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|Mongia, Sriram dazzle in India 'A's victory|
Monday, February 9 2004 18:20 Hrs (IST)
A 209-run second wicket stand between the duo enabled the hosts to pile up 324 for four in their allotted 50 overs after being put into bat at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The visitors tasted early success as opener Gautam Gambhir (13) departed early but Mongia who hit 12 fours in his 131-ball knock and Sriram whose 99-ball innings was studded with eight fours and one six, frustrated the rival attack, which clearly lacked sting.
Sajid Mahmood picked up two wickets for 58 runs, while Kevin Pietersen and Graham Wagg scalped one each.
England went into the encounter with a depleted side as captain Alex Gidman and Test discard Simon Jones were unavailable because of injuries.
Mithun Manhas remained unbeaten on 42 (30b, 4 fours), and Jai Prakash Yadav contributed 30 (21b, 1 four, 2 sixes) as the Indians scored at a brisk pace with the tourists struggling to make inroads.
England 'A' started the victory chase on a promising note, as openers Ed Smith (30) and Matthew Prior (41) put on a 73-run partnership.
But thereafter, the tourists lost direction with wickets falling at regular intervals. They were 175 for seven wickets in the 38th over.
Stand-in Captain James Tredwell made a quick-fire 48 off 43 balls and added 75 runs for the eighth wicket with Graham Napier, who top-scored for his side with 61 made off 62 balls with two fours and three sixes, but that did not help matters as asking rate was pretty high. The visitors ended up on 269 for nine in 50 overs.
India 'A' skipper Sairaj Bahutule was the most successful bowler taking three wickets for 49 runs.
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