Sparkling memories from Trent Bridge 2002

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011, 12:36 [IST]
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Sparkling memories from Trent Bridge '02

Trent Bridge, July 28: Trent Bridge was the scene of an intense battle between Sourav Ganguly's India and Nasser Hussain's England in the summer of 2002. Like in the present series, India went into the match 0-1 after receiving a right hiding in the Lord's Test. But with a slew of pedigree batsman in the ranks such as Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, not to mention, Sourav Ganguly, and with two seasoned bowlers in Harabhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan to boot, a fight back was in the offing.

India won the toss and jumped at the opportunity to bat first. But at 34/2, it looked like the visitors' top-order woes were surfacing again. However a cool and collected Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar put the house in order and took the score past 100, before the latter departed for 34. Then the middle order came to the fore with Ganguly and Harbhajan recording half-centuries and Sehwag going onto to notch up a ton as India folded for a challenging 357.

England's reply was far more robust with opener Michael Vaughan crafting 197 as he strung together big stands with the rest of the line-up. India's attack didn't have a suitable answer to the onslaught and let Mark Butcher get away with 53, Alex Stewart with 87 and Craig White with 94. England's innings consequently drew to a close at a mammoth 617, securing a lead of 260.

With all hopes of forcing a victory evaporating, India set their sights on a draw. But they had to call up all their gumption to effect one. Losing both openers for 11, England had India on the ropes.

That when Rahul Dravid dug in his heels, making another classic century for the kitty. Unfortunately, Sachin and Ganguly who rendered him ample support just fell short of their tons, departing on 92 and 99 respectively. But the effort match the objective and the match drew to a close with India ta 424 in the second innings with a lead of 164.

Although stalwarts and mainstays of the Indian line-up remain unchanged to this day, England has undergone a major overhaul in the last decade. Their bowling attack in 2002 is not comparable to the genuine fire-power that possesses it now. But as its reputation goes, Trent Bridge presents less of a challenge to the batsmen than Lord's did, so India will hopefully be playing to their strength.

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