India Colts ease to a big win over PNG

Published: Sunday, February 17, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: India Colts kick-off their World Cup Group-B campaign with a convincing 195-run victory against regional qualifiers Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

Although the result might suggest otherwise, the former champions had to toil hard against a lowly PNG.

Kudos to East Asia-Pacific qualifier PNG for their spirited effort for they restricted India studded with cricketers having played first-class cricket to 280/5 in 50 overs and survived 27 overs.

Tanmay Srivastava top-scored for India with a brisk 77-ball 83* studded with seven hits to the fence and three over it.

Earlier, openers Turwar Kohli and Goswami got off India to a fine start with a 100-run stand. The duo batted with no sense of urgency against a novice attack. Spinner Amini provided PNG the first breakthrough in the 21st over of the innings when dismissed Kohli caught by Tom. Five overs later Goswami followed his partner after Reva induced a edge through to wicketkeeper Ura.

The next man in Tanmay Srivastava showed why he he is rated high. He dictated the terms from the word go. He shared a 71-run stand with skipper Virat Kohli (40 off 49) and then added a quickfire 41 runs in just under six overs with Manish Pandey (24 off 17).

India attack comprising Pradeep Sangwan, S Kaul, Ajitesh Argal and Iqbal Abdullah toiled hard before skittling the spirited PNG for 85 in 27.3 overs.

India need to put on a improved show when they take on South Africa in their Group-B tie on Feb 19.

Brief Scores:

India Colts 280/5 in 50 overs (Tanmay Srivastava 83 n o; Goswami 58, Virat Kohli 40, Turwar Kohli 40, Manish Pandey 24; Reva 1 for 25, Kila 1 for 33, Gavera 1 for 33) beat PNG 85 all out (Amini 25; Iqbal Abdullah 3 for 2, Virat Kohli 2 for 4, Argal 2 for 5, Sangwan 2 for 18) by 195 runs.


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