England tour of India - Cricket: England scores 250 for seven

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 19:04 [IST]
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Cuttack: An improved bowling display by the Indians was unable to stop England from posting a fighting total in the second One-day International on Saturday with the visitors reaching 250 for seven in their allotted 50 overs.Solid half-centuries from Paul Collingwood, who remained unbeaten on 71, and Michael Vaughan (63) propped up the England innings after it was asked to take the first strike by Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly.England had a decent start and was helped by a fine partnership between skipper Nasser Hussain (46) and Vaughan for the third wicket, which set the stage for a big total. The 69-run stand in 12 overs provided a sound platform to their team but the Indians fought back later to restrict the damage.Three quick wickets between the 35th and 40th overs derailed England's scoring rate and a score in excess of 250 looked doubtful. But Collingwood and Jeremy Snape batted impressively in the final overs to enable England just touch that psychological mark.For the Indians, Javagal Srinath, playing his 200th One-day International, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Ganguly claimed one wicket each, while two batsmen were run out.play started 15 minutes late due to overnight dew and it was decided to curtail the lunch break by 10 minutes to make up for the delay.India went in to the match with the same squad that won the first One-dayer at Kolkata but England brought in all-rounder Ben Hollioake in place left-arm spinner Ashley Giles.PTI

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