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Tendulkar surprises at practice Windies ready session by batting left-handed for South Africa



7th Match : South Africa vs West Indies Venue : Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi | Thursday | 24 February 14:30 PM



Indian cricketers Yusuf Pathan, left, and Shantakumaran Sreesanth watch as Sachin Tendulkar bats during a training session in Bangalore on February 23. (AP Photo)

BANGALORE, FEBRUARY 23 (PTI): Tendulkar sent the very first delivery he faced over the ropes before stepping out to hoist another six sixes, missing only one out of eight deliveries. Senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday surprised everyone when he opted to bat left handed during the team’s practice session at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here. Indian cricket team, which has been camping here for their crucial Group ‘B’ league match against England on Sunday, had a rigorous batting session at the National Cricket Academy before shifting to the stadium. Tendulkar grabbed everyone’s attention by choosing to bat lefthanded with a few of his teammates and local bowlers bowling at him. He also did not wear gloves, while all other bats-

South Africa bowling coach names dog after Sachin

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 (AFP): South Africa bowling coach Vincent Barnes admitted on Tuesday he's missing Sachin - his dog Sachin that is, not the Indian batting superstar in whose honour he's named. "Sachin is not here, I am missing him already," Barnes told a newspaper. "Obviously I couldn't bring him along, what with all the travelling but there are enough people back home to take care of him." Barnes named his dog after Sachin Tendulkar, his favourite batsman. "He's a superman and is capable of anything." men, who faced two deliveries each, wore their cricketing gears. Tendulkar sent the very first delivery he faced over the ropes before stepping out to hoist another six sixes, missing only one out of eight deliveries. Besides the rigorous batting session, the team also went through a brief 10—minute catching practice session. Today, for the second consecutive day,

Virender Sehwag did not join the team for the training session while off—spinner Harbhajan Singh also skipped practice today. Pacers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra had light training session at the NCA gymnasium to strengthen their backs. Like yesterday, Kirsten spent more time with youngsters such as Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan.









NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23 (AGENCIES): South Africa take on the West Indies in what is the first of the matches between two of the traditional heavy-hitters of the game during the 2011 World Cup. Although the Proteas have a fantastic record against the Calypso boys – winning 37 of the 50 One Day Internationals played between the sides – the Windies have been one of the thorns in South Africa’s side during ICC events. Former captain Brian Lara famously knocked South Africa out of the event with centuries in 1996 and 2003 and this time the Windies will be looking to another aggressive left-hander opener and former captain in Chris Gayle to put the opposing bowlers to the sword. And it wouldn’t be the first time

that the lanky Jamaican has done just that! These two sides met in the semifinals of the ICC Champions trophy in 2004 when Gayle’s sublime knock of 133 put his side in the final. He followed it up with the first-ever century in T20 international cricket in 2007, although his side somehow failed to defend a score of 205. Despite the South Africans’ recent dominance in fixtures between the two teams, another former captain and current team manager Richie Richardson believes his side can upstage their more fancied opponents again: "We have always beaten them, if we do that again it won't be an upset," he said in an interview with cricinfo. South Africa, on the other hand, will have fond memories of the times they did manage to beat the

West Indies's Chris Gayle gestures during a practice session ahead of West Indies's ICC Cricket World Cup league match against South Africa in Delhi. (AP Photo)

West Indians in major events. Few of the current crop will remember the crushing victory in the 1992 event – during which Meyrick Pringle starred with the ball – but their victory in 2007 on the back of a brilliant AB de Villiers century will be fresh in their memories.

Players to watch:

Chris Gayle has already been mentioned, and Kieron Pollard is a dangerous player during the Power Play and late overs, but the calm-

ing influence and experience of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan will be equally important to the generally frail West Indies batting line-up. South Africa will have been boosted by the news that Jacques Kallis is fully fit and ready to play, but Hashim Amla is the bloke I’d be expecting to score big. Despite conditions not necessarily favouring his style, Morne Morkel has been excellent since moving to first change and I expect him to continue his good form.

Pak beat Kenya by 205 runs

'Hope India take us lightly'

NAGPUR, FEBRUARY 23 (PTI): England cricket captain Andrew Strauss hopes that India would be deceived into taking his side lightly in Sunday`s much-anticipated World Cup match due to the rather scratchy performance in the opening win over the Netherlands. England were handed a scare by the Dutch last night when Strauss` men were left to chase a challenging 292. Although the English won but Strauss conceded that the performance was anything but convincing on the bowling and fielding front. "Hopefully India will take us lightly after this performance," Strauss told reporters at the VCA Ground in Nagpur. "We generally raise our games against better sides. We are very excited about playing India in Bangalore. There will be a great atmosphere and we will back ourselves to beat them," he insisted. Strauss heaped praise on Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who scored a scintillating 119-run knock besides knocking off a couple of wickets. "I think you`ve got to give a lot of credit to Ryan ten Doeschate for the way he played. We`ve seen him do that for Essex, but on the big stage it`s a hard thing to do and he played exceptionally well," he said. On the positives he took from the match, Strauss said it has to be the fine batting which enabled the team to chase down the stiff target.

