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England tour of India - Cricket: Harbhajan takes 5 as England restricted to 255

Published: Monday, February 5, 2001, 1:10 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Harbhajan Singh grabbed a career-best 5 for 43 as India restricted England to 255 despite Marcus Trescothick's 95 in the sixth and final One-day International here on Sunday.The off spinner triggered an England collapse with his maiden five-wicket haul as the tourists lost five wickets for 21 to squander an advantage given by Trescothick with a rapid-fire 80-ball knock.Andrew Flintoff hit one six and four boundaries in his 40 late in the innings to ensure that England crossed the 250-mark. He added 37 valuable runs for the last wicket with Darren Gough (16 not out).Trescothick smashed one six and nine fours in his innings, putting on 87 for the second wicket with skipper Nasser Hussain (41) and 65 for the next with Michael Vaughan (16).England was strongly placed at 153 for 2 in 22 overs before faltering against Harbhajan, returning to the squad after missing the fifth match at Delhi on Thursday.The 21-year-old spinner removed Graham Thorpe (six), Paul Collingwood (two) and Trescothick in middle-overs to sustain his team's hopes of clinching the six-match series after Trescothick's onslaught.India leads the six-match series 3-2.Thorpe stepped out to try a big shot, but missed the line and was stumped, while Collingwood drove straight to Virender Sehwag who dived forward to bring off a low catch at mid-wicket.Harbhajan was well-supported by skipper Saurav Ganguly, who dismissed Hussain and Vaughan with his gentle seam bowling to finish with 2-40 off eight overs.Trescothick and Hussain had threatened to put England on course for a big total with their aggressive batting as the tourists plundered 70 in 10 overs and 142 in 20.Trescothick survived a first-ball chance to dominate the Indian attack with a wide range of attacking shots before giving a return catch to Harbhajan in the 28th over.He was dropped by a diving Hemang Badani at point while cutting paceman Javagal Srinath in the opening over after Hussain had elected to bat in the day-night match at the Wankhede Stadium.Srinath succeeded in grabbing a wicket four balls and one run later when he had Nick Knight caught by wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra.Hussain eased the pressure with a vigorous counter-attack, twice flicking seamer Ajit Agarkar and then slashing over the slips for three boundaries in an over. Trescothick also did not spare Agarkar as he drove, cut and pulled the seamer for three fours early in his innings.Ganguly soon brought in leg spinner Anil Kumble in place of Agarkar, who conceded 47 in his five overs. The Indian captain provided a vital breakthrough in his first over when he had Hussain caught pulling by Harbhajan at mid-wicket boundary. England retained the squad that won the fifth One-dayer by two runs, while India included Harbhajan in place of Sharandeep.

AFP
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