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A total reliance on bowling
For a team that found runs so hard to come by, Mumbai was an unlikely CLT20 champion, and a large part of the credit — if not all of it — goes to the bowling department. Led by Lasith Malinga (10 wickets), three of Mumbai's bowlers found pride of place in the top six. Over to Kunal Diwan.

Cricket
India colts clinch title

A disciplined bowling effort by India colts helped them beat Sri Lanka by five runs in a low-scoring final of the Under-19 quadrangular one-day cricket tournament in Visakhapatnam.

The Indian boys, who had topped the league stage, scored ...


CLT20 FINAL
RCB fails to pack a punch
On a pitch that had improved considerably from the time Mumbai Indians and New South Wales Blues had together put up around 200 runs for 15 wickets in 37 overs a few days back, Mumbai Indians was bowled out for 139 batting first. Bangalore, the perpetrators of the largest chase in CLT20, of a line-up that bats so deep that the team might well not bother turning up when it's their turn with the ball, fell short, fell way short — by 30 runs.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DIARY
Not feeling at home!
The agony was complete for Chennai Super Kings when David Warner's unbeaten 135 bush-whacked the host. New South Wales posted 201 for two and CSK was bundled out for 155. A dream had died for the Chennai fans and Dhoni's ‘Midas Touch' seemed to be a dormant memory. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
Stars of the show

Virat Kohli picked up two Man of the match awards in two games, but there's no doubting which innings he will take greater pride in. Against South Australian Redbacks in the final group game, Kohli drilled the ball down long-on's throat with ...


FOCUS
In sync with Aussie tradition
Arun Venugopal catches up with Mitchell Starc and Patrick Cummins, the up and coming pacemen from Australia.
INTERVIEW/ALASTAIR COOK
‘A dream to beat India, in India'
“I am not going to get into this kind of debate as to who are the favourites ahead of the series. It is a totally different challenge for all of us,” says Cook, looking ahead to the five-match ODI series against India. V. V. Subrahmanyam listens in.
INTERVIEW/RAVI BOPARA
‘We are here to win'
“I feel the innings of 96 at Lord's against India in the recent one-dayer has had a massive impact on me. It makes so much of a difference to your outlook itself. Even in practice, you tend to feel so different after such an innings,” says Bopara in a chat with V. V. Subrahmanyam.
IRANI CUP
Rest the best
Rest of India proved too good for Rajasthan. Delhi left-hander Shikhar Dhawan hit a century in each innings, Mumbai strokeplayer Ajinkya Rahane made a hundred in the first and Tamil Nadu youngster Abhinav Mukund a ton in the second. It was a run-feast for Rest which plundered 400 for three on the opening day and dominated the contest right through, winning by 404 runs. Over to Vijay Lokapally.
FOCUS
Potent southpaws
Abhinav Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan share a habit, of scoring runs at all levels. Both love domestic cricket too because they know it is the platform to showcase their talent and stay in the reckoning, writes Vijay Lokapally.

On The Ball
W.V. RAMAN COLUMN
A point to prove
As far as M. S. Dhoni and Team India are concerned, the five-match one-day series against England will be a platform to start the revival process and prove that they have the character to get back to the top.

Football
KICKING AROUND
The greed is not so good League
You could almost believe that money isn't everything. Not least at Manchester City. But who, now, will insist that the Greed is Good League is the best of them all? Over to Brian Glanville.
Deadly as ever
Michael Owen's recent double against Leeds proved that, when given the chance, Owen remains a deadly finisher. If England are short of options for Euro 2012, Owen could even reignite his international career. That would be some turnaround 14 years after his heroics on the world stage. By Feargal Brennan.
LET US BE FRANK
Jamie's embarrassment is misplaced
Jamie Carragher is peddling a ‘Little Englander' mentality which has no relevance in a modern sporting world which embraces pluralism and pursues quality, writes Frank Malley.
STARWATCH
In the spotlight
Former England captain Alan Shearer feels young Andy Carroll is in the right hands under Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.

Boxing
AIBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the right direction
Four Olympic qualification berths and a bronze medal at the Worlds. India couldn't have asked for more in the run-up to the London Olympics next year. Over to Y. B. Sarangi.

Sports Extra
State-of-the-art venue
The JSCA International Stadium Complex (including an indoor cricket facility, a tennis academy, club house etc.), was built in two years time at a cost of about 140 crores.

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