Tough going for England

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

The home side is chasing India's total of 204, and were reduced to 166 at the loss of 9 wickets, after Alex Wharf was caught by Dinesh Karthik for 9 runs.

Tough going for England

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The home side is chasing India's total of 204, and were reduced to 166 at the loss of 9 wickets, after Alex Wharf was caught by Dinesh Karthik for 9 runs.Shortly before Wharf, Karthik had also stumped Michael Vaughan for 74 runs. Earlier, Ashley Giles was caught and bowled by Harbhajan Singh for 39 runs. Before Giles, Geraint Jones was caught by Virender Sehwag for 11 runs. Paul Collingwood was brilliantly run out by Mohammad Kaif for four runs.Marcus Trescothick had been was dismissed for a mere 1 run, caught by V V S Laxman off Ashish Nehra's bowling. Vikram Solanki too was sent packing for 9 runs after being caught by Harbhajan Singh.Solanki was joined by Andrew Strauss who returned to the pavilion after a score of 2 runs. Anthony McGrath also fell LBW to Irfan Pathan. Under pressureEarlier India reeled under pressure in the final overs in the third one-day game against England at Lord's.Steve Harmison played his career-best to take the crucial wickets of Sourav Ganguly (90) and Rahul Dravid (52) as well as those of Dinesh Karthik and VVS Laxman. Darren Gough took the wicket of Harbhajan Singh to complete his 200 wickets in One-Day Internationals. India lost Sourav Ganguly, after a hard-hitting performance that kept the visitors afloat after initial hitches.Ganguly was caught by Michael Vaughan off the bowling of Steve Harmison after slamming a commanding score of 90 to lead India to the magical three figure mark in the 27th over. Early scaresGanguly and VVS Laxman opened the innings for India. But India suffered an early scare when Harmison struck in the 8th over to take the wicket of Laxman for 9 runs. Ganguly was then joined at the crease by Mohammad Kaif, who was dismissed by Paul Collinwood for 2 runs.Virender Sehwag followed him to the pavilion in the same over after being caught and bowled by Ashley Giles. Yuvraj Singh departed after being caught by Ashley Giles off the bowling of Alex Wharf.Debutante Dinesh Karthik followed soon after being caught by Geraint Jones off the bowling of Harmison. Playing for prideIndia are playing for pride after having lost the series 0-2 to England.A confident England on the other hand is seeking its third clean sweep of the summer. Andrew Flintoff makes way for Anthony McGrath despite his 99 being the innings of the day at The Oval. But the 79 not out by Paul Collingwood underlined his value to the team. (With wire inputs)



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