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India vs England, Day 3: What a Cook!




Published by: Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 at 11:55 IST
India vs England, Day 3: What a Cook!
Kolkata: It was a drought like situation at the Eden Gardens for the Indian bowlers when resilient England batsmen denied to make mistakes. The thirst for even a wicket kept rising like the mercury rises in the lack of rain. Shining like a scorching sun was Alastair Cook, the England skipper, who was pouring havoc right from the outset on the third day of the third Test match between India and England.

Cook, who has already marked his name in Cricket's history books, once again proved his skills as he fell 10 runs short of his yet another double ton. He led the England dominance in the match and helped his team to reach the mammoth total of 509 runs with 4 wickets in hand at the end of the day 3.

It was very unfortunate for Cook and England team that he got run out at the score of 190 off 377 balls with 23 flourishing fours and 2 huge sixes and missed a deserving double century. English team is in the driving seat with their top four batsmen scoring more than 50 runs each. Besides struggling Ian Bell (5) every batsmen got a good start early in their innings.

England's 'Mr. Dependable' Jonathan Trott broke the series of his flop show in the series and showed the depth in his batting scoring 87 runs off 223 balls. He fell 13 runs short of his century of Pragyan Ojha's bowling, who is the most successful bowler of the series so far with 17 wickets.

Opener batsman Nick Compton and experienced Kevin Pietersen slammed half-centuries in the innings. At the end of the day, wicket-keeper batsman Matt Prior (40 off 46) and spin bowler Graeme Swann (21 off 45) are still standing on the crease.

Meanwhile, Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin are going through a tough time as they have bowled 50 and 52 overs respectively without making much of the impact. Experienced left-arm medium-pacer Zaheer Khan failed to impress in yet another innings. Long limbed bowler Ishant Sharma bagged first wicket in the form of Ian Bell in his 23rd over. Ojha took 3 wickets and Ashwin bagged just one of the English line up.

Earlier, opener Gautam Gambhir, experienced Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carried Indian innings to a considerable total of 316 runs with their half-centuries. Virat Kohli failed to influence the innings with the bat but made a huge contribution by his fielding by running out dangerous Alastair Cook just before his double century. The new wall of India Cheteshwar Pujara was bowled by Monty Panesar on the score of 16 runs.

However, England is leading by 193 runs with 4 wickets in hand. 

Here is the score card of the match at the stumps on Day 3:

England in India Test Series - 3rd Test
Played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
5, 6, 7, 8, 9 December 2012 (5-day match)

India 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
G Gambhir c Trott b Panesar 60 169 124 12 0 48.38
V Sehwag run out (Finn/Prior) 23 45 26 3 0 88.46
CA Pujara b Panesar 16 58 48 2 0 33.33
SR Tendulkar c Prior b Anderson 76 202 155 13 0 49.03
V Kohli c Swann b Anderson 6 31 24 1 0 25.00
Yuvraj Singh c Cook b Swann 32 77 54 4 1 59.25
MS Dhoni* c Swann b Finn 52 158 114 5 2 45.61
R Ashwin b Anderson 21 59 43 2 0 48.83
Z Khan lbw b Panesar 6 23 21 1 0 28.57
I Sharma b Panesar 0 6 3 0 0 0.00
PP Ojha not out 0 39 19 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 5, lb 13, w 5, nb 1) 24

Total (all out; 105 overs; 438 mins) 316 (3.00 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-47 (Sehwag, 10.1 ov), 2-88 (Pujara, 25.4 ov), 3-117 (Gambhir, 41.1 ov), 4-136 (Kohli, 48.4 ov), 5-215 (Yuvraj Singh, 68.3 ov), 6-230 (Tendulkar, 74.1 ov), 7-268 (Ashwin, 88.3 ov), 8-292 (Khan, 93.6 ov), 9-296 (Sharma, 95.3 ov), 10-316 (Dhoni, 104.6 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ
JM Anderson 28 7 89 3 3.17 (1w)
ST Finn 21 2 73 1 3.47 (1nb)
MS Panesar 40 13 90 4 2.25
GP Swann 16 3 46 1 2.87

England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
AN Cook* run out (Kohli) 190 377 23 2 50.39
NRD Compton lbw b Ojha 57 214 137 6 1 41.60
IJL Trott c Dhoni b Ojha 87 223 10 0 39.01
KP Pietersen lbw b Ashwin 54 85 9 1 63.52
IR Bell c Dhoni b Sharma 5 23 0 0 21.73
SR Patel c Sehwag b Ojha 33 47 5 0 70.21
MJ Prior not out 40 46 6 1 86.95
GP Swann not out 21 45 3 0 46.66
Extras (b 13, lb 4, nb 5) 22

Total (6 wickets; 163 overs) 509 (3.12 runs per over)
To bat MS Panesar, JM Anderson, ST Finn
Fall of wickets 1-165 (Compton, 52.6 ov), 2-338 (Trott, 119.2 ov), 3-359 (Cook, 126.5 ov), 4-395 (Bell, 136.5 ov), 5-420 (Pietersen, 143.2 ov), 6-453 (Patel, 149.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Z Khan 29 6 82 0 2.82
I Sharma 29 8 78 1 2.68 (5nb)
R Ashwin 52 9 183 1 3.51
PP Ojha 50 10 140 3 2.80
Yuvraj Singh 3 1 9 0 3.00
Match details
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Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire VA Kulkarni
Match referee JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire S Das

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