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Late wickets leave India in trouble on Day 3

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December 15, 2012


16:48  - Scorecard

STUMPS - DAY 3

India 297-8 (130.1 ovs) vs England 330


India scored 210 runs for the loss of four wickets in 90.1 overs on the third day.

The post-tea session proved to be a game turner as far India was concerned. They did not lose a single wicket in the first two sessions but four wickets after tea.

In the post tea session, India lost four wickets for 70 runs in 30.1 overs.

They were well placed at 269 for four at one stage before Kohli lost his wicket after scoring 103. Jadeja (12), Dhoni (99) and Chawla (1) fell in quick succession in the space of seven overs to give England a slight edge after the third day.

England will be looking to polish off the remaining two wickets early on Day 4 and then look to bat as long as possible.
16:44  Late wickets leave India in trouble on Day 3:  - Scorecard

STUMPS - DAY 3

India 297-8 (130.1 ovs) vs England 330


England strike in the final over of the day to cripple India further and seize the initiative somewhat.

Chawla was beaten all ends up as Swann got one to spin sharply beating his forward defensive push to bowl him for one.

England took more than 76 overs to get the first wicket of the day but ended the day with three quick wickets, including two in the last two overs of the day.


16:36  Dhoni run out for 99, India lose 7th wkt:   - Scorecard

India 295-7 (129.1 ovs) vs England 330


Meanwhile, India have suffered a big blow minutes before stumps. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is run out for 99. He tried to steal a quick single to the covers but was found short by a whisker.

Just wondering why Dhoni had to take such a big risk two overs before close of play. That wicket will impact India big time as they needed Dhoni's wicket on Day 4 if they had to go past England and take a sizeable lead.

But Dhonie deserves plaudits for a wonderful knock of 99, having batted for 397 minutes, hitting eight fours and a six during his 246-ball knock.

16:31  - Scorecard

India 295-6 (129 ovs) vs England 330


With a few overs to go for close of play, Dhoni has shut shop it seems despite being so close to his century. He plays out a maiden over from Swann to remain on 98.

Meanwhile, the in-form R Ashwin punches Anderson through the covers for two runs and takes a single from the last ball. In the next over from Swann, keeps the strike as he takes two from the second ball before playing out the rest of the over.

Dhoni takes a single to square leg to move to 99 but Ashwin plays the remaining four balls before taking a single from the last delivery to retain strike again.

Ashwin plays out a maiden over from Swann and the crowd give him a huge cheer at the end of it as Dhoni, on 99, is back on strike.

16:12  Jadeja out for 12, India lose 7th wicket:  - Scorecard

India 288-6 (124 ovs) vs England 330


Ravindra Jadeja off the mark in Test cricket with three runs fine on the leg side off the 10th ball he faced. He is used to playing on such low slow pitches back home in Saurashtra so he should not have any real problems out in the middle.

It is getting dark out in the middle and the flood lights have also come on.

In the next over, Jadeja gets his first boundary in Tests. He flashes his bat at a wide delivery from Bresnan and gets a thick outside edge which flies past first slip for a boundary and then takes a single behind square on the leg side.

Anderson is back in the attack to replace Bresnan and Jadeja steers him between the wide first slip fielder and keeper for a four. He has moved to 12 and interestingly all his runs have behind the wicket.

But he doesn't last long and is dismissed leg before wicket by Anderson for 12. That delivery came in sharply and Jadeja, who was caught in his crease, was struck right in front of middle stump.
15:44  Kohli out for 103, India lose 5th wicket:   - Scorecard

India 269-5 (116.1 ovs) vs England 330


Swann finally makes the breakthrough for England! The first ball after the drinks break and Kohli falls leg before wicket. Swann went round the wicket as Kohli planted his foot forward and look to defend but missed and was given out.

Kohli walked back disappointed after a superb innings of 103 from 295 balls, having 11 boundaries. He added 198 runs for the fifth wicket with Dhoni in 507 deliveries to lead India's fightback.

Kohli stayed at the wicket for nearly six hours, showing great maturity to guide India out of trouble.

