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Dinesh Mongia slams 161 against Glamorgan, Zaheer scalps three

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London, May 10 (UNI) Team India discard Dinesh Mongia's appetite for runs refuses to die down and the Punjab southpaw slammed a magnificient 161 as Leicestershire cruised to 451 for seven in 147.1 overs on day two of their Division Two County Championship match against Glamorgan at Grace Road today.

Meanwhile, Zaheer Khan scalped three wickets for 30 runs as Derbyshire were struggling at 180 for six in 52 overs on Day one of their match against Worcestershire at New Road.

Resuming from his overnight 142, Mongia looked settled and hit two boundaries but was soon undone by Andrew Davies as he edged him to keeper Mark Wallace. Mongia had 15 hits to the fence and one over hit in his 298-ball 161.

John Saddler, who resumed at 47 alongside Mongia went on to make 77 before he was trapped leg before by M J Cosgrove.

P A Nixon (41) and S C J Broad (2) were at the crease.

Yesterday, Leicestershire lost opener Darren Maddy and Aftab Habib early but Mongia and John Maunders (71) spoiled their party and put on 91 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for a big total.

Even though it was not easy to play the strokes on this kind of wicket and patience was the key, Mongia showed tremendous application and mixed caution with aggression and despite rival captain bring in frequent bowling changes, Mongia was rock solid and the exercises proved futile.

Coming off a knock of 165 against Essex, Mongia once again showed his class and reached his century off 193 balls with 11 fours and was seen celebrating it with a six off Croft that soared over extra-cover.

In another Division Two County Championship match, Zaheer removed the top order to unsettle Derbyshire. The left-arm paceman opened account by trapping S D Stubbings (8) leg before when the score was eight. He then forced one-down C R Taylor (11) to play slighly uppish and Greame Hick made no mistake.

After holding one end for long, the other opener, M J Di Venuto (26) was also undid by Khan in similar fashion.

Apart from Khan, Kabeer Ali took two wickets in 13 overs.

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