Thatscricket - News - Indians beat England under-21 in thrilling tie
Published: Friday, August 9, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Reading: India won the remainder of its practice matches before the start of the first Test at Shenley on August 8. It first beat a star studded MCC XI by 32 runs and then downed England under-21 in a very thrilling encounter winning by three runs with five balls to spare.[an error occurred while processing this directive]In the first encounter against MCC XI, which fielded players of the calibre of Haidee Tiffen, England skipper Clare Connor, Claire Taylor and a couple of former stars in Debbie Stock and Jan Godman, India put up a brilliant 221 thanks to half centuries from the blades of Sunetra Paranjpe (51), Jaya Sharma (68) and Mithali Raj (59).In reply MCC XI, got off to a slow but steady start but once Tiffen and Clare Taylor got together things started changing for the hosts. The strongly built Tiffen and England opener Taylor initially started picking the Indian spinners for ones and twos and then found the boundaries at will. As long as the two were at the crease things were looking down for the India with Tiffen, especially in tremendous form. But the introduction of left-arm spinner Neetu David changed things for India. In a five-over spell Neetu picked up four MCC wickets (including Tiffen 49 and Taylor 35) to turn the tide in Indias favour.Neetu returned with figure of 10-3-26-4, while Sunita Singh picked up two for 20.In the second encounter against England under-21 India, after being put into bat, managed to put on 167 after a slow start. India got of to a relatively slow start accumulating 61 of the first 25 overs. In fact up to the 36th over India had just 92 on board. It was later on through some smart batting form Hemalatha Kala (33) that India recovered. Kala struck the much needed fours, which helped India pick up the scoring. At the other end Mamatha Maben (thatscricket.com) lent able support by picking up the ones and twos and punctuating it with crisply struck boundaries. Mamatha remained not out on 36.The other batsman to get some runs was opener Jaya Sharma, who was unfortunately run out for 33.India had the match well under control in the second session when England were 85 for five in the 38th over but a lower order counter attack in the form of Sarah Collyer (47) and Jackie Hawker (24) almost saw England through. England brought up 75 runs in the next 10 overs to all but have the match wrapped, but a couple of run outs and a double strike by India's premier swing bowler Sunita Singh reduced England to 161 for nine.England started the 50th over needing four runs with one wicket in hand but Hemalatha Kala struck with her very first ball when she trapped Cunn lbw to take India home to a thrilling victory. For India Sunita Singh was the most successful bowler, picking up three for 24 in her 10 overs while off spinner Bindeshwari Goyal picked up two for 22 in her 10 overs.
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