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Posted on Dec 07, 09:25PM | IBNS
Riding on the shoulder of skipper Alaister Cook's magnificent knock of 190, England posted a commanding 509/6 to take a firm grip in the third Test against India on the third day at the Eden Gardens here Friday.
The visitors now take a lead of 193 runs with four first innings wickets to spare.
India after being on the receiving end for most part of the match so far fought back by striking three quick blows---Jonathan Trot, Alaister Cook and Kevin Peitersen, but England stumped their authority in the Test with Matt Prior and Graham Swann remaining unbeaten with 40 and 21 respectively.
Alaister Cook, the highest run getter of the series so far, extended his purple patch by grinding the Indian bowlers for another day.
The England skipper has scored 547 in five innings in the current series. He however missed his second double ton against India by 10 runs due to his own fault.
After bowling without any success for more than 66 overs, Pragyan Ojha finally gave India the much-needed breakthrough by terminating Jonathan Trott's (87) progress. Trott was denied a richly-deserved century when he thick-edged a ball outside the off-stump into the the gloves of M S Dhoni.
The 31-year-old Trott, however, provided an able support to his skipper during their 173-runs second wicket stand that put England ahead of India's first innings score of 316.
England skipper's marathon stay at the crease finally ended in a dramatic fashion as he became victim of a bizarre run out.
The dashing southpaw was on non-striker's end when Kevin Pietersen hit Zaheer Khan towards square on the leg side. A sprinting Virat Kohli grabbed the ball and threw it toward Cook's end, who instead of grounding the bat while returning to the crease, inexplicably tried to get out of way and let the ball shatter his stumps.
This led to a confusion on the field for a brief period where Indian skipper M S Dhoni was seen talking to the field umpires and the batsman was eventually given out. Cook, who got two reprieves, one by Pujara and another by Ishant Sharma, hit 23 well timed boundaries and two mighty sixes.
Kevin Petiersen, chasing his skipper's record 23 Test tons, highest by any England player, looked a little edgy when he walked down the crease.
The 32-year-old, however, came out all guns blazing after the Tea and greeted Pragyan Ojha with three consecutive boundaries. But before Pietersen could post another big score, right arm spinner R Ashwin trapped him in front of the stumps.
Pietersen made a luent 54 (85 balls) with the help of nine boundaries and a sixer.
Ishant Sharma bowled well in patches, but was guilty of overstepping on five occasions. The lanky pacer, however, added name of Ian Bell (5) to his list of victims.
Samit Patel(33) after getting his highest score of this tour became Ojha's third victim of the day. The Indian-origin England all-rounder failing to read Ojha's googly edged it to the first slip where Virendra Sehwag grabbed in on the second attempt..