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Munaf~~s wickets helps Board XI humiliate England

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Vadodara:Man of the match Munaf Patel ran through the English batting line-up with another five-wicket haul helping Board President's XI pull off a stunning eight-wicket win over the vistors in the three-day match here today.

The warm-up match, which was heading for a draw by noon on the final day today, suddently turned in favour of Board XI as seamer Patel came out with flying colours to register his first first-class 10-wicket haul in the match and help the hosts score a dramatic victory over the visitors with 14 overs to spare.

England, who resumed today at 10 for one in their second knock after conceding a huge 104-run first innings lead to Board XI, were bundled out for a paltry 158 runs minutes after tea setting the winners a mere 55-run target for victory in 31 overs.

The hosts romped home scoring 58 for two wickets in 17 overs.

Munaf, who led the hosts in demolishing England first innings at 238 claiming five wickets for 59 runs, made a repeat performance when he returned another five-wicket haul in the second innings conceding just 32 runs from his 16 overs, six of which were maiden.

Off-spinner Romesh Powar followed him with two for 51. His scalps included night watchman Matthew Hoggard, who top scored with 42 from 108 balls with four boundaries.

Indian coach Greg Chappell, who had been watching the match from the very first day, greeted the boys for their remarkable performance.

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