England tour of India - Cricket: Trescothick out for 99, Eng 277/6
Published: Sunday, December 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahemdabad: A couple of doubtful decisions from Zimbabwean umpire Ian Robinson not withstanding, Indian bowlers once again proved their dominance over the English batsmen.Left-handed opener Marcus Trescothick was the only exception. But, he too fell to the pressure to be dismissed for 99 as leg spinner Anil Kumble ran amok in the post lunch session. Kumble broke the English middle order as the visitors reached 277 for six at the draw of stumps.Mark Butcher (51) and Craig White (unbeaten on 42) shared the batting honours with Trescothick.England made a sedate start with the openers playing with their heads down against medium pacers Javagal Srinath and Tinu Yohannan. The early introduction of spin too didnt have much impact in the first session as Mark Butcher and Trescothick played a good waiting game.Kumble, however, changed the face of the game post lunch with three quick wickets. While Butcher was lured into pushing tentatively outside the off stump for Deep Dasgupta to take the catch, the next two victims England captain Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan were unfortunate to get doubtful decisions from umpire Robinson.Hussain was adjudged leg before wicket, but TV replays showed that the ball could have missed the leg stump. Vaughan was given out, caught bat/pad by Virender Sehwag at silly point but once again TV replays showed that the umpire may have erred. Opener Marcus Trescothick (99) was on the verge of a century as England went into tea at 179 for three. But, Kumble denied the opener the distinction when he was caught behind by Dasgupta.Earlier, Butcher and Trescothick put their heads down and played safely in the first session of play during which England didnt lose a wicket. England captain Nasser Hussain won the toss and promptly elected to bat. Hussain's delight at calling correctly for the first time in 15 Tests was hampered by the news that star batsman Graham Thorpe will not be available for the rest of the series."He (Thorpe) has to attend to pressing matters of a personal nature," England Media Relations Manager David Clarke said. Thorpe, the mainstay of the inexperienced English batting line-up, hit 62 in the first Test at Mohali last week which India won by 10 wickets.The Indians predictably brought in medium pacer Javagal Srinath and Virender Sehwag replacing Sanjay Bangar and Iqbal Siddqui. England also made two changes with Michael Vaughan and Ashley Giles coming in place of Graham Thorpe and James Ormond.Agencies