Murali Vijay fell after scoring a watchful 39 off 95 balls © Getty Images
Jul 29, 2014
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India may have lost their way in this Test match, but they still added about 300 runs on the third day. This indicates that the pitch is still favourable to the batsmen. Had the Indians been a little wise in their shot selection, it would have been a different case all-together. India need another 46 runs to avoid follow-on, and they are trailing by a further 246 runs ahead. Here’s Shiamak Unwalla’s final report of the day.
Mohammed Shami gets a boundary off Chris Jordan, who looked bland like many other bowlers on this wicket. England continue to dominate, with India still need 46 runs more to avoid the follow-on.
MS Dhoni completes his 31st half-century in Test cricket as India inch closer to avoid follow-on. They need their captain to lead the way as they have only two wickets left in hand.
Another blow to India towards the end of the day as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is dismissed by Stuart Broad. The batsman gets an inside edge and Gary Ballance, standing in the slip cordon, takes a good catch after the ball took the inside edge and bounced off the batman’s thigh.
OUT! B Kumar c Ballance b Broad 19 (35)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar once again shows his class as a batsman, that’s three boundaries off the Broad over. That’s 300 up for India now. Moeen continues. And MS succeeds where Rahane failed; half-tracker from Moeen gets sent over midwicket.
Indians are in no hurry at the moment, perhaps they want to get the second ball a little old before they begin scoring again. England trying hard to keep making inroads meanwhile.
India need another 86 runs to avoid follow-on.
Another batsman bites the dust! James Anderson claims his third wicket in the match as he traps Ravindra Jadeja in front of the wickets. India lose their seventh wicket. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been excellent in this series with the bat, walks in.
OUT! R Jadeja lbw Anderson 31 (52)
Ravindra Jadeja brings up the 50-run stand with the Indian skipper in some style! He dances down the track to smash England’s best bowler down the ground for a four.
MS Dhoni and Ravinda Jadeja have negotiated the new ball well so far. They are also rotating the strike, picking up boundaries off the lose ones. India need another 120 odd runs to avoid the follow-on.
England have taken the new ball.
India are struggling with most of their specialist batsmen back in the pavilion. They now need captain Dhoni and Jadeja to take them through to stumps, else England could well be on their way to a win here.
Will Ravindra Jadeja play another blinder to help India reduce England’s lead in this Test match? It has been England’s day once again so far. India need some momentum and they could be served well with some quick runs.
BIG WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane mistimes one off Moeen Ali as the ball goes high in the air, and the substitute fielder takes an easy catch. India in deep trouble. England still lead by more than 350 runs. India need 152 more runs to avoid the follow-on.
OUT! A Rahane c sub b M Ali 54 (113)
It’s time for tea at Southampton with India trailing by 355 runs in the first innings, with five wickets remaining. Indian batsmen have got the starts, which includes Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, but none of them have turned it into a big score. Ajinkya Rahane looks well-set at 52 not out. There are no demons in the pitch and it is still helpful to those who are applying themselves. Read Shiamak Unwalla’s tea report here.
Indian batsmen have got the necessary starts but some of them have squandered it away — surely in case of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. England enjoy another good session, they have been dominating India right from the word go in this Test match.
Poor shot by Rohit Sharma results in his dismissal. England are all over India at the moment as they have removed another specialist batsman with more than 350-run lead. Rohit steps out to loft a straight delivery off Moeen Ali, which goes straight to the fielder at mid-off. Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks in.
OUT! R Sharma c Broad b Ali 28 (61)
Half-century number three for Ajinkya Rahane in Test cricket! It’s been a fine knock by the Indian batsman, batting confidently while wickets have fallen at the other end. India also bring up their 200. But the pressure still remain on them, trailing by 365 runs.
Ajinkya Rahane is batting comfortably in the middle. Rohit Sharma too has picked up well after a nervous start. About 35 minutes left in this session. India won’t like to lose another wicket in this session.
Rohit Sharma begins on a scratchy note, getting a couple of edges as India wobble past the 150-run mark. England are attacking with James Anderson and Chris Jordan at the moment. India trailing by 417 runs at the moment.
Rohit Sharma is the new man in after Kohli’s dismissal. It will be a big test for the right-handed batsman as after a superb debut in Tests at home against the West Indies, he flopped on the tours of South Africa and New Zealand. England in complete command at the moment.
Anderson strikes and it is Virat Kohli who is back in the pavilion! Kohli was looking a little anxious at the crease, and this time he chases one well outside the off-stump. Cook takes another clean catch in the slip cordon. India in big trouble, still trailing by 433 runs in the first innings.
OUT! V Kohli c Cook b Anderson 39(72)
India have resumed their innings positively post lunch. It is an extremely crucial session for them as they would not like to lose too many wickets, at the same time they need to bring down the runs deficit.
Another fantastic session for England wherein they continued to stamp their authority in the game. India trail by more than 430 runs, and it will be a humongous challenge for their batsmen to keep England at bay. It’s time for lunch at Southampton.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have steadied the ship for India at the moment. It will be a tough day for India in the field, and with all their young batting stars in the side they should be able to put up a good show.
Big wicket! Chris Broad strikes again as this time it is Murali Vijay who is dismissed. Viay tries to leave one outside the off-stump, but the ball takes an edge and goes on to hit the wickets. England in command at the moment.
OUT! M Vijay b Broad 39(95)
Virat Kohli is the new man in after Pujara’s dismissal and he is looking confident out there in the middle. The star Indian batsman is slightly out of form and he has begun with a cracking four through the extra cover off Chris Jordan.
Pujara is gone. He is dismissed by Stuart Broad as Jos Buttler takes the catch. Now, in comes Virat Kohli, who is waiting to score runs on this trip. The stage is set for him.
OUT! C Pujara c Buttler b Broad 24(52)
Pujara has been going well and has played a few very good strokes. Even Vijay is getting into his zone and hitting the ball well. He drives one past point and it is a four. He then pushes through the cover region for three.
Pujara has scored all the runs since morning. He gets a four through third-man as he edges one through the vacant area. He then works to the leg-side for a few runs.
India have started the day with a couple of runs. Pujara knocks one behind square on the leg-side and gets a couple of runs. India are away.
Hello and welcome to Cricket Country’s coverage of Day 3 of the third Test match between India and England. India finished on 25 for one at stumps on Day Two of the third Test against England at Southampton. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan came out to open the innings as usual, and Dhawan was dismissed early by James Anderson. Cheteshwar Pujara and Vijay managed to survive some probing overs to go to Day Three.
England were in a very secure position as they declared their innings at 569 for seven. Big knocks from Alastair Cook, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, and Jos Buttler helped England pile on the runs. Buttler scored a fifty on Test debut in the third Test between India and England at Southampton, thereby becoming only the eighth English wicketkeeper-batsman to achieve the landmark on Test debut. After a fidgety start, Buttler overcame his nerves to compile an aggressive half-century. The innings came at a time when England were struggling to score quickly.
Ian Bell was dismissed for 167, caught by Pankaj Singh off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, moments after Jos Buttler celebrated a fifty on Test debut in the third Test between India and England at Southampton. Earlier, Bell helped England to 452 for five, as he scored his 21st Test hundred and fourth against India. He brought up his ton with a six and followed it up with a couple of fours and another six off the next three balls to accelerate an otherwise slow day for England. Hi, I am Devarchit Varma and I will bring you live updates of Day three from Southampton.
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