Test Match Cricket England vs India – First Test – Lord’s – Day 3

England began the third day firmly in control. Unfortunately, they somewhat lost the initiative early on by bowling too much on the leg stump allowing the two left handers to clip the ball off their legs, which settled any early morning jitters.

England didn’t look like making any impact until the much maligned Broad comes on to replace Tremlett. Gambhir was bowled by an excellent in-swinger from the tall fast bowler.

Mukund was the next to go, also bowled by Broad. Mukund who had played nicely for his 49 showed his inexperience by reaching for the drive, which he dragged onto his wickets. This was a storming spell from Broad who looks like he ios back to his dangerous best.

This meant the little master, Sachin Tendulkar walked to the middle to rapturous applause from the Lord’s crowd. He begins with purpose.He smashes a couple of fours through the off side in an imperious fashion, but the English bowlers soon caused problems. Tremlett got the little master to play and miss a few times, before Broad forced an edge, getting the danger man for only 34, three runs short of his best at Lord’s.

Broad continued his excellent spell and unusually England’s fielding let him down. First Strauss dropped Laxman and Swann dropped a difficult chance of getting Dravid out on 42, only a couple of balls later.

Laxman struggled to find any sort of form. He looked as though he desperately needed to play a practice match before the first test. He was caught at long leg by Trott, from a shot he played off the hip, which he timed too well. Raina soon followed for a duck lbw by Swann, the fate of many left handers over the last couple of years.

Dravid and Dhoni started to accumulate runs, as England ease off, as they wait for the new ball. Once the new ball was taken England shift up a gear. M.S. Dhoni caught at second slip off a good ball from Tremlett; Harbajan soon followed after not coping with Tremlett’s steep bounce.

Kumar proved useful, as he helped Dravid force India past the follow on mark, but was soon out for a quick 17 off only 12 balls. Anderson then finished off the tail without either of India’s two bowlers troubling the score book.

Today though has been Dravid’s day, he has played excellently for his hundred. As technically astute, as he was stubborn. He played patiently and apart one edge, which was dropped, he never looked like getting out.

India end the day 188 runs behind England. England will look forward to pushing their advantage and get towards 450 ahead by tea. India will need Ishant Sharma and Harbajan to perform, as Kumar will not be able to take 10 wickets by himself against a very strong England batting line up.