Swann shocks India with a double blow

Published: Friday, December 12, 2008, 15:02 [IST]
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Indians in troube after Swann double strike

Chennai: England are back in the driving seat in Chennai thanks to Graeme Swann. He became the first bowler to strike twice in his maiden over in Test cricket to leave India in a spot of bother.With two wickets gone in one over, the Indian scorecard read 37 runs for the loss of three wickets at tea time.

India lost their first wicket at the score of 16. Ja mes Anderson gave an early jolt to Indian side as he cleaned up Virender Sehwag (9). The batsman departed after scoring just 9 runs, a sharp contrast from the 319 he made the last time he played at Chennai.

Earlier the hosts had been frustrated before finally dismissing England for 316 shortly after lunch.

England had resumed on 229 for five and had hoped all-rounder Andrew Flintoff could guide them to a competitive first innings score, only to lose him to the third over of the day when the former captain guided leg-spinner Amit Mishra to short leg off his pad.

It was the breakthrough India wanted when they resumed overnight, but they encountered unexpected resistance with Matt Prior teaming up with nightwatchman Jimmy Anderson in a 42-run stand.

Anderson was fortunate to survive seven overs later when seamer Ishant Sharma, returning to the attack, induced an edge which was dropped by Dravid at first slip.

But the Lancashire seamer responded to that reprieve by demonstrating his expanding repertoire as a batsman, reverse sweeping Mishra for the first four of the day in the 15th over.

Prior began his innings slowly but began to demonstrate the determined approach which served him so well in scoring 63 against Sri Lanka at Kandy against Muttiah Muralitharan.

He grew in confidence enough to slog sweep Harbhajan Singh for four in his first over, but finally lost Anderson in the next over when he attempted a similar shot against Mishra but picked out Yuvraj Singh in the deep.

Anderson had battled for almost two hours for his 19 and prevented England collapsing after Flintoff's early demise, but was soon followed by debutant Swann back to the dressing room.

Despite predictions of a turning wicket, there had been few signs of big turn until Swann faced Harbhajan in the next over and was beaten by a delivery which kicked off the pitch and he fended to slip.

New batsman Harmison lasted just seven overs after lunch before he became Yuvraj Singh's fifth Test victim, edging a turning delivery behind and last man Monty Panesar was adjudged lbw six overs later to Sharma to end the innings and leave Prior unbeaten on 53 in his first Test for a year.

England were given a major lift at the start of India's reply with Anderson, bowling a quick spell, bowling the dangerous Sehwag when he attempted to cut a delivery too close to his body.

But with Harmison limping off, England were running short of ideas until captain Kevin Pietersen introduced Swann into the attack the over before tea to swing the momentum firmly in his team's favour.


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