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Karthik, Broad shine in tame draw
Harish Kotian at Chelmsford | July 15, 2007 18:32 IST
Last Updated: July 15, 2007 23:20 IST
Stuart Broad and Andrew Strauss [Images] took the honours on the final day, as the three-match between England [Images] Lions and the Indians, at the County Ground in Chelmsford, ended in a tame draw on Sunday.
Set a target of 258 in 20 overs, the tourists were never in the hunt. But they got off to a quick start, courtesy of a blazing half-century from opener Dinesh Karthik, who stroked his way to 51 from 45 deliveries, including eight boundaries and a six.
He added 72 runs for the opening wicket with Wasim Jaffer before he was caught by Ravi Bopara off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Jaffer was content to spend some time in the middle and eased his way to 22 from 48 deliveries, inclusive of two boundaries.
Yuvraj Singh [Images] was unbeaten on six, as India finished their second innings on 91 for 1 in 20 overs.
Andrew Strauss finally found some form going, smashing his way to 80, to give the hosts a fine start after the early dismissal of Joe Denly for 18.
The left-hander put on 80 runs for the second wicket with Owais Shah, who finished unbeaten on 77.
Shah hit six boundaries and a six in his 157-ball knock as the Indian bowlers were made to work hard on the final day.
Jonathan Trott was not out on 31 as England Lions declared their second innings on 227 in 59 overs, setting India an improbable target of 258 in 20 overs.
Even though it was a closely-fought contest, India's bowling left a lot to be desired. Young pacer Ishant Sharma struggled as he went wicket-less in both the innings, giving away 105 runs in 21 overs.
Even though the wicket was a bit in favour of the batsmen, the Indian team would have wanted their bowlers to do just a bit extra and create an impression.
The bowling of young England pacer Stuart Broad, who claimed five wickets in the Indian first innings on the same pitch, must clearly serve as a lesson for the Indian seamers.
Resuming the day on 336 for 7, India added 47 more runs before losing their last three wickets to pacer Broad, who finished with impressive figures of 5 for 76 in 19.4 overs to make a strong claim in the starting eleven for the Lord's Test.
Zaheer Khan [Images], who smashed 18 from six deliveries on Saturday, looked to continue in the same fashion. He blazed a couple of boundaries in the morning before he was caught behind off Broad for 28 from 23 deliveries, inclusive of five boundaries and a six.
Two balls later, Sreesanth [Images] became Broad's fourth victim of the innings, when he was caught by Owais Shah for 0.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni [Images] tried to muster some quick runs in the company of tail-enders as he launched into some huge sixes much to the delight of the Indian fans.
He was the final wicket to fall, when he was bowled by Broad for a well compiled innings of 76 from 84 deliveries, with seven boundaries and two sixes as India were bundled out 383 in 86.4 overs, giving the hosts a slender lead of 30 runs.
In their second innings, England Lions got off to a quick start courtesy of captain Strauss, who dispelled doubts about his form ahead of the first Test.
His timing was impeccable as he hit eight boundaries in his 52-ball knock to take his team to 76 for 1 in 15 overs at the lunch break.
England Lions (1st innings):
Did not bat: G Onions
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Strauss), 2-62 (Shah), 3-142 (Denly), 4-174 (Trott), 5-184 (Ambrose), 6-185 (Rashid), 7-225 (Bopara), 354-8 (Broad).
Bowling: Zaheer 22-5-119-3, Sreesanth 21-0-76-2, Ganguly 6-2-16-0, Ishant Sharma 12-1-61-0, Powar 25-1-96-2, Tendulkar 9-0-24-1, Yuvraj 2-0-11-0.
Indians (1st innings): (Overnight score: 336-7)
Extras: (b: 4, lb:8, w:2, nb:11) 25
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Jaffer), 2-2 (Laxman), 3-14 (Karthik), 4-65 (Ganguly), 5-205 (Yuvraj), 6-304 (Tendulkar), 7-317 (Powar), 8-361 (Zaheer), 9-361 (Sreesanth), 10-383 (Dhoni).
Bowling: S Broad 19.4-2-76-5, G Onions 20-3-90-3, C Tremlett 13-4-40-1, A Rashid 12-0-90-0, T Bresnan 16-2-46-0, R Bopara 6-1-29-0.
England Lions (2nd innings):
Did not bat: R Bopara, T Ambrose, A Rashid, T Bresnan, S Broad, C Tremlett, G Onions
Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Denly), 2-140 (Strauss).
Bowling: Z Khan 8-1-36-1 (1nb, 1w), S Sreesanth 9-0-37-0 (1nb), I Sharma 9-0-44-0 (12nb), R Powar 13-2-49-1, S Ganguly 8-1-20-0, Yuvraj Singh 8-2-16-0, D Karthik 4-0-19-0.
Did not bat: S Tendulkar, S Ganguly, VVS Laxman, M S Dhoni, R Powar, Z Khan, S Sreesanth, I Sharma.
Fall of wickets:1-72 (Karthik)
Bowling: G Onions 4-0-28-0, T Bresnan 6-0-21-0, A Rashid 6-0-24-1, R Bopara 4-0-8-0 (1nb, 1w).