Sachin eclipses Sobers, India struggles to 61/2

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2002, 23:49 [IST]
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Nottingham: India was on the backfoot at 61 for two against England at lunch on the first day of the second Test of four at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Virender Sehwag was 37 not out from 79 balls including six fours and Sachin Tendulkar 10 not out from 38 balls with two boundaries. Earlier, India captain Saurav Ganguly won the toss and, despite a green-tinged pitch, which looked as if it would assist seam bowling, took the bold decision to bat first.

England certainly thought the rain-affected surface would help its quicks, omitting left-arm spinner Ashley Giles who played in its 170-run first Test win at Lord's and recalling medium-pacer Dominic Cork. But it was England's other new-ball bowler, Matthew Hoggard, who made the early breakthrough. India had managed just six runs when, with his eighth delivery, Hoggard bowled Wasim Jaffer for a duck. The ball deflected off the inside edge after Wasim left a huge gap between bat and pad as he drove loosely outside off-stump.

Cork (4-1-20-0) was on the receiving end of some well-struck Sehwag boundaries and was replaced by debutant quick Stephen Harmison. The Durham paceman was in for fellow fast bowler Simon Jones, who won his first Test cap at Lord's but subsequently suffered a side strain. Harmison's four overs were all maidens but many of his deliveries were well wide of the stumps. However, batting conditions remained difficult, Hoggard producing a vicious leg- cutter to Dravid (9) that moved sharply off the pitch. And Dravid had managed just four more runs when Yorkshire swing bowler Hoggard dismissed him for a 43-ball 13.

Dravid drove at an out-swinger without moving his feet and England's other debutant, Kent batsman Robert Key, who was replacing Graham Thorpe because of the latter's indefinite break from all cricket due to personal problems, took a fine diving catch going to his right at first slip. India was now wobbling at 34 for two in the 17th over with its fortunes resting on the shoulders of Sehwag and Tendulkar. Hoggard was then rested after an excellent opening spell of 10-4-17-2. Meanwhile, a cautious Tendulkar took 17 balls to get the single he required to surpass West Indies legend Garry Sobers' mark of 8,032 Test runs.

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