India lose to Dolphins

2003-02-06 18:09

Durban - Medium pacer Yadeen Singh, one of the KwaZulu-Natal's promising youthful prospects, bowled himself into a slice of Natal cricket folklore when he claimed the prize wickets of star batsmen Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tenduklar and Virender Sehwag for just 38 runs to send India tumbling to a surprise 32 runs defeat in their warm-up World Cup cricket match at the Chatsworth Oval Thursday.

The Indians were dismissed for 158 after the Dolphins, with Doug Watson notching his second 50 of the week, scored 190 for nine off their allotted 50 overs.

Singh said it was a great thrill to bowl at the Indian world stars after having watched them so often on television. But he remained modest about his achievement rather heaping praise on the Dolphins for a magnificent team effort.

The Indians batted second after captain Sourav Ganguly had opted to give his team an early fielding session in the warmth of a hot, but not so humid, KwaZulu Natal day after he had won the toss against rival skipper Errol Stewart and put in the Dolphins to bat first.

India fielded all the players rested from the first game in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday where rain prevented any decision. The Dolphins made no changes from their established line-up.

With a good crowd present at the revamped ground resplendent with a new grandstand the match soon became quite competitive with the young Dolphins rising to the challenge.

Another 50 for Watson

Opening batsmen Doug Watson (53) and Mark Sanders (15) defied everything the Indian attack threw at them in the early stages as they put on 49 for the first wicket before being split by a smart run out of Sanders by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel. Eleven runs later Hashim Amla (1) fell in similar fashion - this time the result of a fine piece of fielding by Ganguly.

But Watson, who hit a half century against Bangladesh at Ladysmith on Monday, held firm and reached his second 50. He helped the Dolphins reach 100 for two off 25 overs. But he was not to last much longer as Ganguly, coming on as a sixth bowler, held a smart return catch to dismiss his man for 53 that included seven fours scored off 86 balls in an innings that lasted 110 minutes.

At three down for 105 the Dolphins looked likely to set India a reasonable target but helped by a further run out their batsmen failed to reach 200.

Ashraf Mall (23) and Errol Stewart (16) backed by a late 10 from Yadeen Singh held up the Indian attack in which Ganguly emerged as best man with two for 16 off his four overs of medium pace.

India in bad shape

The Indian innings began badly when Ganguly (6) was bowled in the fourth over by Yadeen Singh, a young man who bowls accurately down the line at deceptive pace. He hardly contained his excitement when he got the big fish - Sachin Tendulkar - who drove him to mid-off where Mark Sanders held on to a stinging catch low down. Tendulkar who had shown his class with two superb and effortless boundaries departed for eight.

Later Singh was to claim a third big scalp to remember all his cricketing life when Ross Veenstra latched on to a catch to dismiss the ever dangerous Virender Sehwag who had taken over Sachin's role as the aggressor with 40 runs in 59 minutes including seven fours and a six. Three more Indian wickets - those of Dinesh Mongia, Sanjay Bangar and Mohammad Kaif fell quickly before Parthiv Patel and Agit

Agarkar halted the slide, albeit it briefly. But the Indians had fallen well behind the required run rate and with half the overs bowled at them they were always facing an uphill task.

Spinners Anil Kumble and Harbajan Singh looked like saving the day with dogged resistance at the tail but once again "Mr Run-out" struck as a direct hit from Hashim Amla had Kumble walking the long walk back to the dressing room.