Cricket -- and England took a first innings lead of 130 in the Second Test against India in Calcutta -- despite a slow rate of scoring on a poor pitch, left almost without any grass.
Cricket -- and England took a first innings lead of 130 in the Second Test against India in Calcutta -- despite a slow rate of scoring on a poor pitch, left almost without any grass. By the end of the day's play on Monday (January 3), England were 285 for six against India's 155 all out. England Captain Tony Greig, running a high temperature, worked hard to get 94 not out. He was largely helped in a fifth-wicket partnership with Bob Tolchard -- who had some lucky breaks.
SYNOPSIS: Chandra to Tolchard -- who's dropped behind the wicket by Kirmani.
Madal lal to Tolchard -- and the Englishman's second lucky break when an appeal for a catch behind the wicket was dismissed.
Madan lal to Tolchard again -- who takes a single to put up his fifty, reflecting much of the slow scoring for the day.
The crowd became restless as time wore on, and began frequent slow handclaps. Greig -- taking a single off Chandra -- later apologised to the crowd of 80,000 for the slow scoring, blaming it on the worn pitch which began turning the ball unpredictably.
Prasanna to Greig -- and a rare boundary for four. Tolchard was out shortly afterwards -- bowled by Bedi for 67.
England wicketkeeper Alan Knott joined Greig for a brief spell being swiftly caught by Gavascar off Bedi for two.
Two hundred and thirty four for six -- a sluggish rate of less than 30 an hour. Bedi to Greig -- and another single from the England captain, who hung on perversely against a feverish temperature and irregular wicket.