White scores unbeaten 94, England pile massive lead

Published: Monday, August 12, 2002, 3:23 [IST]
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Nottingham: India's bowlers were frustrated by a ninth-wicket century stand between Yorkshire duo Craig White and Matthew Hoggard as England built a commanding total at Trent Bridge on Sunday. At tea on the fourth day of the second Test, England had been bowled out for 617, a lead of 260. It was England's highest total since it made 653 for four declared, against India, at Lord's in 1990. The only disappointment for England was that White was left stranded on 94, just short of a deserved second Test hundred. He could only watch as debutant last man Steve Harmison (3) was caught by Wasim Jaffer at backward point off medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar. White faced 119 balls including one six and 12 fours. He launched off spinner Harbhajan Singh for a magnificent straight six and then produced a stylish late cut four off the slow bowler to move into the 90s. Hoggard's career-best innings of 32 ended when he was caught at first slip by Rahul Dravid off left-arm quick Ashish Nehra. He faced 102 balls including three fours. Together with White he took the match away from India, already 1-0 down in the four Test series. Their stand of 103 was an England ninth-wicket record against India, surpassing the 83 shared by Keith Fletcher and Norman Gifford at Madras. England was 468 for seven at lunch, an already healthy lead of 111 built on the foundations of Yorkshire batsman Michael Vaughan's Test-best 197 Saturday. White, 16 not out at the break, carried the attack to India's seamers, driving left- arm quick Zaheer Khan past stumbling India captain Saurav Ganguly at mid-off. Together with fellow all-rounder Dominic Cork, 17 not out at the interval, he added 60 in 91 balls before Harbhajan broke through when he had the Derbyshire captain well caught at short leg by Jaffer for 31. And after England had gone past five hundred for the fourth time in five Tests, White notched his second successive fifty. A square drive off Zaheer was misfielded by Venkat Sai Laxman to give White his eighth boundary in 81 balls. Earlier, Zaheer shone in an otherwise disappointing morning for India, taking two wickets for one run in three balls after England resumed on 341 for five. He finished with figures of three for 110. Zaheer, surprisingly kept away from the new ball, struck with his first ball back when Andrew Flintoff was bowled by one that kept a touch low for 33. And two balls later veteran keeper Alec Stewart lost his off-stump for 87, as 432 for six became 433 for seven. Stewart faced 92 balls including 14 fours.

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