India extend lead on Day-IV

London, August 12:

India recovered from 11-3 to reach 121-5 at tea on the fourth day of the third Test and lead England by 440 runs.

Sourav Ganguly made 57 after openers Dinesh Karthik and Wasim Jaffer both fell cheaply and Sachin Tendulkar was out for one. At the break, VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were both unbeaten on 16 as India, already 1-0 ahead in the three-match series, moved closer to a first triumph in England for 21 years.

Although Anil Kumble removed Monty Panesar (nine) LBW to end England’s innings at 345 and give his team a huge first-innings lead of 319, India captain Rahul Dravid decided to bat again. England’s only realistic hope here is a draw, but even that looks unlikely after India amassed its highest ever Test score against England of 664. Kumble finished with 3-94.

Jaffer left a ball from James Anderson which appeared to be going too high when it hit him on the pads, but umpire Ian Howell raised his finger. Karthik (0) edged to Paul Collingwood at slip off Tremlett.

Tendulkar had faced only 11 balls when a ball from Anderson caught the inside edge of his bat and uprooted his stumps. Sourav Ganguly and Dravid halted the rush of wickets with a fourth-wicket stand of 65. Ganguly hit nine fours before he edged a catch to Andrew Strauss at slip and depart at 76-4. The same combination removed Dravid for 96-ball 12 to leave India at 89-5.