Solanki, Wright lead Eng A to 296 against India

Published: Saturday, August 18, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Skipper Vikram Solanki and Luke Wright struck a strokeful half-centuries to help England Lions set India a daunting 297-run target in a limited over tour game played at County ground at Northampton on Saturday.

Wright, the promising batsman, a Twenty20 specialist, slammed his 56 off just 40 balls as he and Solanki carved a fine 96-run stand for the second wicket after losing Darren Maddy early.

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India spinners did a fine job as the hosts collapsed to 150 for 3 midway thro' before Bopara and Nixon took control to lead their side to a healthy 296 for 8 in stipulated 50 overs.

Off-spinner Ramesh Powar bowled splendidly for his 3 for 52 in 10 overs while Agarkar claimed two wickets conceding 41 runs. However India Test hero Zaherr and Munaf-making his comeback after a three month injury lay-off bowled waywardly conceding 117 runs combined in 15 overs

MS Dhoni leading the Indians in the absence of Dravid, won the toss and elected to field first in overcast conditions.

Opener Maddy (6) made his last played for England in 2000 lasted just 14 balls.

The Warwickshire skipper spooned Ajit Agarkar's fuller ball only to give Munaf, stationed at mid-on, a regulation catch.

Next man in Solanki had some anxious moments early on and was left dazed after being hit by a vicious bouncer from Zaheer Khan.

But Wright signalled his intent by driving the paceman through mid-wicket in the same over. Solanki joined in the party as he smashed Zaheer through mid-on for four in the ninth over.

The fireworks really began when Patel was brought into the attack and was promptly hit for three consecutive boundaries by Wright.

And the 22-year-old recorded the first six of the innings, hoicking Agarkar over long-leg in the 13th over.

The Sussex man - who was the leading run scorer in this year's Twenty20 Cup - brought up his 50 in style by hitting his eighth four of the day off Piyush Chawla.

But Wright could only add six more runs before he steered a Powar delivery into the hands of Dhoni in the 17th over.

Ian Bell managed a brisk 21 from 16 balls but holed out to Agarkar in the deep as Powar clinched his second victim of the innings.

And Owais Shah departed early after padding a straighter one off Powar for one.

When Solanki was given out lbw to spinner Chawla the following over, an England collapse seemed to be on the cards.

But Bopara and Nixon doled Lions out of trouble with some sensible batting and knitted 73 runs for the sixth wicket.

However with 11 overs remaining Nixon was dismissed for 39 when he was stumped by an alert Dhoni off the bowling of Yuvraj.

Bopara (37) soon followed when he found the hands of Robin Uthappa in the deep off the bowling of Patel.

But the Lions posted a decent total as forgotten man Chris Schofield (35) and Tim Bresnan (32no) put on 61 for the eighth wicket before the leg-spinner was bowled by Agarkar off the penultimate delivery.

Brief Scores:
England A 296 all out in 50 overs (Solanki 60, Luke Wright 56, Nixon 39, Nixon 39, Bopara 37, Schofield 35, Bresnen 32 n o; Powar 3 for 52, Agarkar 2 for 41) Vs India.


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