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Last Updated: Friday, 20 July 2007, 18:31 GMT 19:31 UK
England fight back after collapse
By Paresh Soni

First Test, Lord's, day two (close):
England 298 v India 145-4

James Anderson took two wickets as England hit back hard
Anderson swung the ball sharply to trouble the Indian batsmen
England produced a disciplined bowling display to reduce India to 145-4 on day two of the Lord's Test after their own batting collapsed in spectacular style.

The hosts lost 6-26 to be all out for 298 after the morning was lost to rain.

James Anderson took the key wickets of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar (37), who went past Steve Waugh in becoming the third highest run-scorer in Tests.

Ryan Sidebottom got Dinesh Karthik and Chris Tremlett caught and bowled Wasim Jaffer (58) for his first Test wicket.

It completed an incident-packed day, which did not seem likely when the heavens opened in the morning.

The groundstaff somehow ensured play could start in the afternoon and RP Singh soon bowled nightwatchman Sidebottom with the new ball before Kevin Pietersen edged Zaheer Khan behind and umpire Simon Taufel raised his finger.

606: DEBATE

The Hampshire batsman started to make his way back to the pavilion only to stop and return to the middle after his team-mates told him the ball had not carried to keeper Mahendra Dhoni.

However, minutes after the third umpire ruled in his favour, he produced a repeat edge and the innings subsided rapidly.

Sree Santh (3-67) trapped Matt Prior, debutant Tremlett and Monty Panesar lbw in a flash and Ian Bell's dismissal - an inside edge onto his stumps - completed a remarkable hour of cricket.

Wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni celebrates as Kevin Pietersen walks off prematurely
Pietersen walks before being given not out by the third umpire

The exaggerated swing movement India's bowlers generated was there for Sidebotom and Anderson too.

Sidebottom saw Prior miss a regulation chance off Jaffer's edge before pinning Karthik plumb lbw and Anderson struck an even bigger blow when his late swing had Dravid edging behind.

In walked Tendulkar - with more than 10,000 Test runs but a top score of only 31 at Lord's to his name.

He turned Tremlett through square-leg for a four which took him to nine and past Waugh's mark of 10,927 but the young Hampshire seamer gave him a few uncomfortable moments during an encouraging first spell.

The Mumbai maestro diced with danger when he chased a wide one from Sidebottom and the ball flew wide of the slips, survived a reasonable shout for lbw and then missed with an attempted swish outside off-stump.

But he showed his class with a square-cut off Tremlett and effortless flick off his legs off Anderson.

Just when he seemed set, he missed a full one that Anderson swung in to become the latest lbw victim.

The closing stages become attritional as England narrowed down the scoring options with tight lines.

Sourav Ganguly's frustration saw him edge spinner Panesar just to the left of Paul Collingwood at slip and cut Tremlett through Ian Bell's fingertips at gully.

Jaffer was quick to punish any error in line, particular down the leg-side, although he was fortuitous when he reached his fifty off 100 balls by edging Panesar wide of slip for an all-run four.

It looked like he had repelled most of what England could throw at him until Tremlett had him in trouble with a shorter one and grasped the ball well when it looped back.



SEE ALSO
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