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As it happened: England vs India, 4th Test, Day 3 at Old Trafford


Cricketnext Staff
Aug 09, 2014 at 10:58pm IST

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Day 2 round-up: Rain and Bhuvneshwar Kumar combined in Manchester on Friday to help India stop England from taking a clear advantage in the fourth Test, which saw the hosts go 85 runs into the lead with four wickets in hand at stumps on day two.

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India struck thrice on the second morning but Joe Root (48*) and Jos Buttler (22*) added 67 runs to take England to 237 for 6, after which rain and the resultant wet outfield washed out a session and a half.

As it happened: England vs India, 4th Test, Day 3 at Old Trafford

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India, after succumbing to 152 on Thursday, needed early wickets on the second morning; and Bhuvneshwar provided that by removing nightwatchman Chris Jordan for 13 and dangerman Ian Bell for 58 after the veteran England batsman threatened to take the game away.

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Commentary (India 2nd Innings)

Right then! 98 overs were scheduled to be bowled day and we did not even need them. Just imagine whether play had happened post Lunch yesterday. England have simply been superb but there are some still issues that need to be solved, which have been masked due to some brilliant individual performances. India cannot win the series but can England win it at the Oval? Join us on Friday, 15th August, 2014 at 1000 GMT (1530 IST) to find out. Until then, Adios! Take Care!

STUART BROAD has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. He is not here to receive his award and Cook does not know whether Broad will be fit for the final Test. Says that it does not happen very often that Anderson and Broad go without performing and they have troubled the Indian batsmen consistently. Hopes to win at the Oval for the series win rather than a draw. Praises the wicket here, calling it brilliant.

Victorious England captain Alastair Cook praises the crowd for its support. He says that he sensed that the crowd was buzzing when India lost three quick wickets in the middle. Smiles and says that he did not expect the game to end tonight but is happy nevertheless. Is all praises for Moeen Ali who is learning very quickly. Now, praises some outstanding bowling in the first hour of the match, when Anderson and Broad demolished the Indian side, bundling them out for 152, thereby taking England ahead.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that India were not up to the mark with the bat even in the first innings. Blames the failure of the Indian batting unit in this series. Praises the lower order for stepping up. Does not want to be too critical of his side and feels that there were some difficult conditions India had to counter while batting. Wants his batsmen to apply themselves a bit more. Does not feel that the pitch was not as a quick as some of the other ones. On Pujara's poor series thus far, he feels sorry for him, being given opportunities to face the new ball. Also has a soft word for Kohli, given that he had a fabulous season last year. On lack of practice games, he reckons that spending time in the middle is more important than warm-up games. Is overall happy with his team's schedule. Is really pleased with Varun Aaron's pace and accuracy and jokes that one positive from this Test is that the teams get two extra days of rest.

England's middle order then fought back through Root and Buttler to take the match away from India. With a deficit of 215, on a flat pitch, one expected India to fight at least for the day but they ended up being folded within 43 overs. Moeen Ali was the star again, with 4 scalps. Opportunity missed by India to win the series after taking the lead. But they can still level it at the Oval.

Fabulous performance by Team England. Suffered a loss of criticism after losing the Lord's Test but since then, they have bounced back to win back to back Tests. Perfect start in this Test, bundling out India for 152 but then the visitors came back a bit by reducing the hosts to 170/6.

42.6 Jordan to Singh, OUT! Bowled! That is the end of the Test match. A perfect yorker, right on middle, 142 kph, Pankaj looks to get out of the way but the ball hits his pads and goes on to disturb the stumps! ENGLAND WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 54 RUNS AND TAKE AN UNASSAILABLE SERIES LEAD! 161/10

PANKAJ SINGH walks in to bat at number 11, replacing Aaron.

