Kolkata, Dec 9: England took a 2-1 lead in the four-match series after a seven-wicket victory over India in the third Test here at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Chasing just 41, there were some nervous moments when England lost three wickets for eight but a target as small as this was never enough for India.
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In chase of 41, captain Alastair Cook looked to be positive and stepped out in the first over to Ashwin and was stumped out by MS Dhoni. From 4/1, Jonathan Trott was LBW to Pragyan Ojha and Ashwin struck again to dismiss Kevin Pietersen for a duck. At that stage, England were wobbling a bit at 8/3 in 4.2 overs.
Nick Compton and Ian Bell ensured there was no 2001-like turnaround for India at the Eden Gardens. England won in the 12.1 overs.
This was the first time since 1999 that India lost a Test at Eden Gardens. 13 years back, Pakistan had beaten India by 46 runs in Asian Test Championship.
Earlier, India innings lasted just 10 balls in the morning. James Anderson bowled Pragyan Ojha as India were bowled out for 247. R Ashwin was stranded on 91 not out. It was a gutsy effort from the number eight batman when the specialists failed on Saturday.
The fourth and final Test starts in Nagpur on December 13, Thursday.
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England will be aiming to quickly put an end to India innings and chase down the small target to win the third Test against India here on Sunday.
R Ashwin is 17 runs away from second Test century. India are just 32 ahead, with 239/9. Pragyan Ojha is with Ashwin at the crease.
It was a pathetic batting display by India which handed England the advantage. However, one cannot take the credit away from England bowlers, James Anderson and Steven Finn in particular.
The series is tied 1-1 at the moment and it will soon go 2-1 in favour of England.