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India beat Kiwis in Davis Cup

Sirshendu Panth in Kolkata | April 06, 2003 20:23 IST

Rohan Bopanna beat James Shortall to lead India to the Davis Cup World Group play-off with a thumping 4-1 triumph over New Zealand in Kolkata on Sunday.

In the morning, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi overwhelmed Alistair Hunt and Mark Nielsen to give India a 2-1 lead in the Asia-Oceania Group I second round tie.

While Paes and Bhupathi won 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 100 minutes, Bopanna took 13 minutes less to beat Shortall 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the first reverse singles on the South Club lawns, reducing the fifth match into a dead rubber.

Paes then steamrolled Robert Cheyne 6-1 6-0 in the second reverse singles.

Paes had scripted an authoritative win over Mark Nielsen on Friday, before Bopanna went down to Alistair Hunt in a gruelling five-setter the next day.

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Sub: Davis Cup

May our pampered Cricket heroes draw a lesson from the sheer dedication and determination demonstrated by Leander Paes in winning the Davis Cup tie against ...

Posted by Gautam Mookerjee

Sub: We, the Indians

Great victory against kiwis. we the indians are so blind for our national cricket team that forget to show minimum tribute to other sports. Don't ...

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Sub: Congrats

Paes is great, one of the few patriots which our country has produced. wishes for bopanna, may oneday he will take the place of Paes. ...

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Sub: Sweet revenge

What a pleasent revenge of what happened in New Zealand few months ago(in Cricket). Thanks to Leander & company for this.Congrats. Joy

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Sub: Leander Paes

Dear Sir, If there is one person who deserves the Bharat Ratna it is none other than Leander Paes who seems to be a wholly ...

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