England take back control from India

Published: Friday, December 12, 2008, 17:45 [IST]
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England take command of Chennai Test

Chennai: England delivered a stunning display with bat and ball to dominate against England in the first Test at Chennai. India were reeling at 155 for 6 in their first innings in reply to England's 316 on day two of the Test.

English attack was lead by debutant Swann, who became only the second bowler in Test history - following Richard Johnson's feat against Zimbabwe at Chester-le-Street in 2003 - to claim two wickets in his maiden over.

Swann's achievement in dismissing Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid reduced India to 37 for three in reply to England's 316 and by the close of the third day they had slumped to 155 for six and trailed by 161 runs, a significant deficit on a pitch showing signs of wear.

Facing a major first innings deficit, India were partly revived by a 61-run stand between Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman which threatened to turn the momentum in India's favour. However, both could not carry on their short good run further as they were bowled out in simmilar fashion in successive overs. First, Monty Panesar claimed VVS Laxman's wicket. Laxman got out on a soft dismissal after he gave an easy return catch to the turbanator.

Sachin followed him back to the pavillion in the very next over as he also gave a return catch to Flintoff. Yuvraj Singh was the last casualty of lack in concentration as he gave an easy catch in the slip to Flintoff.

Earlier in the morning, speedster Ishant Sharma hit the final nail in the coffin to bowl England all out for 316 in their first innings. Ishant's scorcher trapped spinner Monty Panesar right in front of the wicket to finish up the England innings. Matt Prior stood tall amid ruins as he scored his fifth Test half-century to remain unbeaten at the score of 53.

Yuvraj Singh dismissed Harmison soon after lunch, as India were just one-wicket away to finish up England's innings.

Indian bowlers stuck to their task as they managed to get three crucial wickets in the opening session of day two to push England on back foot. All the three dismissals were accounted by the spinners; leggie Amit Mishra scalped two while off-spinner Harbhajan got one as England innings were tottering on 294/8 at lunch.


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