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|Tredwell puts paid to East's final hopes|
Friday, February 27 2004 22:38 Hrs (IST)
Captain Shiv Sunder Das waged a lone battle with an unbeaten 124 but off-spinner James Tredwell walked away with the opening day's honours after claiming five for 101.
It was, however, right-arm seamer Graham Napier who did the damage by axing the East top order with his tidy spell to return with figures of three for 54.
The English need an innings or 10-wicket victory so as to claim maximum points from the match to advance to the final.
South Zone, the third team in the group, have four points from their historic win over the tourists while East have two by virtue of their first innings lead over South.
Put into bat, East, needing a victory to book their final berth, wasted the solid start given by Das and M S Dhoni who made a well-paced 52 from 71 balls.
The duo added 93 runs for the opening stand before Dhoni was caught by Ed Smith off Steven Kirby (1-41) in the 25th over.
Napier then struck a double blow, trapping both Arindam Das and Deep Dasgupta for no score, reducing East to 99 for three.
It was all down hill for East from there on with Tredwell wiping out the middle and late order with his vicious off-breaks.
Test opener Das carried the bat through the day, spendingsix hours and 25 minutes at the crease and facing 294 ballsfor his century.
England 'A' suffers embarrassing defeat