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One-day int'l Scotland v India
Glasgow: 16 Aug 2007
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Gavin Hamilton
Hamilton shared an important stand with Neil McCallum
Scotland star Gavin Hamilton insisted the toss played a vital part in India's seven-wicket victory in the one-day international in Glasgow.

The Scots were put in to bat by Indian skipper Rahul Dravid and were quickly reeling on 49-4 before fighting back to 203-9 off a revised 46 overs.

"A lot was always going to hinge on the toss and at 40-odd for four we had a real challenge on," said Hamilton.

"The ball was moving around a lot first thing. We had to get our heads down."

Hamilton and Neil McCallum dragged Scotland back from the brink with a fifth-wicket stand of 82 before Craig Wright smashed 37 runs late on.

"Luckily Neil and I were able to put a partnership together and it helped that they brought their spinners on," added Hamilton.

"We thought our total was pretty competitive but India showed their class in the end. They had 50 runs on the board before we realised it. But we can take a lot out of this game."

The Scottish innings was interrupted by two short showers, meaning India had to chase a total of 209 from 46 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis system.

The visitors weathered some tight early Scottish bowling, which had them stuck on 15 off the first seven overs, before racing to 100-0 in 20 overs.

Man-of-the-match Gautam Gambhir piled on 61 in eight overs with Yuvraj Singh (38) and helped guide his side home with an unbeaten 85. Gambhir's opening partner Robin Uthappa also hit 55.

But Gambhir paid tribute to the Scottish bowlers and admitted they had made it tough at the start of India's reply.

He said: "Scotland gave us a good test and I thought their bowlers put the ball in good areas.

"But I was delighted to get some runs and help the team win."

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