Masterful Trescothick kindled memories of Gooch
The Kolkata police were made to toil hard to keep the enthusiastic crowd under control during the days leading up to the first one-dayer at Eden Gardens. The crowd scrambled desperately in a bid to buy the tickets but it was an impossible situation with more than half the population keen to witness the match. This is what makes Kolkata unique and special and eventually the crowd was entertained by a superb display from both teams. The hosts were made to work hard for their victory but unfortunately the incompetence of one umpire meant that they could not fully relish it.
Trescothick was lucky early on and with Laxman spilling a catch off Agarkar, he made it count in a telling fashion. After he got a measure of the pace and bounce, he unleashed some powerful shots off the back foot against the medium pacers. Ganguly was forced to bring on the spinners well within the first fifteen overs but the tall left-hander not to be perturbed. He used his feet very well and tonked both Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh for a six apiece. Once the fielding restrictions were removed, he played very cleverly using Kumble's pace to his advantage and sweeping Harbhajan at will. At one stage, Harbhajan was at his wits' end when bowling to the man of the match. As far as the hosts were concerned it was a matter of getting Trescothick's wicket as the others failed to provide him the required support. There were useful partnerships but Trescothick did the bulk of scoring in those partnerships.
Moving on, it now remains to be seen if Sanjay Bangar, the only allrounder in the Indian squad will be pressed into service at Cuttack. There is no point in looking for all-rounders when the deemed one is not utilised. Anyway, if the first one-dayer is any indication, this one-day series will be enthralling.