India vs England 2014: 3rd Test, Day 3 - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
India 1st Innings
Over 102 || Score 323/8
Third day of the third Test also belonged to the home side, as they took seven Indian wickets in the entire day. After the end of day's play India were 323 for eight and still needed 47 more runs to avoid the follow-on. England's prime seamers – Anderson and Broad – shared six wickets between each other, whereas, spinner Moeen Ali scalped two wickets. Indian batsmen played some poor shots which cost India dearly. Now England's grip over the match has become stronger.
Over 100 || Score 315/8
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Out! Length ball by Broad and Bhuvi went for a defensive shot, it hit the inside edge of his bat and then went in the air after clipping his pad and 'alert' Ballance took a good catch at slip. Bhuvi got out after scoring 19 runs in 35 balls. Meanwhile, India crossed the 300-run mark. Now Dhoni is struggling in the middle with the Indian tail-enders. Mohammed Shami is the new man in.
B Kumar c Ballance b Broad 19 (35b)
Over 96 || Score 293/7
In the last six overs India have added 17 runs without losing a wicket. And now India are just seven runs short to reach the 300-run mark. Indian skipper has reached to 37, whereas, Bhuvi is playing on seven. Broad and Woakes are bowling in tandem for England.
Over 90 || Score 276/7
Jadeja Out! A perfect in-swinger from James Anderson and it hit low on the pad of Jadeja. Umpire took no time to raise his finger. Another Indian batsman perished. And here comes an in-form batsman Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India are trailing by 293 runs and they just have three wickets left. Extra ordinary bowling by the English seamers.
RA Jadeja lbw b Anderson 31 (52b)
Over 85 || Score 254
New ball has been taken and Cook immediately gave the ball to their prime seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad. But Jadeja and Dhoni are fighters and they have to fight here if India want to retain their 1-0 lead in the series. In the last five overs came 16 runs. India is still trailing by 315 runs as the host have an upper hand. Meanwhile, India crossed the mark of 250 runs.
Over 80 || Score 236/6
With the help of one boundary each Dhoni and Jadeja reached to fourteen and ten respectively. Moeen Ali is bowling from one end and seamer Chris Jordan from another. India are still training by 331 runs and they just have four wickets in hand. After an over new ball is available for the English side.
Over 75 || Score 229/6
Rahane Out! Slightly shot of length ball by spinner Moeen and Rahane tried to hit it over the mid-wicket boundary, but miss-timed the shot completely and gave a simple catch to Terry. Another well settled Indian batsman threw his wicket away. Poor shot selection by the Indian middle order, costing India deadly at the moment. Two wickets in quick succession means two new batsmen – MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja – are in the middle. India is in deep trouble.
AM Rahane c sub (SP Terry) b Ali 54 (113b)
Over 68 || Score 214/5
Just five minutes before the Tea break, India lost another wicket in the form of Rohit Sharma. Another Indian batsman got out after getting the start. Moeen Ali picked up his first wicket of the Test. Meanwhile, Rahane has completed his fifty. MS Dhoni is the new man in for India. India is struggling at the moment, and Dhoni needs to play a captain's knock here.
RG Sharma c Broad b Ali 28 (61b)
Over 60 || Score 182/4
After a shaky start, Rohit Sharma has started reading the wicket well now and is dealing in single and doubles, whereas, Rahane has been scoring boundaries whenever he is getting the loose devilries. The duo has completed fifty-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Mooen Ali and Woakes are bowling in tandem for the home side.
Over 52 || Score 156/4
Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad are bowling at the moment for the home side. Rohit Sharma, who is playing his first Test of the series is looking a bit rusty but on the other end, in-form batsman Ajinkya Rahane is rock solid. Meanwhile, in the 51st over India crossed the mark of 150 runs.
Over 48 || Score 136/4
Kohli Out! Mainstay of Indian batting Virat Kohli once again disappoints as he throws away his to Anderson. On a length ball, Kohli played a half -hearted shot towards the off side, but only managed to get the outside edge and gave a simple catch to Cook at first slip. Kohli's poor form continues in the series. India is reeling at the moment as they have lost four wickets at the score of Anderson picked his second wicket of the innings. When it comes to most successful bowling pairs in the history of Test cricket, Anderson and Stuart Broad are at the fifth spot with the help of 498 wickets in 67 matches. Rohit Sharma is the new man in.
V Kohli c Cook b Anderson 39 (75b)
Over 45 || Score 129/3
Ball is still moving a bit. Kohli and Virat are leaving the balls pitching outside off. But they are not leaving any opportunity to score as well. Positive cricket by the duo. English seamers – Woakes and Anderson – are still steaming in and trying hard to give their side another breakthrough. Kohli is playing on 32, whereas, Rahane is on 18.
Over 40 || Score 108/3
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are playing sensible cricket in the middle. They are neither too aggressive nor to defensive in their approach and playing every ball according to its merit. But the first session of the day once again belonged to the hosts, as they picked two more wickets in the form of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. Now India desperately need a big partnership from Rahane and Kohli to get back into the match.
Over 35 || Score 104/3
Indian batsmen are living dangerously at the moment. Some extra ordinary bowling by the Englishmen and some ordinary batting display by the touring side. Woakes and Moeen Ali are bowling in tandem for the home side. Meanwhile, India have crossed the mark of hundred runs in the 35th over. Kohli and in-form Rahane have to stitch big partnership for the fourth wicket, to take India out of trouble.
Over 30 || Score 88/3
Vijay Out! India have lost their opener Murali Vijay as well. Length ball by Broad, Vijay left it for the wicketkeeper but it came in after pitching and hit the bails. Two wickets in quick successions for England. Ajinkya Rahane has joined Virat Kohli in the middle after the fall of third India wicket.
M Vijay b Broad 35 (95b)
Over 25 || Score 60/2
Pujara Out! Once again Pujara got out after getting a good start. Short ball by Broad, Pujara tried to leave it but couldn't manage to get his gloves off the ball and it landed into the hands of wicketkeeper Buttler. Pujara disappointed once again. Virat Kohli is the new man in after the fall of Indian's second wicket.
CA Pujara c Buttler b Broad 24 (52b)
Over 20 || Score 42/1
Surprisingly, Cook gave the ball to Chris Woakes to share it with James Anderson in the morning. In the 18th over came the first boundary of the day from the bat of Pujara off Woakes. The pair of Pujara and Vijay have to give India a solid partnership for the second wicket. And at the moment both are playing cautiously.
On the crucial day 3 of the third Test, in-form Murali Vijay and one down batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will open the innings for India as they have already lost their one opener in Dhawan. Thus far, one can say that England team has an upper hand in the match. In the end of Day 2 of the third Test, India lost Shikhar Dhawan and scored 25 runs after England declared their 1st innings on 569 runs. The second day of the Test too belonged to the home side. The power-packed performance of the day came from the experienced England batsman, Ian Bell, who scored 167 runs with the help of nineteen boundaries and three sixes.