WC 2003 - Indians continue poor run, shot out for 204 by Holland
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Paarl: Sachin Tendulkar became the World Cup's highest run-getter on Wednesday, but India's batting faltered against the Netherlands at Boland Park on Wednesday.Electing to take first strike, the Indians were shot out for 204 in the 49th over, with only Tendulkar showing any form with 52 off 72 balls. The 29-year-old crossed Pakistani Javed Miandad's tally of 1,083 runs when he reached 25 to lead the World Cup list with 1,061 runs.But Tendulkar's 57th One-day half-century did little to lift the gloom in the Indian camp as the part-time cricketers from the Netherlands struck at regular intervals.Tim de Leede returned with career-best figures of four for 35 and spinner Adeel Raja took two wickets for the Dutch, playing in only their second World Cup.India's three top batsmen, captain Saurav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, managed only 31 runs between them to leave their team gasping at 114 for five in the 32nd over.Nearly half of those runs came off Tendulkar's blade, who hit seven boundaries before being caught behind trying to cut De Leede to point. Dinesh Mongia made 42 before he was run out as last four wickets fell in the space of 18 runs.Raja, an off spinner of Indian descent, removed young guns Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif with soft dismissals, Singh tapping a return catch while Kaif pulled a full toss to the mid-wicket fielder.The slow wicket is expected to help the two Indian spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Kumble, when the Dutch go to bat, but the dismal batting display failed to inspire Indian fans.