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LIVE Cricket! India's pacers trigger England collapse on Day 3

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July 11, 2014


23:09  India's pacers trigger England collapse on Day 3:  STUMPS - DAY 3

Eng 352-9 (106 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard


- Bhuvneshwar claimed 4-61 and Ishant took 3-109
- Joe Root's unbeaten fifty (78 not out) helps England survive Day 3


Root hit an unbeaten half-century to help England survive the third day. He made 78 from 158 balls, hitting eight fours, putting on an unbroken stand of 54 runs from 87 balls with lastman James Anderson, who stroked 23 from 31 balls.

Ishant Sharma's triple-wicket burst triggered England collapse in the post-lunch session as the hosts lost a flurry of wickets after the lunch break.

He finished with three for 109, while Bhuvneshwar kept chipping away at the wickets to claim four for 61 and Shami bagged two for 98.

India would have been disappointed at not being able to claim the final wicket and finish up England's innings. They are still 105 runs ahead and if they manage to take the last wicket quickly on Day 4, it would put them in pole position to push for a victory on the last two days.
23:03  Root's half-century helps England survive Day 3:  Eng 352-9 (106 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

The last wicket partnership is starting to frustrate the Indians now as the duo inch towards the close of play on day three.

Root drives Jadeja through the off-side for a couple to bring up England's 350, in the 105th over.

There is time for just one more in the day and Dhoni gives the ball to Stuart Binny. He starts with a full delivery which Root steers to thirdman but refuses the single before he takes one from the fourth ball and Anderson plays out the last two balls as England survive the third day.


22:49  Root, Anderson frustrate India after batting collapse:  Eng 345-9 (103 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Anderson looking comfortable against the pitched up deliveries as he drives Shami off the frontfoot for a couple. The last ball is a bouncer and this time Anderson gets behind it and defends it with a straight bat.

Root is unable to get a run from the fourth or fifth delivery before he flicks Ishant's last ball over midwicket for a four.

Shami tries a bouncer at Anderson, who makes room and swats it past mid-off for a four to take his score to 23.
22:35  Eng 332-9 (100 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Root tries to reverse sweep Jadeja but misses and is struck on the wrists and immediately calls for treatment. He then takes a single from the fourth ball to leave Anderson with just two balls to play out.

Bhuvneshwar continues with the field well spread out, giving Root a single but he is not interested and decides to keep majority of the strike to protect his partner Anderson.

He plays another lovely drive through the covers off the last ball of Jadeja's 22nd over as Dhoni brings the field in to save the single.

Anderson is not holding back as he mistimes Bhuvneshwar down the ground past mid-off for a boundary. In the next over, he reverse sweeps Jadeja fine on the off-side for another four to take his score to 16, all coming through boundaries.

Ishant strikes Anderson on the gloves with a quick bouncer who takes his eyes off and sustains a painful blow, forcing the physio to come out to attend him.

After 100 overs, England are 332 for nine, still trailing India by 125 runs.

Root is playing a vital knock, unbeaten on 66 from 133 balls, while Anderson has made 16 with the duo having added 34 runs so far.
22:10  Eng 310-9 (94 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

James Anderson tries to play it through the off-side but is beaten and it goes past the keeper for two byes to take England past the 300-run mark, in the 93rd over. The left-hander then reverse sweeps the last ball for a four and gets a huge cheer from his home fans.

Anderson is looking to get some quick runs as he hits Bhuvneshwar through the covers for a boundary to take England to 310 for nine in 94 overs.
22:02  Kumar takes 4th wicket to leave England in tatters:   Eng 298-9 (92 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Jadeja is introduced early with the second ball after just seven overs with the brand new cherry in which he gives away two runs.

Liam Plunkett smashes a full delivery from Shami through the covers for a boundary to take England to 292 for eight in 90 overs.

Root is on 46 from 99 balls, a hit away from his half-century, while Plunkett has made five from 15 balls.

The right-hander completes his fifty with a single on the off-side in the 92nd over bowled by Kumar.

But Kumar cripples England further with the wicket of Plunkett, who plays down the wrong line and is bowled for seven.
21:34  Broad dismissed for 47, England lose 8th wicket:   Eng 280-8 (85 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Broad on the attack now! The left-hander smashes a half-volley from Ishant through the covers for a four before he repeats the shot four balls later to race to 47 from 39 balls, having hit nine fours.

England are threatening to run away with the game, smashing 65 runs from the last 10 overs and India's bowlers are looking to find the way to stop their charge.

Bhuvneshwar makes the all-important breakthrough with the crucial wicket of Broad, who is trapped leg before wicket as he misses one which goes through straight. Umpire Dharmasena did well to rule that out as the ball looked to be heading to hit the middle and leg stump.

