London, Aug 12: India"s performance in the ongoing series against England has gone from being World number one to hopeless tourists bracing themselves up for another imminent defeat. By the time tea was taken on Day 3 of the Edgebaston Test, Alastair Cook along with Eoin Morgan has ensured that it is defeat and defeat alone that will be India"s fate in the match. And the way the tourists have batted and bowled so far in the entire series, probably an encore of the 2001 Eden Garden Test won"t even suffice them to come to even draw the match.
Resuming from 503/3, Cook and Morgan continued to capitalise on the insipid Indian bowling performance and looked at no discomfort, whatsoever. Continuing from his 206 unbeaten at lunch, Cook gave the impression that had this been a timeless Test, then he might have gone on to score, god knows how many.
Morgan, who until this Test was considered the only weak-link in the English batting line up, feasted on the Indian bowling unit and notched his second Test century of 188 deliveries.
Had it not been for a loose-uppish cover drive from Morgan that was caught by Sehwag of Raina"s delivery, Morgan would have probably piled more misery on the Indians. Before being dismissed he had scored 104 of 199 deliveries.
Cook was then joined by Ravi Bopara, who was probably on his last chance to cement a spot in this England side, who are now rightly aspiring to become the top-ranked Test side in the world. But Amit Mishra, who was so far disappointing to say the least, poured water on the aspirations of the Indian-origin batsman from Essex.
Prior, was the next to fall and could score only 4 runs before Sachin Tendulkar, took a stunning catch diving forward. And the bowler was Amit Mishra, who might have heaved a sigh of relief after all the flak he has received for the pedestrian efforts on Day 2 of the match.
However, Bresnan who came at the fall of Prior"s wicket ensured that he accompanies Cook while he goes in pursue of the triple hundred. England, with four wickets in hand
are leading India by 422 runs.