INTRODUCTION: Cricket...and the England touring team won their first ever test match in Calcutta to?
GV Chandra bowling to Greig, hits four, bringing up century (3 shots)
LV Greig out l.b.w.
LV Prasanna bowling to Old, who hits single to bring England up to 300 for 7 wickets
LV Bedi bowls to Lever who's caught
LV Prasanna to Old, who hits single to reach his 50
LV Bedi to Underwood who's caught
Bob Willis to Solkar who's caught
Another huge crowd of 80,000 turned up for the last day although the game seemed certain to end early with India 145 for 7 still 33 runs behind the England first innings core. India ware all out for 181, England made 16 for 0 to win by ten wickets and the English team who were generously applauded by the Indian crowd made a lap of honour around the Calcutta ground. the Indian side were pelted with rubbish by their own supporters. Solkar and batsman Parthasarathy Sharma are among two players dropped from the 14 for the third test which starts in Madras on Friday (14 January).
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Cricket...and the England touring team won their first ever test match in Calcutta to go two up after the first two matches in the series against India on Thursday (6 January). They owned their victory as much to captain Tony Greig as anybody. On a difficult Calcutta pitch almost bare of grass, Greig scored an uncharacteristically show, but determined, century.
SYNOPSIS: Greig stood at 94 not out when the fourth day started on Wednesday. he took only three balls to score the last six runs for his hundred -- the four which bought up the century coming off Indian spinner Bhaghat Chandrasekhar
But Greig made only three more before off spinner Prasanna made one turn appreciably to catch Greig leg before wicket -- his 103 runs had taken almost seven hours to make, a slow but valuable innings.
England were now trying to get some quick runs to capitalise on the lead they had so painstakingly built up. Fast bowler Chris Old had taken part in a stand of over fifty with Greig and & single from him brought up the 300 for England with seven wickets down. New cap John Lever, who had a major hand in England winning the first test, did not last long this time. He was caught by Gavaskar off the Indian captain Bedi for two, but Old went on to bring up his fifty -- and with a lead of over 150, England were confident they could make the most of their first innings advantage on the difficult pitch.
English spin bowler Derek Underwood was the last English wicket to fall -- caught by Gavaskar off Bedi. When the Indian second innings started a little later Underwood was one of the first among the wickets, bowling Gavaskar for 18. By the time England fast bowler Bob Willis, here, had Solkar caught behind by Knott, India were 5 for 70 and heading for certain defeat.