Duck! India give a last minute scare

2012-12-10 00:00

ENGLAND sealed the third Test against India by seven wickets early on the fifth day in Kolkata yesterday, taking a 2-1 lead with one match remaining.

Having been frustrated by the last-wicket stand late on day four, England needed just 10 balls to finish it the following morning, with James Anderson bowling Pragyan Ojha, leaving Ravi Ashwin stranded on 91. It left England with a mere 41 runs to chase, but India, opening with their two main spinners, sparked a little panic in the tourists by reducing them to eight for three.

Alastair Cook, looking to get the match over in a hurry, was out stumped for one in Ashwin’s first over. Ojha then got in on the act, trapping Jonathan Trott in front of the stumps for three, before a duck for Kevin Pietersen, tickling Ashwin behind to MS Dhoni, left England reeling.

Ian Bell settled the nerves with a run-a-ball innings of 28.

Nick Compton, who had not batted with any other player in his England career other than his captain, was also unbeaten on nine.

The final Test begins on Thursday in Nagpur, with England within sight of a first series victory in India in 28 years.

Scores in brief:

India 316 (Tendulkar 76, Gambhir 60, Dhoni 52, Panesar 4/90) and 247 (Ashwin 91*, Anderson 3/39, Finn 3/45)

England 523 (Cook 190, Trott 87, Compton 57, Pietersen 54, Ojha 4/142) and 41/3 (Bell 28*, Ashwin 2/31)

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