India’s Rahul Dravid was closing in on his second century of the series in the second Test at Trent Bridge after England again denied Sachin Tendulkar his 100th international century.
Dravid’s unbeaten 83 led India, 1-0 down in this four-match series, to 215 for four at tea on the second day - just six runs behind England’s first-innings 221. Yuvraj Singh made the hosts pay for dropping him on four by advancing to 43 and adding an unbroken 76 for the fifth wicket with Dravid.
Tendulkar, who came in and walked out to a standing ovation, fell for 16 to his sixth ball after lunch when he edged a cut off Stuart Broad, bowling on his home ground, to England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip.
The departure of the master batsman, whose 51 Test hundreds and 48 in One-Day Internationals are both world records, left India 119 for three.
England suffered a setback when batsman Jonathan Trott fell awkwardly on his left shoulder after diving at mid-off in an attempt to stop a run and had to leave the field, making his participation in the rest of the match doubtful.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2011.
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