Cook, Trott fall but England extend lead against India

Alastair Cook scored a terrific knock of 190 before falling to a freak run-out in the Kolkata Test PTI

Kolkata: Dec 7,2012

England skipper Alastair Cook was unlucky to have missed out on a double ton as India managed two pick up two wickets to put some brake on the visitor’s scoring in post-lunch session of third day in the third cricket Test on Friday.

Inspite of losing two set batsmen in Cook (190) and Jonathan Trott (87), England were comfortably placed at 381 for three in their first innings, a lead 65 runs over India, at tea.

Kevin Pietersen (29 not out) and Ian Bell (3 not out) were unbeaten at the crease at the break.

Resuming the day at 216 for one, England rode on a 173-run second wicket partnership between Cook and Trott, who returned to form with a brilliant 87, to pile on the misery for India.

Captain Cook’s record-breaking eight-hour-and-12 minute innings finally came to an end in a freak manner when he was run out by a direct throw from Virat Kohli.

While backing up from the non-striker’s end, Cook was caught short off the crease by Kohli’s direct shy at the stumps.

Cook faced 377 balls during his record-breaking knock and hit 23 boundaries and two sixes.

As he was approaching his third double century, Cook slowed down a bit while India kept attacking Pietersen at the other end.

This was Cook’s seventh 150-run knock as he became English leading century makers with 23 tons to his credit. He also is the youngest to join the 7,000-run club when he achieved the feat at 27 years and 347 days.

As far as the series is concerned, he has so far accumulated 547 runs at an average of 136.75 with 26 hours and one minute stay in the middle.

Cook’s dismissal came shortly after Ojha gave India the first breakthrough of the day almost an hour after the lunch when Trott edged one India skipper Manhendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps.

Brief Scores: India 316 (Sachin Tendulkar 76, MS Dhoni 52; Monty Panesar 4 for 90, James Anderson 3 for 89) trail England 381 for 3 (Alastair Cook 190, Jonathan Trott 66; Pragya Ojha 2 for 94) by 65 runs

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