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3rd Test: India crawl to 108/3 at lunch

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 29 Juli 2014 | 21.24

SOUTHAMPTON: Stuart Broad took two wickets as England tightened their grip on the third Test against India at Southampton on Tuesday.

At lunch on the third day, India were 108 for three in reply to England's imposing 569 for seven declared, a deficit of 461 runs after Broad had dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara (24) and Murali Vijay (35).

Virat Kohli was 18 not out and Ajinkya Rahane 11 not out, with India needing a further 262 runs to avoid the follow-on.

England had seen Ian Bell (167) end a run of 20 innings without a Test hundred and Gary Ballance (156) make his Test-best score on Monday.

Meanwhile England debutant wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who might have out for a duck and gave two other chances, rode his luck to complete a typically quickfire 85.

Things got even better for under-pressure England captain Alastair Cook, who had earlier ended a run of low scores with a morale-boosting 95, when he caught Shikhar Dhawan at first slip off James Anderson before Monday's close.

Following a minute's silence Tuesday to commemorate cricketers who were killed during the First World War, a hundred years on from the start of that conflict, India resumed on 25 for one.

Opener Vijay, averaging 90 in the series, was 11 not out and Pujara four not out.

England, 1-0 down in the series, and without a victory in their previous 10 Tests, knew they had to 'win' Tuesday's play if they were to have a realistic chance of drawing level in this match.

After the batsmen made a solid start against England, with bowlers appreciably quicker than those playing for India in the absence of the injured Ishant Sharma, the seven-wicket hero of the tourists' 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's, Broad made the breakthrough.

Pujara, trying to sway out of the way of a well-directed short ball, didn't withdraw his bat and gloves in time and gave Buttler a simple catch for his first Test dismissal.

Kohli, whose best score in four previous innings this series was only 25, drove Chris Jordan through the covers for four.

But Broad struck again when Vijay, trying to withdraw his bat, deflected the ball onto his stumps and was bowled.

Broad had taken two wickets for 10 runs in 22 balls and India, on a sunny day ideal for batting, were 88 for three.

England thought they had Rahane, who made a superb hundred at Lord's, caught by Buttler for eight off occasional off-spinner Moeen Ali.

It was an excellent legside take by Buttler and the Hot Spot replay confirmed a thin touch on the glove.

However, Australia umpire Rod Tucker ruled not out and with India objections meaning the Decision Review System is not being used this series, Rahane survived.

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Gary gives England team right balance

SOUTHAMPTON: For England, Gary Ballance could not have happened at a better time. With Jonathan Trott out of the frame with depressions, England needed an adequate replacement at number three.

The 24-year-old left-hander, who completed his third century in six Tests on Sunday, is proving to be just the right one.

England skipper Alastair Cook was pleased as a punch with the consistency of his young one-drop.

"It looks like he bats the same way in every innings. He just adjusts to the conditions and finds his way. He is very impressive and now that he has found his feet, he looks a mighty fine player," said Cook, while describing Ballance's innings on Sunday.

"It was a big decision when we asked him to bat at No. 3 because he bats at No. 5 at Yorkshire. But he is a really a good judge at leaving balls outside his off-stump," Cook added.

Ballance, who grew up on his father's tobacco farm, played at the junior level in Zimbabwe before moving to England on a school scholarship.

Nephew of former Zimbabwe captain Dave Houghton, Ballance joined Yorkshire after a two-year stint with Derbyshire. It was baptism by fire for Ballance on his Test debut against Australia in Sydney earlier this year.

To his credit the youngster did not flinch while facing up to Mitchell Johnson's chin music. He made only 18 but hung around for 91 minutes.

He was promoted to No 3 at Lord's last month against Sri Lanka and he responded with a fine hundred before making it two-on-two at the 'home of cricket' against India last week.

The sky is the limit for Ballance, who many say, has restored the equilibrium of the England side after Trott's untimely pull-out.

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Gary gives England team right balance

SOUTHAMPTON: For England, Gary Ballance could not have happened at a better time. With Jonathan Trott out of the frame with depressions, England needed an adequate replacement at number three.

