England tour of India - Cricket: England defeats Bengal XI in practice match
Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: England batsmen made a mockery of its opponents to script a convincing 10-wicket victory over Bengal XI in a practice match at the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CCFC) Ground on Thursday.Chasing a modest target of 151 for a victory, the England batsmen rattled up the required runs in just 25.1 overs to prove that they had acclimatised well to the condition ahead of the six-match Limited Over series against India.The visitors were in no discomfort at all as they clobbered the hapless young Bengal bowlers all over the park to complete the match quickly.England scored 154 without losing a wicket but was allowed to carry on batting till the 34th over in a bid to get as much batting practice as possible. The Englishmen scored 219 for two in 34 overs before the umpires decided to call off the 45-over game.England openers Michael Vaughan and Nick Knight began the run chase on a brisk note putting on the 50 partnership in just six overs. Vaughan was particularly severe on fast bowler Sabbir Ali slamming him for three boundaries in the very first over while Night proved equally aggressive at the other end punishing the lose deliveries.Vaughan retired on 34 and Night on 45. Dependable batsman Graham Thorpe (29) and Andrew Flintoff (36) were the two batsmen, who were dismissed during the match which turned out to be a totally lopsided contest.The Englishmen who were looking forward to some solid practice ahead of the first One-dayer in Eden Gardens did not get much opportunity as Bengal was bundled out for a paltry 150 in 42.3 overs after electing to bat. PTI