July 24, 2003

Croft puts Glamorgan on top against India A

Wisden CricInfo staff

India A scored 149 for 6 (Sriram 62, Gavaskar 61, Croft 3 for 45) against Glamorgan

Three quick wickets from Robert Croft put Glamorgan in a strong position against India A at Swansea. A spell of 3 for 3 in 14 balls from Croft helped reduce India A to 149 for 6 before the rain came down in the 53rd over.

After they won the toss and chose to bat, India A were in early trouble after Glamorgan's David Harrison struck twice early on to leave them teetering on 26 for 2. Satyajit Parab was the first to go when he was caught by Croft for only 4 (7 for 1), and then Shiv Sunder Das was also caught, by Dean Cosker for 14.

However, Sridharam Sriram (62) and Rohan Gavaskar (61) then led the recovery. They put on 116 in 35 overs before both were dismissed by Croft. Gavaskar was well caught by Owen Parkin at short third man as he miscued an attempted drive off Darren Thomas (142 for 3). And Sriram was later caught at first slip by Mike Powell, after hitting six fours in his patient innings (149 for 6).

In between those wickets, Hemang Badani was Croft's second victim when he was adjudged lbw for 0 as he padded up (146 for 5) and Vijay Bharadwaj also fell leg before, to Parkin (154 for 4).

That all meant that India A had lost four wickets for only seven runs, but heavy rain meant that no further play was possible.