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Published: Saturday, January 26, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: England's seamer Andrew Flintoff grabbed two quick wickets to put India on the back foot in the third and final cricket Test here on Thursday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Flintoff removed opener Deep Dasgupta and Venkatsai Laxman in his first five overs to leave the hosts struggling at 22 for two in the post-lunch session of the second day.When tea was taken, India was on 42 for two with Shiv Sundar Das on 11 and Sachin Tendulkar on 16.Earlier, Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble claimed his 300th wicket as England was all out for 336 soon after lunch.Kumble, who bowled 29 overs without success, finally reached the landmark on his home ground by trapping last man Matthew Hoggard leg before.The 31-year-old computer engineer, a veteran off 66 Tests, is only the fourth spinner to join the club after Australia's Shane Warne, Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan and West Indian Lance Gibbs.When India batted, Dasgupta had yet to get off the mark when he edged a rising Flintoff delivery to Marcus Trescothick at first slip.Laxman hit Flintoff for two fours in his 12, before the big Lancashire all-rounder hit back by shattering the stumps with a swinging yorker.England was denied another wicket soon after when Sri Lankan umpire Asoka De Silva turned down an appeal for a catch close to the bat against Das off left-arm spinner Ashley Giles.Television replays showed the ball hit Tendulkar's bat and pad before lobbing to wicket-keeper James Foster.Foster earlier hit a career-best 48 to help the tourists recover after they were struggling at 219 for six in the final session on the first day.Foster, playing only his third Test, held his end up for three hours and 19 minutes to surpass his previous best of 40 in the second Test at Ahemdabad last week.Foster added three runs to his lunch score when he was caught behind by his Indian counterpart Dasgupta, giving seamer Javagal Srinath his fourth wicket of the innings.Giles, who made 28 in a 63-run stand for the eighth wicket with Foster, was leg before to Sarandeep Singh in the next over.

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