Plunkett, Vijay keep Lord’s Test in the balance | England vs India, Day 3, 2nd Investec Test at Lord’s (July 19, 2014)

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The Second Investec Test between England and India continues to be tantalizingly poised as both teams are evenly placed after three intense days of cricket at Lord’s. By the close of Day 3, India have worked hard to collect an overall lead of 145 runs with six wickets in hand on a pitch that has become less greener than Day 1 but has spiced up giving sharp pace along with up and down bounce.

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India still has some decent batting to add up to the overnight lead on the penultimate day. Opener Murali Vijay has weathered the storm to score an unbeaten 59 from 190 balls. Giving him company in an unbroken 5th wicket stand of 46 with Captain MS Dhoni who has lived dangerously in his 51-ball stay which has got him 12 runs. India are 169 for 4 in 63 overs at the close of Day 3 having bowled out England to 319 early on.

The hosts had done a great job adding 100 more runs to their overnight score before losing their remaining four wickets. Matt Prior was first to be dismissed on Day 3 after he top edged a pull off Mohammed Shami to be brilliantly caught by a backward running Shikhar Dhawan from first slip. Ben Stokes was bowled for an 8-ball duck by a Bhuvneshwar Kumar inswinger which went through the bat pad gap. Stuart Broad lasted two balls before he slashed Bhuvneshwar to Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.

England slipped to 280 for 9 giving India the opportunity to take a slender lead. However, the last wicket pair of night watchman Liam Plunkett and James Anderson frustrated the Indians with their 39-run stand. Plunkett helped himself to a maiden test fifty in his unbeaten knock of 55 from 79 balls with 8 fours. Jimmy Anderson contributed 19 before he was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja with the former’s reverse sweep caught at slip.

The homeside were bowled out for 319 in 105.5 overs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar registering figures of 31-10-182-6.

India in their second innings got off to a fine start of 40 before Shikhar Dhawan (31) got caught by the diving Joe Root in a spanking cut shot off Ben Stokes. A 78-run stand after this between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured that India was not going to fold out cheaply. The match changed its complexion when Liam Plunkett dismissed a well set Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in consecutive balls.

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Pujara was caught behind following a reversing outswinger to be dismissed for 43 (from 83 balls with 7 fours). Virat Kohli who has been practicing in leaving the balls outside off nervously left the first ball he faced which jagged back to clip his off stump.

India received a huge blow when first innings centurion Ajinkya Rahane was dubiously given caught behind for 5 when a nasty short ball from Stuart Broad hit his arm guard and lobbed up to the diving Matt Prior down the legside. England were on the rampage at this point but were prevented any further inroads by the pair of Murali Vijay and MS Dhoni.

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