Rain, bad light disrupt play on second day

Mohali, March 10:

Indian legspinner Anil Kumble moved closer to the 500-wicket mark by clean bowling England batsman Paul Collingwood before poor visibility disrupted play on Friday in the second Test match. Kumble (2-42) pushed a ball through Collingwood’s defence to dislodge the stumps on the second day, which saw bad light and intermittent rain limit play to 63 minutes despite an early start.

England was 200 for five in its first innings when umpires Darrell Hair and Simon Taufel, both Australians, decided to call off play after several inspections with their light metres.

Not a single ball was bowled in the afternoon and evening sessions, disappointing the spectators who waited patiently for play to resume. Skipper Andrew Flintoff was unbeaten on 26 and Geraint Jones was batting on seven when bad light forced the teams to return to the pavilion. Play was also disrupted on Thursday, and eight hours of play has been lost during the match’s first two days.

Resuming at the overnight score of 163 for four, England lost Collingwood (25) after he had added just six runs.

Playing in his 105th Test match, Kumble, 35, is now just two wickets short of becoming the fifth bowler in Test cricket history to break the 500-wicket barrier. When he gets there, he will also be the first Indian and world’s third spinner in the exclusive club.

Australian spinner Shane Warne, Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan, Aussie fast bowler Glenn McGrath and West Indian Courtney Walsh are the only other bowlers to have snared more than 500 wickets in Tests.


ENGLAND — 1st Innings (overnight 163-4)

P Collingwood b Kumble 25

A Flintoff not out 26

G Jones not out 7

Extras: 5 (lb1, nb4)

Total: 200/5

FoW: 1-35, 2-36, 3-117, 4-157, 5-180

India bowling: Pathan 19-4-63-2, Patel 16-1-59-1, Harbhajan 6-0-15-0, Chawla 5-1-20-0, Kumble 19-6-42-2