Eng still needs 368 to avoid follow on, 61/0 at lunch

Published: Sunday, August 25, 2002, 0:12 [IST]
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Leeds: England still had a mountain to climb in the third Test against India at Headingley but at least reached lunch without losing a wicket on Saturday. But its total of 61 without loss was still 567 behind India's first innings score of 628 for eight declared and 368 short of the follow-on target of 429. Robert Key was 24 not out and Michael Vaughan 35 not out. India's total was it's highest against England, surpassing the 606 for nine declared it made at The Oval in 1990 and it's highest on foreign soil. It came after it had added 44 runs for the loss of four wickets in seven overs that saw England, in a shoddy display, drop four catches, Key putting down two sitters. India resumed on 584 for four with Sachin Tendulkar 185 not out and Venkat Sai Laxman yet to face a ball after bad light forced an early close on Friday. Tendulkar cover-drove fast bowler Alex Tudor's second ball of the day for four but no double hundred followed. Shortly afterwards Tendulkar was lbw to Somerset quick Andrew Caddick for 193, hitting across the line. Tendulkar's innings had lasted seven-and-a quarter hours. In 330 balls, he struck three sixes and 19 fours, India now 596 for five. His 30th Test hundred left him just four behind compatriot Sunil Gavaskar's world record of 34. India's remaining batsmen then threw the bat in the pursuit of declaration runs. Ajit Agarkar (two) was bowled by Caddick, the paceman taking two wickets for one run in five balls. But that should have been three for one in six when Key, at first slip, next ball dropped new batsman Parthiv Patel on nought. It was the second simple slip catch Key had floored after dropping Saurav Ganguly on 79 before the India captain made 128 on Friday. And two balls later Patel, still on nought, mishooked and saw John Crawley running backwards from square leg, fail to cling on to the one-handed chance as he hit the turf. Laxman (6) was then well caught by sprawling England captain Nasser Hussain off Tudor. But England's poor catching returned when Matthew Hoggard at long leg dropped Patel off Tudor and Key, now at point, put down Harbhajan Singh, also off Tudor - his third drop of the innings. Eventually Harbhajan (18) gave Caddick his third wicket when Hoggard, at mid-wicket, held on to a straightforward catch. Ganguly declared with Patel seven not out.

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