Ganguly declared fit for Indo-Pak ODI

Published: Friday, November 12, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:India and Pakistan meet here tomorrow in a One-day cricket match to celebrate a milestone, but it will undoubtedly have the intensity and passion unique to the cricketing duels between them.

The beleaguered hosts, haunted by a string of dismal performances in One-dayers in recent times, received a boost ahead of the match with captain Sourav Ganguly being declared fit to take the field in what promises to be a thrilling contest at the Eden Gardens.

Ganguly, who missed the last two Tests against Australia due to a groin injury, cleared the fitness test conducted by physio Andrew Leipus during the nearly three-hour practice session and will play the day-night match in his home city.

The Indians have lost all the three encounters against Pakistan since the Asia Cup in August and will be desperate to make amends, though the Pakistanis were equally determined to maintain their winning run.

A win against their traditional rivals will serve as a huge confidence booster for the home side ahead of the two-Test series against South Africa starting next week.

The star-studded Indian batting line-up was woefully out of sorts in the recent Test series against Australia and all the frontline batsmen would be eager to find their peak form in the match being held as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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