Indian tail-enders defy England

England were hoping to finish off India's innings at the start of the third day at Trent Bridge.

England were hoping to finish off India's innings at the start of the third day at Trent Bridge.

The tourists resumed the third day of the second Test on a healthy 302 for eight after rain restricted play to only 25 overs with Harbhajan Singh unbeaten on 13.

Harbhajan continued to demonstrate his batting ability when play began, cutting Matthew Hoggard through the slips in the second over of the day for four.

He was more fortuitous later in the same over when he edged through the gap where fourth slip would have been, but regained his composure in Hoggard's next over to drive sweetly through mid-wicket for another boundary.

His strokeplay provoked Zaheer Khan into attempting a similar aggressive response and drove Hoggard through mid-off for another four, one of six boundaries which India hit in the opening five overs of the third day.

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