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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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England's tour of India
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Mohali: Debutant seamer Tinu Yohannan took two quick wickets to boost India's chances of winning the opening cricket Test against England on Thursday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]England, trailing by 231 runs, was struggling at 127 for three in its second innings at lunch, with Graham Thorpe (26) and Mark Ramprakash (14) at the crease.The tourists were comfortably placed at 68 for no loss before losing three big wickets in the space to 19 runs to squander the advantage on an easy-paced pitch.Yohannan provided the breakthrough when he broke the opening-wicket stand between Marcus Trescothick (46) and Mark Butcher (18) in the day's ninth over after the tourists had resumed at 34 for no loss.Butcher was the first to be dismissed. He failed to control a pull-shot and was caught by substitute Jacob Martin, who brought off a diving catch at deep square-leg.Trescothick also fell playing one shot too many in the morning session, pulling Yohannan to Iqbal Siddiqui after smashing nine boundaries in his 95-ball knock.Trescothick added 30 to his overnight score in the first session, which produced 93 runs in 26 overs.England suffered a big blow when skipper Nasser Hussain inside-edged an Anil Kumble delivery on to his stumps after contributing just 12 to leave his team tottering at 87 for three.Thorpe and Ramprakash, however, denied the hosts further success as they added 40 for the unbroken fourth-wicket stand.