England make solid start

Debutante Robert Key guided England to 46 without loss at lunch in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge.

Debutante Robert Key guided England to 46 without loss at lunch in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge.

The Kent opener patiently moved to 14 not out, while partner Michael Vaughan continued his fluent form, notching an unbeaten 31 by the end of the session.

After India's lower order flayed 55 runs in 10 overs to finish their innings on 357, the duo gave England a solid platform from which to launch their reply.

Key started confidently, getting off the mark with a three off his legs to the third ball he faced and even survived a loud appeal from Zaheer Khan for a catch behind early in his innings, an incident he quickly overcame to hit two boundaries before the interval.

Vaughan, however, enjoyed a reprieve in the over before lunch when he edged Harbhajan Singh's third ball down the leg side, but 17-year-old wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel was unable to take the chance.

But before this nervous moment, the Yorkshireman drove elegantly and early on pulled Ashish Nehra through mid-wicket for a boundary.

England had begun the third day with high hopes of wrapping up the tourists' innings quickly.

But instead Harbhajan treated the Nottingham crowd to the full range of his strokeplay, smashing 10 fours on his way to 54 off 37 deliveries.

Finally, Steve Harmison ended the 61-run partnership between Harbhajan and Zaheer Kahn as the former got a leading edge and captain Nasser Hussain ran in to take a diving catch at short extra cover.

The innings was ended in the next over when Matthew Hoggard made amends for his earlier wayward efforts by inducing Nehra to edge behind to Stewart.

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