England wilt under India's pace fury

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/p/playresumes_ap.jpg' class='caption'> England was 169 for seven in 55 overs at stumps on the opening day of the second Test against India at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday.

Updated: July 30, 2007 13:33 IST
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England was 169 for seven in 55 overs at stumps on the opening day of the second Test against India at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday.

At stumps, Chris Tremlett was batting on 16 and Ryan Sidebottom was yet to open his account.

It was India's day from the moment Rahul Dravid won the toss and stuck England in. The seamers, especially Zaheer Khan, used the conditions well in contrast to the first two sessions at Lord's.

England looked out of sorts other than a brief spell before tea when Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood were batting.

Earlier, Zaheer Khan gave his skipper a reason to smile early on as he nailed England opener Andrew Strauss for four runs in his second over with a superb delivery. Strauss' footwork let him down once again as a loose drive from him was caught promptly by Sachin Tendulkar at first slip.

Skipper Michael Vaughan, who took guard after Strauss' exit, fell to Zaheer soon after as he edged an outswinging delivery to Sachin Tendulkar at first slip for nine runs.

RP Singh then got into the act to trap the dangerous Kevin Pietersen plumb in front for 13 runs to give India a clear edge as England were reduced to 47 for three in 14.4 overs.

Collingwood then walked in to the middle and eased the pressure with some breathtaking drives. He along with Alastair Cook broke the shackles and put up a 54-run stand to revive the England innings.

But Sreesanth put the brakes on the flourishing partnership as he holed up Collingwood to end his promising knock. He scored 28 runs off 44 deliveries and hit four boundaries.

Cook too departed soon leaving England in a lurch, as he was trapped leg before wicket by Sourav Ganguly after playing the sheet anchor amidst falling wickets. He scored 43 runs, which included six hits to the fence.

The start of play was delayed by over three hours due to wet outfield.

Both teams have retained the same XI as the opening Test at Lord's.

The two teams are tied 0-0 in the three Test series after rain denied England a win at Lord's in the first Test.


England: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (captain), Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wk), Chris Tremlett, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar, James Anderson.

India: Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, S Sreesanth.

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