England continue to frustrate India
India’s listless performance saw England pile up a first innings lead of 191 on Day 3 of the third Test at the Eden Gardens on Friday.
The performance of India’s batsmen had earlier belied the batting conducive nature of the pitch, as the side was bowled out for 316 in their first innings. Virender Sehwag looked in good touch before he was run out. Gautam Gambhir tried to make amends for his role in the mix up, but only managed 60 when a bigger and more substantial contribution was required of him. Sachin Tendulkar fought his way, scratching runs off the relentless English attack for a 76. MS Dhoni's belated charge on the bowlers early on Day 2 saw him gathering 52 runs in the time he could afford with the tail, taking India past 300 along the way.
Monty Panesar (4/90) and James Anderson (3/89) were the chief wicket takers for England, tackling the conditions shrewdly to constantly disturb the batsmen.
Nick Compton (57) notched up his maiden half century in Tests before a wrong decision from umpire Rod Tucker saw him being dismissed LBW against Pragyan Ojha. He added 165 with Alastair Cook for the first wicket, a stand that could have been nipped at 27 if Cheteshwar Pujara had not put down Cook (on 17 at the time) at first slip off Zaheer Khan.
Cook did not give too many chances after that, adding another 173 with Jonathan Trott (87) for the 2nd wicket and 21 with Kevin Pietersen (54) for the 3rd wicket. A sharp throw from Virat Kohli and a resultant freak run out ended Cook’s magnum, his third consecutive ton in Tests and fifth successive ton as captain on 190 (377b, 4x23, 6x2).
Samit Patel (33), Matt Prior (40*) and Graeme Swann (21*) further frustrated the Indians, England finishing Day 3 on 509/6, 191 runs ahead of India.