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LONDON---India took control of the second test
yesterday, reducing England to 105-4 at stumps
and still needing another 214 runs for an improbable
win with one day left.
Chasing a daunting 319, England lost three wickets
for two runs---including that of struggling captain
Alastair Cook for 22---going from 70-1 to 72-4 on
the fourth day at Lord s.
Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja blasted 68 off 57 balls as
India scored 342 all out in its second innings.
Gary Ballance (27) begun the slump for England
when he pushed into a delivery from Mohammed
Shami, and was caught behind by Mahendra Singh
Dhoni for the wicketkeeper s 250th catch in Test
Ian Bell (1) followed when he was bowled by Ishant
Sharma, playing and missing a straight delivery,
before Cook became Sharma s second wicket.
He edged behind after making a patient 22 from
93 balls, as another innings passed without making
a big score.
Those three dismissals leave England facing the
prospect of going ten Test matches without a win.
Moeen Ali and Joe Root offered some resistance,
finishing unbeaten on 15 and 14 respectively but
England will likely be hoping for rain on the last day.
After battering the bowlers with the bat, Jadeja
made sure England s reply got off to a dismal start.
He removed opener Sam Robson lbw for seven on
the first ball of his first over.
Earlier, Murali Vijay made 95 for India before Jade-
ja s 68, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar contributed 52
as the visitors built up their imposing lead.
Resuming on 169-4, Vijay and India captain Dhoni
took the tourists to 202-4 before it lost two wickets
for one run.
Dhoni edged Liam Plunkett to Bell, before Stuart
Binny fell for a duck. He rashly scooped a ball from
Ali over midwicket where Cook took an excellent
catch over his shoulder as he was running back-
When Vijay was removed by James Anderson, he
was visibly frustrated at being needlessly drawn into
playing at the delivery with three figures in sight.
He smacked the ground with his bat, and his bat-
ting partner Jadeja patted him on the back as he left
the crease to rapturous applause from the crowd for
a battling innings.
Vijay s dismissal saw Khumar partner Jadeja at
the crease, and they forged an eighth-wicket part-
nership of 99 off 100 balls which allowed India s
grip on the match to tighten.
Jadeja got his maiden half century before falling
with his team on 334, edging skywards off Ben Stokes.
Alastair Cook got underneath to take a catch which
was similar to the one he took to remove Binny.
Jadeja has been jeered by the Lord s crowd for his
involvement in an incident with Anderson that has
resulted in the England bowler facing a level three
charge and a potential four-test ban by the Inter-
national Cricket Council (ICC). However, he was
applauded off for a match-changing innings by all
four corners of the ground.
When he left, England wrapped up the innings
Shami was caught behind for a duck off Ali and
Khumar, who made his third half century in the
series, edged Ben Stokes to Bell at second slip for
52. Sharma was 0 not out.
Khumar was dropped by Root at fourth slip on
two runs off the bowling of Stuart Broad. While the
opening session was edged by the home side, those
50 extra runs that Khumar made in the second session
enforced India s already significant advantage.
The first Test of the five-match series was drawn.
India takes control
ENGLAND vs INDIA
India 1st Inns: 295
England 1st Inns: 319
India 2nd Inns (o/n: 169-4)
MuraliVijaycPriorbAnderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
ShikharDhawancRootbStokes . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
CheteshwarPujaracPriorbPlunkett . . . . . . . . .43
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Bell b Plunkett . . . . . . 19
RavindraJadejacCookbStokes . . . . . . . . . . . . .68
BhuvneshwarKumarcBellbStokes . . . . . . . . .52
Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-118, 3-118, 4-123, 5-202,
6-203, 7-235, 8-334, 9-338, 10-342.
Bowling: James Anderson 29-11-77-1, Stuart
Broad 23-6-93-1, Ben Stokes 18.1-2-51-3, Liam
Plunkett 22-6-65-3, Moeen Ali 11-3-28-2.
ENGLAND 2ND INNS
TOTAL:(for4wicketsOvers:46) . . . . . . . . .105
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-70, 3-71, 4-72.
Still to bat: Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Stuart
Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson.
Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8-4-10-0,
Mohammed Shami 7-1-20-1, Ishant Sharma 10-
5-13-2, Ravindra Jadeja 16-4-32-1, Murali Vijay 4-
1-11-0, Shikhar Dhawan 1-0-1-0.
To s s : England.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka, and
Bruce Oxenford, Australia.
India's wicket keeper MS Dhoni, left, tries to stop a ball played by England's Gary Ballance, right, during the
fourth day of the second test match between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in London,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
ducked under the 45-
second mark for the
first time in his career,
when he clocked
44.98 seconds to win
gold at the KBC Night
of Athletics meet, in
Belgium, on Saturday.
"I watched him at
conference and he
was pure Van Gaal
---honest and open,
the way he always
Chelsea FC coach
JOSE MOURINHO on
his admiration for his
Louis Van Gaal.
Call: 623 8870-9
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BULAWAYO---Zimbabwe opener Sikandar Raza
made sure his first one-day international century was
a memorable one as he smashed seven sixes in his
141 to power the home team to an eight-wicket win
and a 2-0 series lead over Afghanistan yesterday.
Raza was part of a record 224-run opening
partnership with Hamilton Masakadza as Zimbabwe
chased down Afghanistan's total of 256-7 with ease
for a 2-0 lead in the four-match series. Masakadza
made 93 as Zimbabwe cruised to 257-2 in 43.3 overs.
The opening partnership was the highest for any
wicket for Zimbabwe in ODIs.
Raza faced just 133 balls and added 11 fours to his
string of sixes as he punished Afghanistan's bowling
at Queens Sports Club.
Afghanistan had been hopeful of leveling the series
after 17-year-old Usman Ghani made his first
international century opening the batting for the
visitors. But Ghani's 118 was the only major
contribution for Afghanistan with the next highest
score 23 not out from tailender Gulbadin Naib.
Zimbabwe 257-2 in 43.3 overs (Sikandar Raza 141,
Hamilton Masakadza 93) beat Afghanistan 256-7 in
50 overs (Usman Ghani 118; Raza 2-25) by 8 wickets.
Raza guides Zimbabwe to eight wicket win
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