Bad light stops play as England make 200 for 5

Published: Friday, March 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:Resuming at their overnight total of 163 for 4, England made 200 for 5 in their first innings before bad light interrupted play on the second morning of the second Test against India at the PCA Stadium here today.

Only 62 minutes of play was possible before England skipper Andrew Flintoff (26 not out) and Geraint Jones (7 not out) appealed for the bad light and umpires upholding their plea, stopped play.

During this period, England lost overnight batsman Paul Collingwood who made 25 runs facing 77 balls. He was bowled by Anil Kumble and the wicket fell at 180. Collingwood and Flintoff added 23 runs for the fifth wicket.

Anil Kumble, playing his seventh Test at the PCA Stadium, is poised to achieve another milestone of becoming the first Indian bowler to claim 500 wickets. He requires just two more wickets to achieve the feat.

Before the start of the Mohali Test, Kumble had taken 496 wickets in 105 Tests, after making his Test debut in 1990 in Manchester.

The leg-spinner has so far taken two wickets in the England's first innings bringing his total to 498 Test victims. He bowled Ian Bell (38) yesterday and today Kumble's delivery dislodged the bails of Paul Collingwood who went on backfoot and missed.


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