England tour of India - Cricket: 1st session under lights, Eng 82 for 2
Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2001, 18:00 [IST]
Spinner Sharandeep in, Yohannan out
Bangalore: It was history of sorts at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on the first day of the third Test between India and England as the first session of play was played under lights. England, having won the toss, had reached 82 for two off 26 overs with skipper Nasser Hussain on 41 and Michael Vaughan on four.India banking heaving on its spin force introduced spin at both ends after the first hour of play. With off spinner Sharandeep Singh coming in for Tinu Yohannan, Saurav Ganguly opened the bowling with Javagal Srinath.The overcast conditions as well as the light drizzle helped seaming bowling and Javagal Srinath made the best use of conditions to give an early break through. Trescothick, who had been swishing outside the off stump, guided a straight forward catch to V V S Laxman at second slip.Hussain and his men seemed to have prepared themselves for tackling the Indian spin force. Hussain, who launched into a Srinath bouncer for a six, showed his aggressive intent the moment Harbhajan was introduced into the attack. Hussain stepped out the very first ball, but was fortunate as he completely missed the line and was rapped on the pads.The relaid wicket has so far held true and anything overpitched was smashed to the fence with the ball speeding away on the fast outfield. India was fortunate to get the second wicket through a run out. Left- handed Butcher played Harbhajan, bowling from around the wicket, to the cover region and charged down the wicket. Skipper Nasser Hussain didnt respond and Butcher failed to beat the accurate throw from Dravid to wicket-keeper Dasgupta, who broke the stumps.The Indians made a change by bringing in the second off spinner Sharandeep Singh into the squad. Sharandeep replaced Tinu Yohannan in the only change that the Indians made in the squad.