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Match Report
Derek Scott

There were no changes from the selected team. MH Stevenson; EDR Shearer and G Wilson were not available for selection.

Ireland were well beaten by a better team who added to our gloominess by giving the impression that they were not trying particularly hard. India began cautiously and lost Roy at 24. Umrigar's arrival meant action and in the next half-hour 42 were added before Sarwate left to a good catch by wicket-keeper Miller. Manjrekar, 20 years of age and just after a test century at Lords, joined Umrigar and the score mounted to 118. Then Umrigar was magnificently caught at mid-wicket by Armstrong off Boucher. He included two sixes and seven fours in his 62, made in an hour.

So to the best stand of the day, that between Manjrekar and Adhikari which realised 113 runs in just over an hour. Manjrekar left first after scoring 88 in 100 minutes with one 6 and 11 fours. This player uses his wrists and feet beautifully and frequently was seen to step away in order to get additional leverage before leaning into his cut strokes. Adhikari made 45, Divecha 24 and Sen 27 before the end came at 304 made in 200 minutes. Armstrong, who only bowled 9.2 overs, took 2-17; Bowden took 3-95 but was too often hit to square leg for a left-hander.

Ireland began very badly, Jacobson and Pollock both falling to Divecha with only four runs on the board. Bergin followed as 18 after 40 minutes of defensive play for 12 runs - a rash cut stroke saw him caught behind the wicket. McCloy and Martin added 18 and then both fell at the same total, Martin was bowled by off-spinner Chowdhury while McCloy was caught and bowled by leg spinner Shinde who had just come on. Ingram and Armstrong were now together and their styles contrasted. Ingram played six consecutive maidens from the dangerous Shinde while Armstrong laid about himself at the other end. The latter used his feet well and was prepared to take risks. 32 were added before Ingram was caught off the persistent Shinde for a patient 8. Boucher came in and saw Armstrong hit Shinde for a 6 to leg. At 83-6 the light got very bad and an appeal was upheld. Armstrong was 32 not out.

The follow-on was not saved and despite a better showing in the second innings Ireland were beaten by an innings and nine runs. Overnight rain had made the wicket soft and it appeared to play easy. Armstrong only added one to his overnight 32 before being bowled by Ramchand. Boucher batted correctly as always for 12 not out and Huey hit three fours in his 15. The total was 126. Four Indian bowlers shared the wickets - the seamer Ramchand having the best figures.

A bad start was again made in the second innings, Jacobson being out at six. Bergin followed at 35 after a painstaking four. Pollock was in great form and scored with powerful shots through the covers and to leg. The manner in which he dominated the situation is shown by the fact that he scored 54 out of 61 made while he was at the wicket. He reached 50 in 47 minutes and when he left to a quick catch and bowled by Ramchand he had hit six fours. Shinde then began to take wickets with his leg-breaks. Martin was caught behind the wicket at 72 while McCloy fell in the same manner off Ramchand at 96. McCloy had made 17 in patient manner. Neither Armstrong nor Boucher lasted long and seven wickets went down for 116. Ingram, who had come in at 72, was meanwhile playing very well and Bowden proved an able partner. Bowden had a few lucky escapes including one piece of "double luck" when he was dropped by Roy and even then should have been run out but the return was bad. Ingram, in a stay of 75 minutes for 54 runs, showed that he had lost none of his former ability to hook anything short of a length. He had a five and seven fours in a really fighting innings. Shinde dismissed him at 161 and followed by getting Bowden and Huey in successive overs to finish the match. The attendance on the second day was very good, despite the state of the game. The biggest disappointment of the match was the visitors fielding which was not up to the Irish standard.

College Park, Dublin