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Published: Thursday, November 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: India was left rueing its missed chances as England improved its performance by several notches to take a strong position in the second Test Ahmedabad on Wednesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]India allowed Craig White to complete his maiden Test century, which helped England to a solid first innings total of 407. By the end of the second day's play on Wednesday, the home team had already lost both its openers with 71 runs on the board.Rahul Dravid (5) and Sachin Tendulkar (2) were batting with India trailing the England total by 336 runs. It was a tale of missed opportunities for the Indians who could have dismissed White when he was on 44 early in the day. Instead, White went on to make 121, aided by some sloppy fielding by the Indians.White held the England innings together after the visitors resumed at their overnight 277 for six, adding 105 runs for the seventh wicket with wicket-keeper James Foster that was a new English record against India. He had useful little partnerships with Ashley Giles and Richard Dawson before being dismissed as the last wicket. He batted for 343 minutes and faced 265 balls, hitting 12 fours and two sixes off Harbhajan Singh.Having allowed England to score more than 250 for the first time in the series, the Indians started cautiously. Shiv Sunder Das and Deep Dasgupta batted for about one and a half hours, putting on 54 runs before both got out in quick succession. PTI


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