Home > News >

India fighting for survival against England at stumps on Day 3 of 3rd Test at Southampton

MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 50 © Getty Images
MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 50 © Getty Images

By Shiamak Unwalla

Jul 29, 2014

India resumed the day at 25 for one. James Anderson kept asking questions of the batsmen, but Chris Woakes looked largely nonthreatening. The introduction of Broad proved incisive, as he came in hard and sharp, and eventually got rid of both overnight batsmen.

On a flat deck where very little help was on offer for the England pacers, Stuart Broad had steamed in in the morning session, and got rid of both overnight batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay. Pujara got a snorter from Broad, attempting to leave a short and wide ball only for it to follow the batsman and take his glove through to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Vijay too was dismissed trying to leave; he left his leave too late and got an inside edge onto the stumps.

New men Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were looking secure against the probing English bowling, till Kohli once again poked at one to slip. He suffered another failure — his fifth of the series — when he poked at an innocuous delivery from James Anderson to Alastair Cook at slip. His knock of 39 was his highest of the series, and he looked very secure in the middle. His dismissal came against the run of play, once again exposing a perceived weakness with the ball seaming outside his off-stump.

It was then down to the Mumbai duo of Rahane and Rohit Sharma to bail the team out of trouble. The pair batted with confidence and positivity, scoring runs regularly and not getting bogged down by the position they found themselves in. But then Rohit committed his old sin: tried to play an expansive — and entirely unnecessary — shot only to find the fielder at mid-off.

At Tea, India were in trouble. At Stumps, they were on the verge of a follow-on. Their one ray of hope was Rahane, batting on an unbeaten 50. The ray of hope soon went the Rohit way; a top-edged pull found the fielder at square leg mere moments after resumption. Ravindra Jadeja then smashed a typically chance-filled 30 only to be dismissed LBW by — who else? — Anderson.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in and batted better than most of India’s top order. However, he too was dismissed, an inside edge carrying to Gary Ballance at slip. With just under 50 needed to avoid the follow-on, Dhoni — batting on an unbeaten 50 — will hold the key on Day Four.

Brief scores:

England 569 for 7 decl. (Alastair Cook 95, Gary Ballance 156, Ian Bell 167; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 101, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 153) lead India 323 for 8 (Ajinkya Rahane 54, MS Dhoni 50*; Stuart Broad 3 for 61, James Anderson 3 for 52, Moeen Ali 2 for 62) by 246 runs.

Full scorecard

Photo Gallery

Complete coverage of India’s tour of England 2014

(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Wriddhiman Saha’s performance in the 1st Test at Brisbane could make or break his career

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Stats overview of past encounters

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s inspired performance in 2nd Test serves important lesson to non-Asian countries

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: England lack killer instinct, feels Alastair Cook

Jacques Kallis to make his debut as caddy

Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara’s efforts go in vain as Sri Lanka trump England by 25 runs in 1st ODI

West Indies tour of South Africa 2014-15: Sheldon Cottrell ready for return

Phil Hughes’ injury asks for review of safety factor in cricket equipment, feels Jagmohan Dalmiya

Ishant Sharma — Is his current ODI form good enough to earn him a place in ICC World Cup 2015 squad?

The birth of Day Night cricket matches

Phillip Hughes head injury: Are helmets making batsmen complacent?

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

Bigg Boss 8: Should Sonali Raut be disqualified for slapping Ali Quli Mirza? Vote!

Robbed of Choice and Control: Indian Women Dead from Mass Sterilization

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza slapped by Sonali Raut in Salman Khan’s show!

6 Things Sure to Happen at a South Asian Thanksgiving

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 28 of your pregnancy

विपाशा बासु: पिनकेथॉन महिलाओं को जागरूक करने का महत्वपूर्ण प्लैटफॉर्म

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here