England have continued their domination on the third day of the third Test match between themselves and India, at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
With India going into the day in a critical state of 1/25, trailing by 540, England continued to pick up wickets here and there. India would’ve batted pretty well should it have been a normal innings, however they were responding to 569 declared and consequently needed something very special.
As Cheteshwar Pujara trudged off for 24, Murali Vijay followed him soon after, scoring 35 runs before being bowled over by the workhorse in Stuart Broad.
Just when Virat Kohli was needed for a century, he let his mates down, leaving the field after being caught at slip for 39.
Ajinkya Rahane was average for 54, but it was M.S Dhoni who boosted the team. He sits on 50 not out going into the second day. He will need an extremely good innings if India are any chance of victory.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad were the stars of the day for England. They worked continually and were rewarded with 3 wickets each.
While it was Broad and Anderson doing the work, once again, Moeen Ali chipped in with two crucial wickets to boost his ego after he hasn’t really scored any runs this series.
Today was probably a day bagged by England I reckon, seeing the fact that India are 246 behind with a minimal 2 wickets up their sleeve. They need another last wicket partnership of 100 plus if they are going to win.
I know it seems a bit unrealistic, but anything can happen, especially in Test cricket.
England are in the box seat position, but they can not afford to give that up. After their horrible run of not winning a Test, they need to grab this opportunity with 2 hands, by the scruff of the neck.
Day four will be intriguing, to see whether India can pull off a miracle, or if they just want to waste time and block towards a draw. I will have fresh reporting tomorrow so remember to tune in!
England have absolutely dominated the 2nd day of the 3rd Test between themselves and India at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
Ian Bell was just one of the English stars on the day, but he was probably the most important of the lot, as he returned to form with a massive century.
Coming into the day at 16 not out, with partner Gary Ballance on 104, Bell took matters into his own hands, launching an outstanding 167, including 19 illustrious fours and 3 classy sixes.
Ballance wasn’t quite as good as Bell’s masterclass, as he fell earlier for a total of 156. Now England weren’t finished here, with Jos Buttler smashing 83 runs from 83 deliveries on Test match debut, including 9 fours and six thumping sixes.
Peter Moores now had a different issue to deal with: when to declare. Not a bad problem for a coach if you ask me. Peter chose that after the Poms had piled on a colossal 569/7, that they would not break India’s backs from bending down to collect balls from beyond the boundary rope.
Moores also chose to prevent the Swami Army from bawling their very own eyeballs out of their sockets (if that happened already, that is). Indian cricket fans take depression to a whole new level when compared to that aspect of Englishmen.
But Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave them a little something to be happy about, as he picked up a little bag of 3 wickets. I probably shouldn’t mention the fact that Kumar was 1 of 4 Indian bowlers to concede over 100 runs.
As England came bursting out of their change rooms with a look of content projected across their faces, India’s batsmen just came out ready for a normal day in the office.
If India’s day wasn’t already bad enough, Jimmy Anderson inflicted even more pain for the Swami Army, as he snagged opener Shikhar Dhawan in the midst of Day 2.
India currently sit at 25 for the loss of one wicket at the conclusion of the 2nd day. When I say they are about 30 miles behind, I don’t really mean it.
Because they are about 100 miles behind. Well, the truth is, they have already lost a wicket and they trail by 544 in the first innings!
It will be a cracker of a day tomorrow and it will be very interesting to see India’s response to this mayhem.
Also, South Africa defended their way to a series win against Sri Lanka. It was painfully slow, but South Africa blocked their way to a draw in the end.
Remember to tune in tomorrow for fresh reporting on the England v India Test match, right from Southampton!
Alastair Cook has bounced back from his rather prolonged drought of runs, with a sparkling 95 on the first day of the 3rd Test between England and India. However, he could not quite reach the long awaited century he was looking for.
Opening the batting with counterpart Sam Robson, Cook got off to an early, good start, but then slowed down to consolidate after losing Sam Robson. He finished up with 95 from 231 deliveries including 9 boundaries.
Robson wasn’t quite as good, going for 26 with 4 boundaries. Gary Ballance was the star of the day though, with a brilliant 104 not out. He has now scored 2 centuries and 2 70’s during this series and he is on fire at the moment.
Joining him at the crease tomorrow morning will be the superstar in Ian Bell, who is also going through a bit of a form slump. He needs some big runs tomorrow, and should take his score of 16 not out even further.
England are absolutely cruising at the moment, going along on a smooth score of 247/2. All of India’s bowlers are being smacked around and to be honest, M.S Dhoni is looking a little bit clueless at the moment.
England are just dominating for once, and he has not expected it. Suddenly, Englishmen are lifting their faces up from their newspaper. And suddenly, all symptoms of depression, such as belly scratching, are starting to erase.
Alastair Cook will be boosted in confidence after he finally got in with the runs, and it will help him with his captaincy issues. England are going extremely well and I will have fresh, updated reports from this Test tomorrow morning.
In other cricket, South Africa did very well on the 4th Day of their 2nd Test match encounter against Sri Lanka, at Colombo. They restricted Sri Lanka to a score of 229/8 declared. However, they still need to chase down a score of 369.
It was Morne Morel who got them into this position, with an illustrious bag of 4 wickets for the Proteas. They are sitting at 38 for the loss of one wicket and need to score 331 runs tomorrow, on the final day, but the day will start early as bad light prevented 22 overs form being bowled today.
Remember to tune in tomorrow for fresh reporting on all your cricket news!