Chelmsford: Shiv Sunder Das ensured there was no let up for the Essex bowlers as he made 250 out of India's huge 516 here on Thursday.
At stumps on the second day of the four-day match, Essex was 173 for three in reply, a deficit of 343. Zimbabwe's Andy Flower was 45 not out. Das, 165 not out overnight, was in no mood to let up after failing to be selected for either of India's first two Tests against England. But, with India 0-1 down in the four match series, he could hardly have done more to boost his case for selection ahead of next week's third Test at Headingley. Opener Das' innings eventually ended with him three runs short of his highest first- class score when he was last man out as he holed out against left-armer Tim Phillips to Mark Ilott at long-off. Das faced 380 balls including four sixes and 32 fours. Earlier, India resumed on 331 for six with Das partnered by India captain Saurav Ganguly. The left-hander attacked the Essex bowling from the start and looked on course for a century. But on 74 Ganguly, going down the wicket against off spinner James Middlebrook, was stumped by Barry Hyam. He had faced just 57 balls putting on 105 with Das for the seventh wicket. In reply Essex began briskly through openers Darren Robinson and Richard Clinton. The pair had put on 46 from the first six overs before Clinton (23) was bowled by a good-length delivery from Tinu Yohannan. Flower was given a life early on when off spinner Harbhajan Singh, at point, dropped the Test star's square cut off Sanjay Bangar. Robinson looked in good touch, putting on 53 with Flower, before he was caught by Wasim Jaffer at short leg off Harbhajan for 53. The India pair combined again when, in the penultimate over of the day, Rav Bopara fell for 29.
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