Joe Root will be key for England © Getty Images
Joe Root will be key for England © Getty Images

 

Jul 12, 2014

 

England will aim to reduce India’s first innings lead when they start the play on the fourth day of the opening Test at Nottingham, being placed at 352 for nine. India are still 105 runs ahead. Catch the Live Scorecard of the third day’s play between India and England here

 

According to AFP report, 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. 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.

 

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