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PHOTOS: India's pacers have England reeling on Day 3

Last updated on: July 12, 2014 00:27 IST

PHOTOS: India's pacers have England reeling on Day 3

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Ishant Sharma bagged three quick wickets to initiate England’s collapse in the post-lunch session and Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a four-wicket burst as India ended with the hounors on Day 3 in the first Test at Trent Bridge, Headingley, on Friday.

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Ishant (3 for 109) claimed the vital wickets of Sam Robson, Gary Ballance and Ian Bell to have the home side, replying to India’s first innings total of 457, in trouble at tea, while Bhuvneshwar dismissed Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Liam Plunkett to finish with impressive figures of 4 for 61, as England ended the day on 352 for 9, 105 runs in arrears.

At stumps, Joe Root was unbeaten on 78 with James Anderson, on 23.

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Image: India pacer Ishant Sharma celebrates the wicket of Sam Robson of England during Day 3 of the first Test at Trent Bridge
Photographs: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

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Robson and Ballance deny India success in morning session

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Earlier in the day, Robson (59) and Ballance (71) scored half-centuries as England made good progress.

The hosts, who resumed on 43 for 1 on a slow wicket that has drawn widespread criticism, reached lunch on 131 for one.

Robson was the first wicket to fall on Day 3. Ishant struck in the second over of the post-lunch session, beating the batsman with an incoming delivery and trapping him leg before wicket. Hot Spot showed some marks indicating it could have been an edge, but replays from the front clearly indicated that the ball missed the edge and hit Robson right in front of the wickets.

Robson added 125 runs for the second wicket with Balance.

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Image: Wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli, at slips, watch as Sam Robson cuts the ball for a boundary
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Ishant's strikes cripple England

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The Indian bowlers found some swing under the gloomy Nottingham sky but Ballance was resolute in his partnership of 125 with Robson.

The pair, who both hit maiden Test centuries in the 1-0 series defeat by Sri Lanka last month, provided the stability England needed after the loss of under-pressure captain Alastair Cook for five the previous evening.

However, Balance failed to read a full straight delivery from Ishant and was struck on the pads in front of the stumps. He was out leg before after a good knock of 71 from 167 balls, includive of nine fours.

Ishant's double strike reduced to 154 for three in the 56th over.

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Image: Gary Ballance cuts the ball for a boundary
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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England batsmen too cautious in post-lunch session

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Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni deployed all his five primary bowlers in the morning session, but none could make a lasting impression on the batsmen, who looked to be playing for time without much thought on scoring quickly, as 88 runs came in 31 overs in the first session of play.

But Ishant’s double strike changed the scenario as the new batsmen in displayed too much caution in the post-lunch session and paid the price in the end.

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Image: India bowler Stuart Binny and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni react after Sam Robson edges a delivery
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Bell out to rash shot

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Five overs after Ballance departed, Ian Bell (25 runs, 37 balls, 6 fours) was caught behind.

The experienced England batsman played a rash shot to a short ball from Ishant and was snapped up behind the stumps by Dhoni.

Moeen Ali (14 runs, 30 balls, 3 fours) then added 25 runs for the fifth wicket with Root, but he too misjudged another short delivery, this time from Shami as the ball looped up off his gloves and was caught in the slips.

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Image: Ishant Sharma celebrates after having Ian Bell caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar steps up

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar then stepped up and claimed three wickets, two before the tea break and one in the post-tea session.

First, he dismissed Matt Prior (5) and then Ben Stokes (0), having both caught behind by Dhoni.

The former, though, got a wrong decision as umpire Kumar Dharmasena adjudged him out when there was a clear gap between bat and ball.

It meant England lost six wickets in the session of 25 overs and scored only 74 runs.

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Image: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar appeal successfully for the wicket of Matt Prior
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Broad's breezy 47 lifts England

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When the teams returned after the tea break, Bhuvneshwar cut short an enterprising knock by Stuart Broad.

The England pacer launched into the Indian bowlers as soon as he took strike, scoring 47 off 42 balls, including nine fours, before Bhuvneshawar trapped him leg before wicket.

Bhuvneshwar then bowled Liam Plunkett to pick his fourth wicket of the innings.

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Image: Stuart Broad hits out during his breezy knock
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Broad's breezy 47 lifts England

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England redeemed themselves in the final session from a precarious 205 for seven mainly due to Joe Root's responsible knock with the tailenders that got them 147 runs in the final session with the loss of two wickets.

Apart from his stand with James Anderson, he also shared a 78-run eighth wicket partnership with all-rounder Stuart Broad who smashed 47 off 42 balls with nine fours.


Image: Joe Root (right) and James Anderson walk back to the pavilion at the end of the third day's play
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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