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England tour of India - Cricket: Mongia slams half ton, India posts 282 target

Published: Sunday, January 20, 2002, 0:32 [IST]
 
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Kolkata: Dinesh Mongia gave ample display of his talent scoring a career best 71 as India posted a challenging 281 for eight in its allotted 50 overs in the first One-day International match against England at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.Electing to bat after India skipper Saurav Ganguly won the toss, the opening pair of Ganguly (42) and Sachin Tendulkar (36) had provided the tempo with a brisk 78-run partnership. Left-handed Mongia, who came in after the fall of Sachins wicket, set the stadium ablaze with his fireworks to register his first half century in One-dayers. Mongia seemed to be in good nick as he unleashed a barrage of strokes on both sides of the wicket to guide the home team to an imposing total on a good batting track.The hosts lost three quick wickets in the slog overs after Mongia's dismissal but comeback man Hemang Badani produced a cameo knock clobbering the English bowlers all over the park to take the total beyond the 275 mark, which looked quite doubtful at one state.Harbhajan Singh also used the long handle to good effect at the other end. The visitors require to score at a run rate of 5.64 runs per over for a win and take a 1-0 lead in the six-match Limited Overs series. The Indian innings got off to a decent start as both Ganguly andTendulkar put on more than 50 runs in the first 10 overs without reallytaking too many risks as they negotiated the England speedsters DarrenGough and Matthew Hoggard without much difficulty.Maestro Tendulkar, who seemed to have curbed his natural attackinginstincts to some extent, provided the early sparks as he picked Hoggardfor special treatment slamming him for two boundaries but was also luckyto escape as he edged the ball over the first slip.The opening duo completed 50 runs in just 59 balls and England captainNasser Hussain introduced Andrew Flintoff to try and break thepartnership, which was assuming dangerous proportions.The Indian captain gave glimpses of his old touch when he stepped outand lifted paceman Paul Collingwood over the bowler's head for a mightysix much to the delight of the home crowd which cheered every run thelocal hero took.The opening pair added a brisk 78 runs in 15 overs before Flintoffprovided the vital breakthrough by sending the dangerous Tendulkar backto the pavillion.Tendulkar tried to play across the line but missed the ball completelyto see his stumps dislodged as a hushed silence descended on thestadium. His knock of 36 came off 43 balls and contained six boundaries.The left handed Ganguly, who was shaping up for a long innings, joinedhis opening partner Tendulkar in the dressing room within three overswith the lanky Flintoff doing the damage again.The Indian captain, trying to accelerate the pace of scoring, top edgeda slightly rising delivery to be caught by his counterpart NasserHussain in the mid-wicket region for a well-made 42.Though the hosts, who were cruising along comfortably at 78 for no lossbefore suddenly losing their two main batsmen, the left-handed DineshMongia and V V S Laxman (25) ensured that there was no further setbackfor some time.The third wicket pair was quite content of keeping the scoreboardticking with gentle nudges and pushes but was prompt in punishing theloose deliveries to the boundary.The pair stitched 55 runs before Darren Gough, who brought into theattack in the 29th over from the pavillion end, got rid of Laxman as hefailed to consolidate his core after getting his eye in.It was a rather soft dismissal for the stylish Hyderabad batsman as hewent on the back foot for an on-drive but failed to keep the ball on theground, offering a simple catch to Paul Colligwood at mid-wicket.The hard-hitting Virender Sehwag, who joined the action after Laxman'sdeparture, was lucky to survive the very first ball he faced as he edgedthe ball to the boundary, narrowly eluding the gloves of a divingwicket-keeper James Foster.Mongia, who looked quite comfortable at the other end mixing cautionwith aggression, took a single off Collingwood to notch up his maidenhalf century in One-dayers. He was particularly severe on the spinnersJerey Snape and Ashley Giles as he used his feet brilliantly to plunderthe runs.The duo put on a brisk 43 runs for the fourth wicket before Sehwaggifted away his wicket with an ambitious shot off Hoggard in the processfor a quick fire 29 off 37 balls.Badani, returning to the team after a two-month break, seemed to be infine nick as he stylistically attacked the bowlers with delightfulstrokes on both sides of the wicket.Mongia, who looked in devastating form, eventually perished trying toforce the pace in the slog overs with spinner Snape picking up theprized wicket. He tried to go for a big hit but missed the line to seehis timbers disturbed.Sehwag's dismissal raised fears of a late order collapse as Ajit Agarkar(2) and debutant Ajay Ratra (2) departed in quick succession to leavethe Indians slumped from 232 for five to 242 for seven in the 45th over.But Badani did not allow the visitors to check the run flow in the slogovers as he produced handsome strokes, adding 38 runs with HarbhajanSingh to consolidate India's position. He hit a breezy 35 in 32 balls,an effort which, contained three hits to the fence.England captain Nasser Hussain kept rotating his bowlers in an effort tocheck the flow but none of the bowlers was really successful in puttingthe brakes.PTI

Extras:
A statistical peek into ODIs held at Kolkata
Giant TV screen to be installed at Chepauk
India, England players at a glance
Australian Open sideshow

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