England in driver’s seat against India



Published — Saturday 8 December 2012

Last update 7 December 2012 10:43 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

KOLKATA: Having dominated the third Test for the first two days, England further firmed their grip on day three, reaching 509 for 6 and taking a 193-runs lead, with Alastair Cook making yet another big century (190), while Jonathan Trott (87), Kevin Pietersen (54) and Matt Prior (40*) also playing their part.
The Indian bowling looked much better than what it was on day two, picking up five wickets in the day’s play, but it couldn’t stop the visitors from posting another huge total in this series. After getting the wickets of Ian Bell (5), Pietersen and Samit Patel (33) after tea, India thought of wrapping up tourists’ innings below 500, but an aggressive innings by Prior made sure the momentum stayed with England till the end of the day’s play.
India could not have found any other way to get Cook than by way of a run out.

The England captain was run out backing up when Pietersen (29*) whipped Zaheer Khan to square leg where Virat Kohli threw the ball at the non-striker’s end. Cook was about to ground his bat, but then got himself out of the way of the ball as it hit the stumps. The England captain fell ten short of his second double hundred of the series, but ensured his team take the lead, reaching 381 for 3 at tea.
Cook’s dismissal came after India got the wicket of Trott, who was caught behind off Pragyan Ojha. Sensing Pietersen vulnerability against left-arm spinners and his history against Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni brought him into the attack. And the ploy almost worked when Pietersen almost dragged a wide delivery onto his stumps. But the batsman, who is coming into this match after his match-winning 186 in the Mumbai Test, hit two boundaries off Yuvraj straight after.
If it was Cheteshwar Pujara who dropped a straight forward chance of Cook on Thursday, Ishant Sharma went a step ahead yesterday, dropping the simplest of catches of the England captain who seemed to be going on and on, bringing up yet another 150 plus score and taking his side to 296 for 1 at lunch, just 20 runs short of India’s first innings’ total of 316.
Trott, who had come into this game with consecutive ducks, continued to make the most of the start he had got on Thursday evening. The Warwickshire batsman, who had a lean series with the bat until this innings, played some exquisite drives on the front foot and was equally dismissive of anything bowled at his legs.
It seemed like India came out on day three with more profound thinking as their bowlers kept England in check in the first ten overs. But as he has shown often in this series, Cook waited to get his eye in before breaking the shackles with a drive through covers for a boundary off Ravichandran Ashwin.
Trott too picked Ashwin’s carrom ball with good effect and drove it through covers for his first four of the day. India took the new ball in the 89th over, but neither Khan nor Ishant Sharma could get the ball move in the air.
Cook brought up his 150 with a four punched on the back foot to the wide of mid-on off Zaheer. Trott was also gifted two half volleys at his pads by Zaheer and the batsman obliged by hitting two back-to-back boundaries to bring up his 50.
The wicket-taking opportunity of the morning came to India when Cook lobbed a return catch to Ishant who couldn’t hold onto the simplest of the chances.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Three citizens, aged above 65, and a 32-year-old expatriate have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Riyadh raising the death toll to 471 in Saudi Arabia since June 2012, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.It also reported...
JEDDAH: Five hospitals and health centers across the Kingdom have been ranked among the 10 top hospitals in the Arab World, according to the Webometrics Ranking of World Hospitals 2015 conducted by Cybermetrics Lab. King Faisal Specialist Hospital an...
RIYADH: The children of the martyrs and wounded soldiers will be given preference for jobs in the organization, KACST President Prince Turki bin Saud Bin Mohammad Al-Saud said Riyadh on Tuesday.On an initiative from the Ministry of Education, a two-d...
JEDDAH: The laboratory of Al-Amal Complex for Mental Health was recently ranked fifth in the RIQAS program for biochemistry out of 120 laboratories. It also came in sixth in the same program for the department of hematology among the 60 participants,...
RIYADH: Anticipating high temperatures during the Haj season, the Ministry of Health has made arrangements to install more equipment to treat heatstroke patients among pilgrims, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Al-Mirghalani said following a meeting...
RIYADH: The National Water Company (NWC) has added a new feather to its cap by launching an e-branch (website www.nwc.com.sa) to serve the customers around the clock.The NWC, which aims to become the leading water utility in the Gulf that comes under...
DAMMAM: Traffic regulations in the Kingdom and many countries of the world dedicate the right lane of highways and roads to trucks as they are designed to carry heavy weights in contrast to the other lanes, which are allocated for lighter weight vehi...
RIYADH: The solar-power plant, “Layla,” in Aflaj province, will be opened shortly, Saleh Al-Awaji, chairman of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), has said.The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is one of the signatories, along with King Abdulaziz City for...
RIYADH: The expanded facility for machine readable passports (MRPs) at the Embassy of Pakistan will help the mission process over 1,200 applications on daily basis. The new setup was inaugurated on Tuesday.Saudi Arabia hosts the largest Pakistan comm...
RIYADH: The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has directed manufacturers and their agents in the Kingdom to strictly follow the safety regulations for the new cars to be marketed to the Kingdom beginning 2017.In a statement r...
RIYADH: The Ministry of Social Affairs recently honored 20 academically gifted orphans whom it had earlier sent to Japan for ten days to visit attractions that include cultural and educational institutions. Ministry of Social Affairs Undersecretary D...
JEDDAH: Prince Bandar bin Abdullah, member of the board of trustees of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Foundation for Humanitarian Action, spoke at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan. He expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the invi...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Health has issued a circular to all health sector employees to ensure they sterilize their hands prior to dealing with patients.The circular, issued by Deputy Minister for Public Health Dr. Abdul Aziz Abdullah bin Saeed, is in...
JEDDAH: The Indonesian Consulate and community have been conducting their 70th Independence Day celebrations for the past three months by having different cultural and social activities. On Tuesday, the consulate arranged a blood donation camp with t...
JEDDAH: The Specialized Penal Court in Jeddah on Tuesday issued a preliminary verdict on the imprisonment of two Saudi suspects to 38 years.The first suspect was charged with firing on the police center in Awamiyah, Qatif Province, while the other wa...

Stay Connected

Facebook