Dhoni leads India’s fight-back in Edgbaston Test (Lead)

August 10th, 2011 - 10:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Gautam Gambhir Birmingham, Aug 10 (IANS) Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a fearless unbeaten half-century as India reached 205 for eight in the first innings against England at tea on the first day of the third cricket Test here Wednesday.

Dhoni was batting on 61 along with Ishant Sharma (4) at tea break after England dominated the first two sessions of the day’s play. Dhoni and Praveen Kumar (30) offered late resistance with an 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to help India recover from a precarious 111 for seven.

Put in to bat, India made a disastrous start and crashed to 75 for four at lunch. England’s fast bowlers continued their terrific performance with Stuart Broad (3/47) and Tim Bresnan (4/62) spitting fire as Indian batsmen were again done in by the seaming conditions at Edgbaston.

Gautam Gambhir started the proceedings hitting Jimmy Anderson for two fours in the first over. But Virender Sehwag, who is making a comeback after recuperating from a shoulder surgery, went for a first ball duck after he tried to leave Broad’s first delivery and was given out via the Decision Review System (DRS) after Hotspot indicated the ball had brushed his top glove.

Gambhir and Rahul Dravid (22) led the fight with a 51-run stand before Gambhir inside-edged an attempted off-drive at Bresnan onto his leg-stump.

Bresnan ended a bright morning session for England, under overcast conditions, with the best delivery of the day that appeared to be angling in but held its line to knock back Dravid’s off-stump.

V.V.S. Laxman (30) raised hopes, hitting crisply timed six fours but mistimed a pull off Bresnan and was caught at long leg by Broad.

Dhoni and Kumar played some brave shots as boundaries came in quickly in the later stages of the post-lunch session. Dhoni struck eight fours and a six and Kumar too matched him by smashing four fours and a huge six off spinner Graeme Swann over long-on.

However, Bresnan removed Kumar in the next over after he tried to pull him. Kumar got a faint edge which went unnoticed by the field umpire but was given out after England captain Andrew Strauss went for the second review.

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