42.5 C Jordan to Aaron, OUT! Caught behind! That is a snorter outside off, a short ball, 136 kph, Aaron leaps to avoid it but only gets a glove behind to Buttler. Aaron departs for 9, INDIA 161/9, TRAIL BY 53 RUNS! 161/9

42.4 C Jordan to R Ashwin, A short ball outside off, Ashwin pulls it through mid-wicket for a single. 161/8

42.3 C Jordan to Ashwin, FOUR! Gorgeous! Half volley outside off, 138 kph, Ashwin leans and drives it through mid off. 160/8

42.2 C Jordan to Ashwin, TOP EDGE! SAFE! A short ball outside off, 131 kph, Ashwin goes for the pull but gets a top edge. Gary Ballance runs back from mid-wicket and dives but the ball lands out of reach. Ashwin into the 40s now. The deficit is now down to 59. 156/8

42.1 C Jordan to Aaron, Short outside off, Aaron taps it towards point and takes the single. 154/8

41.6 M Ali to Ashwin, SIX! Good clean hit! Flighted outside off, Ashwin comes down the track and lofts it massively over long on! The partnership moves to 20 from 22 balls. 12 from the over, Ali's figures read 13-3-39-4! 153/8

41.5 M Ali to Ashwin, Tossed up outside off, Ashwin comes down the track and defends. 147/8

41.4 M Ali to Ashwin, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 147/8

41.3 M Ali to Ashwin, FOUR! Full and outside off, Ashwin drives this through point and gets a boundary! Ashwin moves into the 30s now. 147/8

41.2 M Ali to Aaron, Landed outside off, Aaron looks to push but misses. Buttler misses the ball and the batsmen take a single. 143/8

41.1 M Ali to Ashwin, Flicks this off the back foot for a single. 142/8

DRINKS BREAK. 20 overs left in this session. Can England finish the game off tonight?

40.6 C Jordan to Aaron, Defends this from the middle of the bat. 141/8

40.5 C Jordan to Aaron, Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 141/8

40.4 C Jordan to Aaron, Outside off, Aaron pushes and misses. 141/8

40.3 C Jordan to Aaron, FOUR! Full and outside off, Aaron leans into this one and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 141/8

40.2 C Jordan to V Aaron, Landed on a good length outside off, 137 kph, Aaron pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge which lands short of a diving Jimmy Anderson at third slip. 137/8

40.1 C Jordan to Aaron, FOUR! Audacious! A short ball wide outside off, 138 kph, Aaron crashes it through point for a boundary! The deficit comes down to 78 now. Off the mark in style. 137/8

39.6 M Ali to Ashwin, Full and outside off, 92 kph, driven straight to mid on. 133/8

39.5 M Ali to Ashwin, Comes forward and pushes it to mid on. 133/8

39.4 M Ali to Ashwin, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off. 133/8

39.3 M Ali to Ashwin, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 133/8

39.2 M Ali to Ashwin, Full and outside off, 92 kph, driven straight to point. 133/8

39.1 M Ali to Ashwin, Full and outside off, 92 kph, Ashwin pushes inside the line and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. 133/8

38.6 C Jordan to Aaron, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 133/8

38.5 C Jordan to Aaron, Full on middle, 142 kph, flicked towards mid-wicket. 133/8

38.4 C Jordan to Aaron, Outside off, left alone. 133/8

38.3 C Jordan to Aaron, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 133/8

VARUN AARON walks in at number 10, replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

38.2 C Jordan to Kumar, OUT! A run out now! The thrower is??? Moeen Ali! Landed outside off, 134 kph, Kumar pushes it towards covers. He is content with the single but Ashwin wants the second. Bhuvi takes off late and does not make his ground at the keeper's end. Bhuvneshwar departs for 10, INDIA 133/8, TRAIL BY 82! 133/8

