Strauss, Collingwood give England cricketers big lead
AFP - 2 hours 59 minutes ago
CHENNAI, India (AFP) - - England's Andrew Strauss smashed his second century in the match and Paul Collingwood hit 108 to leave India in trouble in the first Test here on Sunday.
The tourists moved from the lunch score of 244-3 to 301-8 by tea on the fourth day at the Chidambaram stadium, a lead of 376 runs with two wickets in hand.
Matt Prior was unbeaten on 24 when tea was taken after Steve Harmison was bowled by Zaheer Khan for one.
Left-handed Strauss, who made 123 in the first innings, scored 108 to become only the second Englishman after Graham Gooch to score two centuries in a Test against India.
The 31-year-old Middlesex opener emulated West Indian Everton Weekes, Duleep Mendis of Sri Lanka and Gary Kirsten of South Africa, the current India coach, in scoring two hundreds in a Test on Indian soil.
Strauss and Collingwood, who came together on Saturday evening with England struggling at 43-3, hammered 214 for the fourth wicket.
India will have to defy history to prevent England from taking a shock lead in the two-match series, with the second Test starting in Mohali on December 19.
The highest fourth innings total to win a match on Indian soil is 276-5 by the West Indies at New Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla ground during the 1987-88 season.
A holiday crowd of 10,000 applauded warmly as Strauss turned Zaheer to mid-wicket for a single in the post-lunch session to bring up his 14th Test century.
Collingwood, who went to lunch on 93, reached his seventh Test century in the sixth over after resumption when he flicked Harbhajan Singh for a single.
But Strauss fell off the next delivery, uppishly driving the off-spinner to extra cover where Venkatsai Laxman took an easy catch.
India gained another wicket soon after as Andrew Flintoff (four) edged seamer Ishant Sharma to wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to make England 262-5.
Dhoni, the Indian captain, deployed six bowlers to contain the Englishmen on a wearing wicket that is still affording bounce to both pacemen and spinners.
England 1st innings 316 A. Strauss 123, M. Prior 53 not out, H. Singh 3-96
India 1st innings: 241 M. Dhoni 53, H. Singh 40, A. Flintoff 3-49, M. Panesar 3-65
England 2nd innings
A. Strauss c Laxman b Harbhajan 108
A. Cook c Dhoni b Sharma 9
I. Bell c Gambhir b Mishra 7
K. Pietersen lbw b Yuvraj 1
P. Collingwood lbw b Zaheer 108
A. Flintoff c Dhoni b Sharma 4
M. Prior not out 24
G. Swann b Zaheer 7
S. Harmison b Zaheer 1
Extras b10, lb13, nb7, w2 32
Total for eight wickets 301
Fall of wkts 1-28, 2-42, 3-43, 4-257, 5-262, 6-277, 7-297, 8-301
Zaheer 25.5-7-37-3 (w2), Sharma 21-1-50-2 (nb7), Mishra 17-1-66-1, Yuvraj 3-1-12-1, Harbhajan 30-3-91-1, Sehwag 6-0-22-0
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