Gary Ballance scored an attractive 38, but was out at the stroke of Lunch © Getty Images
Gary Ballance scored an attractive 38, but was out at the stroke of Lunch © Getty Images

By Shiamak Unwalla

Jul 30, 2014

England went to lunch at 80 for two against India on Day Four of the third Test at Southampton. Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 29, but Gary Ballance — after making a very good 38 — was dismissed on the penultimate delivery before lunch. England enjoyed a lead of 319 runs after bowling India out for just 330.

Earlier, India resumed at 323 for eight against England. With just under 50 needed to avoid the follow-on, Dhoni — batting on an unbeaten 50 — held the key for the visitors. James Anderson and Stuart Broad started things off for England against Dhoni and Mohammed Shami. Shami scored the first run of the day, handsomely driving Broad through covers. He might have got more than one, but Dhoni was happy to keep the strike. MS Dhoni was soon dismissed by James Anderson with 41 needed to avoid the follow-on, and Shami was the last man out — also to Anderson — as Anderson finished with his 16th five-for.

India were bowled out for 330, having resumed at 323 for eight against England on Day Four of the third Test at Southampton. With just under 50 needed to avoid the follow-on, Dhoni — batting on an unbeaten 50 — held the key for the visitors overnight. James Anderson and Stuart Broad started things off for England against Dhoni and Shami.

However, India lost their last two wickets just five overs into the day, having managed to add just seven more runs to their overnight total of 323. India were still 239 runs behind England’s total. James Anderson celebrated his 32nd birthday by grabbing his 16th five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

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) and 80 for 2 (Alastair Cook 29*, Gary Ballance 38; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 for 34, Ravindra Jadeja 1 for 9) lead India 330 (Ajinkya Rahane 54, MS Dhoni 50; James Anderson 5 for 53, Stuart Broad 3 for 61, Moeen Ali 2 for 62) by 319 runs.

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(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)