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Wednesday, May 19, 1999 Published at 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK


Indians throw thriller away

Respect was paid to Tendulkar's father before the match

Zim 252-9. Ind 249. Zimbabwe win by three runs

Full Scorecard

India's disastrous Wednesday went from bad to worse as they contrived to throw away a winning position at Leicester in the closest game of the World Cup so far.


Pat Murphy reports live at the end of the match
It followed the death of Sachin Tendulkar's father, which led to an emergency flight home for the star batsman.

Zimbabwe's dramatic win was engineeered by Henry Olonga, recalled to the attack with the opposition needing just seven to win off two overs.

By the end of his over the match was ended, as the seam bowler cleared up the remaining three wickets.


[ image: Concentration: Indian skipper Azharuddin and keeper Mongia]
Concentration: Indian skipper Azharuddin and keeper Mongia
Defeat leaves the Indians realistically needing to win their last three games of the group stage to qualify for the second stage.

It also left the Indians trying to work out how their bowlers managed to bowl 21 wides and 16 no balls.

That helped them give away 51 on extras in all - the second highest contribution to the African side's total.

It also helped explain an appalling over rate which meant they had to reach the challenging target off 46 overs, on the instructions of match referee Cammie Smith.

All this came despite a good start from India, who took two wickets in the opening 10 overs of the morning.


[ image: Paul Strang is bowled by Agarkar]
Paul Strang is bowled by Agarkar
Opener Neil Johnson was out for seven when he edged Javagal Srinath behind and Ajit Agarkar bowled Paul Strang for 18 to reduce Zimbabwe to 45 for two.

Murray Goodwin added 17 before he was caught by Robin Singh off Saurav Ganguly with the total at 87 for three.

The Flower brothers then combined for a 56-run fourth-wicket stand, before Grant was caught behind off Ajay Jadeja for 45.

Captain Alistair Campbell was stumped by Mongia off Anil Kumble who struck in his next over to bowl Guy Whitall and reduce Zimbabwe to 211 for six.

The innings then petered out as Jadeja took one victim, and Prasad two more in the dying overs.

Quick start

With the reduced number of overs, India were always under pressure to score quickly.


[ image: Grant Flower powers towards 45 off 89 balls]
Grant Flower powers towards 45 off 89 balls
They began by taking eight off the first over and throughout the innings they remained ahead of Zimbabwe's innings.

But too many wickets fell, starting with Ganguly hooking Johnson into the hands of fine leg.

Dravid drove a wide half-volley from Heath Streak to a diving Grant Flower at point and then Azharuddin dabbed an easy catch to slip.

It was now 56 for three although the one consolation for the Indians was that there were on track with the run rate.

Ramesh shines

But they needed a partnership as Jadeja joined Tendulkar's replacement as opener, Sadagopan Ramesh.

The pair answered by putting on 99 before Ramesh charged Grant Flower's leg spin and holed out to mid on for 55 off 67 balls.

That set off another bad spell for India, with Jadeja going lbw as the returning Streak claimed his third wicket.

One run later Ajit Agarkar was run out by a direct throw from Murray Goodwin to make it 175 for six.

India still needed 78 to win but Mongia and Robin Singh hit out as the game see-sawed from one team to the other.

Mongia made 28 off 24 balls before he was bowled by Guy Whittall to make it 217 for seven with five overs remaining.

Yet even then Singh and Srinath looked to be taking India home when the 45th over saw captain Campbell call for Olonga, who had gone for 17 in his three earlier overs.

But those figures were dramatically improved as Singh was caught by the skipper off the paceman's bowling.

Three more runs were added before Srinath tried to finish it with one boundary and was bowled.

Finally Venkatesh Prasad came to the wicket with four runs needed off seven balls but he was trapped leg before off the last ball of Olonga's decisive over.

- Group A: India v Zimbabwe
19 May 99 at Leicester

Zimbabwe beat India by 3 runs Scorecard correct at 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK

India 249 all out (45overs)
Zimbabwe 252 for 9 (50overs) , overs completed


India innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
SC Ganguly c Brandes b Johnson 9 8 2 -
S Ramesh c Goodwin b Flower 55 77 3 1
RS Dravid c Flower b Streak 13 14 2 -
M Azharuddin c Campbell b Streak 7 11 1 -
AD Jadeja lbw b Streak 43 76 3 -
RR Singh c Campbell b Olonga 35 47 1 -
AB Agarkar run out 1 5 - -
NR Mongia b Whittall 28 24 2 1
J Srinath b Olonga 18 12 - 2
A Kumble not out 1 1 - -
BKV Prasad lbw b Olonga 0 1 - -
Extras 1b 4lb 24w 10nb 39
TOTAL: 45 overs 249

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (13 Ganguly, 6 mins), 2-44 (31 Dravid, 23 mins), 3-56 (12 Azharuddin, 8 mins), 4-155 (99 Ramesh, 96 mins), 5-174 (19 Jadeja, 11 mins), 6-175 (1 Agarkar, 4 mins), 7-219 (44 Mongia, 32 mins), 8-246 (27 Singh, 27 mins), 9-249 (3 Srinath, - mins), 10-249 (0 Prasad, - mins)

Bowler O M R W
E A Brandes 3 0 27 0
N C Johnson 7 0 51 1
H H Streak 9 0 36 3
H K Olonga 4 0 22 3
G J Whittall 4 0 26 1
P A Strang 8 0 49 0
G W Flower 10 0 33 1
Zimbabwe innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
NC Johnson c Mongia b Srinath 7 10 1 -
GW Flower c Mongia b Jadeja 45 89 4 -
PA Strang b Agarkar 18 26 1 -
MW Goodwin c Singh b Ganguly 17 40 3 -
A Flower not out 68 85 2 -
ADR Campbell st Mongia b Kumble 24 29 3 -
GJ Whittall b Kumble 4 8 - -
SV Carlisle b Srinath 1 2 - -
HH Streak c Mongia b Prasad 14 18 1 -
EA Brandes c Mongia b Prasad 2 5 - -
HK Olonga not out 1 4 - -
Extras 0b 14lb 21w 16nb 51
TOTAL: 9 wkts, 50 overs 252

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (12 Johnson, 10 mins), 2-45 (33 Strang, 32 mins), 3-87 (42 Goodwin, 51 mins), 4-143 (56 Flower, 54 mins), 5-203 (60 Campbell, 38 mins), 6-211 (8 Whittall, 7 mins), 7-214 (3 Carlisle, 2 mins), 8-243 (29 Streak, 14 mins), 9-250 (7 Brandes, 6 mins)

Bowler O M R W
J Srinath 10 1 35 2
B K V Prasad 10 1 37 2
A B Agarkar 9 0 70 1
S C Ganguly 5 0 22 1
R R Singh 2 0 11 0
A Kumble 10 0 41 2
A D Jadeja 4 0 22 1

India won the toss and decided to field

Umpires: P Willey, D L Orchard

India
S C Ganguly , S Ramesh , R S Dravid , M Azharuddin (capt) , A D Jadeja , R R Singh , N R Mongia (wkt) , A B Agarkar , J Srinath , A Kumble , B K V Prasad ,

Zimbabwe
N C Johnson , G W Flower , M W Goodwin , A Flower (wkt) , A D R Campbell (capt) , G J Whittall , S V Carlisle , P A Strang , H H Streak , E A Brandes , H K Olonga ,





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