At Kolkata, January 19 (day/night). India won by 22 runs. Toss: India. International debut: A. Ratra.<>
In front of a full house of 92,000, Trescothick scored England's fastest one-day century before
his shocking lbw turned the match. Chasing a stiff 282 from 49 overs (one was deducted for a
slow over-rate), he kept England well on course with a violent assault on the spinners - even
though he was recovering from a gastric virus. He reached 100 in 80 balls (two better than David
Gower against New Zealand in 1982-83) and was 121 from 109 when umpire Sharma triggered
him out, to a ball pitching perhaps six inches outside leg stump. Though Knight and Hussain
could also quibble with their lbws, England were complicit in their downfall, and no one else
passed 25. Panic set in when Trescothick fell at 224, but the run-out of Flintoff was almost as
critical in a slide of six for 35. Earlier, Flintoff had dismissed Tendulkar and Ganguly just when
their opening stand was becoming threatening. In his fifth international, Mongia accumulated a
deft 71, but some superb ground fielding headed off a 300-run total. Afterwards, England presented
the referee, Denis Lindsay, with a letter about the standard of umpiring.
Man of the Match: M. E. Trescothick.
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