Kolkata: Pragyan Ojha broke the steady partnership between Alastair Cook and NRD Compton. He was dismissed, lbw as he attempted to sweep the ball. The ball hit him in line and he was given out leg before the wicket.
Cook is batting splendidly on 124 runs. Cook and Compton contributed 165 runs for the first wicket.
Jonathan Trott has joined Cook on the crease.
Earlier, despite a fighting half—century by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, England managed to bundle out India for 316 before reaching 22 for no loss at lunch on the second day of the third Test here on Thursday.
India’s first innings total certainly seems inadequate on a batting—friendly flat Eden track.
Resuming on 273 for seven, overnight batsman Dhoni, starting on 22, went on to hit a fine 52 to help India cross the 300—run mark. But Monty Panesar’s two wickets in the first five overs of the day enabled England dictate terms.
Pacer James Anderson, after starting the proceedings, created pressure from one end, while Panesar bowled cleverly using a lot of variations.
With two wickets today, Panesar’s figures read an impressive four for 90, while Anderson, though could not add any more wicket to his yesterday’s tally, finished with three for 89.
India had a jittery start as Zaheer Khan, on 2, edged the ball at the second slip in the third over of the day but only to be dropped by Graeme Swann off Anderson’s bowling.
Anderson once again troubled the hosts with his reverse swing but was unlucky in giving his team the first breakthrough.
Zaheer, however, failed to make the most of his dropped chance, as in the very next over he was trapped by Panesar. He departed for six.
Panesar seemed to be on a roll as he returned to castle Ishant Sharma (0) in his next over, and India looked in danger of being skittled out short of 300.
With the hosts reeling at 296 for nine, Dhoni stitched a 20—run partnership with last man, Pragyan Ojha, who gave a good support to his skipper without scoring a single run.
Field was spread out for Dhoni, who preferred to score in boundaries or taking a run off the last ball as he tried to save Ojha.
India crossed the 300—mark with Dhoni lofting Panesar over long—off for a six and then followed it up with another one, this time over long on.
Dhoni raced to his half—century with a boundary over extra cover but only to get out in the next ball when his top edge flew over gully to be caught by Swann.
Dhoni’s 114—ball 52, included five boundaries and two sixes.
(With PTI inputs)