Sehwag steadies India innings, 141 for 3 at tea

Published: Friday, August 9, 2002, 2:17 [IST]
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Nottingham: Virender Sehwag's unbeaten 85 was the centrepiece of India's resistance against England at Trent Bridge on Thursday.When bad light forced an early tea on the first day of the second Test of four India was 141 for three after winning the toss with captain Saurav Ganguly five not out. Opener Sehwag had faced 155 balls including 14 fours. It was a particularly valuable innings after Sachin Tendulkar departed for 34 - his third low score of the series. Tendulkar, 10 not out at lunch, seemed to be finding his form when he flicked Craig White through midwicket for a trademark four. But just when it seemed as if he was about to atone for scores of 16 and 12 in the 170-run series opening defeat at Lord's, Tendulkar again went cheaply. Trying to pull a short delivery well outside off-stump from recalled medium-pacer Dominic Cork, Tendulkar only succeeded in getting a bottom edge on to his stumps.

Tendulkar's first 10 runs had come from 38 balls, his next 24 from 30, which made the manner of his dismissal all the more wasteful as he chased a seventh boundary. Together with Sehwag he had put on 74 in 131 balls, the pair starting to make England's policy of opting for an all right-arm seam attack look highly risky. Tendulkar had gone past West Indies great Garry Sobers' mark of 8,032 runs and into sole possession of ninth place in the all-time list of leading Test run-scorers but at 108 for three the match had tilted back in England's favour. Earlier Ganguly won the toss and, despite a green-tinged pitch, took the bold decision to bat first. But his side was soon in trouble. India lost its first wicket for just six when, with his eighth delivery, Hoggard bowled Wasim Jaffer for a duck, an inside edge going through a huge gap between bat and pad. England debutant quick Steve Harmison began with four successive maidens after coming in for fellow fast bowler Simon Jones, who won his first Test cap at Lord's but subsequently suffered a side strain.

However, the statistics belied Harmison's lack of accuracy. Hoggard though was making the batsmen play and dismissed Rahul Dravid when the batsman drove at an out- swinger without moving his feet. England's other debutant, Kent batsman Robert Key, did the rest with a diving first slip catch. Key was playing in place of Graham Thorpe, who announced after the first Test that he was taking an indefinite break from all cricket due to personal reasons.


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