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  Tuesday, 22 January, 2002, 11:42 GMT
England make hard work of win
Sachin Tendulkar on the run
Tendulkar's run-making was swiftly curtailed
Second one-day international, Cuttack: England (250-7 off 50 overs) beat India (234 all out off 48.4 overs) by 16 runs

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A feisty tail-end fightback almost snatched victory for India in Cuttack, but England secured a 16-run victory to tie the one-day series at 1-1.

A hat-trick of run outs, including the freak dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar, left India in desperate trouble at 186 for eight in the 41st over, chasing 251.

But Agit Agarkar hit a speedy 29 to keep the hosts in the chase right up until the penultimate over.

Agarkar and Anil Kumble put on 37 for the ninth wicket in just 39 balls.

Kumble's fall, via a leading edge to Paul Collingwood with 19 balls remaining, handed Darren Gough his 150th career wicket.

But it wasn't until Agarkar edged an attempted slog off Gough to wicketkeeper James Foster that England could breath safely.

Tendulkar was desperately unlucky to be run out at the non-striker's end, via the fingertips of a diving Ben Hollioake, after a steady innings of 45.

And sharp fielding saw VVS Laxman and Dinesh Mongia both caught short of their ground - Mongia one short of a second consecutive half century - within the next nine overs.


In between those dismissals, Gough lured Virender Sehwag into chipping to Nick Knight at short midwicket.

Hollioake then followed up with a slower ball that Hemang Badani, the last recognised batsman, hoisted high for Andrew Flintoff at mid off.

Sourav Ganguly's wretched recent form resurfaced early on as he got a thick edge to a fuller delivery from Hoggard for Nick Knight to pouch at second slip.

But, while there were glimpses of the high quality outfielding seen in Saturday's opening defeat in Calcutta, there were several chances that went begging.

Tendulkar survived an edge to the slips when 22, Marcus Trescothick grounding the catch, Mongia also benefited from a mix-up between Trescothick and Knight.

And both Knight and Hollioake missed catches in the deep that could have smoothed England's victory march.

Middle order

England's 250 for seven could have been far less challenging were it not for the work of Collingwood and Michael Vaughan.

Vaughan and captain Nasser Hussain lifted the tourists from the loss of two early wickets with a run-a-ball third wicket partnership worth 69.

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood marshalled the tail powerfully
And Collingwood joined the Yorkshireman to put on 62 off 75 deliveries for the fourth wicket.

When the Vaughan's run out for 63 sparked a lower order collapse, Collingwood marshalled the tail through the final 15 overs.

He finished 71 not out from 78 balls, including two sixes, having put on 51 for the seventh wicket with Jeremy Snape.

Career best

Vaughan eased past his previous high of just 26, made against Sri Lanka in Colombo a year ago.

But he was run out failing to connect with a reverse sweep and taking an ill-advised single to short square leg, where Badani swooped.

Michael Vaughan
Vaughan hit his maiden one-day half century
Opener Trescothick lived dangerously early on before falling for 13, top-edging a pull off Agarkar to Mongia at backward square leg.

And, although Knight stuck around for longer, he had made just 14 when he was caught, flicking Javagal Srinath straight to Harbhajan at deep backward square leg in the 11th over.

Hussain's dismissal was equally cavalier, four runs short of his 50. Opting to go over the top against Ganguly, he was caught by Agarkar at mid on.

Snape's was the last wicket to fall, run out for 22 as he stumbled trying to back up in the penultimate over.

India: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Hemang Badani, Dinesh Mongia, Anil Kumble, Ajay Ratra, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar.

England: Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight, Nasser Hussain (capt), Michael Vaughan, Paul Collingwood, Ben Hollioake, Andy Flintoff, James Foster, Jeremy Snape, Matthew Hoggard, Darren Gough.

Umpires: VK Ramaswarmy & K Parthararathi

Third Umpire: KG Laxminarayan

Match referee: D Lindsay (Rsa).

BBC Sport's Pat Murphy
"England were rewarded for sticking to their task"
Man-of-the-match Paul Collingwood
"There was a lot of grit and determination in the field"
England captain Nasser Hussain
"Maybe we have found a way to get Tendulkar out"
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