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March-April 2009

March-April 2009

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SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF: MARCH-APRIL 2009
ARCHERY
 
India trio clinch recurve gold:
Mangal Singh Champia, Jayanta Talukdar and Rahul
Banerjee combined to clinch their second successive gold in the men’s recurve
team event as India signed off with three medals in the Archery World Cup Stage Iat Santo Domnigo in Dominican Republic.
Dola Banerjee settled for a third place finish in the women’s recurve, whilewomen’s compound team of Jhano Hansdah, Bheigyabati Chanu and Manjudha
Soy also finished third.
BADMINTON
 
Yonex-Sunrise Indian Open:
Men’s Singles: Taufik Hidayat, Indonesia. Women’sSingles: Hongyan Pi, China. Men’s doubles: Tan Fook Choong and Wan Wah Lee,
Malaysia. Mixed doubles: Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa, Indonesia.
CRICKET
 
Women’s World Cup:
 
Caroline Atkins top-scored with 40 runs and Nicky Shawtook four wickets for 34 as England beat New Zealand by four wickets to claim the
women’s World Cup. India finished third.
 
 
West Indies-England One-Day Series:
England ended their ragged tour of theWest Indies on a high when an Andrew Flintoff hat-trick helped them beat thehosts by 26 runs in a rain-shortened match to win the one-day series 3-2.
New Zealand-India One Day Series:
Virender Sehwag (125 not out) smashed the
fastest ODI century by an Indian to fashion the team’s commanding 10
-wicket winin the fourth match, also giving India their first one-day cricket series win in New
Zealand. Sehwag’s 60
-
ball hundred bettered Mohammad Azharuddin’s 62
-ballcentury against the Kiwis at Baroda. India won the series 3-1.
New Zealand-India Test Series:
India still needed to take two wickets before thethird Test was called off and declared to have ended as a draw. However, Indiacame out stronger by winning the three-Test series 1-
0. This was India’s first Test
series win in New Zealand after 41 years. Earlier, Harbhajan Singh scalped sixwickets to guide India to their first Test triumph on New Zealand soil in 33 yearsas the visitors spanked the Kiwis by 10 wickets in the first Test. The second Testended in a draw.
South Africa-Australia Test Series:
Australia clinched a series win over SouthAfrica and remained top of the world rankings after completing a crushing 175-run victory in the second Test. South Africa left-arm spinner Paul Harris took sixwickets as the Proteas beat Australia by an innings and 20 runs to win the thirdTest but lose the three-Test series 2-1. The first Test had been won by Australia.
 
Gautam Gambhir breaks Gavaskar’s record for most runs
after 25 tests:
Gautam
Gambhir’s 167 in the third Test against New Zealand helped him reach 2,271 runs
(average 54.07), the most by an Indian in his first 25 tests, eclipsing Sunil
Gavaskar’s 2,256 (avg 52.47).
 
Dravid becomes world record holder of most catches:
India’s Rahul Dravid
became the world record holder of most catches in Tests, surpassing AustralianMark Waugh, when he caught New Zealand opener Tim McIntosh at third slip forhis 182nd catch on the fourth day of the third and last Test against New Zealand.
Deodhar Trophy:
West Zone beat East Zone to win the title.
Vijay Hazare Trophy:
Tamil Nadu defeated Bengal by 66 runs to win the PremierCup.
Australia receives Test Championship Mace:
Australian captain Ricky Pontingreceived the Internati
onal Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test Championship Mace for histeam’s top finish in table in the 2008
-09 calendar year.

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