August 12, 2007

Dhoni in Test Match #20: Day 3

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India vs England, India in England, Pataudi Trophy Test Series (2007) - 3rd Test
Date: 9-13 August 2007

Day 3 (11 Aug 2007): England fighting hard to stay in the match

England is facing the ignominy of following on after they lost 9 wickets for 326 runs at the end of the third day. India might still prefer not to enforce the follow-on. But with still 338 runs behind, England might find it very tough to save this test match, let alone the series.

There were three half-centuries, but that is not going to be enough to reach the mighty first-innings total posted by the Indians. There was a period when England looked like they are upto the challenge. Pieterson and Collingwood put on 78 runs for the 5th wicket and then Collingwood joined hands with Bell to put on another 86 runs. But, as it stands, the important question on everybody's mind now is will India force the follow-on or not?

1st innings:
India 664 (Kumble 110 not out, Dhoni 92, Karthik 91, Sachin 91, Dravid 55, Laxman 51, Anderson 4 for 182)
England 326/9 (Bell 63, Collingwood 62, Cook 61)


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