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Shib Sankar simply superb

By Our Special Correspondent

AMRITSAR, FEB. 28. In a splendid show of commitment and courage, 22-year-old medium-pacer Shib Sankar Paul dominated the second day of the Duleep Trophy match against England `A' with a five-wicket haul at the Gandhi Stadium here. East Zone, after taking a first innings lead of 58 runs, ended the day at 65 for three, the contest quite interestingly poised.

The tall and well-built Paul, hailing from a non-descript town in Cooch Behar district of Bengal, rattled the Englishmen, barring Mathew Prior (82 not out), with his pace and a nagging line that commanded respect in the two spells he produced in most testing conditions. Paul was on medication for dysentery after having spent the entire day on bed but for a brief appearance as the last batsman on Friday.

With a tally of 40 first-class wickets this season, this soft-spoken lad from Toofanganj stormed the English camp to return his fifth five-wicket haul in seven matches.

"I knew I had to bowl a steady line because the pitch was slow. I'm glad I could help the team even though I was feeling weak,'' said Paul.

East, needing an outright victory here to make it to the final, did well to strike early in the day through Debasis Mohanty who surprised Test batsman Ed Smith into fending a catch at silly point. Paul then struck by removing Newman and Michael Lumb before Kevin Pietersen arrived to play a few robust shots and scatter the field.

In superb nick, Pietersen, with four centuries on this tour, played an awful shot to hole out to long - on and from there it was Prior against the East bowlers. His footwork against the spinners was delightful and some of the strokes he played had even the opponents admiring. A pity he ran out of partners as his mates played some horrendous shots to compound the matters. Prior, in his 121-ball knock, hit 12 fours. East did not fare well in the 23 overs it was required to face. Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not learn from a reprieve and was caught at covers from a rash drive. Deep Dasgupta failed to pick the line while Arindam Das succumbed to an ambitious drive.

The scores:

East Zone — 1st innings: 283.

England `A' — 1st innings: S. Newman b Paul 20, E. Smith c A. Das b Mohanty 0, M. Lumb lbw b Paul 33, K. Pietersen c Mohanty b Chatterjee 32, M Prior (not out) 82, K. Ali lbw b Paul 0, G. Napier c Powar b Chatterjee 28, G. Wagg c Dasgupta b Powar 8, J. Tredwell c A. Das b Chatterjee 1, S. Mahmood b Paul 12, S. Kirby b Paul 0. Extras (lb-3, nb-6) 9. Total 225.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-36, 3-37, 4-104, 5-106, 6-171, 7-187, 8-188, 9-223.

East Zone bowling: Paul 18.5-4-61-5, Mohanty 9-1-23-1, Shukla 1-0-5-0, Lahiri 8-0-57-0, Chatterjee 22-3-55-3, Powar 6-0-21-1.

East Zone — 2nd innings: Dasgupta b Mahmood 7, M.S. Dhoni c Napier b Mahmood 24, A. Das c Prior b Kirby 7, K. Powar (batting) 16, S. Lahiri (batting) 7. Extras (lb-3, nb-1) 4. Total (for three wkts) 65.

Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-34, 3-49.

England `A' bowling: Mahmood 9-4-27-2, Kirby 6-0-16-1, Napier 3-1-4-0, Tredwell 5-0-15-0.

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