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Saturday, 19 January, 2002, 17:13 GMT
India overcome Trescothick ton
1st One-day international, Calcutta: India (281-8 off 50 overs) beat England (259 all out off 44 overs) by 22 runs
Opener Marcus Trescothick hit the fastest one-day century ever by an Englishman against India in Calcutta but it was in vain as the tourists crashed to a 22-run defeat.
No other England batsman could pass Nasser Hussain's 25 and the home attack rebounded to take the last six wickets fell for 35 runs, bowling the tourists out for 259 in the opening match of the series.
Trescothick, who took just 80 balls to reach his second limited overs ton, was out in controversial fashion for 121.
Replays showed clearly that the delivery from Javagal Srinath which was adjudged to have had Tresocthick lbw had pitched well outside leg stump.
Andrew Flintoff, the last recognised batsman, was run out for 23 by a throw from Harbhajan Singh at deep point.
Jeremy Snape, James Foster and Darren Gough fell in quick succession, sending a capacity 100,000 crowd at Eden Gardens wild with celebration.
And, despite lifting England hopes with a one-bounce four over midwicket, Ashley Giles was caught in the deep by Sourav Ganguly for 18 to finish things off.
Trescothick lived dangerously early on, edging Agarkar through the outstretched fingers of VVS Laxman at third slip for his third run.
But he took advantage of the 15-over fielding restrictions to smash two sixes off the spinners and then used the sweep to both sides of the wicket to reach his milestone.
Nick Knight was out in the very first over, leg before to Srinath's second delivery after Trescothick had taken a single.
And a 63-run partnership for the second wicket with Hussain was halted abruptly when he was adjudged lbw to Kumble, despite having taken a good step down the track.
Nevertheless, 80 runs were added between overs 10 and 20, as first Hussain and then Vaughan leant steely support.
But Vaughan attempted to up his own run rate by going down the track to Kumble, and was caught off a leading edge by Agarkar at mid on.
Vaughan came into the side after Graham Thorpe fell victim to a stomach bug on the morning of the match.
Paul Collingwood made 21 in a stand of 61 before being caught by Sachin Tendulkar at short midwicket off Ganguly.
Late order heroics
A late stand of 38 between Hemang Badani and Harbhajan Singh lifted the hosts to a total of 281 after Dinesh Mongia had top-scored with 71.
But that could have been far higher had the tourists' pace bowlers not taken wickets at crucial times in the middle of the innings.
But it was Flintoff who took the first wickets, accounting for openers Tendulkar and Ganguly just as they were looking to move up a gear.
Tendulkar was dismissed for 36 with a full-pitched delivery that uprooted his middle stump.
And Ganguly fell for 42, top-edging a pull from outside off-stump high in the air to Hussain at short midwicket.
Gough's return to the attack accounted for Laxman, mistiming to clip to Collingwood at short midwicket, after a third wicket stand of 55.
And Virender Sehwag was bowled by a Hoggard slower ball for 29, having put on a further 43 with Mongia.
Mongia reached his 50 from as many balls, including a six over midwicket off Giles, who conceded a miserable total of 41 runs in just six overs.
But he was beaten by slight spin charging down the wicket again to Snape.
Although Badani was run out from the penultimate ball of the innings, having made 34 from 32 balls, they had given India's chances a massive boost.
Harbhajan was left unbeaten on 18 from 22 deliveries.
India: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Hemang Badani, Dinesh Mongia, Anil Kumble, Ajay Ratra, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar.
England:Nasser Hussain (capt), Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, James Foster, Ashley Giles, Darren Gough, Matthew Hoggard, Nick Knight, Jeremy Snape, Marcus Trescothick, Michael Vaughan.
Umpires: S.K.Sharma and K. Hariharan.
Match-referee: Dennis Lindsay (RSA).
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