The victory looked almost certain when skipper Sourav Ganguly, who played afine knock of 80, and Dinesh Mongia were batting with India strongly placedat 155 for two near the half-way mark.But Mongia (35) was stumped by wicketkeeper James Foster and Ganguly fell 36runs later in an unfortunate fashion, playing on to his stumps whileattempting a sweep shot. The target was still achievable with the asking rate below five runs an overand six wickets in hand. But the Indians simply messed it up, the same waythey did in Delhi.Earlier in the day, England batsmen led by opener Marcus Trescothick flayedthe Indian attack and only a career-best bowling performance by off-spinnerHarbhajan Singh stopped them from reaching a more commanding total.
Trescothick, who had scored a century in the first match, was well on courseof another hundred before becoming one of the five victims of Harbhajan fiveruns short of the landmark.The left-handed opener, later declared the man of the match, flourished intwo fruitful partnerships, with his skipper Nasser Hussain for the secondwicket and Michael Vaughan for the third, to lay the foundation for a solidtotal.PTI
Scorecard of Ind-Eng match 6