Ponting facing charge over damage to TV set MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 23 (PTI): Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is facing charges for breaching the International Cricket Council Players' Code of Conduct for damaging a LCD television set in the team's dressing room at Ahmedabad's Motera Stadium. The ICC has received a communication from the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) following the complaint lodged by the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) to the board about Ponting's unacceptable behaviour when he vent his ire on the TV set after being run out during the defending champions' World Cup opener against Zimbabwe on Monday. "Yes, we have received it this afternoon," ICC spokesperson Colin Gibson said and said a decision is expected on the charges later on Wednesday. Gibson also confirmed that Ponting's behaviour comes under the ICC's Code of Conduct for players. "Yes, it does," he said without elaborating. Ponting had apologised for the incident to the GCA, who hosted the tie, but the latter went ahead to register a complaint with the BCCI against him. "We shall be lodging a complaint with the BCCI about the smashing of LCD television set kept in the Australian team's dressing room here," GCA Secretary Rajesh Patel said on Tuesday. "Our complaint will be forwarded to the International Cricket Council (ICC) by the BCCI and they will be take a final decision on the issue," he said.

Pakistan's captain Shahid Afridi, right, and Abdur Rehman congratulate their fielder Umar Akmal , center, for the dismissal of Kenya's Seren Waters, unseen, during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Kenya and Pakistan in Hambantota, Sri Lanka on February 23. (AP Photo)

HAMBANTOTA, FEBRUARY 23 (AGENCIES): Pakistan beat Kenya by 205 runs in a World Cup Group A match. Earlier, Umar Akmal was one of four batsmen to score halfcenturies as Pakistan overcame a sluggish start to post 317-7 against Kenya in their opening World Cup Group A match here on Wednesday. The 21-yearold right-hander, playing his first World Cup match, top scored with a 52-ball 71 and gave the innings the final flourish with a rapid fire 118-run stand for the fifth wicket with Misbah-ul-Haq who hit a 69-ball 65.


Player Glenn McGrath Muttiah Muralitharan Wasim Akram Chaminda Vaas Javagal Srinath Allan Donald Brad Hogg Imran Khan Shane Warne Chris Harris Anil Kumble Shaun Pollock Shane Bond Sir Ian Botham Phil DeFreitas Kapil Dev Courtney Walsh Jacob Oram Craig McDermott Shoaib Akhtar Steve Waugh C M Y K

Team Innings Aus 39 SL 32 Pak 36 SL 31 Ind 33 SA 25 Aus 20 Pak 19 Aus 17 NZ 27 Ind 18 SA 31 NZ 16 Eng 22 Eng 22 Ind 25 WI 17 NZ 18 Aus 17 Pak 16 Aus 26

Overs 325.5 281.3 324.3 261.4 283.2 218.5 158.3 169.3 162.5 194.2 173.1 269.0 147.4 222.0 187.5 237.0 158.0 135.2 149.0 124.5 173.1

Wkts 71 55 55 49 44 38 34 34 32 32 31 31 30 30 29 28 27 27 27 27 27

4w 0 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 0

5w 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

Eco 3.98 3.85 4.05 3.98 4.33 4.19 4.14 3.88 3.85 4.44 4.09 3.61 3.52 3.43 3.97 3.76 3.46 4.07 4.02 5.19 4.71

SR Average 27.54 18.20 30.71 19.67 35.40 23.84 32.04 21.22 38.64 27.82 34.55 24.03 27.97 19.24 29.91 19.26 30.53 19.50 36.44 26.91 33.52 22.84 52.06 31.29 29.53 17.27 44.40 25.40 38.86 25.59 50.79 31.86 35.11 20.26 30.07 20.33 33.11 22.19 27.74 23.81 38.48 30.15

Umar's elder brother, Kamran, notched 55 and senior batsman Younis Khan made exactly 50 as Pakistan racked up 70 runs in the batting power-play on a flat, grassless pitch at the Mahinda Rajapakse stadium. Haq, Pakistan's best batsman in the recent Test and one-day series in New Zealand, also added 45 runs for the fourth wicket with Khan before giving impetus to the innings with Umar to help Pakistan put up an impressive total. Haq, whose first scoring shot was a six, hit one more six and a single boundary, while Umar notched eight boundaries and a six before holing out off Thomos Odoyo who finished with 3-41, conceding 20 in wides in a total of 46 extras. Earlier, both Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed

Shahzad managed just 10 runs in the first five overs with the new-ball pair of Odoyo and Elijah Otieno bowling three maidens between them. Hafeez was the first to go, failing to keep a drive down as a diving Seren Waters picked up a beautiful catch at short mid-wicket. Two overs later, Shahzad, who scored his first run after 13 deliveries, was caught by skipper Jimmy Kamande off Odoyo to leave Pakistan struggling at 12-2. Khan and Kamran revived the innings through a solid 98-run stand for the third wicket, pushing for singles off some tight bowling. Kenya, who were shot out for 69 runs in their first match against New Zealand in a 10-wicket loss on Sunday, spoiled the early good work with erratic bowling throughout the Pakistan innings.



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