Broad though is not convinced as he walks back after a quickfire innings of 47 from 42 balls, having hit nine fours.
21:22  Root, Broad help England avoid the follow-on:  Eng 271-7 (83 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Jadeja bowls the 81st over giving away two singles before Ishant continues with the old ball, which goes for six runs.

Dhoni finally decides to take the second new ball and Bhuvneshwar comes back into the attack. Broad slams the first ball over the point region for a boundary as England avoid the follow-on.

Three balls later, Broad lofts it over mid-off for another four before Root plays a splendid drive through the covers to make it three fours in the over.
21:22  Root, Broad help England avoid the follow-on:  Eng 271-7 (83 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Jadeja bowls the 81st over giving away two singles before Ishant continues with the old ball, which goes for six runs.

Dhoni finally decides to take the second new ball and Bhuvneshwar comes back into the attack. Broad slams the first ball over the point region for a boundary as England avoid the follow-on.

Three balls later, Broad lofts it over mid-off for another four before Root plays a splendid drive through the covers to make it three fours in the over.
21:19  Eng 249-7 (80 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Broad is hitting boundaries quite regularly. Ishant drops short and Broad easily pulls it through midwicket for a four before he edges one past the slips for another boundary.

Ishant then slips one down the leg side which Root flicks on the leg side to make three fours in the over.

England are 249 for seven in 80 overs, still needing nine runs to avoid the follow-on. The second new ball is available but India decide against taking it rightaway as Jadeja continues.
21:02  Root, Broad steady England in post tea session:  Eng 235-7 (78 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Shami to resume proceedings after the tea break. He starts with a short ball which Broad pulls through midwicket to begin the session with a boundary. Three balls later he flicks it square on the leg for the same result as nine runs come from the first over of the session.

In Shami's next over, Broad punches it down the ground past mid-on for another four as England look to adopt a positive approach and bail themselves out of trouble.

Root finally finds the middle of the bat against Ishant as he flicks a full delivery through midwicket for a boundary. But he gets an inside edge off the next delivery trying to drive it through the covers and it goes for a four behind the wicket leaving the bowler shocked.

Broad is taking a liking to Shami as he drives him through the point region for a four to take England to 235 for seven in 78 overs, needing 23 more runs to avoid the follow-on.
20:17  India's pacers leave England in a mess on Day 3:  Eng 205-7 (73 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ishant back for another over before the tea break. The first ball bounces a bit extra before Broad gets a leading edge off the next but it falls safely on the off-side and then picks a single on the leg side.

At tea on Day 3, England reach 205 for seven in 73 overs, losing six wickets for 74 runs in 25 overs in the post lunch session.

Root has somehow survived to be unbeaten on 13 from 48 balls, while Broad has made one.

Ishant was the standout bowler for India, claiming three quick wickets after lunch for figures of three for 64 in 19 overs. Shami (2 for 58) and Kumar (2 for 35) also made vital contributions with the ball to put India in the driver's seat.
20:06  Stokes falls for a duck as England collapse:   Eng 202-7 (71 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar comes back for a new spell, replacing Jadeja with around 10 mins to go for the tea break.

Prior slaps the first ball through the covers for a boundary but is dismissed two balls later.

Dhoni, standing up to the stumps, holds on to a wonderful catch to send back Prior for five. The England wicketkeeper is disappointed with the decision from umpire Dharmasena and replays indicate the ball missed the edge by quite a distance.

Two balls later, Ben Stokes is caught behind by Dhoni for a duck and this time it is a healthy edge.

Bhuvneshwar got the ball to leave the left-hander who dabs at it only to get the edge and Dhoni completes an easy catch.

England collapse to 202 for seven after 71 overs losing their last six wickets for 68 runs in 21.3 overs

Can England avoid the follow-on? 55 runs more needed...
19:57  Prior out for five to leave England in trouble:   Eng 197-5 (70 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar gets Root to edge the outswinger but it falls short of the fielder at first slip. He then takes a couple of steps down and across but is beaten and survives a LBW shout with the ball looking to slip down the leg side. Root is looking very shaky out in the middle as he edges another one which goes on the bounce to first slip.

Dhoni comes up to the stumps in a bid to stop Root from skipping down the track to the pacer.

Meanwhile, Ali, who hit a century in his previous Test, seems to be continuing in the same vein of form. Shami overpitches and Ali plays a beautiful drive through the covers off the first ball of the over and ends the over in same fashion with another magnificent drive to take his score to 14.

Time for some spin as Jadeja comes back for a fresh spell. Root tries to make room and play it through the off-side but the ball darts in sharply and he defends it at the very last minute. He turns the last ball fine on the leg side for a couple.

Shami finally gets it right. He attempts a bouncer which doesn't rise as much as expected and Ali takes his eyes off it but gets hit on the back of the bat and is caught in the slips for 14.

