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India 86/0 at lunch, after England pile up commanding lead of 207 runs

Posted on Dec 08, 01:12PM | UNI

Openers Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag steered India to 86/0 after bowlers cut short England inning's to 523, highest in the series so far, on the penultimate day of third Test at the Eden Gardens here today.

Despite being under the pumps for most part of the match by allowing the visitors to pile up a huge lead of 207 runs, the Delhi duo, surviving a chance each, started the proceedings on a quick-fire, giving home team a semblance of hope for a valiant fight back.

They both opened their account with a boundaries each, Gautam Gambhir even struck a huge six off Monty Panesar in the last over before the end of first sessions.

Virendra Sehwag was in belligerent mood, scoring 49(not out) of just 56 balls, with help of seven beautifully hit boundaries, while Gambhir remained unbeaten on 33(70 balls).

Earlier, India took just half an hour and 4.3 overs to wrap up English tail.

Pragyan Ojha got out Graeme Swann in the first over as Sehwag held an easy catch at first slip. Matt Prior edged Zaheer Khan when cutting in the second over. James Anderson played two shots off Zaheer before R Ashwin made him edge one in the fifth over.

Monty Panesar got a rough one next ball, given lbw off Ashwin.

Ashwin finished 3/183 and Pragyan Ojha with highest 4 for 142 runs.