England vs India 3rd Test Day 4: England closing in on levelling series

Ali dismissed two of India's most dangerous batsmen in Pujara and Kohli

Ali dismissed two of India’s most dangerous batsmen

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England are just six wickets away from levelling the series at 1-1 after they had a perfect day against India in Southampton.

There were plenty of highlights for England throughout the day, including pace bowler James Anderson’s five-wicket haul and half-centuries from captain Alastair Cook and batsman Joe Root.

Starting out the day on 323/8, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and pace bowler Mohammed Shami only added six runs to their 10-run partnership before Dhoni was caught behind off the bowling of Anderson.

Dhoni’s solid knock of 50 came off 113 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

India were bowled out for 330, which gave England a lead of 239, when Shami was also caught behind off the bowling of Anderson for five runs.

Anderson was the pick of the bowlers as he registered his 16th five-wicket haul, while Stuart Broad snapped up three wickets and Moeen Ali chipped in with two.

Anderson sliced through India's batting line-up

Anderson sliced through India’s batting line-up

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With a lead of 239 in hand, England got off to a horrible start as opening batsman Sam Robson was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at slip off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 13.

Cook and Gary Ballance made up for the early loss of Robson with a 58-run partnership before Ballance was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja for 38.

However, Ballance was once again unlucky to be given out as replays showed that the ball flicked the top of his pad before going on to hit his thigh.

Ian Bell made a quickfire 23 before he was clean bowled by Jadeja.

Cook and Root steered the innings back in the right direction with a 99-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Root was cleaned up by Jadeja for 56 off 41 balls, which included nine boundaries.

Cook and Root both made half-centuries

Cook and Root both made half-centuries

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Following Root’s dismissal, Cook declared with his side on 205/4, which set India a target of 445 to win.

Cook remained unbeaten on 70 off 114 deliveries, which included seven boundaries.

Jadeja was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Kumar claimed one.

Needing 445 runs to win, India got off to an awful start as opening batsman Murali Vijay was brilliantly run out by Broad for 12 runs.

Pujara only made two runs before he was caught by Chris Jordan at first slip off the bowling of Ali.

Dhawan and Virat Kohli stabilised the innings with a 51-run partnership before Dhawan was also caught by Jordan at slip, but only off the bowling of Root for 37.

Kohli went on to score 28 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ali.

Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma amassed an unbeaten 23-run partnership before stumps was called.

Rahane finished on 18 off 45 balls, which included two boundaries, while Sharma remained undefeated on six.

Ali was England’s top bowler with two wickets, while Root took one.

India ended day four on 112/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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