England continue to slip, losing their fourth wicket of the session and are reduced to 197 for five after 70 overs.
19:39  Statistician Rajneesh Gupta points out how wickets have tumbled in the first hour after lunch on each of the three days in the ongoing first Test in Nottingham:

First hour after lunch at #Nottingham
Day1- 18/2 (before lunch-53/1)
Day2- 23/4 (before lunch-31/0)
Day3- 41/3 (before lunch-34/0)


19:37   Eng 186-4 (64 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ishant will continue, maybe for one more over, his seventh of the spell in the post lunch session. Left-hander Moeen Ali plays an elegant straight drive which speeds past mid-off for a boundary down the ground to get off the mark in style.

Shami induces an edge from Root as he looks to drive a full delivery which moves away but it flies past the slips for a four.

England are having a tough time out in the middle at 186 for four in 64 overs, still trailing India by 271 runs.
19:20  Ishant's triple strike leaves England in a mess:   Eng 173-4 (60 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ishant is all charged up at the moment. He is bowling full and getting the ball to dart in sharply. Joe Root is tentative to come forward and nearly drags one back on to his stumps as it goes on the leg side.

The pacer then leaves Root hanging as he gets one to move away, missing the edge of the bat by a whisker.

Meanwhile, Bell hits Bhuvneshwar for three boundaries in the 59th over as England look to settle down after those two quick wickets after the lunch break.

Bell looks in good touch as he flicks Ishant through the leg side for his sixth four to take his score to 25.

However, against the run of play Bell loses his wicket to Ishant after being caught in two minds. The right-hander initially decided to steer the ball to thirdman before deciding to let it go but it caught the bottom part of the bat on the way to wicketkeeper Dhoni to fall for 25.

Ishant has been wonderful with the ball after the lunch taking three for 23 in six overs post the lunch break. His total figures read three for 57 in 17 overs.


18:55  Ishant's double strike puts India on top:   Eng 154-3 (57 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ishant is in the middle of a really good spell. He gets another edge of Ballance but it flies past the slip cordon for a four which takes his score to 67.

Jadeja continues with his role to hold one end up as India's pacers attack from the other end. Bell flicks him for a four through the leg side but Jadeja has only conceded 22 runs from 14 overs.

Ballance nudges Ishant fine on the leg side for a four before the pacer gets revenge. Ballance plays all over a full delivery which goes straight and is struck on the pads right in front of the stumps to be trapped leg before wicket after a good innings of 71 from 167 balls, having hit nine fours.

Ishant's double strike has reduced to 154 for three in the 56th over with two new batsmen out in the middle as Joe Root walks out to join Ian Bell.

With Ishant getting the ball to move, Dhoni decides to replace Jadeja with Bhuvneshwar. He gets the first ball to swing away as Bell plays away from the body driving it to the covers and defends the next as Kumar starts his new spell with a maiden.
18:24  Robson out for 59, England lose 2nd wicket:   Eng 139-2 (50 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ishant strikes in the second over of the post lunch session. He beats Robson with the incoming delivery and traps him leg before wicket for 59. The Hot Spot shows some marks indicating it could have been an edge but replays from front on make it clear that the ball missed the edge and hit Robson right in front of the wickets.

Robson played a good innings of 59, adding 125 runs for the second wicket with Ballance to lay a solid foundation for England.

New batsman Ian Bell starts off with a boundary off the first ball he faces, pulling a short ball comfortably on the leg side.

England are 139 for two in 50 overs with Ballance batting on 61 from 150 balls.
17:40  Ballance, Robson hit 50s to lift England on Day 3:  LUNCH - DAY 3

Eng 131-1 (48 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard


Ballance and Robson are unbeaten on 59 each for an unbroken stand of 122 runs for the second wicket as they bat out the morning session without any real problems.

England put on 88 runs in 31 overs in the morning session as the Indian bowlers toiled hard without any success.

For India, none of the bowlers were able to make any impression except for Jadeja, who had a tough catch dropped by Kohli at leg slip.

Bhuvneshwar did a steady job giving away 17 runs in 11 overs and Jadeja conceded 15 runs in 10 overs. But Shami struggled to maintain his control and was hit for 41 runs in 11 overs and Binny gave away 21 runs in five overs, while Ishant bowled 11 overs for 34 runs.
17:37  Eng 131-1 (48 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

The primary role of both Jadeja and Binny would be to dry up the runs and put the batsmen under pressure and try something different.

So far, Jadeja has done his part by rushing through his 10 overs for 15 runs, but Binny has gone for 21 runs in his first five overs.

Shami called back to bowl the final over of the session. He again drifts on the pads which Robson flicks to deep square leg for a couple. The right-hander picks a single two balls later as Shami again bowls it on the legs and flicks the last ball for a four tucking it off the hips.

