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India crumble to Swann post Eng's 591/6 dec

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 9:45 [IST]
 
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India crumble to Swann post Eng's 591/6

London, August 20: After rain washed out the second session of play on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test between England and India, the hosts declared on their Lunch total of 591/6, putting India into bat. It was a woeful last session of the day for the visitors as they were reduced to a 103/5 in 33 overs at stumps with Rahul Dravid on 57 not out and captain M S Dhoni, batting on 5.

In the dramatic first over of India's innings, Virender Sehwag smashed English paceman James Anderson for two consecutive fours before being trapped in front off the last ball for 8. One-down batsman VVS Laxman didn't last long either, as in the 4th over, his shoddy attempt to defend one from Stuart Broad with an angled bat took the edge to the keeper Matt Prior. Laxman was thus out for 2 and India were 13/2 in 4 overs.

Surviving opener Rahul Dravid, took the bull by the horns, dispatching Anderson to the fence for a four in the next over and twice, two overs after that as the score moved to 25/2. New batsman Sachin Tendulkar settled in with four off Stuart Broad and then a few overs later, hit off-break Graeme Swann to the boundary as well, picking up an additional single as the score trickled past 50/2 in 15 overs.

In a fortuitous 16th over for Tendulkar, the batsman was dropped off speedster Tim Bresnan, smacking the bowler for a four at the end of the over, but in the 19th over, the Little Master's luck ran out as an attempted sweep shot off Swann landed in the palms of Anderson in the slip cordon. Tendulkar was out for 23 and India were 68/3.

But Swann was not done with business yet. Even as Dravid counter-attacked from the other end, the off-break had Suresh Raina stumped for a duck in the 29th over. And India were really reeling when a few overs later, nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was caught off Swann at forward short leg for 1. The score was 95/5 at that juncture, when captain M S Dhoni and Dravid played out the last few overs of the day, taking India to 103/5 in 33 overs.

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