October 4, 2002

Mongia stars for Board XI

Wisden CricInfo staff

Dinesh Mongia reminded the selectors of his first-class credentials by hammering an impressive 101 not out for the Indian Board President's XI against West Indies. Mongia, who has yet to play a Test match despite featuring heavily in India's one-day plans, rescued his side from 186 for 7 as they declared on 275 for 8. He added 56 for the eighth wicket with Amit Mishra, with three sixes and 12 fours in his 14th first-class hundred.

The Board XI had been reduced to 17 for 2 during a fiery opening spell from Mervyn Dillon, who dismissed Sanjay Bangar and Gautam Gambhir in his opening five overs. Hemang Badani (67) and Mohammad Kaif steadied the ship with a 91-run partnership, but after Carl Hooper snared Kaif for 40, three more wickets fell for 20 runs, with Jermaine Lawson grabbing two of them.

West Indies reached 20 for 0 in reply at stumps, with Chris Gayle not out on 14 and Wavell Hinds on 5.