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Western Australia thrash Mumbai by seven wickets in Cup contest


PERTH, Australia, March 30 (AFP) - Test batsman Justin Langer slammed a well-measured century to guide Western Australia to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over India's Mumbai in a Champions Cup one-day match at the WACA Ground here Friday night.

Unable to produce his best form during Australia's recent 1-2 Test loss in India, Langer celebrated his appointment as captain of his State side by crafting an excellent 119 not out, embellished with nine fours and a six, from 149 balls.

Western Australia coasted to 234 for three from 46.5 overs as they chased the 231 for eight registered by the tourists in their full quota of 50 overs.

Mumbai won the toss and batted first on the second day of the four-nation contest in which South African side KwaZulu Natal and New Zealand's Central Districts are also competing.

The left-handed Langer opened the State side's innings and was seldom in trouble during his three hours at the crease.

He received useful support from Michael Hussey (32 not out from 33 balls), Simon Katich (30 from 57) and former Zimbabwe Test star Murray Goodwin (30 from 40).

Mumbai's innings began promisingly as openers Robin Morris and Wasim Jaffer posted 98 from the first 24 overs.

But the middle and lower order failed to capitalise on the good work of Jaffer (82 from 108 balls, with 10 boundaries) and Morris (a sheet anchor 32 from 73 balls).

Number six Sairaj Bahutule clubbed 32 not out from as many balls, with three boundaries, but Vinayak Mane (22 from 40) and Test all-rounder Samir Dighe (26 from 22) were unable to push on after fine starts.

The only bowler to take the eye on either side on a batsman-friendly pitch was medium-pacer Kade Harvey, who snapped up 3-40 from nine overs.





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