Texaco Trophy, second match


At Nottingham, July 20. India won by five wickets. Toss: India. The Indian batsmen revelled gloriously in ideal batting conditions; England's failed to do them, or themselves, justice. Gooch lost his off stump in the fourth over, offering no stroke to an in-swinger, and Gower and Lamb had been run out by the twentieth over. Having hit 24 of his 25 runs in boundaries, Gower was a victim of his own inattentiveness and the quick thinking of wicket-keeper More, whose throw hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. Smith gave the innings its purpose, reaching fifty from 42 balls and thumping most of the eleven fours in his 103 (105 balls). He added 111 in eighteen overs with the admirable Atherton (95 balls), and then 73 in twelve overs with Russell (50 balls); but when he was bowled in the 49th over, England's next five wickets realised just 35 runs.

Small gave the Indians a flying start, conceding 12 runs in his first over, and when later he bowled Sidhu, Manjrekar held the innings together with 59 in 94 balls. By the time he was stumped he had caught the infectious mood of Vengsarkar's batting. India required 145 from the last twenty overs, and Tendulkar (26 balls) played some outrageous shots while adding 63 in seven overs with the felicitous Azharuddin, who went on to score 63 from 44 balls as India again won with two overs in hand. The defeat was England's tenth in their last eleven completed one-day internationals.

Man of the Match: R. A. Smith.

Attendance: 11,996; receipts £217,631.

Men of the Series: England- R. C. Russell; India- M. Azharuddin.

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