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1st Ashes Test Day 3, Live Score: England restrict Australia to 308, take 122-run lead

Live updates from Day 3 of the first Test match being played between England and Australia at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

1st Ashes Test Day 3, Live Score: England restrict Australia to 308, take 122-run lead

New Delhi: Live updates from Day 3 of the first Test match being played between England and Australia at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

England, 2nd innings:

Over 40 | Score 170/4

After playing a fine knock, Ian Bell was finally dismissed by Johnson off the last ball of the 40th over. The ball was pitched up and it moved away to hit the off-stump. Believe it or not, it is Johnson's first wicket of the match! Bell is batting on 44 and he is looking extremely confident.

IR Bell b Johnson 60 (89b)

Over 30 | Score 121/3

Bell and Root continue the good work for England as they have so far added 48 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership. Bell has reached a half-century and it was extremely important from England's perspective for him to score some runs. Meanwhile Root, who scored 124 runs in the first innings, is once again looking all set to play another formidable knock. Pressure on the visitors to break this partnership.

Over 20 | Score 73/3

England are looking to score at a brisk pace even after losing two more wickets. Gary Ballance was dismissed for a duck by Hazlewood, while after a great resistance, opener Adam Lyth was dismissed as a result of an incredible one-handed catch from Michael Clarke. Ian Bell is looking in rhythm and a big knock is due from the veteran as well. England's most in-form batsman, Joe Root is there to give him company and the local crowd would want the duo to stay for some time at the crease and entertain them with elegant strokes.

A Lyth c Clarke b Lyon 37 (62b)

GS Ballance c Haddin b Hazlewood 0 (7b)

Over 9 | Score 21/1

It was another failure for Alastair Cook as he was dismissed by Starc in the seventh over. Cook was looking to drive a short of a length ball and was superbly caught by Lyon at backward point. Gary Ballance is the new man in and after hitting 61 runs in the first innings, the left-hander would be keen to make plenty of more fans with another gutsy knock. England lead by 143 runs with 9 wickets remaining.

AN Cook c Lyon b Starc 12 (26b)

Over 85 | Score 308/10

England continue to build pressure by taking wickets at regular intervals. Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were dismissed in successive overs by James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Anderson took his tally to 3 wickets by dismissing Starc to wrap up the innings. Australia still trail by 122 runs and this is a massive lead for England on home ground.

MA Starc c Root b Anderson 0 (6b)

MG Johnson c Ballance b Broad 14 (19b)

BJ Haddin c Buttler b Anderson 22 (38b)

Over 75 | Score 265/7

It wasn't a great start for Australia on Day 3 as Shane Watson was yet again trapped in front of the wicket by Stuart Broad in the second over of the day. Two overs later, Mark Wood dismissed Nathan Lyon for 6. Good start by England so far and Alastair Cook would want his seamers to wrap up the Australian innings as soon as possible.

NM Lyon lbw b Wood 6 (26b)

SR Watson lbw b Broad 30 (57b)

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