The 24-year-old left-hander, who completed his third century in six Tests on Sunday, is proving to be just the right one.

England skipper Alastair Cook was pleased as a punch with the consistency of his young one-drop.

"It looks like he bats the same way in every innings. He just adjusts to the conditions and finds his way. He is very impressive and now that he has found his feet, he looks a mighty fine player," said Cook, while describing Ballance's innings on Sunday.

"It was a big decision when we asked him to bat at No. 3 because he bats at No. 5 at Yorkshire. But he is a really a good judge at leaving balls outside his off-stump," Cook added.

Ballance, who grew up on his father's tobacco farm, played at the junior level in Zimbabwe before moving to England on a school scholarship.

Nephew of former Zimbabwe captain Dave Houghton, Ballance joined Yorkshire after a two-year stint with Derbyshire. It was baptism by fire for Ballance on his Test debut against Australia in Sydney earlier this year.

To his credit the youngster did not flinch while facing up to Mitchell Johnson's chin music. He made only 18 but hung around for 91 minutes.

He was promoted to No 3 at Lord's last month against Sri Lanka and he responded with a fine hundred before making it two-on-two at the 'home of cricket' against India last week.

The sky is the limit for Ballance, who many say, has restored the equilibrium of the England side after Trott's untimely pull-out.

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3rd Test: India crawl to 108/3 at lunch

SOUTHAMPTON: Stuart Broad took two wickets as England tightened their grip on the third Test against India at Southampton on Tuesday.

At lunch on the third day, India were 108 for three in reply to England's imposing 569 for seven declared, a deficit of 461 runs after Broad had dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara (24) and Murali Vijay (35).

Virat Kohli was 18 not out and Ajinkya Rahane 11 not out, with India needing a further 262 runs to avoid the follow-on.

England had seen Ian Bell (167) end a run of 20 innings without a Test hundred and Gary Ballance (156) make his Test-best score on Monday.

Meanwhile England debutant wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who might have out for a duck and gave two other chances, rode his luck to complete a typically quickfire 85.

Things got even better for under-pressure England captain Alastair Cook, who had earlier ended a run of low scores with a morale-boosting 95, when he caught Shikhar Dhawan at first slip off James Anderson before Monday's close.

Following a minute's silence Tuesday to commemorate cricketers who were killed during the First World War, a hundred years on from the start of that conflict, India resumed on 25 for one.

Opener Vijay, averaging 90 in the series, was 11 not out and Pujara four not out.

England, 1-0 down in the series, and without a victory in their previous 10 Tests, knew they had to 'win' Tuesday's play if they were to have a realistic chance of drawing level in this match.

After the batsmen made a solid start against England, with bowlers appreciably quicker than those playing for India in the absence of the injured Ishant Sharma, the seven-wicket hero of the tourists' 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's, Broad made the breakthrough.

Pujara, trying to sway out of the way of a well-directed short ball, didn't withdraw his bat and gloves in time and gave Buttler a simple catch for his first Test dismissal.

Kohli, whose best score in four previous innings this series was only 25, drove Chris Jordan through the covers for four.

But Broad struck again when Vijay, trying to withdraw his bat, deflected the ball onto his stumps and was bowled.

Broad had taken two wickets for 10 runs in 22 balls and India, on a sunny day ideal for batting, were 88 for three.

England thought they had Rahane, who made a superb hundred at Lord's, caught by Buttler for eight off occasional off-spinner Moeen Ali.

It was an excellent legside take by Buttler and the Hot Spot replay confirmed a thin touch on the glove.

However, Australia umpire Rod Tucker ruled not out and with India objections meaning the Decision Review System is not being used this series, Rahane survived.

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3rd Test: Eng 358/3 at lunch on Day 3

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 28 Juli 2014 | 21.24

SOUTHAMPTON: Gary Ballance and Ian Bell piled on the runs to cement England's strong position in the second Test against India at Southampton on Monday.

At lunch, England were 358 for three with Ballance falling shortly before the break for a Test-best 156.

