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Monday, May 31, 1999 Published at 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK

England crash out

The Indian team celebrates the wicket of Graham Thorpe

Ind 232-8 (50 ovs). Eng 169 all out
India won by 63 runs

World Cup hosts England are out of the tournament after falling at the first hurdle with defeat against India in their final Group A game.

Zimbabwe's shock win against South Africa on Saturday had turned this rain-delayed match into a winner-takes-all affair with the loser going out of the tournament.

The BBC's Pat Murphy: "England simply were not good enough"
And with the help of a controversial lbw decision against Graham Thorpe, the Indians coped with the pressure far better than the English middle order, which simply crumbled away.

The game at Edgbaston was the first in the tournament to use the reserve day after rain spoilt Saturday's scheduled finish.

England resumed needing 160 off a shade under 30 overs after a half-hour weather delay on Sunday.

Thorpe began with a boundary, but was soon on his way.

Javagal Srinath's ball struck the left-hander on the pad, but looked to be going down his leg side.

[ image: Graham Thorpe: Controversial dismissal]
Graham Thorpe: Controversial dismissal
The umpire did not agree and a clearly unhappy Thorpe went for 36 with England 81 for four, needing 233 to go through to the next round.

The dismissal brought 21-year-old Andrew Flintoff to the wicket, with a replacement bat after the theft of his first choice from outside the team's changing room on Saturday evening.

He made 15, including one massive six off Anil Kumble but the Indian spinner got his revenge in the same over when the young Lancastrian was also given out leg before.

Deep trouble

England were in deep trouble as Adam Hollioake came out to join Neil Fairbrother with the score 118 for five and just over 18 overs remaining.

Hollioake always looked nervous against Kumble and eventually played across the line, missed a straight ball and was given out leg before.

Chairman of England Selectors David Graveney: "Many dreams have been shattered"
It left England relying on Fairbrother as Mark Ealham joined him briefly.

The Kent all-rounder showed no capacity to support the experienced left-hander when he gave away his wicket with catching practice for Mohammed Azharuddin at first slip off Saurav Ganguly.

As against South Africa a week ago, England's middle order was crumbling just when it was needed most.

Fairbrother goes

And all hope was gone when record-breaking batsman Ganguly showed his all-round ability by enticing the Lancashire veteran into edging the ball behind outside the off stump.

Alec Stewart: "We need to sit down and think about what we are going to do"
Nayan Mongia took the catch and with England still needing three figures to win Angus Fraser joined Darren Gough, with last man Alan Mullally waiting in the dressing room.

The seam bowling trio were never going to do it, despite some extravagant hitting from Gough, who eventually went for 19.

The Yorkshireman was close to a six off Prasad as he desperately tried to counter-attack but the shot was just a few feet short of its target when it was caught on the boundary by Kumble.

Mullally was eventually bowled by a yorker from Srinath and it was all over.

Saturday details

On Saturday England had restricted India's record-breaking batsmen to a reasonable total in the crucial group A showdown.

But England's reply never gathered speed after two early wickets and the later dismissal of Nasser Hussain as the rain came down.

[ image: Fairbrother and Ealham celebrate Ganguly's run out]
Fairbrother and Ealham celebrate Ganguly's run out
Put into bat, India looked set for a total in excess of 250 as they cruised to 130-2 on a sunny morning in front of a noisy packed house.

But none of the in-form Indian batsmen got into their stride, although Rahul Dravid made 53 to follow his two World Cup centuries.

And the innings slipped away as Dravid gave his wicket away with a poor shot and Azharuddin top edged to Hussain running back from point.

Some late-order aggression came from Ajay Jadeja with 39 off 30 balls but England would have been satisfied with the 232 they had been set.

Outgoing England coach David Lloyd: "We didn't want to go out like this"
But despite this relatively meagre total, England's hopes of an easy run chase were ruined by Debashish Mohanty taking two early wickets.

