London, Aug 12: Alastair Cook fell tantalisingly close to a well-deserved triple century and thus forced India to bat earlier than they would have expected. With his dismissal, England pulled curtains on their run-feast with the scoreboard reading 710/7 – a lead of 486 runs.
As a sideshow to the Cook show, Tim Bresnan played another superb innings to reaffirm his credentials as an emerging talent for the England team. He scored a brilliant 53 of 75 balls and remained unbeaten. His knock consisted of six boundaries and a maximum of Ishant Sharma.
The Indian innings began in the same fashion as it happened in the first innings of the match. Virender Sehwag, who arrived in England with the Indian hopes of a revival resting on him, failed again. He was out of the first ball he faced and thus became the 13th man in the history of Test Cricket to have a King pair.
Out came Rahul Dravid and he along with Gautam Gambhir, played responsively to see India home on Day 3 of the match. Both of them survived some testing spell of bowling, but nevertheless they still appeared to be positive.
India ended the day with 35/1, trailing England by 451 runs and two days to spare.