England were in a strong position after the end of the second day's play in the first cricket test against India in New Delhi on Saturday (18 December).
England were in a strong position after the end of the second day's play in the first cricket test against India in New Delhi on Saturday (18 December). After resuming at six wickets for 239 runs, England added another 142 runs, most of them coming from Dennis Amiss and John Lever, playing in his first test. Amiss added another 70 runs to his overnight score of 109 before being caught by Sharma off the bowling of Venrakatahavan for 179. Between them Lever and Amiss added 94 runs for the eight wicket.
SYNOPSIS: Lever batted confidently in his first test innings and was in no trouble against the Indian spin bowling. He hit several fours, including one off the bowling of Bedi for his half-century. He was last man out in England's innings.
India started confidently in their innings with Gavaskar and Gaekwas adding 43 runs without loss. They both appeared to be batting well without difficulties until Lever's sixth over.
First he had Gaekwad out leg-before-wicket and with his next ball dismissed Mohinder Amarnath in the same way. Two overs later he struck again, dismissing Vishwanath in the same way.
In the same over Lever bowled Venkatarahgava to take the fourth Indian wicket to fall with the total at only 49 runs. Lever finished the day with four wickets for only 16 runs.
India finished the day with only 51 runs on the board for the loss of the four wickets leaving the visiting side in a strong position with lead of 338 runs.