That was England's first wicket on Day 3. It took them 76 overs today to get a wicket.
15:35  Virat Kohli now has the most number of centuries in international cricket in 2012 says Mohandas Menon on Twitter. "Most intl 100s in 2012: KOHLI 8, Cook 7, Amla/Dilshan 6, Clarke/Pietersen/Samuels/Sanga 5"

Rajneesh Gupta adds further: "Virat Kohli has now scored most runs in international cricket (Tests / ODIs/ T20Is) in 2012, goes past M Clarke's tally of 2088."

BBC's Jonathan Agnew writes: "Can't imagine Kohli has celebrated a 100 quite like that before. Magnificent innings. 289 balls. Like Dhoni, massive concentration."

Simon Wilde of the Times believes Kohli is the man to captain India next. "Kohli reaches a terrific hundred. He needed that. It only confirms that he is the man who should lead India next."

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle: "that is as good a hundred as any you will see. given recent scores virat will remember this a long time. can be very proud of it."

Ayaz Memom: "Virat breaks lean spell in style. The Adelaide century i consider better for quality of batting but the pressure in this innings greater."
15:30  Kohli hits century to give India upperhand:   - Scorecard

India 265-4 (115 ovs) vs England 330


Kohli has completed a magnificent century with another cracking drive through the covers, off Swann.

He took 289 balls to reach the landmark, hitting 11 fours in his 343-minute stay at the crease so far.

Kohli was under fire somewhat before this game for his run of poor scores in this series and he came good at a very important time for India.

A fan has somehow sneaked out into the middle to congratulate Kohli on his century. Despite the barricades and heavy security presence around he has managed to find his way through. Dhoni was unhappy with the spectator coming on to the ground.
15:16  Dhoni, Kohli revive memories of Eden Test:  - Scorecard

India 256-4 (112 ovs) vs England 330


What a momumental effort from Dhoni and Kohli to lead India's spirited fightback on Day 3.

Rajneesh Gupta writes on Twitter: "Both Kohli and Dhoni have played longest innings of their Test career in terms of balls faced!"

Does anyone remember the famous Kolkata Test in 2001 when both Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman batted through the day against Australia to turn the match on it's head?

Laxman-Dravid batted for 104.1 overs in that match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

So far, Dhoni and Kohli have batted for 80.2 overs now, adding 185 runs for the fifth wicket to take the total to 256 for four in 112 overs.
15:10  - Scorecard

India 255-4 (110 ovs) vs England 330


Swann is back in the attack in place of Anderson. Dhoni flicks the first ball through midwicket for two runs before taking a single on the leg side.

Kohli turns the third ball fine on the leg side for a boundary as Panesar makes a good effort on the boundary to move into the 90s.


15:04  Dhoni, Kohli give India the momentum:   - Scorecard

India 233-4 (105 ovs) vs England 330


Anderson starts off the tea break. The first over is a maiden as Kohli looks to get his eye in and defends most of the over.

Dhoni takes a single from Panesar's next over for the first runs of the session that takes his score to 77.

In the next over, Kohli steers Anderson past point for three runs and Dhoni takes two singles in that over to continue India's superb fightback.

England trying to frustrate the batsmen by drying up the runs as Panesar and Anderson bowl a maiden each as India reach 233 for four in 105 overs.
14:21  India 227-4 at tea on Day 3:   - Scorecard

India 227-4 (100 ovs) vs England 330


Another session when India didn't lose a single wicket. Dhoni and Kohli also ensured that they scored at a good rate as they made 81 runs in 27 overs at three runs per over to take India to 227-4 in 100 overs at the tea break.

The duo have now put on 156 runs in 68.2 overs to lead India's fightback.

Dhoni must be lauded for his superlative effort with the bat as he made 75 from 186 balls. There were so many question marks over his place in the side and his captaincy but he has answered them with the bat.

Kohli also broke his run of poor scores with a matured innings of 77 from 234 balls to put India slightly ahead.

The biggest dilemma for England is whether to attack or defend. If they try to attack with a few close-in fielders then there is a possibility of runs being scored quickly and if they try to defend, then the Indian batsmen are milking the bowlers around with ease.


