|Home -> News -> Report|
|India 'A' takes unassailable 2-0 lead|
Tuesday, February 10 2004 18:57 Hrs (IST)
Chasing a modest 229 run target set by England, India, aided by an 84 run partnership between openers Dinesh Mongia (88) and Gautam Gambhir (37) and another valuable 105-run partnership for the second wicket involving Mongia and Sridharan Sriram (50), achieved it loosing eight wickets off41.1 overs.
England, which won the toss and elected to bat, were dismissed for 228 in 46 overs. England managed to reach 228 following a good batting performance by opener Kevin Pietersen, who hit 131 runs in 166 minutes off 122 deliveries (12x4- 3x6).
Barring Pietersen, none of the England batsmen could stay at the crease and the side lost wickets at regular intervals.
India's Munaf Patel was the most successful bowler, scalping three wickets, while Ramesh Powar claimed two wickets.
The fall of Mathew Prior (4) when England were on 19 signalled the collapse of the side as the batsmen who followed quickly returned to the pavilion.
India 'A', which began their reply on a promising note, however came under pressure as its middle-order and tailend batting order collapsed. Sajid Mahmood took four India wickets.
India 'A' defeated England in the opener on Monday and will play the last match of the series at Chennai on Wednesday.
Mongia, Sriram dazzle in India 'A's victory