India vs England 2012: Nagpur Test, Day 4 - As it happened...

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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 79 II Score: 161/3 (1st innings) (Trott: 66*, Bell 24*)

Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell have added 67 runs for the fourth wicket after Kevin Pietersen fell early. The pair returns undefeated as the day’s play comes to an end. India made an early declaration (they were still trailing by four runs) and England came to bat for the second time. In the 79 overs bowled in their innings, the visitors scored 161 runs at 2.03 rpo. The match is progressing towards a draw – a result that England will love while Dhoni would hope to avoid at any cost.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 70 II Score: 144/3 (1st innings) (Trott: 59*, Bell 15*)

Block, block, block and then again block. This sentence perfectly summarises the day’s play! Ashwin and Chawla bowling in tandem. All Dhoni needs is a wicket now. The run rate is frustratingly 1.42 per over. Commentator Ravi Shastri says he cannot recall the time when he last saw a Test progressing at this pace. The lead is 148 runs now.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 64 II Score: 130/3 (1st innings) (Trott: 50*, Bell 11*)

Trott has completed his 14th Test fifty! He has played 106 deliveries to reach the milestone and has hit eight boundaries so far. There was a huge appeal for a caught behind in Sharma’s 10th over which was turned down by the umpire. Dhoni and the fielders looked extremely confident about that but umpire Dharmasena wasn’t.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 59 II Score: 114/3 (1st innings) (Trott: 43*, Bell 6*)

Ten runs from that Ojha over! Trott struck two boundaries towards deep point and fine leg. In fact in the past three overs, four boundaries have been scored – three by Trott and one by Bell. Finally some action from the batting team.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 55.5 II Score: 94/3 (1st innings) (Trott: 29*, Bell 0*)

Ah! The golden arm has struck again! This time the victim is Kevin Pietersen. Jadeja has dismissed KP in the second innings as well. He scored 6 (30b, 4X1)

Flat and on off. KP chooses to not offer any shot. The ball doesn’t turn and crashes on the off stump.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 53.3 II Score: 90/2 (1st innings) (Trott: 29*, Kevin Pietersen 2*)

MISSED! Virender Sehwag was caught sleeping at first slip as an edge from Pietersen’s bat flew low to him and he had absolutely no chance of going down in time to claim the catch. That’ll go down as dropped. He wasn’t crouching as much as he ought to have been. This might prove costly to the Indian team!

That over from Jadeja was the third consecutive and 101th maiden of the match!
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 50 II Score: 88/2 (1st innings) (Trott: 27*, Kevin Pietersen 2*)

Trott struck Ojha for a boundary in the last over past mid on to move to 27*. The key wicket that the Indian team will be eagerly looking for is Kevin Pietersen. His presence in the middle ensures you never have a dull moment. However, Dhoni thinks differently as he would like to see him sitting pretty in the dressing room ASAP. The lead is now 92 runs.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 46.4 II Score: 81/2 (1st innings) (Trott: 22*)

Right at stroke of the tea, Pragyan Ojha has struck for India! Compton comes forward to defend one from Ojha. The ball takes a thin edge and the Indians ask the question. Umpire Rod Tucker raises his finger. Compton scored 34 (135b, 4X1).

Compton walks off without showing many emotions knowing that umpire has made the wrong decision. Replays show that Virat Kohli had taken the catch at slips as the ball flew towards him after hitting Compton on the pads. Well, he has been wrongly given out lbw but still he would have been adjudged out for being caught at slip. Tea has been taken.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 37.1 II Score: 66/1 (1st innings) (Compton: 32*, Trott: 10*)

There hasn’t been a moment today when you have felt excited (Okay maybe one or two) but what happened when Ravindra Jadeja bowled first ball of the 37th over was sure to bring smile on your face. Jadeja failed to land the ball correctly, instead it ,maybe, slipped out of his hands and went to square leg after bouncing for zillion times. Trott eagerly goes after it and hit it along the ground to deep midwicket boundary. Umpire says it is a no ball as it bounced more than twice.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 36 II Score: 62/1 (1st innings) (Compton: 31*, Trott: 7*)

