Anderson swings in some final nails
Lunch: Third Test, day four, Edgbaston
Match score: India 116-6 (MS Dhoni 9*, A Mishra 16*; JM Anderson 4-35) and 224 (MS Dhoni 77; SCJ Broad 4-53, TT Bresnan 4-62); England 710-7 dec (AN Cook 294, TT Bresnan 53*, EO Morgan 104, AJ Strauss 87, KP Pietersen 63) Full scorecard
Session score: England 81-5. India trail by 370 runs with four wickets in hand. England win session
There was a danger this morning that Edgbaston would have to pay the spectators back – India looked in danger of capitulated inside 25 overs.
England continue to play supreme, clinical cricket. James Anderson took 3 for 21 in seven overs this morning – and those three were Gambhir, Dravid and Laxman. That’s quite a bag. As the previous three days, it’s been the first 10 overs that has decided who will win the day – and the match. Today, India were 22 for 3 – the three wickets being those three galacticos.
India actually lost five wickets in the session, Sachin Tendulkar’s was the most disappointing. Tendulkar had looked in great touch, driving Bresnan through cover and down the ground. He’d made a bright 40, the 100th hundred sub-plot was peering over the hill. He’d even forced Matt Prior to stand up to James Anderson for a ball, a sure sign of the dominance he was beginning to show.
Then MS Dhoni drilled a drive back at Swann who deflected the ball onto the stumps at the bowler’s end. Tendulkar just failed to get his bat down and he was run out.
It was such a shame for the crowd who have turned up in party mood: Edgbaston are looking to break the record for the Most Fancy Dress at a Sports Venue. There have been five Mr Blobbies – all stood together – 20 gorillas chasing two bananas around the Hollies stand, nuns, horses, superheroes, a chicken.
If Tendulkar’s dismissal summed up India’s tour as a whole, Dravid’s summed up how far this side have sunk in the series. Dravid was the calm rock in the first two Tests but has failed twice here. And today he didn’t hit it.
Caught behind off a clipped boot-lace that went unreviewed. Pehaps the BCCI’s muddled thinking on the DRS has finally got to him and the others (Raina wanted his LBW reviewed) or perhaps he’d just had enough.
Mishra and Dhoni saw the Indians through to lunch but it was hardly safely. One session left in this match; it would be an Indian triumph to make it two.
Edward Craig is the deputy editor of The Cricketer magazine. Follow him on Twitter @Cricketer_Ed