At lunch on Day 3, England reach 131 for one in 48 overs, still trailing India by 326 runs.


17:26  Ballance, Robson hit 50s to lift England on Day 3:   Eng 118-1 (44 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ballance is motoring along now. He steers a short wide delivery from Binny past point for a four to bring up his half-century, from 123 balls. The left-hander has hit five boundaries in the last 14 balls he has faced to race to his fifty. And the boundaries keep coming as Ballance helps him to another four through thirdman as Binny drops short again.

England have lifted the tempo in the recent overs, scoring 28 from the last five to reach 112 for one in 42 overs with Ballance on 55 and Robson on 46.

Binny continues to bowl short and wide and this time Robson steers it through the vacant thirdman region for a four to complete his fifty, from 123 balls with the help of six fours.
17:08  Robson, Ballance take England past 100:  Eng 101-1 (40 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ishant has a huge appeal for LBW against Ballance turned down with the ball pitching outside the line of the leg-stump.

Ballance finally brings some cheer to the crowd at Trent Bridge, someone of whom have started to fall asleep with three boundaries in a single over off Ishant.

He drives the first ball of the 38th over through midwicket for a four before he hits the fourth and fifth delivery through point and square leg for successive fours to get 12 runs from the over and take his score to 41.

Robson (43) gets a lifeline as Kohli puts down a tough chance at leg slip off Jadeja, in the 39th over.

Stuart Binny comes into the attack to replace Ishant. Ballance overtakes his partner Robson as he crashes an overpitched delivery from Binny through the covers for a four which also raises England's 100, in the 40th over.
16:48  England's batsmen continue slow approach on Day 3:  Eng 78-1 (35 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

A longish spell for Bhuvneshwar who is dealt easily by Robson and Ballance with the pitch as dead as ever and nothing happening for the pacers.

Ishant surprises Robson with a quick bouncer which rises more than expected which the England opener fends off. However, the next ball is again a no-ball to make it three no-balls already for the lanky pacer.

India introduce spin on Day 3 as Jadeja is called into the attack. He starts off with a maiden over to Ballance and Robson does the same against Ishant in the next over.

Ballance takes a quick single to midwicket for the only run in Jadeja's over as England reach 78 for one in 35 overs with just five runs coming from the last five overs.
16:26  Eng 73-1 (30 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Shami losing his focus as he bowls another one on the pads which Robson flicks easily through midwicket for another boundary to take his score to 40.

Dhoni comes up to the stumps to Bhuvneshwar as Robson watchfully plays out the over.

Ishant Sharma is back into the attack, replacing Shami, who has taken one for 34 in 10 overs so far. He gets Ballance to edge the first ball which falls short of the slips but oversteps the next ball for a no-ball.

England are content to play it safe in the first session as they reach 73 for one in 30 overs with Ballance on 20 and Robson on 42.
15:57  Eng 60-1 (24 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Ballance takes a single off Kumar to fine leg to bring up England's 50, in the 23rd over. In the next over, Robson drives Shami through the covers for a cracking boundary, the first of the day. The next ball is full and on the pads which the right-hander flicks through midwicket for another four.

England reach 60 for one in 24 overs with Robson on 35 from 69 balls and Ballance on 16 from 67 balls.
15:53  England's batsmen continue slow approach on Day 3:   Eng 49-1 (20 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

Mohammed Shami to open the bowling on the third day and facing him will be Sam Robson with Gary Ballance at the other end, who are relatively inexperienced at the international level.

Shami bowling a trifle short giving the batsmen enough time to see it pass through to the keeper. Robson gets the only single of the over with a push on the off-side from the fourth ball while Ballance lets the last two deliveries go through to the keeper.

Robson looking to take the singles and rotate the strike as he picks another single off Bhuvneshwar's second ball in the next over.

Shami bowls a good bouncer to Robson who guides it fine on the leg side where Bhuvneshwar messes up on the fine leg fence to give away a boundary.
15:29  Confident India eye early wickets on Day 3:  Eng 43-1 (17 ovs) vs India 457 | Scorecard

- England lost captain Cook early for 5, reach 43-1 at stumps
- India post 457 courtesy of fifties from Bhuvneshwar and Shami
- Opener Vijay top scored with 146, while Dhoni made 82


At stumps on Day 2, England were 43 for one in 17 overs, still trailing India by 414 runs with three more days to go on a pitch which has gone completely dead as far as the bowlers are concerned.

Sam Robson looked solid to score 20 not out from 48 balls, while Gary Ballance had a few edges falling short of the slips for 15 from 46 balls.

England's under-pressure captain Cook was bowled off his thigh pad for five as his side closed on 43-1 in reply to India's 457, which included a 111 partnership between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and number 11 Mohammed Shami - a last-wicket record for India against England.