India vs England: 3rd Test, Day 5 - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
India 2nd Innings
Over 66.4 || Score 178
England won the 3rd Test by 226 runs. With the fall of Pankaj Singh's wicket, the hosts have won the Southampton Test and levelled the five match series 1-1. Moeen Ali was the pick among the bowlers in the second innings as he scalped six wickets. The tourists were dominated by the home team throughout the Test and the poor show by the Indian batsmen cost them dearly in the end. Now the series is well poised. James Anderson has been rewarded with Man of the match award as he scalped seven wickets in the match.
Pankaj Singh b Ali 9 (7b )
Over 66 || Score 170/9
Rahane completes his fifty in style by hitting Woakes for a boundary towards the point region. Five runs came from the over.
Over 65 || Score 165/9
In the 65th over, Rahane collected two boundaries off Moeen. Both the boundaries came towards square leg region. And with that Rahane has reached to 48.
Over 64 || Score 157/9
Moeen strikes again! Shami goes to the bat-foot to play a defensive shot and missed the line as it was a straighter one by the offie and it crashed into his stumps. With the wicket of Shami, Moeen completed his five wicket haul. The home team is just one wicket shy from winning the 3rd Test. Pankaj Singh has walked in to bat after the fall of Shami's wicket.
Mohammed Shami b Ali 0 (4b)
Over 61 || Score 152/8
Moeen Ali is trying to pitch most of his deliveries on the rough patch to get some more turn and awkward bounce. Meanwhile, India crossed the mark of 150 runs. Jadeja Out! Jadeja tried to hit Moeen towards the cover region but missed the line completely and his stumps got dislodged. Double blow for India! New man in, Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave a simple catch to closing fielder and got out for a four ball duck. The home team is mere two wickets away from winning the Test.
B Kumar c Anderson b Ali 0 (4b)
RA Jadeja b Ali 15 (43b)
Over 56 || Score 142/6
In the 53rd over, bowled by Moeen Ali, Jadeja collected his first boundary of the innings, towards point region. Still 75 overs are left in the day and India have mere four wickets at their disposal. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes has been introduced by Cook for the very first time in the first session of the day. Off his third ball, Rahane scored a boundary towards third man.
Over 52 || Score 124/6
Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in after the fall of Dhoni's wicket. In the 51st over, Cook introduced Moeen Ali into the attack. The spinner has already bagged two wickets in this innings. But the best English bowler of the Test is still continuing from the other end. Anderson is swinging the ball both ways, it means testing time for Rahane and Jadeja in the middle.
Over 48 || Score 120/6
In this Test, out-of-form English skipper, Cook, is leading his team from the front. Now it would be interesting to see, Can Indian skipper, Dhoni, bat the whole day to draw the Test? But at the moment it seems as if only a divine intervention can help Team India. Meanwhile, Dhoni collected his first boundary off Anderson in the 48th over towards third man region. Dhoni Out! This time Dhoni gets a thick outside edge of his bat and Buttler takes a simple catch behind the wickets. Anderson is on a roll.
MS Dhoni c Buttler b Anderson 6 (11b)
Over 45 || Score 112/ 5
Cook has given the ball to his prime seamers – James Anderson and Stuart Broad – straight away. If the host team has the golden opportunity to level the five-match series 1-1 by winning the 3rd Test, Indian middle order too has a great chance to bat throughout the day and hog all the limelight. Anderson strikes! Rohit nicked an out-swinger by Jimmy straight to the wicketkeeper. What a beauty produced by the seamer! And that too on his third ball of the day. Indian skipper MS Dhoni walks in after the fall of fifth Indian wicket.
Chasing 445 runs to win in the fourth innings of a Test match is no joke. But what Indian bastmen have done in reply to England`s target can surely be termed a joke of the 2014 tour.
After conceding a huge lead in the first innings, the tourists once again failed to measure the gravity of the situation and are now four down with over 300 runs on target. Forget winning, salvaging a draw seems like a Himalayan task.
England, under an rejuvenated Alastair Cook, are all set to level the five-match series 1-1. When the action resumes on the final day`s of the Test at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, England will come out with all their available ammunition to finish off MS Dhoni & Co.