Cook puts England in charge

2012-12-07 12:58

Kolkata - England advanced to 509 for six at stumps - a lead of 193 - on the third day of the third Test against India in Kolkata on Friday.

Scoreboard: India v England

According to website, Matt Prior (40 not out) and Graeme Swann (21 not out) will strive to continue England's dominance in the morning.

Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen and Samit Patel all lost their wickets during the evening stint, but that did not have any negative impact on the impetus of the visitors as they still added 128 runs in this period.

Bell was the first to go, two overs after resumption of play, when he failed to move his feet to Ishant Sharma, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed the dismissal behind the stumps.

Pietersen brought up his half-century, but soon after tried to sweep the straight one from Ravichandran Ashwin and was trapped in front for 54.

Samit Patel (33) got a start, but fell for a wide one from Pragyan Ojha - the spinner's third success of the innings - and Virender Sehwag snaffled the catch in the slips on the second attempt.

India claimed two wickets in the afternoon session - first the wicket of Jonathan Trott for 87 when he pushed at a wide ball from Ojha and Dhoni took a sharp catch behind, ending a superb stand of 173 for the second wicket.

A few overs later, Alastair Cook had a slight aberration, when - 10 runs short of his double-ton - he backed up as non-striker, turned around and was about to ground his bat, then, inexplicably, he tried to get out of the way of the ball having not got back, creating a perfect gap for the ball to fly through and hit his stumps.

England resumed the day on 216 for one and looked untroubled for most of the time, adding a cautious 80 runs in the first session.

However, with Cook on 156, India were given a second chance to sent the England captain back, when he drove a ball straight back to Sharma, but the speedster dropped the easiest of return catches any bowler can hope for.


India: V Sehwag, G Gambhir, CA Pujara, SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (captain & wk), R Ashwin, Z Khan, PP Ojha, I Sharma

England: AN Cook (captain), NRD Compton, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, SR Patel, MJ Prior (wk), GP Swann, MS Panesar, JM Anderson, ST Finn


  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-07 14:30

    What's wrong india, no Gary K

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-07 18:19

      I don't think it's what India's doing wrong but rather what England have done right. From clueless schoolboys to accomplished players of spin in just two Tests on the subcontinent. Graham Gooch has been weaving some serious magic in the nets. Not a single Eng batsman got 50 in the first innings of the first Test. In this innings, Cook was stopped just short of a double ton and Compton, Trott, KP all racked up easy fifties, with Matt Prior set to join them tomorrow. That's quite a turnaround.

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-07 21:45

      point taken Richard but totally useless against us in there own back yard

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-12-07 16:18

    Two long days left for the Indians, they probably won't be able to do an "Adelaide escape" on England.

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-07 22:50

    And India must be bad if they cannot beat these Poms

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-08 03:56

      in there own backyard as well, sheesh

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-08 12:03

      Interesting take on the series by Shane Warne:

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