Karim, Kapil help team reach 251 for 8

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: The ethos and ambience defied the occasion. It was the Yashpal Sharma benefit match at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, but the scenario was much more somber overshadowed as it were by the allegations of betting and match-fixing. The meeting called by Union sports minister S S Dhindsa overshadowed what could otherwise been a good cricket carnival between two teams comprising some of the best talent of the country.

For the records, Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to field under hot and humid conditions. The Tendulkar team took early command by reducing Kapil XI to 58 for five at the end of the 12th over. With the wicket keeping very low and the bounce being uneven, the Kapil XI batsmen lost wickets at regular intervals by playing their strokes much earlier.

The match took a festival atmosphere only during the sixth wicket partnership between Saba Karim and Tamil Nadu youngster Sri Ram. Saba Karim was on a song and added 69 runs in 12 overs with Sri Ram before the left hander departed. India coach and the world's second highest wicket-taker Kapil Dev then continued merrily to boost his side's total.

Karim's 88 runs off 77 balls with 12 hits to the fence and two over it as well as Kapil's quickfire 59 off 43 balls with five fours and three sixes ultimately helped Kapil XI to give the crowd something to cheer about and reach a challenging score of 251 for 8 in 40 overs.

Yashpal Sharma, who has now turned into a television commentator and umpire, has played 37 Test and 42 Limited Overs International matches.

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