July 31, 2007

Dhoni in Test Match #19: Day 4

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India vs England, India in England, Pataudi Trophy Test Series (2007) - 2nd Test
Date: 27-31 July 2007

Day 4 (30 July 2007): Elegant century from Vaughan in vain

Most part of the day belonged to the England captain Vaughan. His elegant century helped England to wipe off the huge 283-runs deficit. England raised hopes of a tough fight and Harsha Bhogle was discussing about the possible target that England would set for India. Thats when the new ball and Zaheer Khan came in the way of England.

Vaughan, after scoring an elegant 124, dragged back a ball that got entangled in his thigh pad. No single bowler looked like removing him, so it is destiny that he helped himself to be dismissed. He has just cleared the deficit and taken a four-runs lead, thanks to his partnership of 112-runs with Collingwood for the fourth wicket. Collingwood played a good knock of 63. Sidebottom played a quick knock of 25 runs. He was undefeated in both the innings. But, once Vaughan is gone, India is back on track. The wickets came their way in regular intervals. While Zaheer Khan completed a haul of 5 wickets, Kumble played a hand in cutting short the tail by claiming the last 3 wickets.

Finally, England were dismissed for 355 runs, setting a victory target of 73 runs for India. By the end of the day, the Indian openers had knocked off 10 runs from that.

1st innings:
England 198 (Cook 43, Zaheer 4 for 59, Kumble 3 for 32)
India 481 (Tendulkar 91, Ganguly 79, Karthik 77, Jaffer 62, Laxman 54, Panesar 4 for 101)

2nd innings:
England 355 (Vaughan 124, Collingwood 63, Zaheer 5 for 75, Kumble 3 for 104)
India 10/0 (Karthik 6 not out)

Watch the highlights of Day 4 from YouTube.com


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