Trent Bridge, August 1: Once again India blew a chance to pin England down, letting the latter order get away with a defiant display of batting. Day 3 of the Trent Bridge Test saw the hosts slip into the driver's seat, adding 187 runs for the loss of 3 wickets with the score at a mammoth 441/6 and the lead at 374. After Ian Bell departed for 159, Eoin Morgan went for 70 and Jonathan Trott, for 2, before Matt Prior and Tim Bresnan put on an unbeaten 102-run stand with meaty contributions of 64 and 47, respectively.
After tea, England resumed batting on 254/3 after Ian Bell was recalled following his bizarre run out before the break. The jeers from the crowd turned to cheers as Bell and Eoin Morgan resumed batting on their scores of 137 and 21. The runs continued to rain as the duo contemptuously pierced the boundaries while the score surged to over 300/3 in the 74th over.
Finally, four overs later, Yuvraj Singh's slow-left arm had Bell caught at slip for 159. But at 323/4, England continued to wrest the advantage. There was momentary relief for India as they took the new ball, with Praveen Kumar getting Morgan caught behind for 70 and then removing an injured Trott for 2. But then Tim Bresnan and Matt Prior began to flay the Indian bowling, taking the score to over 350/6 in the 87th over.
The boundaries continued to come at a ridiculous rate as the Indian attack fell apart. The batting pair took three fours off Ishant Sharma in the 93rd over as the score moved past 400/6. By the time the umpires called stumps, England were 441/6 in 101 overs with the lead at 374.