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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2007, 18:25 GMT 19:25 UK
India bowlers put England on rack
SECOND NPOWER TEST, Trent Bridge, day one (close): England 169-7 v India

By Jamie Lillywhite

Zaheer Khan celebrates
Zaheer found some dangerous movement on the first day

Zaheer Khan took three wickets as India reduced England to 169-7 on the first day of the second Test at Trent Bridge.

Play could not begin until 1500 BST because of a waterlogged outfield and Zaheer quickly took two wickets in nine overs after India won the toss.

RP Singh ousted Kevin Pietersen with a fine inswinger and though Alastair Cook (43) and Paul Collingwood shared fifty, both departed within three overs.

Ian Bell (31) struck some neat shots before becoming Zaheer's third victim.

There were genuine concerns that there would be no play at all on Friday given the extent of the water on or squelching just under the surface.

When play did finally get under way, Dravid won an important toss and unleashed his seam bowlers, all of whom found considerable swing in the damp conditions and a stiffish cross wind.

Paul Collingwood
Collingwood's emphatic dismissal ended England's brief resurgence

Batting never looked easy in the early stages and Zaheer in particular caused problems by drawing the batsmen forward with a good length.

Despite his battling 96 in the drawn first Test at Lord's, Andrew Strauss still looked vulnerable outside the off-stump and a loose drive resulted in an edge to first slip.

Michael Vaughan was off the mark immediately but was clattered on the side of the helmet after reacting slowly to a short delivery from Zaheer before he too edged to first slip pushing defensively when the left-armer went around the wicket.

Pietersen played one imperious straight drive that would have gone for four even when the outfield was under water, before RP Singh, after two ineffective overs, changed ends and produced a superb delivery that swung in and trapped him.

Collingwood looked in good touch from the outset with a series of crisply struck strokes on either side of the wicket as the new ball appeared to lose its potency.

606: DEBATE

Having eclipsed David Gower to become the youngest England batsman to reach 1,500 Test runs, Cook played an authoritative pull shot as 14 came from the final over before tea, 44 coming in the final seven overs before the interval.

But that brief spell was to prove the only period where bat dominated ball.

Only three singles came from the first seven overs of the final session and despite the fourth-wicket pair recording a fifty stand in 89 balls, the pressure resulted in a breakthrough.

Sree Santh, who was spoken to by his colleagues after becoming a little too exasperated by his failure to take a wicket, nipped one back to clip Collingwood's inside edge and the ball cannoned into the middle stump.

Dravid persevered with his medium pacers, and Sourav Ganguly brought more reward when the assured Cook was unluckily adjudged lbw by umpire Simon Taufel when well forward and out of his crease.

With England's tail beginning at number eight with Chris Tremlett, who bagged a pair on his debut at Lord's, the sixth-wicket partnership was particularly vital.

Matt Prior curtailed his customary aggression to play himself in before joining Bell in some more fluent stroke-making.

They added 38 in 10 overs before Prior edged the evergreen Anil Kumble to grateful slip Dravid.

Tremlett scored his first runs but was reprieved on four when Sachin Tendulkar spilled a fairly routine opportunity to take his third catch of the day at first slip, the tall Hampshire bowler taking advantage to strike two elegant boundaries.

England were hoping that Bell would remain unbeaten going into the second day but with five overs remaining he missed an inswinger from the impressive Zaheer.

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India in England 2007
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