13:42  Dhoni, Kohli take India past 200:  - Scorecard

India 212-4 (94 ovs) vs England 330


India are turning it on here. Kohli plays a delicate late cut against Swann for three runs and two balls later Dhoni smokes it over long-on for a six as India cross the 200-run mark in the 93rd over.

England seem to be feeling the pressure as Panesar drops short and Kohli is quick to rock back and crash it through the covers.

15 runs in the last two overs as India look to raise the tempo.

13:28  Dhoni, Kohli give India upperhand:  - Scorecard

India 195-4 (90 ovs) vs England 330


Since the lunch break, India have made 49 runs in 18 overs with both Dhoni and Kohli hitting half-centuries.

Kohli hit back to back boundaries, hitting Bresnan and Panesar, through the covers in successive overs.

Dhoni has taken his score to 59 from 152 balls and Kohli is batting 62 from 214 balls with the partnership growing to 195 for four in 91 overs.

India trail England by 135 runs and the visitors will start to worry as India start to inch their way ahead in the contest, slowly but steadily.
13:03  Dhoni, Kohli hit 50s to lift India:  - Scorecard

India 178-4 (86 ovs) vs England 330


Dhoni completes his fifty, smashing a short ball from Anderson through the off-side for a boundary. This was the Indian captain's 28th half-century and it took him 137 balls to reach the landmark.

The duo also raised their partnership off 316 balls in the 85th over as India started to take control of the match.

India have scored 33 runs in the last ten overs, scoring at more than three runs per over to improve upon their match run rate, which has been hovering around the two runs per over mark.
12:40  - Scorecard

India 167-4 (82 ovs) vs England 330


Dhoni as had enough of the blocking and defending as he slog sweeps Swann over midwicket for a boundary to take his score to 40 from 120 balls.

The crowd has been much better today with more than 50 percent attendance and they are making a lot of noise at every opportunity.

India are 161 for four in 80 overs. England have decided not take the second new ball straightaway as Panesar bowls the 81st over but Anderson comes on straightaway from the pavilion end to have a go with the new cherry.

Dhoni thumps the first delivery with the new ball through the covers for a boundary as Anderson bowls it short and wide. In the same over, Anderson gets one to hold it's line as Dhoni is beaten outside the off-stump and off the last ball Dhoni is beaten again.

12:28  Kohli hits 50 to lead India's fightback:   - Scorecard

India 153-4 (77 ovs) vs England 330


Swann to begin proceedings after the lunch break for England. Kohli defends the first five balls before taking a single from the last ball.

Panesar starts with a maiden over to Kohli, while India get just a single from Swann's next over.

Kohli drives Panesar through the covers to bring up his half-century, his 6th in Tests, from 171 balls.

This was Kohli's first fifty in the series after having scored 56 runs in the last three Tests and he had to battle really hard for this half-century.
11:55  Dhoni, Kohli bat out 1st session on Day 3:   - Scorecard

India 146-4 (73 ovs) vs England 330


Former England captain Mike Atherton tells Sky Sports Cricket that if the scoring run continues to be so slow then India might be find it tough to win the match, he also termed it "as pretty dull cricket"

"In truth it's pretty dull cricket.Cricket is dictated by conditions.It's going to be tough for India to win it from here," Sky Sports Cricket wrote on Twitter.

This was only the third time in the series that India have not lost a wicket in the session, says Rajneesh Gupta. "Only 3rd time in series India didn't lose a wicket in a full session.Other 2 were at Ahmedabad.All 3 have been pre-lunch sessions!"

Rajneesh Gupta points out that Virat Kohli has completed 2000 runs in international cricket this year. "Virat Kohli has now aggregated 2000 runs in int'l cricket (Tests/ODIs/T20Is) in 2012. Only second to do so this year after M Clarke," he writes on Twitter.

11:43  Dhoni, Kohli lift India to 146-4 at lunch:  - Scorecard

India 146-4 (73 ovs) vs England 330


Kohli and Dhoni have taken India safely through to lunch without any hiccups. The hosts reached 146 for four in 73 overs, having added 59 runs in 32 overs.

Kohli curbed his natural attacking instincts and showed exemplary patience to reach 46 from 155 balls, while Dhoni also batted with caution to score 31 from 103 balls.

