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Steady Dravid keeps India in control of second

England claimed the key wicket of Sachin Tendulkar just after lunch but India continued to dominate by...

Cricket action under sunny skies. Picture: stock.xchng

England claimed the key wicket of Sachin Tendulkar just after lunch but India continued to dominate by reaching 215 for four at tea on day two of the second test at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

Makeshift opener Rahul Dravid was 83 not out at the interval and looking likely to go on to his 34th test century. Yuvraj Singh, dropped by Kevin Pietersen at gully when on four, made the most of his letoff to reach 43 as India reached the interval just six runs short of England's total of 221.

Tendulkar departed in the first over after lunch, edging an attempted square cut off Stuart Broad to first slip Andrew Strauss for 16. That was 119 for three, which became 139 for four when Suresh Raina cut a short James Anderson ball to Eoin Morgan at point for 12.

England's Jonathan Trott suffered a shoulder injury in the session when trying to stop a Dravid cover drive and will undergo a scan later in the day to determine the damage.

England managed one wicket in the morning session when VVS Laxman edged Tim Bresnan to wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 54. Dravid survived a painful blow on his right arm in the same session from a short Bresnan delivery.

With less cloud overhead and with the sun shining, India have exploited good batting conditions, unlike day one when the ball swung prodigiously.

England lead the four-match series 1-0.