns campaign, scoring 14 goals without conceding. Next up is a trip Manchester United striker to West Ham, which is without Wayne Rooney can expect a hos- a point and has conceded three tile reception when he returns goals in each of its matches. to Goodison Park on Saturday Tottenham manager Harry for a Premier League match Redknapp was busy as usual on against former club Everton. deadline day, signing NetherAllegations about Rooney’s pri- lands midfielder Rafael van der vate life have been dominating Vaart and Croatia goalkeeper the headlines, even though he Stipe Pletikosa, and both players returned to form on England duty. could make their debuts in the The 24-year-old striker should match at West Bromwich Albion On SATURDAY start against the on Saturday. Arsenal v Bolton club that sold him Second-place to United in 2004, Fulham v Wolverhampton Arsenal, which is despite the likeli- Newcastle v Blackpool l e v e l o n s e v e n h o o d o f a b u s e Man City v Blackburn points with United, West Ham v Chelsea from home fans. is at home to Wigan v Sunderland United manager Bolton. At 7.30 p.m. Alex Ferguson reElsewhere on fused to discuss Saturday, ManOn SUNDAY Rooney and the chester City hosts Everton v Man Utd player’s off-field isBlackburn, WolverAt 6 p.m. sues in a pre-match Birmingham v Liverpool hampton WanderAt 8.30 p.m. news conference, ers is at Fulham, instead opting to Newcastle is at On TUESDAY focus on the threat home to Blackpool Stoke v Aston Villa posed by an oppoand Wigan hosts At 1.30 a.m. nent which has Sunderland. picked up just one point from its On Sunday, Liverpool could give debuts to new signings Raul opening three matches. Rooney should again partner Meireles and Paul Konchesky the in-form Dimitar Berbatov up when it plays Birmingham, front while Ferguson must de- which has yet to lose this seacide whether to recall England son. On Monday, Aston Villa plays center back Rio Ferdinand, who is available after recovering from for the first time since the club appointed Gerard Houllier as knee injury. Chelsea is the only side to manager, succeeding Martin have won all three so far this O’Neill. AGENCIES LONDON, SEPT 10

players are very open in communicating with me and team management. No one including me have voiced our suspicion over any of our team-mates at any time nor reported specifically to the team manager or SLC," he asserted. "If there is any report of any suspicion on any player, then it is better to ask the SLC and the team management about that but as far as I know ,there is no such thing," Sangakkara said. Sangakkara also ruled out any Sri Lankan player intentionally mixing up with illegal bookmakers. "Any of the players upto my knowledge have not fraternised with any of these shady characters. The only thing is you never know who is sitting at the chair next to you or who is taking photograph with you at a hotel or somewhere," he said. SLC Chief Executive Ajith Jayasekara also dismissed reports of Dilshan being under the ICC scanner. "We don't go by speculation or what any newspaper wants to say. We don't want to go by such reports. The Anti corruption Unit of the ICC has not reported any such involvement of any player. We cant go by speculation. This has not been brought to our notice by the anti-corruption unit of the ICC. There is no evidence against any Sri Lankan player," Jayasekara told PTI.

England beat Pak by 24 runs REUTERS DURHAM, England, SEPT 10

England beat Pakistan by 24 runs in the first one-day international today. Scores: England 274 for six (41 overs); Pakistan 250 for nine (41 overs).


Bopanna-Qureshi end runners-up PTI NEW YORK, SEPT 10

Guning for their first Grand Slam title, Rohan Bopanna and Aisamul-Haq fought their hearts out but had to be content with a runners-up trophy at the US Open as the Indo-Pak Express lost the men's doubles final 67(6) 6-7 (3) to Americans top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan here today. Bopanna and Qureshi, 16th seeds, did not look like a team playing their first ever Grand Slam final as they made the world number one pair work hard for points and played enthralling tennis for more than one-and-a-half hours. It was nevertheless a dream run for the two players as for the first time an Indian and a Pakistani player combined to reach the final of a Grand Slam event. They might have failed to win a title but Bopanna and Qureshi were successful in sending the message loud and clear that sport can help dissolve the boundaries and India and Pakistan can watch, play and earn glory. They wore the t-shirts with slogan -- stop war start tennis -- to send the message of peace in the two countries, at loggerheads since the partition days.

For Bryan brothers, it was their second Grand Slam title of the season and also a revenge victory, having lost the Washington quarter-finals to the Indo-Pak team. For the Bryan brothers, this title was their ninth men's doubles crown. World number one Rafael Nadal, seeking his first US Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, advanced to the last four by defeating eighth-seeded Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco. Nadal, who has not lost a set in the tournament, rolled 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 and will play for a finals berth on Saturday against Russian 12th seed Mikhail Youzhny, who ousted Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 63, 6-3.

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