Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Defending Champions Warm up to Champions 2006

Immediately after the West Indies won the ICC Champions Trophy 2004, a victorious Brian Lara remarked that the team had been inspired by the hurricane which had lashed the Caribbean days before the tournament started, to play to their potential. The 2006 edition is yet to begin, but a Caribbean hurricane was seen in action at the dusty Motera grounds yesterday. In their first warm-up match towards ICC Champions 2006, the Caribbean batsmen, led by Chris Gayle tore apart the Gujrat President XI's attack. Batting first, W.I. compiled a mammoth 344 off their alloted 50 overs. Gayle struck 101 off just 76 balls, Morton 91 and Hinds 61. The home team lost the match by over 170 runs.

In another warm-up match at Chandigarh, Bangladesh comfortably beat PCA (Punjab Cricket Association) XI by 7 wickets. Aftab Ahmad and Saqibul Hasan compiled half-centuries & Syed Rasel and Farhad Reza took 3 wickets each for the winning team.

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