Strict police security was in force during the cricket test match between India and England at Madras.
Strict police security was in force during the cricket test match between India and England at Madras. Despite rumours that the match could be the target of Black September Arab guerrillas, the match passed without incident. The test, which ended on Wednesday (17 January) was won by India by four wickets.
England captain, Tony Lewis, blamed his team's batting for the defeat. India's batsman were by no means strong, but the spin-bowlers, Bishan Singh Bedi and B. Chandrasekhar, gave India superiority. On the final day, Indian batsman needed 54 runs to win. It took ninety minutes.
The Madras test was the third of a five match series. The two remaining tests will be played at Kanpur and Bombay. India has so far won two taste to England's one, and sports commentators favour India to win the series.
SYNOPSIS: The third cricket test between India and England at Madras....India won, and the match passed without incident despite fears of violence. Tight police security surrounded the game when it was suspected the cricket could be a target for Black September Arab guerrillas.
Geoff Arnold bowling to Durani, a player who had a major part in India's win. He was top scorer in the second innings and made thirty-eight before going out. L.B.W., to the bowling of Pat Pocock.
The Madras match was India's second win from three tests so far. With games remaining at Kanour and Bombay, India is favoured to win the series. English captain, Tony Lewis, blames the latest loss on poor batting. But cricket commentators judged India's batsman not much better, and attribute the win to the spin-bowling of Bishan Singh Bedi and B. Chandrasekhar. On Wednesday, the final day here at Madras, India had to make only fifty four runs to win. The score came up in ninety minutes when India had four wickets in hand.
Pat Pocock clean bowls Visnaweth, out for a duck. It was one of four Indian wickets which fell to Pocock on the final day.
The left-hander, Durani, hits a six off the bowling of Gifford. He has the second highest Indian batting average of the tests so far, but has been left out of the team for the next test at Kanpur.