Fifth Test Match

India v England

At Madras, January 10, 11, 13, 14, 15. India won by 128 runs and secured the series two-nil. The match followed the same pattern as at Calcutta, India taking advantage of winning the toss to run up a good total on a pitch which took spin. England, disappointing in their first innings, found the deficit too much for eventual recovery.

Pullar again had to drop out of the England side at the last moment because of stomach trouble and Mike Smith regained a place. Brown would have played instead of David Smith but for a cut middle finger on the right hand. India did not agree to his playing with sticking plaster on it. Prasanna gained his first cap for India, he and Nadkarni replacing Mehra and Ranjane.

Those who expected India, one up, to play for safety, received a surprise. Winning the toss for the fourth successive time, Contractor set the pace and played his only big innings of the series. The first hour brought 50 and 296 runs came in the day for seven wickets, including four 6's by Pataudi (two), Jaisimha and Contractor.

Pataudi gave a dashing display and took only two hours, thirty-five minutes over his century. In the first hour after lunch he and Contractor added 82, their stand in all producing 104 in ninety-five minutes. Pataudi's 103 also included sixteen 4's.

England virtually lost the match on the second day. Engineer hit Knight for 16 in the first over and he and Nadkarni established a new eighth wicket record for India in any Test, adding 101. Dropped catches were again costly, Engineer being missed when 30 and 33. India made their 428 in seven hours, fifty minutes.

England never really recovered from a bad start. They were 108 for four by the close and although M. Smith showed a return to form seven men were out for 189. Allen, Millman and D. Smith improved the position, Millman and D. Smith putting on 55 for the last wicket, the best for that stand by England against India.

Leading by 147 India struggled against Lock and on the third day Manjrekar and Umrigar scored only 15 in the last hour. Still India were always well placed and with Manjrekar continuing his solid defensive play England were set to get 338 to win at 43 an hour. They again began poorly and although Barrington, Parfitt and Knight fought hard the result was never in doubt, the match ending just after lunch on the fifth day. Durani, with ten wickets in the game, was India's leading bowler and Borde gave valuable support.

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