England tour of India - Cricket: India chases a modest 218 vs England

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2002, 0:52 [IST]
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Chennai: An inspired bowling performance by India found no answers from the England batsmen as the visitors were bowled out for 217 inside their quota of overs in the third One-day International on Friday.Leg spinner Anil Kumble, captain of the team in the absence of Saurav Ganguly who sat out after pulling a hamstring muscle on Thursday, led from the front claiming two wickets but it was Ajit Agarkar who was the man of the hour for India.The wiry speedster from Mumbai finished with four wickets for 34 runs from his nine overs, his victims including the dangerous Marcus Trescothick who was dismissed with a gem of a delivery.England, which elected to bat, got off to a fluent start but the dismissal of opener Nick Knight in the seventh over saw wickets falling at regular intervals and none of the batsmen were allowed to settle down.England was reduced to 125 for six in the 29th over when its last established batsman Michael Vaughan was sent back by Kumble for the innings top-score of 43.However, a gutsy 70-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Ben Hollioake (37) and Jeremy Snape (38) came to the rescue of England. The stand frustrated the Indian bowlers for 15 overs before Agarkar broke through to claim three wickets in as many overs in his second spell.England, which looked heading for a total in the region of 230-240, suddenly collapsed and was all out in exactly 48 overs. PTI

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