3rd Test: England strikes again

MS Dhoni - the lone warrior

MS Dhoni – the lone warrior

Birmingham:  Overcast clouds greeted the Crowd on Wednesday, as the Third Test Match between England and India kicked off smoothly. The super-confident England smashed the under-pressure India, just as expected. And here is the summary of the day one of the Third Test at Edgbaston.

India’s batting order topples:

Except for the skipper, none of the specialist Indian batsmen could score on the Edgbaston grounds, which favored England’s seamers as expected.

India’s Virender Sehwag, whose return was welcomed widely, departed on the first ball.  A big blow for Team India from the lethal Broad.  A short delivery, which brushed with the batsman’s gloves, was initially turned down by the Umpire. Later, Broad opted for a DRS, and he was rewarded!!!

An hour after Sehwag’s dismissal, India looked like it could never go wrong. Dravid and Gambhir scored brilliantly. Gambhir leaned and pushed the ball to the boundaries with a surgeon’s precision. Dravid, the classic batsman, played some of the best shots ever seen. Everything was perfect about his batting-the flow of the bat, the balance and the footwork. And with their brilliance, they made a solid 51 run partnership, and boosted India’s scores.

At last, Gambhir (38 runs) fell to a full delivery from Tim Bresnan. Gambhir, who wanted to strike in the off-side, was caught, as the delivery (inside off) knocked off the leg stump.  Then, Master Blaster walked in with high hopes, only to be shattered immediately by Stuart Broad. The delivery, an in-swinger, was pushed hard by Sachin, and it fell straight into Anderson at third slip. England couldn’t have asked for more. And India lost its finest batsmen, as Dravid (22 runs) exited from a devilish delivery from Bresnan again. And India was 75-4 before lunch.

After lunch, it was Raina’s turn to fall for the British bowler’s tactics. Anderson got his first wicket on Day one, with an elegant full on off delivery, that shattered the stumps. Raina scored mere 4 runs. VVS Laxman departed in the 34th over from a short delivery from Bresnan again. Laxman, attempted to send it behind square, and the ball falls into Broad’s waiting hands.

Dhoni, the lone warrior:

Our skipper MSD discovered himself at last. His fighting performance and half century saved India from further disgrace and took the scores past 200. Dhoni found a partner in Praveen Kumar, who surprisingly scored 26 runs. Dhoni gave the Indian crowds to cheer when he put up a brave batting performance, filled with his trademark sixes.  Their 84 run partnership was broken when the skipper fell to Broad and Praveen to Bresnan.

England Skipper strikes:

India’s innings ended with the touring team scoring 224 runs in 64.2 overs. England Skipper Andrew Strauss scored a half century and put up a dazzling performance for their first innings. Cook has scored 27 runs and both continue to bat. Will the Indian Bowlers send them back to the pavilion soon? It remains to be seen.

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By: The Sports Mirror