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|South Zone crumble against England 'A'|
Monday, February 23 2004 18:07 Hrs (IST)
South, without the batting services of captain Sadagopan Ramesh, who suffered a finger injury while fielding on Saturday, resembled a rudderless aircraft and were all out for 174 in 42.3 overs, falling 103 runs short of the tourists' 377.
Seamer Sreeshant then picked two wickets to peg back England 'A' , who were 88 for three in their second essay at stumps on the second day.
Earlier, resuming at 308 for seven, the English tail frustrated South, with Graham Napier (76) and Simon Jones (23) adding 56 runs for the ninth-wicket. Left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi returned with four for 106 while N P Singh and Ramkumar grabbed two wickets each.
South lost their openers, makeshift Ibrahim Khaleel (1) and Rowland Barrington (0), for three before Sridharan Sriram and Venugopalarao added 74 runs for the third-wicket.
But the dismissal of Sriram (44) was followed by a middle order collapse which saw South slide to 96 for six. R Ramkumar (43) then gave Venugopal Rao (58 not out) some support as the two pushed the score to 166 before the former fell to James Tredwell.
Tredwell went on to wipe out the tail to finish with four for 41 while Simon Jones took 2-24.
Pieterson knock helps Eng reach 308