Dravid, Bangar see India through, trail by 449

Published: Saturday, September 7, 2002, 5:25 [IST]
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London: Andrew Caddick made a solitary inroad for England as India closed the second day of the fourth and final Test on 66 for one in their first innings reply here at The Oval on Friday. Sanjay Bangar was 17 not out and Rahul Dravid 31 not out. India trail England by 449 runs in the deciding Test. The series is level at 1-1. Caddick enticed Virender Sehwag, whom he had struck with a forceful sweep while batting, into playing away from his body and Dominic Cork held the catch at second slip.

But from 18 for one in the fourth over, the ever dependable Rahul Dravid, who has batted longer than any other man in this four-match series, and Sanjay Bangar dug in. England were finally dismissed for 515 shortly after tea, a score they would perhaps consider slightly disappointing given their powerful overnight total of 336 for two. Saurav Ganguly's India chipped away at the England order once Michael Vaughan failed by five runs to register a Test double hundred for the second time in a month.

Yorkshire batsman Vaughan, who on Thursday became only the sixth player in history to score four Test centuries in an English summer, succumbed to his 13th ball of the morning. Having made a career-best 197 at Trent Bridge, the 27-year-old missed out again as a fine edge behind to a good ball from left-armer Zaheer Khan finished his six and a quarter hour vigil. That snick brought an end to his 279-ball innings in which he struck 29 boundaries. He walked off to another standing ovation and thereafter ball dominated bat as Zaheer and Sanjay Bangar exploited the bowler-friendly conditions in the morning session.

Cork offered stern resistance with a third Test half-century but became one of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh's five victims, the third time he has claimed such a haul against England and the ninth of his career. Ashley Giles and Caddick added some valuable lower order runs as well, although once their ninth-wicket stand was finished by Anil Kumble having the former caught at slip for 31, Harbhajan finished things off by trapping Matthew Hoggard lbw first ball.

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