Live Cricket Score: India vs England, fourth Test match at Nagpur – Day Three

Virender Sehwag has registered his 16th duck in Tests – the most by a recognised batsman for India © PTI

Nagpur: Dec 15, 2012
 
India have a huge battle on hand in the fourth and last Test, having been reduced to 87 for four against England’s first-innings score of 330 at the close of the second day’s play on Friday.

England gained the upper hand in the last session when they grabbed the crucial wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, after claiming Virender Sehwag in the first over. England pace spearhead James Anderson picked three for 24.

The hosts made a poor start, losing Sehwag for a duck off the third ball of the day as India reached 32 for one at tea. Anderson produced an excellent inswinger that blew away Sehwag’s middle stump.

Gambhir (37) and Pujara (26) tried to resurrect the innings but a poor decission ended their 58-run stand. Pujara was caught at short-leg by Ian Bell off Swann, but replays showed that the ball smacked Pujara’s forearm and not the glove. 

It triggered a mini collapse as India slumped to 71 for four from 59 for one.

Tendulkar’s poor run of form continued as he was castled by Anderson with a delivery that kept low. Gambhir was next to go, poking at an away going delivery from Anderson and was caught behind by Prior.

It was then left to Virat Kohli (11) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (8) to see the team through the day without further loss. 

With still three days left in the match England, who are lead 2-1, are now well placed to clinch their first series win on Indian soil in 28 years.

(With inputs from IANS)
 
Brief Scores: England 330 (Kevin Pietersen 73, Joe Root 73, Matt Prior 57, Graeme Swann 56; Piyush Chawla 4 for 69, Ishant Sharma 3 for 49) lead India 87 for 4 (Gautam Gambhir 37; James Anderson 3 for 24) by 243 runs

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