Wednesday, March 07, 2007

India's Cup campaign: beat Netherlands by 182 runs

From TRELAWNY, Jamaica
Indian captain Rahul Dravid and vice-captain Sachin Tendulkar played prominent roles as former champions India beat the Netherlands by 182 runs in their first warm-up match for the World Cup.
India made 300 in 50 overs. For the Netherlands, all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate's bagged five-wickets.
Dravid top-scored for India with 74 and while Sachin Tendulkar made 61. These two put on 116 runs together for the fourth wicket to guide India to 300 for nine on a slow pitch which helped the slow seam bowlers in the Dutch ranks.
India dismissed the Netherlands for 118 in 37.5 overs.
For India, part-time left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh took four for 12. Leg spinner Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh took two wickets each.
Earlier, South Africa-born Ten Doeschate took five for 57 after joining Dutch handyman Darron Reekers to reduce India to 82 for three.
He removed Sourav Ganguly (19) off his first ball and bowled fellow opener Virender Sehwag (28) with an in-coming delivery before adding the scalps of Yuvraj Singh (14), Mahendra Dhoni (21) and Harbhajan Singh (0).
Dravid and Tendulkar, however, calmed any nerves in the Indian dressing room after negating the Dutch slow medium bowlers on a slow pitch with sea breeze blowing across the open stadium.
Dravid and Tendulkar struck five fours and two sixes each.
For the Netherlands, Ten Doeschate hit 31 before Kumble trapped him leg before while Opener Bas Zuiderent top-scored with 32.
Netherlands innings ended when Yuvraj claimed the last two batsmen off successive balls, finishing with four for 12 off just 3.5 overs.
India play their last warm-up game against hosts West Indies on Friday.

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