India in ruins at lunch on Day 1

Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 17:43 [IST]
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India in ruins at lunch on Day 1

Birmingham, Aug 10: The resolve must have been utmost in India's mind, but the manifestation of the same was appallingly ordinary. India completed another session of poor batting by going into lunch at 75/4 on the first Day of the third Test. Expectations were high, but returns were low with Virender Sehwag getting out for no-score, Sachin Tendulkar departing on 1, Gambhir for 36 and Dravid for 22. English paceman Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan had taken two wickets each.

Being put into bat, India's luck was mixed at the start. Gautam Gambhir followed up a streaky four fine off James Anderson, before playing a more confident glance for the same result. But India was in for a huge shock first ball next over, when Staurt Broad had Virender Sehwag caught behind for a duck, with a bouncy off-cutter.

The score was 8/1 when Rahul Dravid walked to the middle. Unwilling to back down, Gambhir clobbered Anderson for two fours in the third over. Then in the sixth over, Dravid joined in the counter-offensive, smacking Broad for two boundaries as well, as the score moved to 32/1. Then the batting duo slackened their run-scoring and reached 51/1 in 14.4 overs, courtesy a Dravid cover-drive off Broad for a boundary.

But just 8 runs later, Tim Bresnan bowled Gambhir off an inner-edge for 36, leaving the score at 59/2 in exactly 20 overs. But the biggest shock of the day occurred in the 23rd over when Broad got Tendulkar to fatally poke at an away-swinger and be caught at slip. The Little Master was on his way back for 1 and India were 60/3.

VVS Laxman and Dravid tried to set right the ruins, but in the process, the latter was castled by Bresnan for 22. The score now read a desperate 75/4 in 26.2 overs when lunch was called.

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