Gambhir steers India to 7-wkt win

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Gautam Gambhir steered India to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in the one-off one-dayer against Scotland at Glasgow on Thursday.

Updated: August 20, 2007 09:11 IST
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Gautam Gambhir steered India to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in the one-off one-dayer against Scotland at Glasgow on Thursday.

Chasing a revised total of 209 in 46 overs, India were home with 6.1 overs to spare, with Gambhir, named Man of the Match, unbeaten on 85 and Rahul Dravid not out on 10.

Openers Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir got into the groove after a somewhat sluggish start to set up a 104-run partnership for the first wicket.

Uthappa played some glorious shot to bring up his fifty before he was bowled out by Craig Wright for 55 runs. His knock was studded with eight boundaries and one huge hit across the fence.

Gautam Gambhir too batted aggressively and led India's run-chase with a half century. Yuvraj Singh played a cameo of an innings scoring 38 off just 28 deliveries with the help of five boundaries and one six.

Sent in to bat first, Scotland ended their innings at 203 for 9 after the match was reduced to 46 overs due to rain.

The total is quite respectable considering the fact that the Scots were struggling at 49 for 4 at one stage with the Indian pacers making most of the damp conditions.

Gavin Hamilton and Neil McCallum took their team out of the troubled waters with a 82-run partnership.

Hamilton, who had played one Test for England was the top scorer with 44 runs while McCallum made 41.

A breezy 34-ball-38 by Craig Wright took Scotland beyond the 200-run mark.

Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, RP Singh and Piyush Chawla took two wickets apiece with Ramesh Powar the only bowler to return wicketless.

Agarkar gave India its first wicket as he trapped opener Navdeep Poonia leg before wicket for just one run.

RP Singh dismissed Fraser Watts soon after for 6 runs leaving the hosts in a spot of bother as both openers were back in the hut with the scoreboard reading 22 for 2.

Skipper Ryan Watson and Majid Haq then got together for a brief 27-run partnership before Munaf Patel struck to remove the former for 24 runs send the Scotland innings in a tizzy.

Scotland suffered another telling blow on the very next ball as RP Singh nailed Majid Haq for 11 runs as Scotland were left reeling at 49 for four.

Neil McCallum and Gavin Hamilton then got together for a 82-run fifth wicket partnership to revive the Scottish innings.


Scotland: Fraser Watts, Navdeep Poonia, Ryan Watson (capt), Gavin Hamilton, Colin Smith, Neil McCallum, Craig Wright, Majid Haq, John Blain, Paul Hoffmann, Dewald Nel.

India: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid (capt), Dinesh Karthik, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Piyush Chawla, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar, RP Singh, Munaf Patel.

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