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Indian batsmen get cracking

August 08, 2006 21:09 IST

The Sri Lanka-bound Indian cricketers warmed up for next week's tri-series with a friendly match on Tuesday that saw their top batsmen getting some useful knocks under their belt.

Rahul Dravid XI scored 242 for six in 40 overs in the match, which was part of the ongoing skills camp at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

On the third day of the camp, Wednesday, the players would be split into two teams and play in a different format, according to the team management.

Tuesday's match pitted the batsmen against the bowlers in simulated match conditions with the white ball.

National Cricket Academy Under-19 wicketkeepers Shreevats Goswami and Sharabjit Singh did duty behind the stumps.

The youngsters were on cloud nine, saying, "We never dreamt of this opportunity. Only this morning we were told by our director of coaching, Bhaskar Pillay, to come to the KSCA without kits."

Sachin Tendulkar, who opened the innings with Dravid, looked in fine touch as he cut and drove pace bowlers Irfan Pathan and Ajit Agarkar.

In fact, he got out to an halfhearted hook, Dinesh Mongia completing a superb running catch in the mid-wicket region, off Agarkar.

In his stay of 36 minutes at the crease, Tendulkar scored 26 off 24 balls, which was inclusive of six fours.

After Tendulkar's exit, Virender Sehwag (28) also returned to the pavilion, being declared leg before by team trainer Gregory King off the bowling S Shreesanth.

Yuvraj Singh top-scored with 41 off 49 balls, inclusive of six fours and a six, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni was caught by an NCA Under-19 academy boy off the bowling of Ramesh Powar. His 32 came off 30 balls and contained three fours and two sixes.

Suresh Raina was caught and bowled by Powar for six while Irfan Pathan was run-out by wicketkeeper Sharabjit Singh of Delhi for eight.

When play was called off at the end of 40 overs, Mohammad Kaif (26) and Harbhajan Singh (14) were at the crease.

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