Cricket Live Streaming India vs England 3rd Test Match 2012 Day 4
India finally worked out a way to dismiss Alastair Cook but couldn't prevent England building a commanding first-innings lead on day three in Kolkata. England closed on 509-6, 193 ahead, and will have been further encouraged by a pitch showing signs of unreliable bounce and a bit of turn. Cook had strutted to 190 from 377 balls, surviving a dolly of a return catch spilled by Ishant Sharma before lunch, but his luck ran out in the afternoon session in a bizarre incident.
With India's fielders hot, frustrated and demoralised, no-one could blame Virat Kohli for hurling the ball speculatively at the non-striker's stumps after Kevin Pietersen had flicked the ball to him at square leg. Cook, who'd been backing up as normal, moved to touch his bat down in the crease but took instinctive evasive action as the ball was wanged in his direction. In doing so, he fatally lifted his bat - crucially, *before* touching it down - and was then horrified to see the stumps shattered. It was the first run-out in his entire career.
The method of his departure will no doubt haunt him, but in time he will reflect on his highest score as Test captain and his fifth century in five matches since assuming control from Andrew Strauss. He laid the platform for what is still likely to be an England victory push, even if several of those lower down the order didn't build on it all that convincingly.
After a wicketless morning session in which Cook and Trott scored slowly and methodically, India belatedly got a breakthrough when Trott pressed forward in defence and edged Pragyan Ojha's turner to MS Dhoni for 87.
Cook's curious aberration followed seven overs later, then new daddy Ian Bell went for a pretty dreadful five from 23 balls, lazily driving with no footwork and an angled bat to Sharma and getting a thin inside-edge through to Dhoni.
Kevin Pietersen had just begun to look good following a watchful start, but on 54 he was out lbw, missing with a sweep to a straight-ish ball from Ashwin that was arguably going on to clip leg stump.
When Samit Patel became Ojha's third victim, edging a 'please hit me' short, wide ball to Virender Sehwag at slip for 33, it looked as if England may blow a golden chance to rack up a lead of 200 plus. But a late, rapid, unbroken partnership of 56 between Matt Prior (40no) and Graeme Swann (21no) ensured England's position of command remained intact.