A loud shout from Ravindra Jadeja as Trott gets hit in front. In fact, a loud shout from the close in fielders too. They are convinced Trott has been trapped but umpire Dharmasena begs to differ. That was close!
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 30 II Score: 52/1 (1st innings) (Compton: 28*, Trott: 4*)

Oh dear lord! The unexpected has happened! Alastair Cook has been finally removed after frustrating Indians with his 13 runs that he scored at the cost of 93 deliveries. R Ashwin comes over the wicket and tosses one up. He draws Cook forward and the ball sneaks past the outside edge and the Indians appeal for a catch. Umpire Dharmasena raises his finger as the hosts get the first breakthrough. Cook shakes his head as he sets off for the dressing room. Unlucky for him! In comes Jonathan Trott.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 20 II Score: 25/0 (1st innings) (Cook: 3*, Compton: 19*)

Things are really moving snail’s pace here at Nagpur. Alastair Cook is refusing to score. The Indians are desperately looking for the first breakthrough. If you’re an England fan or Indian fan for that matter, not an interesting phase if all you seek is action. A wicket or two here could open up things a little. However, as of now, these two English batsmen are going to test the patience of the Indian team who need to win this Test at all costs to draw level.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 13 II Score: 17/0 (1st innings) (Cook: 1*, Compton: 14*)

Lunch! Alastair Cook has played 46 deliveries and has scored just a single while Compton has taken 33 balls for his 14. Seven maidens have been bowled already in England’s second innings today and it is quite clear how they want this Test to end. India are desperate to bundle out the visitors ASAP. However, Compton and Cook look in a mood to stay rooted to the pitch even if it means not scoring quickly. India batted for the first hour of the penultimate day’s play and declared even as they were just runs behind.
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 10 II Score: 8/0 (1st innings) (Cook: 1*, Compton: 6*)

England look content with defending. Clearly they don’t look under pressure as their opposition. 10 overs have been bowled and would you believe it seven of them have been maidens!
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ENGLAND (2nd innings): Over: 2 II Score: 3/0 (1st innings) (Cook: 0*, Compton: 3*)

Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha have begun the proceedings. India will have to be at their best to bowl England out for a paltry total in the second innings. A lot riding on this Test as India need to win this to level the series. England on the other hand will be happy to end the match with a draw as it’ll ensure they take the series 2-1. An interesting day of cricket ahead of us! A lot of talk around Dhoni’s decision to bat for the first hour today, wasting time even though he didn’t have any intention of batting for long. If England manage to bat the entire day and successfully see off the final day’s first session, they will pocket the series without trouble.
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INDIA: Over: 143 II Score: 326/9 (1st innings) (Ashwin: 29*, Sharma 2*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

So India have declared their first innings at the score of 326/9. England have a lead of four runs on the basis of first innings. R Ashwin looked in a hurry to score runs in the last over. Dhoni was padded up. Declaration looked imminent and the Indian skipper called the two batsmen in the middle back declaring the innings as Ishant took a single off the last delivery of the over.
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INDIA: Over: 140.1 II Score: 317/9 (1st innings) (Ashwin: 14*, Sharma 0*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

And Monty Panesar finally picks a wicket in this Test! He has cleaned up Pragyan Ojha. It took Panesar 50 overs to finally have a wicket against his name. Subdues celebrations in the England camp. He scored 3 (32b). In comes Ishant Sharma.
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INDIA: Over: 136 II Score: 306/8 (1st innings) (Ashwin: 14*, Ojha 2*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Panesar and Anderson have started the day’s proceedings aiming to clean up the Indian tail as soon as possible. The score has gone past 300 runs and India are now just 24 runs behind.
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INDIA: Over: 130.1 II Score: 297/8 (1st innings) (Ashwin: 6*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Graeme Swann removed Piyush Chawla to give India their eight blow as the third day’s play came to an end. The highlight of the play was the 198-run stand between India captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Just as it looked the hosts will end the day two on top after Kohli slammed his third Test ton, parity was restored as England pulled things back removing four batsmen quickly to share the spoils. The penultimate day will see the visitors trying to wrap up the Indian innings as quickly as possible while the batting team will be hoping to go past England’s first innings total of 330. They are still trailing the total by 33 runs with two wickets remaining.



First Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 17:28

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