Joe Root led England's fightback on Day 3 © Getty Images
Joe Root led England’s fightback on Day 3 © Getty Images

 

Jul 12, 2014

 

A dominant Indian side will aim to obtain a big first-innings lead when play resumes on Day Four with England fighting at 352 for nine. Ishant Sharma kick-started a fine display by India’s seamers as the tourists maintained their grip on the first Test against England at Trent Bridge on Friday.

 

England were 352 for nine in reply to India’s first innings 457, a deficit of 105 runs, at stumps on the third day. After resuming on 43 for one following struggling skipper’s Alastair Cook’s exit for five on Thursday, England got through Friday’s morning session without losing a wicket, AFP reported.

 

But all that changed after lunch as Sharma, the only member of India’s attack to have previously played a Test in England, took three for 29 in seven overs to turn 131 for one into 172 for four. Significantly, the tall paceman gained a measure of reverse swing that had largely eluded England’s seamers as he countered a still-docile pitch.

 

Brief scores:

 

India 457 (Murali Vijay 146, MS Dhoni 82, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 58, Mohammed Shami 51*; James Anderson 3 for 123, Stuart Broad 2 for 53) lead England 352 for 9 (Sam Robson 59, Gary Ballance 71, Joe Root 78; Ishant Sharma 3 for 109, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4 for 61) by 105 runs.

 

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