Thatscricket - News - Cricket: India loses despite Nissars 5-wicket heroics
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 15:03 [IST]
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India played its first Test against England at Lords on June 25, 1932. The Indians, led by C K Nayudu, lost the Test by 158 runs. But, the highlight of Indias performance was the bowling efforts of Mohammed Nissar and Jehangir Khan.Nissar claimed five wickets in the first innings the first five-wicket haul by an Indian on debut as England was bowled out for 259. Khan took four wickets in Englands second knock.The Indians, however, were undone by the bowling of Hammond, who had a spell of 5.3-3-9. England captain Douglas Jardine shone with the bat to score 79 and 85 not out.England reciprocated the tour with a three-Test series in India from December 1933. England won the series 2-0. England won the first Test by wickets with Lala Amarnath becoming the first Indian to score a century against England and also on debut. Valentine became the first English player to score a century against India. Nissar captured five wickets in this Test also.India managed to draw the second Test at Calcutta after following on 156 runs behind. England won the final Test at Madras by 202 runs. India in its second visit to England during 1936 played three and again lost 0-2. In the first Test at Lords India managed to gain a slender 13-run first innings lead by dismissing England for 134 runs on a rain-affected pitch. But, the Indians lost the advantage by being bundled out for 93 in the second know with seamers Allen (five for 43) and Verity (four for 17) doing the damage. England cantered to the 107 runs needed for victory by losing just one wicket in the process.The Indians managed a draw in a high-scoring second Test at Manchester. India was bowled out for 203 and England piled up 571 for eight declared with Hammonds 267 being the highlight of the innings. The Indians, despite a deficit of 368 runs, began the second innings positively thanks to the double century partnership (203 runs) between Mushtaq Ali (112) and Vijay Merchant (114). The Indians held on for a honourable draw.Hammond (217) once again stole the show in the third Test as England making first use of the wicket reached a commanding 471 for eight declared. Hammond was wonderfully supported by Worthington (12). India was all out of for 222 and followed on. Despite scoring 312 in the second knock, the Indians could not avoid defeat.The story of Indias losses continued in the 1946 tour of three-Test series. Indias dream of a win against England came during the 1951-52 home series. After three consecutive draws, India lost the fourth Test by eight wickets. The Indians, however, won the fifth and final Test at Madras (now Chennai) by an innings and eight runs. The bowling efforts of Vinoo Mankad (eight for 55 and four for 53) were well complimented by centuries from Pankay Roy (111) and Polly Umrigar (130). The Indian batsman also registered seven centuries in the series. The centuries were from: V M Merchant (154), V S Hazare (164, 155), Pankaj Roy (140, 111), D G Phadkar (115) and P R Umrigar (130).