Southampton: Shaun Udal had a day to remember at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, taking five India wickets as Hampshire bowled out the tourists for 236.
Only Rahul Dravid (78) and Virender Sehwag (41) made significant scores while Sachin Tendulkar managed just three before he became one of Udal's quintet of dismissals, the former England One-day off spinner finishing with figures of five for 59 from 29 overs. At stumps on the first day of this three-day game former Zimbabwe all-rounder Neil Johnson was 30 not out as the home side reached 33 for one. John Crawley, called up earlier in the day into England's squad for the first Test against India at Lord's on Thursday, was one not out. India won the toss and saw openers Wasim Jaffer and Sehwag put on 39 before the former was caught behind for 13 off seamer James Tomlinson. Sehwag and Dravid then showed their class in a second wicket stand of 60 before Hampshire captain Robin Smith, the former England batsman, called Udal into the attack. The move paid quick dividends when Udal bowled Sehwag off an inside edge after the Indian batsman had faced 70 balls, hitting five fours. His departure brought Tendulkar to the crease and there must have been mixed emotions among home supporters looking forward to seeing the great man bat when he went cheaply. Tendulkar, going down the wicket against Udal, steered the ball to Dimitri Mascarenhas at point. Meanwhile, India captain Saurav Ganguly became Udal's second wicket of the innings. Ganguly, dropped off a difficult chance at short mid-wicket on five, had made 21 when he edged through to veteran wicket-keeper Adrian Aymes. Dravid had carried on regardless as wickets fell at the other end but his stylish innings was ended not long after his captain had departed when he was clean-bowled by medium-pacer Mascarenhas. Dravid faced 119 balls including one six and 10 fours. Venkat Sai Laxman (38) produced some fine shots before he was taken at slip by Johnson off Udal, the bowlers working their way through the rest of the order without too much difficulty. But India responded positively when Hampshire opener Will Kendall was well caught at third slip by Sehwag off Sanjay Bangar for a third ball duck. However, Johnson then gave the India attack plenty to think about, striking five boundaries in a 28-ball offensive.
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