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Jul 30, 2014
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England continue to dominate. Anderson though provides India a chance as he drops a caught and bowled off Rohit Sharma. A similar one to the drop like in The Ashes 2010-11 when Anderson spilled a caught and bowled chance off Michael Hussey at Adelaide. Five wickets down would have been bad news for India. India end the day on 112 for four. There is some altercation between Anderson and Rahane right at the end of the day.
Certainly not what the Indian fans would like to see, and definitely not what the Indian batting stars as well. Indians ARE struggling against England’s part-time-yet-effective spinners. Moeen Ali continues to make breakthroughs, this time it is Virat Kohli who is caught behind. Another start wasted. England on their way to a big win at the moment.
OUT! V Kohli c Buttler b Ali 28 (56)
BIG WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan is removed by Joe Root, who gets a crucial breakthrough for his side. Jordan takes another catch after the ball took outside edge as Dhawan came forward to play the off-spinner. India in deep trouble!
OUT! S Dhawan c Jordan b Root 37 (85)
Both Dhawan and Kohli are batting cautiosly at the moment. Since the wicket is still very good for batting, these two should not face many troubles ones settling themselves in.
Dhawan and Kohli have decided to play for a draw it would seem. It was unlikely they would have been gunning for 445 anyway though. Moeen and Woakes being dealt with quite easily by the pair.
Oh dear! Cheteshwar Pujara falls to England spinner Moeen Ali. The batsman gets an outside edge and Chris Jordan makes his mark in the game for the first time in four days with a sharp catch. India in big trouble with quick wickets.
OUT! C Pujara c Jordan b Ali 2 (6)
Murali Vijay is OUT! Shikhar Dhawan calls for a sharp single, but Stuart Borad, fielding near the umpire near the leg side runs out India’s most successful opener.
OUT! M Vijay run out 12 (35)
Apart from James Anderson and Stuart Broad, no England pacer could create problems for India on this wicket. Change in the bowling attack, Chris Woakes comes in.
Indian openers have negotiated the England bowlers quite well so far in the day. The pitch is still very good for batting and there should be no problems for those who apply themselves and not play reckless strokes. Big test for Shikhar Dhawan, and he has looked determined so far to turn around things.
India have begun on a positive note. Shikhar Dhawan is looking slightly low on confidence as he is continuously troubled by the England pacers outside the off-stump.
Tea has been taken at Southampton with England setting 445-run target. Read the tea report here.
England have declared! India will be chasing 445 runs to win the third Test match. Joe Root is cleaned up by Ravindra Jadeja, and England declared immediately after that.
OUT! J Root b Jadeja 56 (41)
Joe Root has put the disappointment of the failure in the last innings behind as he has smashed his way to a 38-ball half-century. Boundaries are coming in freely for England at the moment, lead past 430 runs now.
England are pressing ahead at the moment as their lead has touched 400. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are scoring briskly, and boundaries are coming for them regularly.
Pankaj Singh has now conceded most runs on Test debut without a wicket.
Alastair Cook completes his half-century, making most of the good batting conditions in Southampton. England’s lead is of 376 runs.
England have slowed down a bit after Ian Bell’s dismissal. They might be thinking of not to lose many wickets as the target score in their minds would certainly be anything above 220.
Bell looking for some quick runs here. He takes on Jadeja and succeeds. Pankaj continues bowling well without success. Jadeja again to Bell. OH HE’S KNOCKED HIM OVER! Bell goes for the sweep, loses his stumps. Jadeja celebrates his second victim.
OUT! I Bell 23(21) b R Jadeja
Play has resumed after lunch and Ian Bell, who scored 167 to bounce back to form, has begun on an aggressive note. England are scoring at a brisk rate at the moment.
England have been in command right from the word go in this Test match. India were expected to spend lot of time on the wicket today, but James Anderson bounced out MS Dhoni and Mohammed Shami to give 239-run lead. England opened with Alastair Cook and Sam Robson, and the dismissal of the latter played in England’s advantage. Gary Ballance’s quickfire 38 helped England get some much-needed quick runs. England win yet another session, have extended the lead by 319 runs. It’s lunchtime at Southampton on Day 4, click here to read Shiamak Unwalla’s lunch report here
Ravindra Jadeja removes Gary Ballance after changing the bowling end. The ball was pitched outside the off-stump, and hit Ballance on the pad very close to the gloves. Cheteshwar Pujara takes an easy catch at short-leg. Umpire Marais Erasmus thinks that is out. TV replays suggest it wasn’t.
OUT! G Ballance c Pujara b Jadeja 38 (48)
Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance have started scoring runs freely on this batting-friendly wicket. England have raised their 50 in no time, as they had trudged along to 28 after 11 overs. Lead extended to 292 runs.
England have extended their second innings lead to 267 runs. Gary Ballance, who scored a superb century in the first innings has joined his captain in the middle. England are not really looking to score quick runs at the moment.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar provides India the first breakthrough as he gets rid of Sam Robson. The bowler puts one in the channel outside off, an area where Robson continues to struggle. England’s lead is past 250 at the moment.
OUT! S Robson c Dhawan b Bhuvneshwar 13 (20)
England have begun in their second innings on a positive note. Indians are giving them little bit of width here and there, which the openers are cashing on at the moment. Lead extended to 253 runs now.
England have decided not to enforce the follow-on. Here’s Alastair Cook and Sam Robson again. Should Jos Buttler have been promoted to give England some much-needed quick runs?
James Anderson celebrates his birthday in style by completing five-wicket haul. Mohammed Shami is bounced out as India fail to avoid the follow-on by 40 runs. Stay tuned for more updates.
OUT! M Shami 5 c Buttler b Anderson (15)
There’s the breakthrough England are looking for! James Anderson bounces out MS Dhoni as India are dealt a huge blow early on the fourth day. India need another 41 runs to avoid follow-on.
OUT! MS Dhoni c Buttler b Anderson 50 (104)
Stuart Broad took wickets at either end of a long, hot day while Moeen Ali turned the focus back on to his cricket as England strengthened their grip on the third Test against India in Southampton. At the close of Tuesday’s third day, India were 323 for eight in reply to England’s imposing first innings 569 for seven declared, a deficit of 246 runs and still needing a further 47 to avoid the follow-on.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was 50 not out and Mohammed Shami four not out. Broad, who had looked tired for much of this series while struggling with a knee injury, appeared to have regained his old zest while taking three for 65 in 23 overs. Meanwhile James Anderson, England’s other senior pace bowler, who had taken a wicket late on Monday, finished Tuesday with three for 52 in 24. Hi I am Devarchit Varma and I am going to be bringing you live updates of the fourth day’s play at Southampton.
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