38.1 C Jordan to Kumar, Landed outside off, 135 kph, watchfully defended. 132/7

37.6 M Ali to Ashwin, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 132/7

37.5 M Ali to Ashwin, Full on middle, played straight to short mid-wicket. 132/7

37.4 M Ali to Ashwin, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 132/7

37.3 M Ali to Ashwin, Slips this down the leg side, Ashwin misses his flick. 132/7

37.2 M Ali to Ashwin, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 132/7

37.1 M Ali to R Ashwin, Full and outside off, 90 kph, driven towards mid off. 132/7

36.6 C Jordan to Kumar, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 132/7

36.6 C Jordan to B Kumar, IT IS A NO BALL! Jordan has overstepped! He bowls a length ball just outside off, Kumar comes forward and pushes at it, getting a thick outside edge straight to Ian Bell at second slip. The umpires want the legality of the ball to be checked and oops... it is a no ball! 132/7

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been caught behind! But the umpires want to check for the no ball.

36.5 C Jordan to Kumar, FOUR! Landed outside off, 142 kph, Kumar crashes it through point for a boundary! 131/7

36.4 C Jordan to Kumar, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 127/7

36.3 C Jordan to Kumar, On a good length outside off, 138 kph, watchfully defended. 127/7

36.2 C Jordan to Kumar, NOT OUT. Ridiculous appeal. The ball has bounced. A full toss outside off, 138 kph, Kumar looks to steer it to third man and the ball goes straight to third slip. England appeal and umpire Erasmus has a chat with Tucker. They refer it upstairs and replays show that he has guided it to third slip on the bounce. 127/7

What has happened there? England have appealed for a catch against Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

36.1 C Jordan to Ashwin, Landed outside off, 135 kph, tapped away for a single. 127/7

35.6 M Ali to Kumar, Full on middle, 90 kph, played straight to short mid-wicket. 126/7

35.5 M Ali to Kumar, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 126/7

35.4 M Ali to Kumar, FOUR! Gorgeous! Half volley outside off, 91 kph, Kumar comes forward and threads it through the covers! 126/7

35.3 M Ali to Ashwin, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 122/7

35.2 M Ali to Ashwin, Comes forward and pushes this straight to mid on. 121/7

35.1 M Ali to Ashwin, Full and outside off, 92 kph, watchfully defended. 121/7

34.6 C Jordan to Ashwin, Goes across and works it through mid-wicket. The ball nearly reaches the ropes and the batsmen take three. 14 from the over, Jordan's figures now read 8-1-42-0! 121/7

34.5 C Jordan to Ashwin, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 118/7

34.4 C Jordan to Ashwin, Full outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple. 118/7

34.3 C Jordan to Ashwin, FOUR! This is poor bowling but excellent batting nevertheless. A short ball outside off, Ashwin stands tall and punches it sweetly through the covers! Moves into the 20s now. The stand is into double figures as well. The deficit is now down to double figures. 116/7

34.3 C Jordan to Ashwin, WIDE! Another bouncer, gone way over the top. 112/7

34.2 C Jordan to Ashwin, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 111/7

34.1 C Jordan to Ashwin, FOUR! That is a classical shot! A short ball on middle, 139 kph, Ashwin employs the Nataraja shot and pulls it beautifully through mid-wicket for a boundary! 111/7

33.6 M Ali to Kumar, Full and outside off, 93 kph, driven straight to mid on. 107/7

33.5 M Ali to Kumar, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 107/7

33.4 M Ali to Ashwin, Goes back and works it through square leg for a single. 107/7

33.3 M Ali to Kumar, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 106/7

33.2 M Ali to Kumar, Full and outside off, 92 kph, watchfully defended. 105/7

BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR walks in at number 9, replacing Dhoni.

33.1 M Ali to Dhoni, OUT! Spectacular catch from Ballance! Well, the Indian skipper has fallen. Moeen has 4! Flighted on middle, 93 kph, Dhoni jumps out of his crease and looks to go over the top but the ball goes off the inside half of the bat as it turns in. It flies uppishly towards mid-wicket where Gary Ballance dives to his right and takes it! He is overjoyed, so is Moeen. Dhoni is disappointed. He departs for 27, INDIA 105/7, TRAIL BY 110! 105/7

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