India lose despite century by Jadeja
Australia defeated India by 77 runs with ten balls to spare in the first of the Super Six league encounters of the World Cup cricket at The Oval today. Set a target of 283 for a win by Australia, India after an early top order collapse losing four wickets for 17 were all out for 205 with Ajay Jadeja remaining unbeaten with 100. Robin Singh made a valiant 75.
Twice, in two successive World Cups, Mohammed Azharuddin has goofed up with the toss. In 1996 at Calcutta against Sri Lanka on an underprepared Eden Gardens pitch he opted to field first. The subsequent capitulation by the Indian batting and the violent reaction of an infuriated crowd that halted play and forced the match referee to award the match to Sri Lanka are only too well known to bear repetition.
Call it the Dress Rehearsal. The Shadow final. Two teams that have looked most likely from the very beginning to reach the final of World Cup 99 meet here on Saturday in a game that will showcase some of the very best in the game. Pakistan and South Africa have looked the top dogs from Day One.
Second-seeded Prahlad Srinath of India powered his way into the finals of the third leg of the ongoing ITF Men’s Satellite tennis circuit to meet third seed and fellow countryman Syed Fazaluddin.