England tour of India - News - Cricket: Kambli feasts on England~~s bowlers
Published: Monday, November 19, 2001, 20:55 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Mumbai: Test reject Vinod Kambli smashed 110 off 111 balls on Sunday to give England's bowlers a taste of the perils that lie ahead on the Indian tour.Opener Wasim Jaffer chipped in with 99 and Sairaj Bahutule hit an unbeaten 52 as Mumbai plundered 373 for 5 from 90 overs on the first day of the two-day tour opener at the Wankhede Stadium here.The batsmen-friendly wicket offered no assistance to England's inexperienced seam and spin attack, which toiled in vain under stifling heat and humidity. Yorkshire's uncapped off spinner Richard Dawson was the most successful bowler for the tourists with two wickets, but at a cost of 82 runs from 24 overs. There was little joy, or wickets, for the seamers as Matthew Hoggard went for 54 runs from 14 overs and James Ormond for 75 from 15.England captain Nasser Hussain's smile at winning the toss and sending the rivals to bat on a greenish wicket faded quickly as Mumbai raced to 123 for 1 by lunch and moved to 264 for 2 at tea.Three wickets in the final session brought some relief to the tourists, who must have thanked their luck that batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar was not there to assist Mumbai. Tendulkar, on Test duty in South Africa, would have been delighted to watch his school-mate Kambli tear the attack to pieces.The bald-pated left-hander, who spends more time these days shooting for a Bollywood film, was not even expected to take the field due to illness. But Kambli turned up before the toss and proceeded to hammer 19 boundaries in an exhilarating display that reminded old-timers of his 224 against England here during the 1993 Test series.Kambli came to the wicket after Test hopefuls Jaffer and Vinayak Mane had pounded the new ball attack in a first-wicket stand of 100. England's lone success of the morning session was when Thorpe ran out Mane for 33, but Kambli and Jaffer settled in to add 126 for the second wicket.Jaffer, who played two Tests against South Africa two seasons ago, fell one run short of his century when he offered a tame catch to mid-wicket off seamer Craig White.Bahutule and newcomer Bhavin Thakkar (46), however, ensured the hosts ended with a total big enough to dent the confidence of the tourists.