India get perfect start

Nottingham, July 28:

Dinesh Karthik built on the good work of India’s attack to consolidate the tourists’ strong position on the second day of the second Test against England today.

India, at tea, were 149-1, a first innings deficit of just 49 runs, with Karthik 77 not out. Together with Wasim Jaffer he put on 147 for the first wicket. India captain Rahul Dravid was yet to score.

At lunch, India were 40 without loss after Karthik (20 not out) and Jaffer (15 not out) had come through 16 testing overs.

Meanwhile Chris Tremlett repeatedly beat the bat. And when he did induce a false drive from Jaffer, on 32, Ian Bell dropped the difficult chance in the gully.

Karthik completed his second Test fifty with a trademark cover-driven four off Panesar, his eighth boundary in 95 balls. The hundred partnership came up in the 32nd over. It was the first century stand by an Indian opening pair in a Test in England since 1979 when Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan shared a partnership of 213 at The Oval — India’s all-time first wicket best against England.

Jaffer then completed his second fifty of the series, following his 58 at Lord’s, off 101 balls with seven boundaries.

Tremlett, with the first ball of his third spell, finally broke the stand when Jaffer was caught behind by Matt Prior off a steepling delivery for 62.

Zaheer Khan, with a return of 4-59, his best against England, and leg-spinner Anil Kumble (3-32) needed fewer than 11 overs between them on Saturday to bowl out England for 198. The hosts had resumed on 169/7.