Advantage England at Eden Gardens

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:17 [IST]
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Kolkata, Dec 7: It was one-way traffic at Eden Gardens on Friday. England, led by captain Alastair Cook's 190 batted India out of the game on third day of third Test.

Scorecard; Day 3 pictures

With two days remaining and a lead close to 200, the visitors hold all the aces in their bid to go 2-1 up in the four-match series.

At stumps on day three, England were 509/6 in 163 overs. The lead is 193. In today's 90-over play, England scored 293/5.

Advantage England at Eden Gardens

Cook's yet another marathon knock found a bizarre ending. But there was nothing unusual in the way England batsmen wore the Indian attack down on a pitch which has started to take turn and few balls keeping low.

Apart from Cook's dominance with the bat, Jonathan Trott (87) and Kevin Pietersen (54) also helped themselves to half centuries.

Spinner Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin have together bowled 102 overs for four wickets. Ojha had figures of 3/140 in 50 overs and Ashwin 1/183 in 52 overs. The offspinner had to wait for 46 overs for his first wicket, removing Pietersen LBW.

At tea, England 381/3

Cook was involved in a bizarre run out as India took two wickets in the second session. At the break, England were 381/3 in 135 overs with a lead of 65 runs.

Cook's marathon 377-ball stay ended with 190 runs. Jonathan Trott was the other batsman out in the session for 87 runs. Pietersen (29) and Ian Bell (3) are at the crease.

Captain Cook, while trying to avoid a throw from Virat Kohli, failed to ground his bat at the non-striker's end and was run out. He was looking good for his third double century.

At lunch, England 296/1

Cook and Trott remained unseparated at lunch on the third day as they denied India any success in third Test on Friday. Cook was going strong on 167 while Trott was on 66. England ended the session at 296/1, scoring 80/0 in 32 overs in two hours.

India have themselves to blame for failing to take a wicket. Ishant Sharma was the culprit as he put down a simple return catch of his own bowling when Cook was on 156. Yesterday, Cook had a reprieve by Cheteshwar Pujara on 17. Captain Cook has crossed 500 in the series.

The day began with India bowling a tight line and England batsmen not being able to get runs. First 15 overs yielded just 30 overs. However, with India opting for the second new ball after 88 overs, runs started to flow.

In the first five overs with the new cherry, the visitors scored 23 runs. Flurry of boundaries from Trott took him to 13th Test half century and runs kept coming till lunch.

Start of the day update

England have restarted their batting on third day of the third Test against India here at Eden Gardens on Friday. England had ended day 2 at 216/1.

Captain Alastair Cook is on 136 and Jonathan on 21. Cook completed an England record 23rd Test century on Thursday. This was his third successive hundred in as many matches this series.

First session will be crucial for India as they will have to take as many wickets as possible. The pitch is still good for batting and if England see off the first hour of play, they can pile on the runs.

Today's play will decide which way this match is headed towards.


Story first published:  Friday, December 7, 2012, 9:01 [IST]
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