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Kolkata: They were once part of one of the biggest rivalries in world cricket, but Ricky Ponting now enjoys Sourav Ganguly’s company and is more often than not on the same page as the former India captain, as they try to end Delhi Capitals’ dry run and help them capture their first Indian Premier League title.Ganguly was roped in as Delhi’s advisor at the start of the season, raising a few eyebrows regarding conflict of interest as he is also the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) president.Ganguly swept those issues under the carpet and is expected to be in the ‘away’ team’s dugout when Delhi take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League game here.Asked how it feels to work with Ganguly, Delhi’s head coach Ponting said it’s fun.”We have got very similar ideas and views on the game which has made us work well together. I love working with him,” the former Australia captain said.”We’ve always going on well since our playing days. Since we’ve retired, we’ve caught up a couple times a year at least.”I’ve always enjoyed his company. I think all the boys have enjoyed it as well.”Ricky Ponting said Ganguly is very passionate about Delhi and his inputs will be key on Friday at Eden Gardens, a ground he knows like the back of his hand.”He’s very passionate about Delhi Capitals and the success that we’re hoping to bring to the team so we’re working well together.”He’s said all along that he expects it to be a very good pitch.”I think the reason they have been so good as the curators decided to leave it just a little bit more grass and they haven’t sort of spun as much. It has pretty good pace and bounce and the ball tends to swing a bit here as well because of the humid conditions,” Ricky Ponting elaborated on the pitch.All eyes were on Ganguly on the eve of the match as the celebrated southpaw was seen helping left-handers in the side get a hang of the surface.The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram and Rahul Tewatia are the left handers in the side and Ganguly spent a lot of time with them.According to reports, Ganguly is likely to depose in person before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman regarding conflict of interest as Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain might just want to hear him out before taking the final call.Three Kolkata based fans — Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee — in a letter to the BCCI Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Jain alleged that Ganguly’s dual role is a case of conflict of interest, and they fear he might have it his way with the pitch curator ahead of the game.Ganguly, however, in his written reply to the Ombudsman’s notice, has categorically denied the charge. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
MARONDERA, Zimbabwe (CMC) – A batting meltdown cost West Indies Under-19s another morale-boosting series win as they crashed to a 26-run defeat to Zimbabwe Under-19s in the second Youth One-Day International of the three-match series here yesterday.Chasing a modest 237 for victory, the Caribbean side were well placed at 155 for four in the 34th over but lost their last six wickets for 55 runs, to collapse to 210 all out in the 45th at Peterhouse School.Opener Keagan Simmons top-scored with 49 while Alick Athanaze got 46. Matthew Patrick and Bhaskar Yadram scored 42 apiece.But they all perished after seemingly well set and no other Young Windies batsman managed to make it into double figures.Seamer Dion Mazhawidza was the best bowler with three for 44 while off-spinner Taun Harrison finished with two for 34.Zimbabwe had earlier raised 236 for nine off their 50 overs with Ryan Murray stroking 59, Dion Myers hitting 45 and Wesley Madhevere, 38.Sent in, Zimbabwe were stumbling at 64 for three in the 12th over before Murray and Myers came together to add 78 for the fourth wicket.Murray faced 81 balls and counted eight fours while Myers struck five boundaries in a 90-ball knock.When they were separated, Myers found an ally in Madhevere – who produced a breezy 39-ball innings with three fours – to post a handsome 39 for the next wicket.Left-arm seamer Javier Spencer picked up four for 35 while pacer Nyeem Young claimed two for 64.The Young Windies had a terrible start to their run chase, losing Joshua Persaud (0) and captain Emmanuel Stewart (2) inside the first two overs to slump to eight for two.However, Simmons anchored two successive stands to revive the innings and put the Windies back on course for victory.He added 66 for the third wicket with the in-form Yadram, who struck four fours and a six off 56 deliveries, before posting another 45 for the fourth wicket with Athanaze who faced 60 balls and counted six fours.Simmons was fourth out in the 25th over after facing 63 deliveries and hitting six fours but Athanaze and Patrick added a further 36 for the fifth wicket to keep the run chase alive.Zimbabwe struck two key blows when they claimed Athanaze and Jeavor Royal (0) three balls part in the 34th over with no runs added to leave the Windies struggling on 155 for six and even though Patrick and Joshua Bishop (9) added 39 for the seventh wicket, the tourists ran out of steam as the last four wickets perished for 16 runs.The final game is set for Saturday in Harare.