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Third Test: England in firm control, 80/2 at lunch


Southampton, July 30:

England were in firm control at lunch on day four of the third cricket Test after bowling out India for 330 runs and choosing not to apply the follow-on. The hosts then sped to 80 for two in their second outing to extend their lead over the visitors to 319 runs at The Rose Bowl here Wednesday.

James Anderson recorded his 16th five-wicket haul after taking India’s final two wickets in the morning session.

india-vs-englandIndia managed to add just seven more runs to their overnight total before captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) and Mohammed Shami (5) were sent packing without much fuss.

England came out all guns blazing in the second innings and smashed the Indian bowlers all over the park to continue their dominance.

Sam Robson (13) was the first English casualty in an otherwise near-perfect day.

Captain Alastair Cook (29 batting) and Gary Ballance (38), who had combined so well in the first innings, once again forged a 58-run stand for the second wicket.

Ballance, who scored 156 in the first innings, was in punishing mood smashing five fours and a six in his 48-ball stay.

Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Ballance in the last action to take place before lunch.

Replays, though, showed that the English batsman was once again unlucky to be given out, like in the first innings.

Earlier, Dhoni failed to add to his overnight score and was dismissed by an Anderson bouncer.

Shami tried his level best to delay the inevitable but had no answer to the English pacer’s guile and swing.