India in strong position

Nottingham, July 29:

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly both missed out on hundreds but India were still well-placed in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Sunday.

India, at tea on the third day, were 419-6, a first innings lead of 221, after Tendulkar had made 91 and Ganguly 79. VVS Laxman was 37 not out and Anil Kumble unbeaten on one.

India were 338 for three at lunch. Tendulkar, already the world record-holder for Test hundreds, was 87 not out and Ganguly, who’d survived a close leg before wicket appeal on five, 53 not out.

‘The Little Master’, who during the course of his innings had become only the third batsman in Test history to score 11,000 Test runs, went into the 90s in the first over after lunch when he uppercut Paul Collingwood for four.

But the medium-pacer, in his first over of the day, had the last laugh when, with his sixth ball, Tendulkar was lbw padding up outside off-stump for 91 to a ball that looked as if it might miss the stumps.