India holds on for draw against Eng in second Test

Published: Monday, August 19, 2002, 6:20 [IST]
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Nottingham: India debutant Parthiv Patel, at 17 the youngest wicket-keeper in Test history, saw his side to a draw against England at Trent Bridge on Monday. Patel, who came in on a pair, resisted gamely for 82 minutes as India squared the second Test of the four-match series. The result left England still 1-0 ahead after its 170-run win at Lord's last month. Left-hander Patel finished on 19 not out with Zaheer Khan 14 not out as India, in its second innings, made 424 for eight declared in reply to England's mammoth first innings 617. With 10 overs left in the day, the teams agreed on a draw as a capacity 15,400 crowd - a rare sight on the fifth day of a Test in England - looked on. Had England batted, two overs would have been deducted for the change of innings, leaving Nasser Hussain's side to score an improbable 165 in eight overs for victory. But it might have been a different story had not Alec Stewart, England's most-capped player of all time, and Andrew Flintoff come off for bad light in sunshine on Saturday night. Their decision saw nine overs lost - overs that might have been crucial in helping England force victory. And defeat here would have also ended India's hopes of winning its first series outside the sub-continent since 1986. At tea on Monday India was 315 for four in its second innings, a lead of 55 with captain Saurav Ganguly 81 not out and Venkastsai Laxman one not out.There were still 42 overs remaining, plenty of time for England's bowlers. And with the new ball just one over old on a sunny day, with no prospect of the weather causing a stoppage, the odds were starting to stack up against India. But despite India's position, Laxman - the last of the recognised batsman - still gave his wicket away. Medium-pacer Dominic Cork bowled Laxman a bouncer and the batsman, on 14, negligently hooked the ball straight down Craig White's throat at square leg. However, Ganguly was still there with new batsman Ajit Agarkar, who had made a maiden Test 100 at Lord's. But there was to be no three figure score for Ganguly. On 99 he was unluckily bowled by England debutant paceman Stephen Harmison off an inside edge, his side 378 for six. The left-hander had faced 159 balls including 13 fours. India's plight worsened when Agarkar, on 32, inexplicably offered no stroke against occasional off spinner Michael Vaughan and was lbw. And 395 for seven then became 396 for eight when Harbhajan Singh, who made 54 in the first innings, played a Harmison full toss on to his off stump for one. India was then 121 in front with 21 overs left, a still attainable target for England. Earlier Cork had Rahul Dravid lbw for 115 shortly before tea, although England believed it had already got him out. Four balls after lunch England was sure Dravid had been caught behind by wicket-keeper Stewart off pace bowler Matthew Hoggard for his interval score of 73, India still 211 for three. Replays suggested Dravid had got the thinnest of edges, but South African umpire Rudi Koertzen ruled in the batsman's favour. Dravid carried on and brought up his first hundred against England, his 11th in 62 Tests, off 208 balls including 14 fours in just over five hours before Cork had him lbw. In the morning Sachin Tendulkar's 92 answered critics, who said he never made runs when India needed them most. As the tourists were 11 for two when he came to the crease, Tendulkar's innings could scarcely have been more valuable. But man-of-the-match Vaughan, whose career-best 197 was the centrepiece of England's total, prevented Tendulkar scoring his 30th Test hundred. 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 had faced 113 balls and scored 17 fours while putting on 163 with Dravid. The series resumes at Headingley on Thursday, August 22.

Scorecard of Test 2
Tendulkar, Dravid hold out hope of draw for India

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