Gary Ballance hit a couple of fours to start on a positive note © Getty Images
Gary Ballance hit a couple of fours to start on a positive note © Getty Images

 

Jul 30, 2014

England have started to score quick runs as they have extended their lead to 292 runs, reaching 53 for one after 14 overs in their second innings against India in the third Test match at Southampton. Alastair Cook is batting on 23, accompanied by Gary Ballance on 17.

This was after India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early in England’s second innings to remove the struggling right-handed opener Sam Robson. Robson faced 20 balls to score 13 runs before being caught in the first slip. The Australian-born cricketer has generally struggled in the series so far.

James Anderson completed his 16th five-wicket haul as England bowled out India for 330, taking a huge 239-runs lead in the first innings. England would now be pushing for a win having being in complete command so far in the Test.

India lost their captain MS Dhoni early on the fourth day as England close in on forcing the follow-on against the tourists in the third Test match at Southampton on Thursday. India were 329 for nine after 104. 2 overs. Dhoni was bounced out by Anderson.

Anderson claimed his second wicket in the match when he had Mohammed Shami caught by Jos Buttler, once again on a bouncer to achieve the feat.

Earlier, Stuart Broad took wickets at either end of a long, hot day while Moeen Ali turned the focus back on to his cricket as England strengthened their grip on the third Test against India in Southampton. At the close of Tuesday’s third day, India were 323 for eight in reply to England’s imposing first innings 569 for seven declared, a deficit of 246 runs and still needing a further 47 to avoid the follow-on.

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