Anderson rocks Indian top-order (Lead)

August 13th, 2011 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Gautam Gambhir Birmingham, Aug 13 (IANS) Fast bowler James Anderson rocked the Indian top-order at lunch on the fourth day of the third cricket Test and took England to the threshold of becoming the world’s No.1 Test side here Saturday.

Anderson picked up four for 35 in the morning session as India went into break at 116 for six in the second innings, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni batting on nine and Amit Mishra 16.

India are staring at a huge innings defeat as they still trail by 370 runs. England declared their first innings at 710 for seven after bowling out India for 224 in the first innings.

Resuming at overnight 35/1, India were wrecked by a six-over spell from James Anderson, who removed Gautam Gambhir (14) and Rahul Dravid in the first two overs of the day. Anderson struck with the first ball that was pitched on middle and leg and swung away sharply, prompting Gambhir to edge to second slip Graeme Swann.

In the next over, Anderson got rid of Dravid but replays showed that the former India captain did not edge and the bat kissed his shoe laces. For reasons known to him, Dravid did not appeal for a review.

A lovely outswinger from Anderson ended V.V.S. Laxman’s (2) brief stay at the crease, caught behind by Prior while Suresh Raina (10) was trapped leg-before by Graeme Swann after hitting the spinner for two well timed fours in the same over.

Sachin Tendulkar stroked his way to a classy 40, hitting eight fours but was run out in an unfortunate way after a straight drive from Dhoni kissed Swann’s hand to the stumps.

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