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Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble triggered a sensationalEngland collapse with a five-wicket haul on the opening day of thesecond Test in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Kumble, who took six wickets in his previous Test innings againstEngland at Mohali on Thursday when India won the opening match,continued to haunt the tourists who made a mess of a rosy opening beforereaching 277 for six at stumps despite 99 from Marcus Trescothick.All-rounder Craig White, however, made a brave attempt to rally Englandwith an unbeaten 42 in the closing session. James Foster was the othernot-out batsman on 15.England was on course for a big total after a 124-run stand between MarkButcher (51) and Trescothick before losing wickets in quick successionto squander the advantage of batting first on an easy-paced pitch.England lost five wickets for 56 after Trescothick and Butcher hadthreatened to extend India's ordeal in the sun with their bigpartnership.Trescothick, who missed his third Test century by one run, struck onesix and 11 fours before edging Kumble to wicket-keeper Deep Dasguptawhile trying to cut.The England middle order, without a consistent Graham Thorpe, chokedwhen it was time to consolidate as Kumble kept up the pressure with atesting line and length to bag his 18th haul of five or more wickets ina Test innings.Thorpe, one of the best batsmen against spin, was scheduled to returnhome Tuesday night because of personal problems. "He (Thorpe) has toattend to pressing matters of a personal nature," said England MediaRelations Manager David Clarke.Thorpe's absence was a big blow for England, trailing 1-0 in athree-Test series following its defeat in the opening match. England'sbatting problems began after the dismissal of Butcher, edging Kumble toDasgupta after smashing nine fours in his 130-ball knock.Kumble struck when Butcher and Trescothick had been gathering runscomfortably against both pace and spin. They virtually demoralised theIndian attack with a wide range of attacking shots.There was little after the Butcher-Trescothick partnership as none ofthe middle-order batsmen could cope with Kumble. The Indian spinnerremoved Butcher, skipper Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan in his sevenovers before tea and then accounted for Trescothick and Andrew Flintoff.Mark Ramprakash slammed a 49-ball 37 with one six and six fours, but hisflourish did not last long.India, however, had to struggle for more than a session for its firstwicket after Hussain had won the toss for the first time in 11 Tests.Indian fast bowler Javagal Srinath made a forgettable return to thesquad after missing the first Test due to a finger injury. He wasseverely punished by the England openers, who were quick to spot errorsin line and length.Trescothick matched Butcher shot for shot, using his feet effectively toneutralise the spinners. He struck the first six of the day, swingingoff spinner Harbhajan Singh over mid-wicket.The tourists made two changes from the team that lost the first match,including Vaughan and Ashley Giles in place of Thorpe and James Ormond.Left-arm spinner Giles missed the first Test after bruising his heel.India named Srinath and middle-order batsman Sehwag in its playing XI.Srinath was unfit for the first Test, while Sehwag was back afterserving a one-match ban imposed on him by match referee Mike Denness ofEngland for excessive appealing in the second Test against South Africain November.

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