India vs England, Nagpur Test, Day 3: As it happened...

Zeenews Sports Bureau




INDIA: Over: 130.1 II Score: 297/8 (1st innings) (Ashwin: 6*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

And Piyush Chawla has been cleaned by Graeme Swann! Tossed up from around the wicket and Chawla comes forward to defend it. The ball turns and beats him to crash on the stumps. With this the third day’s play has ended.

What an engrossing day of Test cricket! First Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni dropped anchor and built a stand that lasted 507 deliveries. They added 198 runs between them for the fifth wicket with Kohli completing his third Test century. The partnership was ended by Swann as he trapped Kohli in front. His wicket brought Ravindra Jadeja to the crease whose stay lasted for 31 deliveries before being given out lbw off Anderson. Later, MS Dhoni went for a quick single that had him walking back to the dressing room after being run out for the score of 99. Left hander Piyush Chawla was the seventh wicket to fall after being bowled by Swann. A good day for India but England managed to pull things back late in the day.

INDIA:Over: 129.1 II Score: 295/7 (1st innings) (Dhoni: 99, Ashwin: 6*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Oh dear!!!!! He waited a year for this and it’s so unfortunate that Dhoni has to depart on 99 after being run out. Terrible end to an excellent knock! Alastair Cook was at mid off as Dhoni pushed one towards him and set off for a quick single. Cook aimed at the stumps and hit them directly catching Dhoni short. He must be livid with himself. Nevertheless, it has been an invaluable knock from the skipper.

INDIA: Over: 124 II Score: 288/6 (1st innings) (Dhoni: 98*, Ashwin: 0*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Ravindra Jadeja’s first innings in Tests ends early after being trapped in front by paceman James Anderson. A delivery that nipped in sharply hit Jadeja on the pad and umpire Dharmasena had no hesitation in raising his finger. Jadeja scored 12 (31b, 4X2). In walks R Ashwin.

INDIA: Over: 120 II Score: 281/5 (1st innings) (Dhoni: 95*, Jadeja: 8*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Ravindra Jadeja struck his first boundary in Tests off Tim Bresnan. It was outside off and Jadeja went after it attempting a cut. It took a thick edge and went wide of slips at third man.

INDIA: Over: 117 II Score: 269/5 (1st innings) (Dhoni: 91*, Jadeja: 0*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

And the stand between Dhoni and Kohli has finally been broken. Kohli has been trapped in front by Graeme Swann after the batsman came forward to defend a tossed up delivery that spun and hit him low on the pad. That was the first delivery after drinks break. He scored 103 (295b, 4X11). The stand lasted for 198 runs. In comes debutant Ravindra Jadeja.
INDIA: Over: 115 II Score: 265/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 100*, Dhoni: 90*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Virat Kohli is all pumped up! He has slammed his third Test century reaching the milestone with a boundary through cover. He jumps and mutters something. So many emotions – frustration, relief, ecstasy! Must be proud of his effort as it has come at a time when his time was in dire straits. It has been a difficult pitch for batting. One has to really wait and keep waiting for bad deliveries to execute strokes. Kohli took 289 deliveries to reach three figures.

Now, time for Dhoni to complete his first century since November 2011.

INDIA: Over: 105 II Score: 233/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 80*, Dhoni: 78*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

India are now trailing by 97 runs with six wickets in hand. Monty Panesar and James Anderson have begun the proceedings in this last session of third day’s play. Out of the five overs bowled so far, three have been maidens.

INDIA (AT TEA): Over: 100 II Score: 227/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 77*, Dhoni: 75*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

An excellent unbeaten stand between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli has guided India out of the trouble. Both of them have shown intent to stay on crease and have dropped the anchor. After seeing off the early hour of play without much action, the duo began playing strokes, not shying away from punishing bad balls. They have managed to put up a fight against England after being rocked on the second day.

INDIA: Over: 95 II Score: 217/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 70*, Dhoni: 72*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Dhoni let himself lose to launch Swann over midwicket region for a biggie. It was a tossed up delivery and Dhoni saw the opportunity to release some tension. The score has moved past 200 runs and it was met with a roar from the crowd. The scoring rate has risen considerably in the last few overs with both the batsmen playing their shots freely after being contended with playing with dead bat in the first session.

INDIA: Over: 87 II Score: 181/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 53*, Dhoni: 58*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

MS Dhoni reached his 28th fifty with a boundary off Tim Bresnan. The current partnership is now worth 110 runs. The shots are now coming easy for the Indian batsmen. The current run rate is 2.08. Just what India needed – a partnership to arrest the flow of wickets.

INDIA: Over: 78 II Score: 154/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 51*, Dhoni: 33*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Virat Kohli reached his first fifty of the series with a boundary off Panesar via a drive through extra cover. A subdued celebration from him. The current partnership that is now worth 83 runs has taken the Indian team’s score past 150-runs mark.

INDIA (LUNCH): Over: 73 II Score: 146/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 46*, Dhoni: 31*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Not too many runs scored by the Indian batsmen but the good news is they haven’t lost any wicket in the first session. They have displayed immense concentration and patience this morning, 32 overs were bowled and 59 runs were scored. India are still trailing by 184 runs. Joe Root bowled the last over before lunch and gave five runs. The English team looked always in hunt for wickets but succeeded only in containing the batsmen.

INDIA: Over: 65 II Score: 132/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 38*, Dhoni: 25*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

The Indians are finally grinding out in the middle. Monty Panesar has bowled nine of his 26 overs as maidens. Dhoni, struck Swann for a boundary off his last delivery of 13th over through cover region that was his fourth of the innings. Certainly, this can be termed as a positive start for the hosts. However, you never know how quickly things can change. Remember Mumbai? The Indians will have to bat out of their skin.

INDIA: Over: 60 II Score: 121/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 32*, Dhoni: 20*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Kohli has played over 100 deliveries and has just struck two boundaries – the latest of which came in Swann’s 10th over towards fine leg. The Indian team managed to stave off the English bowlers successfully without losing a wicket. Panesar’s last over managed to grab the attention of the thin crowd as there were shouts of ‘catch it’ as Kohli played one to short cover but the ball dropped short of the fielder. A single off the final delivery of the over brought up the 50-run partnership between Kohli and Dhoni.

INDIA: Over: 55 II Score: 96/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 19*, Dhoni: 18*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Graeme Swann has been introduced into the attack and he extracts spin from the pitch right from the word go. However, he let one short that Dhoni treated aptly sending it through cover for four. Earlier, Virat Kohli finally struck the first convincing boundary of the morning with a drive through covers off Tim Bresnan.

INDIA: Over: 48 II Score: 96/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 14*, Dhoni: 14*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

James Anderson began the third day’s proceedings with MS Dhoni on strike. He got the ball to reverse right from the word go as the first delivery of the day took an inside edge onto the pads with Dhoni setting off for a single. Monty Panesar came in to bowl from the other end and gave just a single in his first over of the morning. In the next over from Anderson, Dhoni struck an unconvincing boundary that came off an edge to third man region. The following two overs produced maidens while the next two three. The scorecard read 96/4, an exact run rate of 2 per over.

A watchful beginning one can say this from the two Indian batsmen. Quite important for them to not lose a wicket before lunch.

INDIA: Over: 41 II Score: 87/4 (1st innings) (Kohli: 11*, Dhoni: 7*) (ENGLAND: 330/10)

Again, as has been the trend of the series, the Indian batting failed to deliver as James Anderson showed his mastery and removed top three batsmen in his nine overs to leave the hosts tottering. After bowling out England at the score of 330, India were 87/4 by the close of the second day’s play with captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli at crease.

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