Out-of-touch captain Alec Stewart was caught by Azharuddin before Graeme Hick lasted just two balls.

It was 13 for two although Hussain and Thorpe were able to recover to 72 for two.

Then rain had already started when Hussain was dismissed with the Essex man clearly unhappy that play was still going on.

But his disappointment was nothing to what was to follow on Sunday.

- Group A: England v India
30 May 99 at Edgbaston

India beat England by 63 runs Scorecard correct at 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK

England 169 all out (45.2overs)
India 232 for 8 (50overs) , overs completed

England innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
N Hussain b Ganguly 33 63 3 -
AJ Stewart c Azharuddin b Mohanty 2 9 - -
GA Hick b Mohanty 0 1 - -
GP Thorpe lbw b Srinath 36 57 7 -
NH Fairbrother c Mongia b Ganguly 29 62 2 -
A Flintoff lbw b Kumble 15 21 1 1
AJ Hollioake lbw b Kumble 6 13 - -
MA Ealham c Azharuddin b Ganguly 0 3 - -
D Gough c Kumble b Prasad 19 25 1 -
ARC Fraser not out 15 17 3 -
AD Mullally b Srinath 0 2 - -
Extras 4b 4lb 5w 1nb 14
TOTAL: 45.2 overs 169

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (12 Stewart, 14 mins), 2-13 (1 Hick, 0 mins), 3-72 (59 Hussain, 74 mins), 4-81 (9 Thorpe, 97 mins), 5-118 (37 Flintoff, 34 mins), 6-130 (12 Hollioake, 15 mins), 7-131 (1 Ealham, 3 mins), 8-132 (1 Fairbrother, 15 mins), 9-161 (29 Gough, 13 mins), 10-169 (8 Mullally, 4 mins)

Bowler O M R W
J Srinath 8.2 3 25 2
D S Mohanty 10 0 54 2
Venkatesh Prasad 9 1 25 1
S C Ganguly 8 0 27 3
A Kumble 10 1 30 2
India innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
SC Ganguly run out 40 58 6 -
S Ramesh c Hick b Mullally 20 41 2 -
RS Dravid c Ealham b Flintoff 53 82 6 -
SR Tendulkar c Hick b Ealham 22 40 2 -
M Azharuddin c Hussain b Ealham 26 35 3 -
AD Jadeja c Fraser b Gough 39 30 5 -
NR Mongia b Mullally 2 5 - -
J Srinath b Gough 1 2 - -
A Kumble not out 6 8 - -
Venkatesh Prasad not out 2 3 - -
Extras 0b 7lb 10w 4nb 21
TOTAL: 8 wkts, 50 overs 232

Fall of wickets: 1-49 (49 Ramesh, 57 mins), 2-93 (44 Ganguly, 42 mins), 3-139 (46 Tendulkar, 49 mins), 4-174 (35 Dravid, 23 mins), 5-188 (14 Azharuddin, 14 mins), 6-209 (21 Mongia, 11 mins), 7-210 (1 Srinath, 2 mins), 8-228 (18 Jadeja, 11 mins) Did not bat: D S Mohanty

Bowler O M R W
D Gough 10 0 51 2
A R C Fraser 10 2 30 0
A D Mullally 10 0 54 2
M A Ealham 10 2 28 2
A Flintoff 5 0 28 1
A J Hollioake 5 0 34 0

England won the toss and decided to field

Umpires: D B Hair, Javed Akhtar

N Hussain , A J Stewart (capt) (wkt) , G A Hick , G P Thorpe , N H Fairbrother , A Flintoff , A J Hollioake , M A Ealham , D Gough , A R C Fraser , A D Mullally ,

S Ramesh , S C Ganguly , R S Dravid , S R Tendulkar , M Azharuddin (capt) , A D Jadeja , N R Mongia (wkt) , A Kumble , J Srinath , Venkatesh Prasad , D S Mohanty ,

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