3rd Test: India in the driver's seat

Updated: 14 August 2007 10:14 IST

Indian bowlers continued their stellar show as England finished day three at 326 for nine in the third and final Test at the Oval on Saturday.

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Indian bowlers continued their stellar show as England finished day three at 326 for nine in the third and final Test at the Oval on Saturday.

The hosts still need 139 runs to avoid the follow on and trail India's mammoth total of 664 by 338 runs.

At stumps, Chris Tremlett was on 18 and Monty Panesar was yet to open his account.

England began the day on the overnight score of 24 for one and had luck going their way in the initial period. Dinesh Karthik dropped Alastair Cook at fine leg when the batsman was on 13. Cook went on to hit a fifty.

Another two England batsmen also hit fifties but that was never really going to challenge the Indian total.

The first wicket to fall in the day was that of night watchman James Anderson. He put on 66 runs with Cook before RP Singh trapped him lbw for 16.

Michael Vuaghan and Cook put on 41 runs before Anil Kumle sent them back the pavillion in quick succession.

He had Cook caught by RP Singh for 61 and in his next over held on to a catch off his own bowling to dismiss the England captain for 11 at the stroke of lunch. England was then 124 for four.

Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood dropped anchor in the post-lunch session. They defended with all their might and tried to keep the scoreboard ticking, but Sachin Tendulkar struck with his first delivery just two overs before tea.

Pietersen edged to Dravid at slip for 41. It ended an important 78-run partnership.

Collingwood and Ian Bell continued with the fight The duo put on 86 runs before Collingwood fell to another dubious umpiring decision. He was adjudged lbw to Sreesanth for 62.

Zaheer Khan then struck a double blow with the new ball. He first had Bell caught by Dhoni for 63 and then held on to a catch off his own bowling to send back Ryan Sidebottom for two.

Matthew Prior continued to have a bad day in office. He edged a Sreesanth delivery to Tendulkar at slip for naught.

India would have hoped to wrap up the last English wicket, but Tremlett and Panesar saw off the last couple of overs and held on to avoid an imminent follow-on till Sunday.

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