The duo have so far added 75 in 41.2 overs for the fifth wicket to bring India back into the contest. They still trail England by 184 runs with six wickets in hand.

The England bowlers struggled to make any sort of impression in the morning as the wicket continued to be slow and denied the bowlers any assistance, both to the seamers and pacers.

Anderson bowled a lively first spell in the morning session where he went past the edge a few times but other than that there was nothing.
11:06  Dhoni, Kohli rebuild Indian innings:  - Scorecard

India 136-4 (67 ovs) vs England 330


Dhoni and Kohli continue to provide good resistance and slowly their partnership is taking shape. England must feeling the pinch as the two are looking quite comfortable out in the middle.

Swann has erred once again with his length as Dhoni goes on the backfoot and punches it through the covers for a boundary. That also took India past the follow-on mark of 131 as India's score reaches 132 for four in 65 overs, still scoring at two runs per over.

Panesar is trying all his variations but even he has failed to make an impact on this slow wicket.

Swann has now given way to pacer Bresnan as England hold back Anderson, who has bowled just one spell in the session so far. Kohli cuts a short ball through the covers where Bell fails to stop to give away two runs before a single on the leg side.

10:35  Dhoni-Kohli steady India on Day 3:   - Scorecard

India 113-4 (58 ovs) vs England 330


Graeme Swann into the attack after Panesar bowled seven overs in the morning session. He gets one to turn miles that spins right across Kohli and even keeper Prior finds hard to stop that as India get one bye.

Two balls later, Swann drops it short and wide as Dhoni rocks back and despatches it through the covers for a four. Change of ends for Panesar as England are bowling the two spinners in tandem now. Just like England's first innings, India are struggling to keep the runs coming and will need to bat patiently to keep themselves in the hunt.

In the first hour of play,  India scored 26 runs in 17 overs to take their score to 113 for four in 58 overs.

10:10  - Scorecard

India 101-4 (52 ovs) vs England 330


Panesar gets Kohli to edge one but it goes wide of the slip fielder for one to give Kohli his first runs of the day, in the seventh over of the session. Bresnan comes into the attack to replace Anderson as Kohli gets a leading edge off the third ball and there is a slight misunderstanding in the last ball of the over over taking a single but both eventually turn back and avoid the danger.

India have shown great patience on start on Day 3, scoring nine runs in nine overs.

Bresnan and Panesar string together three maiden overs before Kohli ends the sequence of 28 dot balls with an exquisitely timed boundary through the covers that takes the hosts past the 100-run mark in the 52nd over.

Kohli is batting on 19 (76 balls) and Dhoni is on 14 (56 balls).
09:48  Dhoni-Kohli start cautiously on Day 3:  - Scorecard

India 93-4 (45 ovs) vs England 330


Anderson's first delivery of the day comes in sharply as Dhoni gets a thick inside edge for a single on the leg side, if he had missed he would have been dead in front of the stumps. Kohli is then outisde the off-stump as the ball continues to keep low and bounces once before going to the wicketkeeper.

Panesar to bowl the second over of the day from the City End. He starts with two full deliveries before a slightly short of length ball is hit to mid-off for a single and Kohli is content to block the rest of the over.

Anderson continues to trouble the Indian batsmen. He gets a thick outside edge as he looks to steer it on the off-side and it flies past wicketkeeper Prior for a boundary and again the low bounce was evident.

Kohli is biding his time, has cut out the expansive drives shot for now and is looking to spend time at the wicket and plays out a maiden over from Panesar.

India have scored six runs from the first five overs, which included that edged boundary from Dhoni.

Kohli is batting on 11 from 53 balls and Dhoni on 14 from 37 balls. The duo have put on 22 runs in 13.2 overs for the fifth wicket.
09:28  India's hopes rest on Dhoni-Kohli on Day 3:  - Scorecard

India 87-4 (40 ovs) vs England 330


India still need 44 runs to avoid the follow-on, but they will confident of going past that with six wickets still in hand.

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be looking to survive the first hour of the morning session and gradually rebuild the Indian innings.

England will be looking to continue their good showing with the ball and continue to chip away at the wickets.