Swann’s twin strikes leave India reeling (Tea Report)December 12th, 2008 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Dec 12 (IANS) Debutant off-spinner Graeme Swann put England on top as he grabbed two wickets in his very first over, the last before tea, to reduce India to 37 for three at tea on the second day of the first cricket Test at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here Friday.Swann, brought on for the last over before tea, dismissed opener Gautam Gambhir (19) and Rahul Dravid (3) after Virender Sehwag had dragged a James Anderson delivery onto his stumps, to send India reeling.
Earlier, England, thanks to a half-century by Matt Prior (53 not out) stretched their first innings to 316 all out. Prior’s dour and determined effort that contained just one boundary, helped England to post a decent total that at one time looked doubtful.
Sehwag and Gambhir looked in good nick to hit a couple of boundaries before disaster struck for India and wickets fell in a rush.
Sehwag inside edged Anderson with the total on 16 even as Gambhir played a few attractive strokes.
England then hit back with two wickets in one over as Gambhir, having survived a strong appeal for a bat-pad catch the previous delivery, padded up to Swann, and was adjudged leg-before. After Sachin Tendulkar ran two and a single off the next couple of deliveries, Dravid played down the wrong line to be trapped in front as India went to tea in a precarious position.
Earlier, the dismissal of Andrew Flintoff off Amit Mishra in the second over of the morning at the overnight total of 229 for five indicated a swift end to the England innings. However, Matt Prior offered stubborn resistance in the company of the tail-enders to extend the visitors’ innings.