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August 30, 2006
England 74 for 6 (Smit 7*, Edwards 21*) trail India 307 (Raj 65, Chopra 98) by 233 runs
England are taking some time to settle into their new home and by the close on the second day, plenty of their batsmen had been evicted, leaving their first innings in tatters. India played the bailiffs, in particular the menacing Amita Sharma and Jhulan Goswami, who have been causing trouble all summer and were similarly devastating today.
Goswami tore through the top order, ripping out the top trio to leave England quaking at 22 for 3, in reply to India's first-innings total of 307. Sharma provided no respite from the other end, either, as the pace pairing worked in tandem to pick off England's batsmen. She removed the new batting sensation Sarah Taylor for 12, trapping her lbw, and then dismissed Beth Morgan for a duck, edging through to Karu Jain.
By this stage England were in serious trouble, at 40 for 5 and things were only to get worse for them, with Rumeli Dhar removing Jenny Gunn for 18. Now England were feeling sorry for themselves, at 46 for 6, but Charlotte Edwards - who had dropped down the order because she wasn't feeling well - and Jane Smit managed to cling on to the close, to push England to 74 for 6. They've a long way to go yet before they avoid the follow-on.
India will be happy with their allround efforts today; they had a tidy day with the bat, too. Mithali Raj couldn't convert her overnight fifty to a century, she fell for 65, but Anjum Chopra advanced towards her ton, before falling agonisingly, for 98, one of Isa Guha's four victims. Guha finished with the handsome figures of 4 for 65 from 40.1 overs. Dhar then chipped in with a handy 43 to boost India past the 300-mark.
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