233dThe Bulletin by George Binoy

Indians on course for big total

Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir made half-centuries to set up a strong foundation as the Indians reached 281 for 3 at stumps

Match Centre

Scorecard Summary

INDIANS 388/7d(130.5 OVERS)

SUSSEX 300/6d(85.1 OVERS)

INDIANS 184/8d(51 OVERS)

SUSSEX 190/9(55 OVERS)

55 | (maiden) | Sssx: 190/9

  • Robin Martin-Jenkins45 (87b)
  • Jason Lewry8 (24b)
  • Anil Kumble20-4-57-3

A cracking end to the first tour game. Sussex declared sportingly in the first innings to spice the game up and bowled well to push India on the back foot. India lost wickets in a clutch and couldn't force the pace as a result. Finally, the declaration came. The bowlers tried to push for a result and pushed Sussex to the precipice but Robin Martin-Jenkins stood between them and victory.

Kumble to Martin-Jenkins, no run, And Robin saves the day for Sussex. A very gritty effort from him. Kumble ripped a fullish one, going for the blockhole, Robin leant forward, made sure the front leg was not pressed fatally across and jabbed it away.
Kumble to Martin-Jenkins, no run, slider on the middle, Robin leans forward, brings his bat in front of the pad to keep it out
Kumble to Martin-Jenkins, no run, full and on the middle, Robin leans forward to defend down the track
Kumble to Martin-Jenkins, no run, topspinner on the middle, Robin pushes at it, gets an inside-edge past short leg
Kumble to Martin-Jenkins, no run, lands on a length, just outside the off stump, rushes on straight and Robin lets it go
Kumble to Martin-Jenkins, no run, huge huge shout for lbw. It was full in length, on the middle and slides in. Robin leans forward and is beaten on the forward prod. That looked out. Would have taken out the leg stump. Close call. . Five to go now.

The last over of the day. India need a wicket, Sussex just need to see off these deliveries from Kumble. Cracking finish to the tour game.

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Sussex 4th innings Partnerships

1st1RR MontgomerieCD Nash
2nd17RR MontgomerieMH Yardy
3rd28RR MontgomerieCD Hopkinson
4th50RR MontgomerieMA Thornely
5th10RR MontgomerieAJ Hodd
6th14RSC Martin-JenkinsAJ Hodd
7th3RSC Martin-JenkinsOP Rayner
8th29Saqlain MushtaqRSC Martin-Jenkins
9th21RJ KirtleyRSC Martin-Jenkins
10th17JD LewryRSC Martin-Jenkins