India’s dominance on third day been continued with the bowlers stepping up well. After a wicket less first session, bowlers came out firing, led by Ishant who started the collapse with 3 wickets. Later Bhuvneshwar joined his taking up 2 wickets as England lost 6 wickets in second session. But a fight back from Root, Broad and Anderson in the last innings made it too tough for the Indian bowlers.

After been reduced to 205 for 7 at Tea, England came out with an aggressive intent with Broad going for everything. With Root at other end Broad played strokes with quite ease. Broad who had a brilliant record with bat against India as well as at Trent Bridge played a quick fire 47 off 42 balls before Bhuvi trapped him in front ending the 78 run partnership for eight wicket. After couple of overs, Plunkett was been cleaned up by Bhuvi as England were 9 down for 298.

However, Anderson, the last man resisted out with Root till the end of the day making England cross 350 mark. Root in this process completed his fifth test fifty. With Anderson able to handle, Root often gave him strike and Jimmy easily guided some deliveries past the boundary. They both Survived for 15 overs putting on 54 runs.

Earlier, Robson and Ballance played out the opening session without losing a wicket. With bowlers trying their level best on a dead track the batsman were happy in defending.

Things changed suddenly after Lunch as Ishant who bowled well in first session was rewarded with wickets of the two batsmen as he trapped them in front. Later he managed to get a nick of Bell and picking up his third. Ali and Root looked like going to tea before Shami & Bhuvi joined the party and Shami sent back Ali and Bhuvi dismissing Prior and Stokes in same over.

Scorecard:

England: 352 for 9 (JE Root 78*, GS Balance 71; B Kumar 4/61, I Sharma 3/109) trail India: 457 all out (M Vijay 122*, MS Dhoni 50*; JM Anderson 2/70, SCJ Broad 1/26) by 105 runs

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