August 26th, 2011
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India’s maiden win in England

virat kholi and rohit sharmaEngland: India recorded their maiden win in their England tour with a six-wicket thumping of Sussex. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma cracked half-centuries in a rain-affected practice game on Thursday. The Indians looked in control even though Sachin Tendulkar (21) did not last long as the other opener Parthiv Patel (55), Kohli (71) and Sharma (61 not out) played around with an average home attack.

The two talented youngsters put on 104 runs for the third wicket in impressive style as Indians chased down the 235-run target with 4.1 overs to spare after the game was reduced to 45-over-a side affair due to two rain interruptions. Kohli’s knock came from 83 balls and included six fours and a six. Sharma’s unbeaten 61 came from 65 balls and studded with eight fours and a six.

Put into bat, Sussex were 236 all out with seamer RP Singh snaring four wickets but the Indians needed 235 to win due to the revised target under Duckworth-Lewis system.

Patel was aggressive, relying a great deal on chipped shots behind square before he played back to off-spinner Chris Nash and missed the line completely. He made his 55 runs from 65 balls and slammed nine fours. But Kohli and Sharma then took over and literally toyed with the home side attack, running their singles crisply and hitting big shots at will.

Munaf Patel was disappointing and conceded 52 runs from his seven overs for a wicket and generally was slogged around the park.

Praveen Kumar was a heartening return to bowling crease after his ankle injury which made him miss out the final Test at the Oval last week. He bowled his eight overs for 28 runs and picked up a wicket.

The two spinners, leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin bowled economically without appearing threatening at any stage.



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