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|India 'A' inflicts whitewash on England 'A'|
Thursday, February 12 2004 19:38 Hrs (IST)
Electing to bat England, who were 42 for two at one stage, carried on gamely through a 98-run stand for the third wicket between Scott Newman (68-7 fours and 2 sixes) and Ed Smith (76 not out - 5 fours) to post a target of 210, all out in 42.1 overs.
India were in the dumps having lost four wickets for just 34 runs in 9.4 overs. However, determined efforts and solid hitting by both left-handed Sridharan Sriram, who has been among runs in the earlier two matches and Y Venugopal Rao helped India to coast home with ease.
Both the teams were in dire straits in their respective innings as the rival bowlers came on top of batsmen who were rather indiscreet in their approach.
After openers, Dinesh Mongia (1) and Gautam Gambhir (6) fell cheaply, India lost two more quick wickets - Mithun Manhas (14) and J P Yadav (0). However, Sriram stuck to his wicket with an unbeaten 105 (195min, 115b, 11 fours) and added 155 valuable runs for the fifth wicket with Venugopal Rao in 32.2 overs. Rao, who was shaping well keeping the bowlers at bay, fell to superb catch by Pietersen at midwicket of Khalid. He made a useful 66 (138m, 112 b, 6 fours).
Earlier, England from 140 for three could muster only 70 runs losing the last seven wickets. Yadav dismissed the last three batsmen with his slow medium pace bowling. Trivedi claimed two for 44 and captain Sairaj Bahutule 3 for 33.
India 'A' takes unassailable 2-0 lead