Nagpur: England are in a good position to seal the first Test series victory in India in 28 years but their paceman James Anderson says they are not taking things for granted and want to negotiate the first session of the final day carefully. England are leading the series 2-1 and a draw result on Monday will get them a historic series victory. England will resume their second innings at 161 for three.
"There's still a long way to go in the game. It's really important start for us tomorrow. The first hour will be crucial. If we can get through that then hopefully we can build a couple of good partnerships throughout the day and make sure the game is safe," said Anderson. Anderson also said that scoring runs on the slow VCA Stadium track in Jamtha won't be easy on Monday.
"Kohli and Dhoni played extremely well yesterday, but I think we're in a pretty good position in the game. It's a pretty flat pitch and as a seam bowler you have really got to run in and give it everything to try and get anything out of it. I tried to do that yesterday. "Maybe I was feeling a bit tired towards the end of the day, but as soon as we saw an opening to get amongst their batsmen we all tried to pounce on that," he said.
Anderson was asked the incident which the Indians felt it was unsporting on the part of Jonathan Trott, who smacked a ball, which slipped out of Ravindra Jadeja's hands while bowling, to the boundary ropes. Asked if he thinks it was unsportsmanlike, Anderson replied in negative. "Probably not, even I would have probably done the same as a batsman," he said. On a tense day's proceedings, when India were trying to force a win and England playing for a draw, the incident created some sparks as Kohli and his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin were clearly worked up over the matter.
Kohli had an exchange of words with Trott after the batsman survived a very confident shout for a catch at the wicket off Ishant Sharma when on 43 and then Ashwin threatened to run out the batsman when he backed up too far on his follow-through. But Anderson just brushed aside the incident.