Together with Bell (68 not out), Ballance put on 142 for the third wicket.

Joe Root was two not out. England, 1-0 down in the five-match series, resumed on 247 for two, with Zimbabwe-born left-hander Ballance 104 not out -- his third hundred in six Tests.

Meanwhile Bell, who might have been lbw for a duck to a brilliant late-swinging delivery from debutant paceman Pankaj Singh, was 16 not out.

England's total also owed much to captain Alastair Cook's 95 that saw the left-handed opener end a run of low scores if not a sequence that now extends to 28 innings without a Test hundred.

India, without the injured Ishant Sharma -- the seven-wicket hero of their 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's -- had struggled for penetration after Cook won the toss on an even-paced pitch.

Singh, Sharma's replacement, had been unlucky not to take at least one wicket on Sunday, having Cook dropped by Ravindra Jadeja in the slips on 15.

The 6ft 6in seamer also beat Bell outside off stump early in Monday's play and then saw the batsman edge him through the slips for four.

However, Bell was far more convincing in cover-driving Bhuvneshwar Kumar to the boundary in typically classic style.

Ballance then surpassed his previous highest Test score of 110, made last time out at Lord's, with three fours in four Kumar balls, as a cut was followed by a leg glance and then a well-timed punch through midwicket.

That Bell, without a hundred in his 19 previous Test innings, was finding his best form was evident when he struck one of his signature shots by advancing down the pitch to drive left-arm spinner Jadeja for a straight six.

His single off Mohammed Shami then saw Bell to a 99-ball fifty. As the sun broke through the clouds, conditions were near-ideal for batting, with India's attack lacking physical threat on a pitch where there was only slow turn for their spin bowlers.

Ballance pulled Singh down to the fine leg boundary to get to 150 in 278 balls with 23 fours.

But soon afterwards the 24-year-old was given out caught behind off the gentle spin of Rohit Sharma, the recalled batsman taking his first Test wicket, to end a stay of more than six hours at the crease.

Australian umpire Rod Tucker's decision was understandable given the noise, but replays showed the ball had hit Ballance's back pad, not his bat, on its way through to India captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

However, with no Decision Review System this series because of Indian objections, Tucker's verdict stood. He was 68 not out at the interval and will look to make his first test century since August 2013 against Australia in the second session.

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SA draw 2nd Test, win series vs SL

COLOMBO: South Africa pulled off a draw on the fifth and final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday to win the two-match series 1-0.

Chasing a target of 369, South Africa finished on 159-8 off 111 overs. South Africa had won the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs.


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SA draw 2nd Test, win series vs SL

COLOMBO: South Africa pulled off a draw on the fifth and final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday to win the two-match series 1-0.

Chasing a target of 369, South Africa finished on 159-8 off 111 overs. South Africa had won the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs.


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S Africa draw 2nd Test against Lanka

COLOMBO: South Africa pulled off a draw on the fifth and final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday to win the two-match series 1-0.

Chasing a target of 369, South Africa finished on 159-8 off 111 overs. South Africa had won the opening Test in Galle by 153 runs.


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3rd Test: Eng opt to bat against India

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 27 Juli 2014 | 21.25

SOUTHAMPTON: England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to bat in the third cricket Test against India on Sunday.

India have brought in debutant Pankaj Singh after pacer Ishant Sharma was ruled out due to injury. Besides, batsman Rohit Sharma has been drafted in to replace all-rounder Stuart Binny.

England have made three changes, bringing in Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Jos Buttler.

Teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Panjak Singh, Mohammed Shami.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, James Anderson.


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3rd Test: Eng opt to bat against India

SOUTHAMPTON: England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and opted to bat in the third cricket Test against India on Sunday.

India have brought in debutant Pankaj Singh after pacer Ishant Sharma was ruled out due to injury. Besides, batsman Rohit Sharma has been drafted in to replace all-rounder Stuart Binny.

England have made three changes, bringing in Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Jos Buttler.

Teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Panjak Singh, Mohammed Shami.

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, James Anderson.


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