London: Marcus Trescothick and Nasser Hussain both made hundreds as England piled up 321 for five against India in its triangular series One-day final at Lord's on Saturday.
Trescothick's 109, his third Limited Overs International hundred and England captain Hussain's 115, his first century in his 72nd match at this level, fully vindicated the skipper's decision to bat first on a good pitch. India meanwhile had cause to regret leaving out third seamer Ajit Agarkar, left-arm quick Zaheer Khan doing well to emerge from the onslaught with three for 62 from his 10 overs. Paul Collingwood was three not out and Ronnie Irani 10 not out after England posted the highest total in any Lord's final, domestic or international. Trescothick looked in good touch early on but at the other end Nick Knight started uncertainly against Khan.
Trescothick turned Khan through midwicket for four and Knight followed up with a pulled four off left-armer Ashish Nehra. India broke through when left-hander Knight (14) was bowled playing across the line of an inswinging Khan full toss, England 42 for one in the eighth over. Trescothick brought up England's fifty from 57 balls with the first six of the match, over long-on, off Khan. And the Somerset southpaw was almost dismissed on 33. A fierce cut shot off Nehra went hard to backward point where the left-handed Yuvraj Singh, diving to this right, failed to cling on to what would have been a magnificent catch with his weaker hand. At that stage England was 62 for one in the 11th over. Trescothick then had another lucky break when on 59. Mohammad Kaif, diving forward at short mid-wicket, could only get his fingertips to a checked drive off Harbhajan Singh.
But Trescothick was unaffected, striking Harbhajan for a four and six off successive balls. He brought up his hundred with a single against the off spinner. Nine runs later however his innings ended when he was bowled going for a cross-bat slot off leg spinner Anil Kumble. Trescothick, together with Hussain, put on 185 for the second wicket - a record England partnership for any wicket against India in a one-day international surpassing the 176 second wicket stand shared by Dennis Amiss and Keith Fletcher in 1975 at Lord's. Andrew Flintoff chipped in with a quick fire 40 off 32 balls including one six and two fours before he was bowled by the persevering Khan. But the all-rounder had done his job, adding 80 in 60 balls with Hussain. Hussain's innings ended when he was bowled by Nehra for 115 having faced 128 balls including 10 fours. And 312 for four became 312 for five when next ball, Michael Vaughan, on 3, holed out off Khan to Dinesh Mongia on the square leg boundary.