INTRODUCTION: A fourth wicket partnership of 111 runs between England's captain Tony Greig and vice-captain, Mike Brearley saved their side from disaster on the first day of the third cricket test against India in Madras on Friday (14 January).
CU Greig wins toss and waves to crowd (2 shots)
TV Amiss dropped off first ball from Madan Lal
CU Scoreboard 14-1
TV Amiss walking back to pavilion
SV Scoreboard 31-3
TV Greig scores one run off Chandra
TV Brearley scores four runs off Chandra
SV Scoreboard at 142-3 showing Greig and Brearley both past 50
TV PAN India team congratulate Bedi as Greig walks back to in pavilion
LV PAN Crowd applauding Greig
At the close of the first day's play, England were 171 for five wickets with Knott on 21 and Lever yet to score. Brearley was out caught and bowled Prasanna for 59.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A fourth wicket partnership of 111 runs between England's captain Tony Greig and vice-captain, Mike Brearley saved their side from disaster on the first day of the third cricket test against India in Madras on Friday (14 January).
SYNOPSIS: The day began well for Greig when he won the toss against Indian captain Bishen Bedi and elected to bat. The England innings started dramatically when Dennis Amiss was dropped by Armanath off the first ball from Madan Lal. However, the respite was short-lived as Amiss was out soon after leg-before-wicket to the same bowler. Woolmer and Randall were out soon afterwards, and England were at 31 for three. There were further problems when Tolchard retired hurt.
The captain, Greig, then joined his vice-captain Mike Brearley at the crease and the two set about the task of getting their side out of trouble, with runs mostly difficult to find against the Indian attack.
The two batted steadily throughout the afternoon, and both had taken their individual scores past the half-century mark by just after tea. Greig's 50 took him 176 minutes, while Brearley's took four hours.
However, with the score at 142, Greig was out when he tried to cut a ball from Bedi and was caught at slip by Viswanath for 54. It was Bedi's 200th test wicket in his 51st test match for India.