Mongia~~s maiden ton gives India 333 for 6

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2002, 19:09 [IST]
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Guwahati: Dinesh Mongia struck a masterly career-best knock as India notched up their highest total against Zimbabwe in the fifth and final One-day International on Tuesday. Coming in as an opener, Mongia batted through the innings to finish unbeaten on a 147-ball 159, the fourth highest score by an Indian in One-day Internationals, enabling his team to post 333 for six in the allotted 50 overs after it had elected to bat.

Mongia, who scored his maiden One-day hundred, and Yuvraj Singh were associated in a scintillating 158-run partnership for the fifth wicket which saw India add 133 runs in the last 12 overs.Yuvraj Singh, who produced a match-winning knock in the previous game at Hyderabad, once again engaged in some lusty hitting before he was out in the 49th over for a 52- ball 75 with five fours and three huge sixes. It was an awesome batting performance by the Indians, who started slowly but gained momentum as the innings progressed. There were substantial partnerships for almost every wicket and the batsmen rotated the strike well.

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