England tour of India - Cricket: Vaughan~~s rare dismissal triggers Eng collapse

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2001, 22:57 [IST]
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Bangalore: England batsman Michael Vaughan was given out for handling the ball to spark India's fight back on a dramatic opening day of the third and final Test in Bangalore on Wednesday.Two stunning decisions by Indian umpire A V Jayaprakash saw Englandcollapse from a promising 206 for three to 219 for six before bad lightended play four overs early with the tourists on 255 for six.At stumps, Craig White was unbeaten on 30 and James Foster was on 14,the pair having added 36 valuable runs for the seventh wicket.Dark overhead clouds that forced play to be held under floodlightsthroughout the day failed to inspire leg spinner Anil Kumble, who wasstranded on 299 Test wickets on his home turf at the M ChinnaswamyStadium.Kumble, cheered on by some 20,000 fans when he came on to bowl in the15th over of the day, went wicketless for 22 overs, which cost 59 runs.The end result could not have delighted England captain Nasser Hussainafter he won an important toss and elected to bat on a newly laid wicketthat kept low.The tourists, hoping to square the series 1-1, appeared set for a bigfirst innings total when Hussain's 43 and half-centuries from Vaughanand Mark Ramprakash lifted them to 206 for three an hour after tea.Jayaprakash first ruled against Vaughan (64) for handling the ball only the seventh batsman in Test history to fall in that manner andthen gave Ramprakash out caught at slip for 58.Off spinner Sarandeep Singh, a last-minute inclusion in the Indian teamin place of seamer Tinu Yohannan, had a hand in both dismissals and alsoremoved Andrew Flintoff for no score.Vaughan mistimed a sweep off Sarandeep and, as the ball appeared to dropbetween his pads, he saw wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta lurking nearby andpushed the ball away with his hands.A mild appeal from Sarandeep was upheld by Jayaprakash to the uttershock of the Yorkshire batsman, who found his third Test half centuryend abruptly.Vaughan is the second Englishman after Graham Gooch to be dismissed forhandling the ball. The others given out similarly were William Endean(South Africa), Andrew Hilditch and Steve Waugh (Australia), Mohsin Khan(Pakistan) and Desmond Haynes (West Indies).Having got rid of Vaughan, Sarandeep dismissed Flintoff four balls laterto a catch by Sachin Tendulkar at mid-wicket. Two overs later, Sarandeepwon another decision from Jayaprakash even though television replaysshowed the ball go off Ramprakash's pad to Rahul Dravid at first slip.Vaughan and Ramprakash came together after England was tottering at 93for three soon after lunch. Javagal Srinath struck the first blow in hisfourth over when Marcus Trescothick edged an outswinger to Venkat SaiLaxman at second slip after making eight.Mark Butcher and Hussain dug in to add 47 for the second wicket whenIndia earned a lucky break against the run of play. Butcher (27) dartedout for a sharp single after driving Harbhajan Singh to the coverregion, but was turned back by Hussain and failed to beat Dravid's throwto the wicket-keeper.Hussain looked set for a big score when he was caught behind off Srinathin the third over after lunch.

Copyright AFP 2001

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