RCA XI beat England by 5 runs
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RCA XI beat England by 5 runs

Chasing 261 runs for win, the tourists were bowled out for 255 with a ball to spare.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 11:00 IST

Mohammad Kaif slammed an unbeaten 119 as Rajasthan President's XI pulled off a narrow five-run win in the practice match against England here to seize back some of the initiative for the hosts ahead of the one-dayers.

Put in to bat, the local team made a competitive 260 for 6 in their stipulated 50 overs before bowling out the visitors for 255 in 49.5 overs for a thrilling finish at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Kaif starred in President's XI innings, hitting 10 fours in his 136-ball knock before spinners -- Piyush Chawala and Ramesh Powar -- entrapped Vikram Solanki's men in a spin web.

Ian Bell made a fine 71 and wicketkeeper Matt Prior stroked 51 but the tendency of the English side, playing without their key players, to lose wickets at regular intervals meant they were left with a stiff run chase at the death.

Needing 25 runs in the final over, Kabir Ali hit a six and a four off Piyush Chawla but at the other end Gareth Batty holed out to R P Singh and James Anderson was run out with just one ball to spare.

Brief Scores:
Rajasthan President's XI: 260-6
England: 255 all out
in 49.5 overs (Ian Bell 71, Matt Prior 55)

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 13:38 IST