England takes full control at the end of day 2 play at Chepauk with the help of some fine bowling performance by their bowlers. At stumps India were struggling at 155/6 with Harbhajan Singh batting on 13 runs with the skipper M.S. Dhoni on 24 runs. India are still 161 runs behind from England 1st inning total.
England right arm off spinner G.Swann made a sensational debut as he picked up two important wickets in his one over bowled just before tea. First he removed in form G.Gambhir (19 runs) and then out of form R.Dravid (9 runs) to reduce the Indian team score to 37/3 at tea. Both batsmen were dismissed lbw.
Earlier dangerous Virendra Sehwag was removed by pacer J.Anderson for 3 runs. However after tea Indian spectator has something to cheer about when S.R.Tendulkar (37 runs) and V.V.S Laxman (24 runs) put of 61 runs for the fourth wicket. But just when both were looking set dismissed in quick succession.
Laxman was first to go when M.Panesar picked his man caught and bowled. A.Flintoff then removed S.Tendulkar to break the back bone of Indian middle order. Yuvraj Singh once again failed to deliver in the longer version of the game as was out by S.Harmission for 14 runs.
Earlier A.Mishra removed A.Flintoff in the third over of days play to reduce the England score to 229/6. However J.Anderson (19 runs) and M.Prior (53 runs) played well to get the team score total close to 300 run mark. Yuvraj Singh and Ishant Sharma rounded off India's splendid bowling effort by taking the last two England wickets to bowl them out for 316 shortly after lunch on the second day here.
From India H.Singh and A.Mishra were most successful bowler picking up three wickets each, while Zaheer Khan able to grab two wickets, I.Sharma and Yuvraj manages one wicket each to their name.
Match Summary (Day2)
England 1st Inning – 316/10 in 128.4 Overs
A.Strauss- 123 M.Prior – 53*
H.Singh– 38-2-96-3 A.Mishra– 34-6-99-3
India 1st Inning – 155/6 in 45 Overs
S.Tendulkar- 37 M.S.Dhoni – 24*
G.Swann– 7-0-35-2 J.Anderson– 10-3-26-1