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Winning start for India

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP):Pragyan Ojha took four wickets as India made a winning start to their Twenty20 World Cup defence yesterday by beating Bangladesh by 25 runs at Trent Bridge.

Ojha's four for 21 on his Twenty20 international debut ensured India's 180-5 was enough for the win.

The 22-year-old Ojha credited his Indian Premier League campaign with the Deccan Chargers for boosting his self-belief.

"It was quite chilly, but thanks to IPL, where I bowled quite well, I had a lot of confidence in myself, and I backed myself," he said.

Yuvraj Singh's whirlwind 41 provided the India innings with much-needed late impetus after Gautam Gambhir had found the boundary only four times in his 50.

Yuvraj hit four sixes and three fours from only 18 balls to bolster India's total.

In another match Jesse Ryder hit 31 as New Zealand eased to a seven-wicket win over Scotland in a match reduced to seven overs a side due to rain.

51-run partnership

Ryder put on a 51-run partnership with stand-in captain Brendon McCullum in 19 balls to quickly chip into Scotland's score of 89-4 and exploit poor bowling.

After losing two wickets, the Black Caps entered the sixth - and penultimate - over requiring 22. Two sixes from Ross Taylor and another from Scott Styris off medium-pacer Jan Stander completed the win with six balls to spare.

flying start

Ryan Watson got the Scots off to a flying start by hitting a spectacular 27 from only 10 deliveries once the match finally started 2 hours, 20 minutes late after heavy rain at the Oval disrupted the start of the second day of the tournament.

New Zealand did not begin to assert control until they introduced seamer Ian Butler in the third over.

Butler struck with his first delivery to dismiss Watson, who was caught in the deep attempting to hit over cover.

Scotland's scoring rate remained strong with Watson's fellow opener Navdeep Poonia and Kyle Coetzer sharing a half-century stand in just 22 deliveries.

Coetzer was given a reprieve when he was dropped on four by McCullum.

7:30 a.m: Scotland vs South Africa at The Oval

11:30 a.m: England vs Pakistan at The Oval