East Zone v England A, Duleep Trophy, Amritsar February 27, 2004

Tredwell leads the fightback for England A

Wisden Cricinfo staff

East Zone 283 (Das 124*, Tredwell 5-101) v England A

Graham Napier: turned things round with two quick wickets
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James Tredwell led England A's fightback in their Duleep Trophy match at Amritsar. He took five wickets as East Zone were bowled out for 283, having been 97 for 1 at lunch on the opening day.

Shiv Sunder Das, the former Test opener, held things together for East Zone, carrying his bat to end on 124 not out. He put on 93 for the first wicket with Mahi Dhoni, in what was a tough opening session for the bowlers.

Steve Kirby provided the only success when he had Mahindra Dhoni caught by Ed Smith for 52. Kirby, however, proved expensive in his first appearance on the tour since replacing Simon Jones, going for 30 from six overs before lunch, but England's fortunes changed immediately after the lunch break.

Graham Napier started the comeback with two quick wickets, both lbw, the second of which was Deep Dasgupta, the former Test player, for a duck. Tredwell then chipped in with a further two scalps, removing Devang Ghandi and Kiran Powar as East Zone lost five wickets for 79 runs. Tredwell worked his way steadily through the rest of the middle and lower order, although Das and Chatterjee held England up with a stand of 45.

Tredwell finished with 5 for 101 from 24 overs, and Napier 3 for 54, in a total which went some way to justifying Tredwell's decision to bowl first.