Birmingham, Aug 12: The rain gods have decided to intervene for the second time in the same session on what is turning out to be the most one-sided Test match this summer. A little over 15 overs after the last downpour in the morning session of Day 3 of the third Test between England and India, the players came off the field with hosts at a humongous 503/3 in 133.2 overs and the lead over India at 279.
The day began with England firmly in the driver's seat at 456/3 and with Alastair Cook resuming on his overnight score of 182 and Eoin Morgan on 44, England continued to amass their fortunes against India. In the second over of the day (117th of England's innings), Morgan struck a four and ran a single off Praveen Kumar to reach his 50.
With the score at 468/2, rain briefly interrupted play and soon after England returned to pick up their first innings, Cook and Morgan completed thier 100-run stand in the 124th over. Four overs later, Cook ran a double off Sreesanth to bring up his career's second double century. England's score was 485/3 at that juncture.
While Indian pacemen Praveen Kumar had secured figures of 2/92, his speed-buddies Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth have been wicketless while each conceding over 100 runs. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra who bowled 8 no-balls across a few spells, had ensnared Andrew Strauss for 87.Earlier in the match Strauss and Cook had broken a record opening stand against India, with their 187.