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Can India batsmen save the third Test at Southampton?

July 31, 2014 09:50 IST

Can India batsmen save the third Test at Southampton?

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A tough day awaits India as they brace up against the fiery England bowling on the fifth and final day of the third Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Thursday.

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And India opener Shikhar Dhawan has admitted that his team will find it difficult to save the match on the final day.

India were precariously placed at 112 for 4 in their fourth-innings, chasing 445 runs in pursuit of victory.

"It is going to be hard for us tomorrow," said Dhawan, who scored 37 runs in the second innings.

"England are in a good position. But we need to have a good partnership and then maybe we can see how it shapes up with the two batsmen in the middle.

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Image: India batsman Shikhar Dhawan is caught by Chris Jordan during day four of the 3rd Investec Test match between England and India at Ageas Bowl on Wednesday
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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'You cannot predict this sort of movement'

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Dhawan said it is difficult to bat on the pitch because of wear and tear.

"I feel the wicket has started taking turn and it is also seaming a bit. There are some spots created on the pitch because of wear and tear. There is a rough patch outside off-stump and then the ball is also turning when it is not pitching in the rough. You cannot predict this sort of movement -- spin or seam, and it is not easy to bat there in the middle," he said.

Dhawan has been struggling for runs in this series and for once he got a start in the second innings. But it came to nought as he fell to a terrific delivery from Moeen Ali who later also snapped the wicket of Virat Kohli.

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Image: England bowler Moeen Ali celebrates after taking the wicket of India batsman Virat Kohli
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'It is sad and frustrating that we are not getting runs together'

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"When you get out to a good ball, then you cannot do much about it," said Dhawan about his mode of dismissal.

"It is sad and frustrating that we are not getting runs together and not able to give that big partnership at the top of the order. Of course Murali Vijay has done well on this tour. But it is part of cricket. I am working hard in the nets. I tried playing close to the body as well in the second innings but you cannot do much when you get good balls,” he added.

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Image: James Anderson reacts after dropping Rohit Sharma off his own bowling on day four of the 3rd Test match on Wednesday
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Dhawan brushes aside minor Rahane-Anderson spat

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After the end of day's play, England's under-fire pacer James Anderson was seen having a few words with Ajinkya Rahane, and umpire Rod Tucker had to step in. But Dhawan dismissed the incident.

"That is normal. It happens in cricket," he said, without referring to the ongoing Ravindra Jadeja issue. 

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Image: England bowler James Anderson (left) looks on as India batsman Ajinkya Rahane (2nd from right) talks to umpire Rod Tucker after play finishes on day four on Wednesday
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