India grappling for stability at tea on Day 3

Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 20:20 [IST]
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India grappling for stability at tea

London, July 23: The English pace attack dealt some telling blows to India in the Lord's Test's afternoon session of Day 3, leaving the visitors at a precarious 193/5 and still trailing by 279 runs. Stuart Broad picked up the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for 34 before Chris Tremlett effected Laxman's departure for 10 and Graeme Swann saw the back of Suresh Raina for no-score. Broad was easily the most succesful bowler with 3 wickets in the kitty, while Rahul Dravid was still holding fort at 59 and Dhoni was at his side with an unbeaten 4.

Resuming at 102/2 after lunch on Day 3, Sachin Tendulkar appeared to set the tone for the afternoon by getting English paceman James Anderson away for a four between slip and gully and then a flick for a leg-side boundary. A few overs later, Dravid got into the act, driving Anderson for three glorious boundaries to bring up India's 150 in just 39 overs.

Then just as it looked like India was on top with Chris Tremlett and off-spinner Graeme Swann drawing a blank, Stuart Broad induced Tendulkar into a drive of an outswinger which he edged to slip. The Little Master was on his way for 34 as India's score read 158/3 in 43.3 overs. The man suited for a crisis VVS Laxman couldn't have come to the crease any sooner.

But Broad continued to cause the Indian batsmen issues with his late outswing and in the 45th over would have Laxman walking back, if Andrew Struass had not dropped a sitter at slip. Later in the same over, Dravid was put down by Swann in a similar position. India remained at 159/9.

Then Laxman and Dravid took the innings forward till Chris Tremlett had the former caught at deep square leg for 10, leaving India grappling for the ropes at 182/4 iun 55.5 overs. But India's woes were only compounded when a few balls later, Graeme Swann trapped Suresh Raina in front for a duck. Then the captain M S Dhoni walked to the crease with half the side down for 183. The batting duo played out the last few overs to Tea with the score at 190/5.

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