England strike after batting collapse

London, July 20:

England responded to a late innings collapse on Friday by reducing India to 36-2 wickets at tea on day two of the first Test.

India had put in a vastly improved bowling performance to dismiss England for 298 after play started three hours late at Lord’s because of rain. India’s pace attack, which had struggled on the opening day, took advantage of helpful conditions and England’s last six wickets collapsed for just 26 runs.

The wickets kept falling when Ryan Sidebottom then had India opener Dinesh Karthik (5) trapped leg before in the ninth over to make it 18-1. Captain Rahul Dravid (2) followed three overs later, edging James Anderson to Matthew Prior.

Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth had been accurate, extracting movement from the pitch to prevent England from getting the huge total it had hoped for when it resumed on 268-4. Sreesanth finished with 3-67, while Khan got rid of Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell to take 2-58.

Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss had put England in control on Thursday with a solid second-wicket stand of 142 before three wickets in the final session pegged back the home team.

SCOREBOARD

England — 1st Innings (Overnight: 268-4)

K Pietersen c Dhoni b Khan 37

R Sidebottom b Singh 1

I Bell b Khan 20

M Prior lbw b Sreesanth 1

C Tremlett lbw b Sreesanth 0

M Panesar lbw b Sreesanth 0

J Anderson not out 0

Extras: 28 (b9, lb10, w7, nb2)

Total: 298

FoW: 1-76, 2-218, 3-252, 4-255, 5-272,

6-286, 7-287, 8-287, 9-297

India bowling: Khan 18.2-4-62-2,

Sreesanth 22-8-67-3, Singh 17-6-58-2,

Ganguly 9-3-24-1, Kumble 23-2-60-2,

Tendulkar 2-0-8-0

India — 1st Innings

D Karthik lbw b Sidebottom 5

W Jaffer not out 21

R Dravid c Prior b Anderson 2

S Tendulkar not out 4

Extras: 4 (4b)

Total: 36/2

Fow: 1-18, 2-27

England bowling: Sidebottom 7-2-21-1,

Anderson 8-2-11-1, Tremlett 1-1-0-0