Anderson, Broad Keep England On Top
England 569-7 dec. (Bell 167, Ballance 156) v
India 323-8 (Rahane 54, Dhoni 50no)
Third Test, The Ageas Bowl, day three
England continued to enjoy the better of the third Test against India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, reducing their visitors to 323 for eight at stumps on day three.
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Ajinkya Rahane and MS Dhoni both scored half-centuries but India closed 246 runs short of England's first innings score of 569 for seven declared.
James Anderson and Stuart Broad took three wickets apiece and there was a brace for Moeen Ali as India were unable to bat for long periods without losing wickets.
While England bowled excellently - with the exception of Chris Jordan - some of India's batsmen, particularly Rohit Sharma and Rahane, were guilty of getting themselves out, leaving their side under pressure.
India lead the five-match series 1-0 after a draw at Trent Bridge and a 95-run win at Lord's.
They resumed the day on 25 for one and it was quickly clear that just as they had late on day two, that they would face a stern examination courtesy of Anderson and Broad.
The pair started well, extracting movement and bowling with good discipline and it paid off when Broad had Cheteshwar Pujara (24) caught behind by Jos Buttler as he tried to sway away from a short ball that followed him.
Murali Vijay was next to go, having made 35 in 95 balls, when he was bowled by Broad, deciding too late to leave the ball and chopping on to his stumps.
India reached lunch at 108 for three and that represented a fine effort for England. While Anderson, Broad and Chris Woakes in support were keeping India on their toes, Jordan struggled and was giving Buttler a sterner workout behind the stumps than the batsmen in front of it.
Rahane had a moment of fortune when he was given not out having edged behind on eight while fortunately for England, Ian Bell's attempt to field a ball that bounced just short of him in the slip cordon resulted only in a bruised thumb, rather than anything worse.
After lunch, Virat Kohli tried to get into some form, and was almost caught by Alastair Cook as he chopped at Jordan outside off stump on 35. It would have been an outstanding catch and he made only four more before he did edge behind, this time Cook taking a much easier chance to give Anderson a deserved first wicket of the day.
Either side of tea, Moeen Ali, who was given an extended bowl, struck twice to remove Sharma and Rahane - an added bonus for England.
Sharma had looked fluent in making 28 in 61 balls before he charged Ali, mistimed his drive and was caught by Broad at mid-off.
If that was bad, then Rahane's dismissal was even worse, top-edging a rank long hop straight up in the air where he was caught at mid-wicket to be caught by the substitute fielder.
He had made 54 in 114 balls and his dismisal left India 217 for six, India having lost two wickets for seven runs either side of tea.
MS Dhoni stood firm with 50 not out in 103 balls at stumps, with five fours and a six while Ravindra Jadeja made a counter-attacking 31 in 52 balls before being trapped in front by Anderson as England made the second new ball work for them.
The last man to go was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who inside edged Broad onto his thigh pad and Gary Ballance, at third slip, took a good catch making up ground in front of him as the ball looped up.
He had made 19 in 35 balls and alongside Dhoni at stumps was Mohammad Shami, on four.
Broad ended the day with figures of three for 63, Anderson three for 52 and Ali two for 62.
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