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India beat Bermuda by record 257-run margin

cricket Updated: Apr 20, 2007 01:17 IST
Anjali Behl
Anjali Behl
HindustanTimes.com
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Smashing their way into the World Cup record books, India won two points in Group B to keep their World Cup dream afloat. Chasing an imposing target of 414 runs, Bermuda were all out for 156 in 43.1 overs, losing by a record 257-run margin in the league match at Queen's Oval Park in Trinidad on Monday.

India scored 413 runs - the highest total set by a team in World Cup history - at the loss of just five wickets. India also broke Australia's record of winning a WC tie by 256 runs against Namibia. The next best thing for India in this match was Virender Sehwag's return to form. The right-hander was declared Man of the Match.

With this defeat Bermuda have not only failed to qualify for the Super Eight stage but have also made a first-round exit from the tournament.

Electing to field, Bermuda got an early breakthrough as seamer Malachi Jones packed off Robin Uthappa for three. Dwayne Leverock took an excellent catch diving to the right at the first slip to grab the ball single-handed.

Sehwag hit a brisk century. Accompanied by the in-form Sourav Ganguly, he built a 202-run partnership to prop up the Indian innings. But soon the right-hander was dismissed by pacer Kevin Hurdle for 114 runs which came off just 87 balls including 17 boundaries and three sixes.

Ganguly, however, failed to complete his 23rd ODI century when Minors stumped him off Borden's delivery. Swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni followed suit, walking back at 29.

Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar kept the run rate ticking with regular hits to the boundary. But Jones struck back to remove Yuvi after the batsman hit 83 runs off just 46 balls which included three boundaries and seven sixes. Skipper Rahul Dravid was his replacement who hit a six off the last ball to set the greatest-ever target for a team with 413 runs. Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 57 off 29 balls.

India equalled South Africa's world record of hitting 18 sixes in an innings.

David Hemp was the highest scorer of their innings with his unbeaten 76, completing his maiden fifty in the 31st over. It is also the first half-century scored by a Bermudian in World Cup.

India drew the first blood when Zaheer Khan dismissed opener Oliver Pitcher for a duck in his last delivery of the maiden over. However, rain interrupted play for a short while only to resume soon.

Zaheer struck back to pack off Stephen Outerbridge for a paltry nine-run score. Following his strike, Munaf Patel trapped Delyone Borden leg before at 13. Ace off-spinner Anil Kumble's double strike marked the dismissal of skipper Irvine Romaine and Janeiro Tucker, both departing for a duck.

Ajit Agarkar picked the wickets of Dean Minors and Lionel Cann in the 30th over, though Uthappa's catch to remove Cann was a contentious one. Agarkar's next victim was Hurdle, who along with five others, went for a duck. The last man to return was Jones, who was trapped by Kumble for one, ending their maiden run in the World Cup.

India made only one change to the team, which was thumped by Bangladesh in their opening match on Saturday. Leg-spinner Anil Kumble replaced Harbhajan Singh.

In their first round match, Bermuda were thrashed by Sri Lanka by 243 runs, the second-largest margin of defeat in the history of the tournament.

Teams

India: Rahul Dravid (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.

Bermuda: Irving Romaine (captain), Dean Minors, Oliver Pitcher, Delyone Borden, David Hemp, Janeiro Tucker, Lionel Cann, Malachi Jones, Kevin Hurdle, Dwayne Leverock, Stephen Outerbridge.