Southampton: Indians warmed themselves up for the upcoming Test series against England defeating Hampshire by a comfortable 66-run margin on the final day of the three-day match at the Rose Bowl on Monday.
Chasing a target of 253, Hampshire innings folded up at 186 for nine shortly after lunch as one of its batsmen John Crawley did not come out to bat due to an upset stomach. Captain Robin Smith blamed the Indian curry that Crawley had on Saturday for his affliction. It was Anil Kumble who trapped John Tomlinson leg before for 23 for his fourth wicket of the innings to give India an early victory and almost a day off.
Shaun Udal, who took six wickets in the match, was the topscorer in Hampshire's second innings with 36. Resuming at its overnight score of 43 for two, Hampshire was in trouble when it lost Robin Smith (19) off the very first ball of the day. Smith tried to play forward a Sanjay Bangar delivery and was adjudged leg before wicket.
Bangar, the most successful among the bowlers with figures of seven for 67, made a strong claim for a place in the Indian side, which takes on England in the first of the four Tests at Lord's on Thursday, as he also top scored with an unbeaten 52 in India's second innings.