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Last Updated:  Friday, 7 February, 2003, 17:26 GMT

India fall to stunning defeat
World Cup warm-up, Chatsworth Stadium: KwaZulu-Natal 190-9 (50 overs) bt India 158 (38.2 overs) by 32 runs

Little did Sourav Ganguly (left) and Anil Kumble know what lay ahead for them
India found success in the field but failed with the bat

India suffered a batting collapse in their final World Cup warm-up match, against KwaZulu-Natal.

After bowling the opposition out for just 190 it seemed India's star-studded line-up would make light work of reaching the target.

But Sourav Ganguly's men never looked at ease at the crease.

Ganguly, himself, was the first to fall for just six runs, and despite Virender Sehwag's valiant attempt to hold the innings together, many of the top order who followed fell without reaching double figures.

"We batted very poorly," the India captain conceded.

"There are no excuses, the wicket was not bad, its just that we did not put our heads down.

"The only positive to come from the match was the bowling. Kumble showed he can never be discounted."

Once Sehwag was bowled for 40, India were left in big trouble with the score at 62-5.

That soon became 66-6 after Sanjay Bangar came and went within minutes, having made a single.

Youngster Parthiv Patel, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh put up a late fight, but to no avail.

VIRENDER SEHWAG
Born: 20/10/78
Team: Delhi
ODI debut: 01/04/99
Past World Cups: -

It was a superb all-round bowling performance from KwaZulu-Natal, in particular medium-pacer Yadeem Singh.

Singh claimed the first three wickets of, Ganguly, Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar (9).

He was well supported by Ross Veenstra and Jon Kent who both took two wickets apiece.

Earlier Ganguly led by example, claiming two wickets from four overs for 16 runs and a run-out.

Patel also made an impression as wicket-keeper claiming a run-out and a stumping off the bowling of Harbhajan Singh.

Other wicket takers were Javagal Srinath, Agarkar and Sehwag.

Opener Douglas Watson top scored for KwaZulu-Natal with 53, before he was caught and bowled by Ganguly.

India begin theirWorld Cup campaign against the Dutch in Paarl on 12 February.

Their other Group A opponents are Australia, England,Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Holland.


KwaZulu-Natal: MD Sanders, DJ Watson, R Gobind, HM Amla, A Mall, JC Kent, ELR Stewart, GH Bodi, I Khan, RE Veenstra, Y Singh.

India: SC Ganguly, V Sehwag, SR Tendulkar, D Mongia, M Kaif, PA Patel, SB Bangar, Harbhajan Singh, AB Agarkar, A Kumble, J Srinath.



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