India's Sachin Tendulkar was powerless to prevent India collapsing to 68 for six on the fourth day of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge in Notthingham, England. India still needed a further 410 runs at tea.
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NOTTINGHAM, England (AFP) - Sachin Tendulkar was powerless to prevent India collapsing to 68 for six on the fourth day of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge here on Monday.

India, at tea, still needed a further 410 runs to reach an ever-more unlikely record victory target of 478,

Tim Bresnan, who earlier made 90 batting at number eight in England's second innings 544, did the bulk of the damage with four wickets for 17 runs in eight overs -- including two in two balls.

No team has made more in the fourth innings to win a Test than the 418 for seven posted by the West Indies against Australia at St John's, Antigua, in 2002/03.

Tendulkar, bidding to become the first batsman to score 100 international hundreds, was 35 not out and Harbhajan Singh 10 not out.

England's Stuart Broad (left) celebrates taking the wicket of India's Rahul Dravid during the fourth day of the second cricket test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 1. India were eight for one at lunch on the fourth day, needing a further 470 runs to reach their victory target of 478 after bowling England out for 544.
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Before lunch England, who won the series opener at Lord's by 196 runs, saw the back of Rahul Dravid, who made 117 in India's first innings, for just six when he was caught behind off a lifting delivery from Stuart Broad.

And after the interval Venkatsai Laxman, another of India's star batsmen, was clean bowled by a superb James Anderson delivery for four.

Opener Abhinav Mukund, dropped first ball, struggled to three off 41 balls before falling to Bresnan's fifth ball, a bouncer that he gloved to England captain Andrew Strauss at first slip.

And Bresnan succeeded with the short ball again when Suresh Raina miscued a hook straight to substitute Scott Elstone at long leg.

England's wicketkeeper Matt Prior (left) talks to captain Andrew Strauss about making an appeal in the first over during the fourth day of the second cricket test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 1. India were eight for one at lunch on the fourth day, needing a further 470 runs to reach their victory target.
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Tendulkar had struck some typically sublime straight drives off Anderson but he could only look on helplessly as Bresnan struck twice in two balls.

First Yuvraj Singh, already hit a painful blow on the glove by Bresnan, recalled in place of the injured Chris Tremlett, gloved another rising delivery to Alastair Cook in the unusual position of backward silly point and was out for eight.

Next ball India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, inexplicably playing no shot, was lbw for a golden duck to leave the tourists 55 for six and Bresnan on a hat-trick at the start of his next over.

Harbhajan survived the hat-trick with a cover-driven four but it was scant consolation for India.

England resumed Monday on 441 for six with Ian Bell having made 159 after being sportingly reprieved by Dhoni following his run out for 137 on Sunday when incorrectly assuming the ball had gone dead.

England's Tim Bresnan adds runs during the fourth day of the second cricket test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on August 1. India were set what would be a record total of 478 to win the second Test after England were dismissed for 544 in their second innings on the fourth day.
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Matt Prior, again frustrating India, was 64 not out and Bresnan 47 not out.

Wicketkeeper Prior's entertaining innings of 73, and a seventh-wicket stand of 119 at nearly a run-a-ball, ended when he was caught by opposing gloveman Dhoni off Praveen Kumar, who led the attack with four for 124.

Broad, who'd top-scored with 64 in England's first innings 221 and had then taken a hat-trick on his way to Test-best figures of six for 46 in India's 288, ensured the runs kept coming with 44 on his Nottinghamshire home ground.

But a ball after Broad was run out, Bresnan fell within sight of a maiden Test hundred when he fended at a lifting delivery from Kumar and saw the ball loop to Dravid in the gully.

Bresnan, whose Test-best score remains the 91 he made against Bangladesh in Dhaka last year, faced 118 balls with 17 fours.



Source: dreamcricket.com

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