Four-wicket Bhajji sparks England collapse

Published: Monday, December 22, 2008, 12:25 [IST]
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England succumb to Harbhajan

Mohali: England were bundled out for 302 in their first innings on 4th day of the the second Test in Mohali. England lost their last six wickets for 22 in 12 overs. India claimed an extremely healthy lead of 151 runs with more than five sessions of play left in the Test.

Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the bowlers with four scalps. Zaheer Khan took three wickets to contribute to the England collapse.

Resuming on an overnight score of 282-6, England lost wicketkeeper Matt Prior in just the third over of the morning session. Thereafter, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni persisted with his two most experienced bowlers – Harbhajan Singh (4-68) and Zaheer Khan (3-76) – who did not take too much time to clean up the English tail.

Harbhajan first dismissed Matt Prior (2) in his second over of the day by inducing an edge off an off-break down the leg side for Indian captain and wicket keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take a simple catch.

In his next over, Harbhajan came round the wicket, bowled the doosra, Stuart Broad (1) shouldered arms and was clean bowled.

Zaheer picked up the third England wicket to fall on the day by coming from round the wicket, and got the ball to come in and crash in to Graeme Swann's (3) middle stump.

Harbhajan took his fourth wicket when he had Monty Panesar (5) caught at forward short leg to end the England innings and give India a lead of 151 runs.

India started their second innings well and the openers took the score to nine runs from two overs before lunch was taken. With the lead gone up to 160 runs, the home team would like to set a massive target for England to chase.


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