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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Colin Ingram does not immediately
appear a man to go to war with. He is too
polite to say anything offensive, too mild-
mannered to raise anyone s ire and too
gentle to be afraid of. His innings against
West Indies may start to change that
Ingram was the only batsmen to raise his
bat to a half-century in a carefully crafted
knock that displayed temperament others
lacked. He saw off the new balls patiently
and dealt with the spin threat by taking it
on.It was a display which showed the cut
and the sweep as his two main weapons.
They transform him from a baby-faced
rookie into a man with gravitas.
In actual fact, Ingram is both those things.
He has been playing professionally for eight
seasons and made his international debut
three years ago but has been performing a
new task in this competition: partnering
Hashim Amla at the top of the line-up. A
tough ask of anyone.
Ingram said it was "not a new role"
because he has done it before but that was
a long time ago and at a lower level. He
opened the batting in 21 of his first 26 List
A matches at the start of his career. But he
only did it once between November 2009
and now, despite which Gary Kirsten pro-
moted him ahead of Alviro Petersen, the
specialist opener who was included in the
squad as Graeme Smith s replacement.
Petersen, a regular in the Test squad, was
picked on the strength of his form on the
county circuit despite not playing an ODI
for over a year at the time. Although the
national selectors indicated he would play
alongside Amla, Kirsten decided to gamble
on Ingram because it "would not be too
different" to playing him at No 3 and would
allow them to fit David Miller into the middle
Kirsten s Midas touch worked again. After
two innings where Ingram seemed uncertain
and vulnerable outside the off stump, he
found his feet against West Indies and
formed a good foil to Amla.
They put on 80 runs in 12.1 overs, the
highest opening stand of South Africa s
campaign so far. What stood out above the
numbers was the understanding they seemed
to have of each other s game plans.
A small example was their running
between the wickets, which was more con-
fident and better communicated than it had
been previously. The pair also appeared to
have adjusted to conditions which have
proved to be trickier than expected. "The
two new balls have probably posed more of
a challenge than we thought," Ingram said.
In their most recent match, Ingram and
Amla s base allowed the middle order to bat
with some freedom.
It has also meant South Africa can con-
tinue to use the No 3 position as their swivel
spot. If they want a pinch-hitter who can
lengthen the line-up, Robin Peterson is on
hand. If they want someone to capitalise
on a good start, AB de Villiers steps up and
if they feel the innings is going according
to plan, Faf du Plessis can step into the role.
Ingram has only been in the job for three
matches, so it is too early to start making
comparisons but he has had a promising
and quietly confident start. If the soft-spo-
ken Ingram can keep it going, he may be
able to nail down the place for long enough
to become the man South Africa can entrust
with many of their biggest battles with the
Ajit Chandila, the suspended Rajasthan
Royals cricketer, has been sent to a further
three days in police custody by a Delhi
court. He was arrested for his alleged
involvement in the Indian Premier League
(IPL) spot-fixing case, along with his Roy-
als teammates Sreesanth and Ankeet Cha-
"The matter is being investigated under
the provision of Maharashtra Control of
Organised Crime Act (MCOCA)," the judge
Ajay Kumar Jain said. "The prosecution is
to be given full chance to unearth the entire
crime. The accused is remanded in three
days of police custody."
Chandila is required to corroborate evi-
dence collected from the other accused
cricketers after invoking MCOCA, which is
a special law passed by the Maharashtra
state government to tackle organised crime
syndicates and terrorism and contains far
stricter provisions relating to bail and admis-
sibility of confessions compared to the Indian
It allows police longer spells of custody
of the accused.
Chandila has been directed to be produced
in court on June 20. The court also deferred
the hearing on bail applications of Chandila
and five others, including former Ranji player
Baburao Yadav, to June 22 after being
informed by the police that some statements
of the bookies arrested in the same case
have to be placed on record.
Chandila was arrested on May 16 and
remained in police custody till May 28 before
he was remanded to judicial custody.
While Sreesanth and Chavan were granted
bail on June 10 and released the next day,
Chandila had not applied for bail.
The three Royals cricketers were arrested,
along with 11 bookies, and were charged
under the Indian Penal Code section 420
and 120B, which deal with fraud, cheating
and criminal conspiracy. (ESPNcricinfo)
EASTBOURNE---Ana Ivanovic was the first seed
to fall at Eastbourne when she was beaten 2-6,
6-4, 6-3 by Russia s Elena Vesnina, and 2012
men s runner-up Andreas Seppi needed to fight
back from a set down to reach the second round
Former champion Marion Bartoli of France
eased past Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-3, 6-2 to
set up a possible clash with second-seeded Li Na,
and sixth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia defeat-
ed Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Ivanovic swept to 4-0 against Vesnina but the
seventh-seeded Serb failed to maintain her
momentum, and for the remainder of the match
she lacked rhythm against an aggressive oppo-
"I think on grass it s very hard to get rhythm.
You don t get many long rallies and long points,"
Ivanovic said. "But overall I was pleased with my
serving today, and in the first set I did quite a few
Seventh-seeded Seppi prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-
4 against French qualifier Guillaume Rufin, and
there was also victory for fellow Italian and No
8-seeded Fabio Fognini, who rallied to beat Sloven-
ian Grega Zemlja 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4.
Sixth-seededed Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov
was beaten 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 by Spain s Fernando
Verdasco, and American qualifier Ryan Harrison
edged former three-time quarterfinalist Paul-
Henri Mathieu of France, failing to serve out the
match at 5-4 before winning 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4).
Agnieszka Radwanska and Li top the women s
draw, and Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon head
the men s event. (AP)
ROSMALEN---John Isner led an exodus of seeded
players at the rain-interrupted Topshelf Open
when he crashed out 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 to Evgeny
The third-seeded Isner was shown the exit with
No 6 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, No 7 Victor
Hanescu of Romania, and No 8 Daniel Gimeno-
Traver of Spain.
Neither Isner nor Donskoy could break serve
in the opening set that Isner edged in a tiebreak
but Donskoy hit back quickly, breaking Isner s
first service game of the second set and breaking
once more in the final set to book a place in the
second round of the Wimbledon warmup.
Earlier, Baghdatis was a set down to Carlos
Berlocq and trailing 2-1 in the second when rain
forced the players off court. The Cypriot could
not use the pause to regroup and lost 6-2, 6-4.
Hanescu lost 6-4, 6-3 to Guillermo Garcia-
Lopez and Andrey Kuznetsov beat Gimeno-Traver
7-6 (4), 6-3.
In the women s event, third-seeded Carla Suarez
Navarro advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Johan-
na Larsson and Lauren Davis of the United States
ousted Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 6-4.
Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova was 2-1
up in the third set against Lourdes Dominguez
Lino when play was suspended by the rain. The
Slovak held on to take the final set to advance 6-
1, 6-7 (5), 7-6.
Defending champion and losing Roland Garros
finalist David Ferrer was opening his campaign
today against Xavier Malisse and 2011 women s
tournament winner Roberta Vinci was taking on
Kaia Kanepi. (AP)
rain at Rosmalen
Chandila sent to three-day police custody
Ingram quietly confident
in new opener's role
South Africa's Colin
Ingram hits a six over
long-off against West
Indies during the
Champions Trophy in
Cardiff, Wales on
aggression bodes well
at the top of the order
for South Africa.
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