Nottingham (England): Sachin Tendulkar's 92 was the highlight of the final morning session's play on Monday at Trent Bridge as India fought hard to save the second Test. At lunch India was 211 for three, still 49 behind England's mammoth first innings 617. Rahul Dravid was 73 not out and India captain Saurav Ganguly unbeaten on 24.
Tendulkar, criticised recently for failing to make runs when India needed them most, answered his doubters with a commanding innings having come the crease when the tourists were in dire straits at 11 for two. And he seemed all set for his 30th Test hundred when he fell eight short, bowled by part-time off spinner Michael Vaughan, already enjoying a memorable match. Vaughan's career-best 197 was the centrepiece of England's huge score and his purple patch continued with the ball. Turning one out of the footmarks created by India's left-arm quicks, Vaughan beat Tendulkar's intended drive, bowling him through the gap between bat and pad. Tendulkar faced 113 balls including 17 fours, putting on 163 with Dravid to take India to 174 for three.
Earlier, India resumed on 99 for two, a deficit of 161, with Dravid 34 not out and Tendulkar 56 not out off 56 balls. Tendulkar showed that his form had not disappeared overnight when he turned a short of a length ball from Andrew Flintoff outside off stump through mid-wicket for four. Dravid too was going for his shots. He cover-drove Matthew Hoggard for a boundary to go to 48. His 50 then came when he pulled Flintoff for four over debutant Stephen Harmison's head at deep backward square leg.
Dravid's half-century came from 80 balls and included 10 fours. Both Flintoff, coming around the wicket to cramp Tendulkar for room, and Hoggard, who bowled some fine outswingers, troubled the batsmen. But it was a different story for third seamer Dominic Cork. Medium-pacer Cork, recalled for this match after left-arm spinner Ashley Giles was dropped from the side that won the first Test by 170 runs, saw his two overs go for 22 runs. Tendulkar in particular took a liking to the Derbyshire captain's bowling, turning his first ball off his legs for four and later stroking two successive boundaries behind point and down to fine leg respectively.