Thatscricket - Women's - News - Indians warm-up under trying conditions
Published: Monday, August 5, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Berkshire: India comfortably won its first practice match of the second-leg of the English tour when it beat England Development XI by 53 runs. The star attraction was an impressive all-round effort by newcomer Sunetra Paranjpe, who first scored a priceless 37 runs and then snapped up four English wickets to take India to victory.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Put into bat on a tough wicket (soggy to be precise), the Indian batsmen did exceptionally well to put runs on the board for most part of the innings the Indians did falter towards the last 14 overs of their innings. However, they more than made up for it with their bowling and fielding skittling out the opposition for 75 runs. Overall India did pretty well, considering that its batsmen scored under trying conditions and at the same time its bowlers did well under tough conditions too they bowled when the wicket was dry and conducive for stroke play.Earlier in the day, openers Sunetra and Jaya Sharma got India off to a sound start - albeit a slow one. The pair put on 37 runs before Sharma was caught at gully for an individual score of 16. Mamatha Maben (of thatscricket.com) and Sunetra Paranjpe then took the score to 81 before Sunetra in an attempt to up the rate mistimed Clarke to be caught and bowled.This started off the slide as India lost wickets in a hurry as the batsmen attempted to play big strokes in order to up the rate. India eventually managed to put up 128, probably 15 or 20 short off what was expected on a wet wicket.In reply, England Development XI got off to a cautious and slow start and eventually built themselves some pressure by losing a couple of wickets. The middle-order then succumbed to the pressure of some good tight bowling from the Indians.Mithali Raj, who opened with off spinner Nooshin-al-Khadeer from one end, struck the first blow when she clean bowled Leng. After that it was Sunetra all the way as she got rid off the dangerous looking Claire Taylor and the solid looking Caroline Atkins.Once the three current England players were back in the pavilion the rest folded up with out much of a fight. Claire Taylor was the top scorer with 27 while Clarke managed 10 against her name.For India Paranjpe with four wickets was the best performer. The remaining wickets were shared by Bindeshwari Goyal (2), Neetu David (2) and Nooshin-al-Khadeer(2).
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