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Dec 2008 - Jan 2009

Dec 2008 - Jan 2009

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SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF: DEC 2008 - JAN 2009
ATHLETICSIndian Open Marathon:
Binning Lyngkhoi of Maharashtra gave a boost to his
2010 Commonwealth Games dream winning the men’s title of the MawanaSugars Indian Open Marathon, while Uttar Pradesh’s Shastri Devi emerged fastest
among women.
BOXINGWorld Cup:
Indian pugilists have created another piece of history. All four boxers,who went for the AIBA World Cup in Moscow came home with medals. AkhilKumar (54 kg) fought hard but fell short of luck, losing on count-back to Olympicsilver medallist Yankiel Leon Alarcon in the semifinals to settle for a bronze medal,along with Jitender Kumar (51 kg), A.L. Lakra (57 kg) and Dinesh Kumar (81 kg)who also ended winning bronze medals.
CHESS
 
National ‘A’ Championship:
 
Surya Sekhar Ganguly broke Manuel Aaron’s recordof five straight National ‘A’ crowns whe
n he won the 2008 championship for the
record sixth time. Kruttika Nadig of Maharashtra won the title in the women’s
section.
CRICKETAustralia-South Africa Test series:
South Africa ended nearly a century-olddrought to register their first-ever series win in Australia when they crushed hosts
 
Australia by nine wickets in the historic second Test. Since touring Australia forthe first time in 1910-11, this was the maiden series win for South Africa, playingdown under, their previous best performance being a 1-1 drawback in 1963-64.
This was Australia’s first series defeat at home since they lost 2
-1 to the WestIndies in 1992-
93. This was also Australia’s first series defeat to South Africa since
they lost 4-0 in South Africa in 1969-
70, and Australia’s 1
8th series defeat at homein 131 years.South Africa ended the series on a 2-1 winning note. The first Test was also wonby South Africa while the third Test was a consolation victory for Australia.
India-England Test series:
India took the two-Test series 1-0. The first Test inChennai was won by India by six wickets after a successful and highest-run chaseon Indian soil. This was also second highest successful run chase by India, after406/4 vs West Indies at Port of Spain (1976). Also, this was the highest total everscored in fourth innings in India, beating 364/6 by India at Delhi to draw againstPakistan in 1979. M.S. Dhoni became the first Indian skipper to win the first fourTests under his leadership. The second Test at Mohali ended in a draw.
Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Test series:
Bangladesh put on one of their best battingperformances before suffering a 107-run defeat in the opening Test against SriLanka. Chasing an unlikely 521-run target, the Bangladesh batsmen were bowledout for 413.

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