Unhappy Ganguly departs as rain halts England
Published: Saturday, August 10, 2002, 4:55 [IST]
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Nottingham: India captain Sourav Ganguly could be in trouble with disciplinary chiefs for showing dissent after he was given out in the second Test against England here at Trent Bridge on Friday. Ganguly went shortly before rain forced an early close to the second day with India 302 for eight. Harbhajan Singh was 13 not out, and Zaheer Khan one not out when play closed at 16:45 GMT on a rain-affected day which saw just 25 overs bowled. Ganguly went for his tea score of 68, facing just one ball after the interval, when he was caught down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Alec Stewart as he flicked at a Matthew Hoggard delivery. Zimbabwean umpire Russell Tiffin gave him out but Ganguly, convinced he had not touched the ball, raised his head skywards and then shook it in disbelief at the verdict. His gestures were a direct contravention of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) code of conduct for players which states they must not show dissent at umpiring decisions. Replays suggested Tiffin had made the correct decision, the ball appearing to brush the left-hander's glove. The India skipper faced 149 balls and hit 11 fours in a near four-hour innings. In Friday's only session of play England debutant fast bowler Stephen Harmison took two wickets for one run in eight balls. On the stroke of tea, Harmison dismissed India's debutant wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, for a duck. Patel, at 17 years and 153 days became the youngest gloveman in Test history. He was called up for this match after first choice Ajay Ratra injured himself batting in the nets and, in common with England great Len Hutton, started his career with a nought. Diminutive left-hander Patel lasted just eight balls before fending at a rising Harmison delivery which was well caught by Andrew Flintoff at second slip. The Durham quick had already ended Ajit Agarkar's streaky innings when he had the all-rounder caught low down for 34 at third man by Mark Butcher. Agarkar faced 39 balls and hit six boundaries, adding a useful sixth-wicket 67 in 93 balls with his captain. Earlier, after rain had washed out the entire morning session, play resumed at 1320GMT with India 210 for four, Ganguly 29 not out and Venkatsai Laxman 22 not out. But Laxman failed to add to his score, facing 14 more balls before he was undone by a Flintoff delivery which cut sharply off the pitch. Laxman, driving away from his body, was well taken by England debutant Robert Key at first slip. However Ganguly, who made his second Test century at Trent Bridge back in 1996, brought up his fifty with a superb cover-driven four off fast-medium bowler Craig White. At that time, Ganguly had faced 99 balls including eight fours. But it was a different story for Agarkar who looked a different player from the man who hit a chanceless unbeaten maiden Test hundred during India's 170-run first Test defeat at Lord's. On six, he edged Flintoff over White in the gully. And nine runs later he had another escape, a mistimed drive again off Flintoff flying to third slip where substitute fielder Darren Maddy could not hold on to the high right-handed chance. Maddy was on the field in place of Dominic Cork, one fifth of England's all right-arm, all pace, attack. Recalled all-rounder Cork was off with the knee injury that had forced his early exit Thursday.