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11:25 pm - End of Day 3, India 35/1
Day 3 ends 1 over early due to poor light with India on 35/1 (Dravid 18, Gambhir 14) after losing Virender Sehwag for a King Pair. They are still 451 runs in arrears with two days of this Test to go. Saving this Test match will need another Kolkata 2001 - but the men who orchestrated that brilliant comeback are still part of this Indian side - we'll have to wait to Day 4 to see how Edgbaston unfolds.
Question for readers: Who should open for India in the 4th Test at the Oval next week? Would you still bank on Sehwag given his King pair and lack of match practice? Or would you go for Mukund who despite having failed in the first 2 Tests did make a century against (a second grade) Northamptonshire side in a tour game last week?
10:35 pm - The worst nightmare for any Indian cricket fan could well look like this match. Virender Sehwag is gone. Again. For a 'King Pair' (Out first ball in both innings). This is his 3rd duck in a row while playing for India (including the World Cup final). India fighting (or so we hope) to survive 2-plus days to save this Test and their No 1 ranking have got off to yet another terrible start.
10:20 pm - The time has finally come. England's innings comes to an end with England declaring at 710/7 with the fall of Alastair Cook's wicket - six runs short of what would have been a well-deserved triple century. This is England's highest score in non-timeless Tests. They now lead by 486 and have over 2 days in which to dismiss the Indian team plus another innings of their own left to bat if required. Sehwag and Gambhir will be out to take strike for India in a couple of mins.
10 pm - The on again off again situation continues at Edgbaston. Another stoppage of play - due to insufficient light took place with England at 683/6 and everyone waiting for Cook's 300 and a declaration. Cook has in the meantime passed the highest score made at Edgbaston and the those who maintain record books for England will be having a very busy day.
9:10 pm - India have taken the new ball in what are now perfect bowling conditions - cool, overcast, rain never seemingly far off.
8:50 pm - Tea, Day 4 - England 646/6
England have extended their lead to 422 runs and now the discussion is all about whether they will declare today or just bat till their all out.
Some of our readers haven't given up yet -
Jacob: Even at this situation I like to see an Indian Win. Get the remaining wickets. Smack the english and get a decent lead. You seems to have no belief in you Indian Batsmen. But You can do it. Look what the Engilish do when Dhoni ie smacking Just spread the field to stop the run flow.
Morgan: Please don't lose the No 1 rank at least for this decade. Give your better than best. We know you all can put 100% effort. They are planning according to your weakness. Prepare some plan try to.
Mp: Miracles do happen; such as rain, poor light, riots and what not and India may save this test.
8:15 pm - India has picked up three quick wickets. Way too late in the day (or rather - way too late in the week) - first to go was Eoin Morgan, attempting a big shot soon after reaching his century, Ravi Bopara (back in the Test side due to Trott's injury) was next, followed by Matt Prior. Bowling the English out now may just mean more time the Indians would need to survive while batting in their second innings. England's lead is inching towards 400.
7:10 pm - Edgbaston has been facing a power cut since the past couple of hours and now will overcast conditons, the light was deemed to poor to carry on. With the floodlights not working, players have had to leave the field.
Reactions in on Twitter:
@sidvee This is honestly an insult to the English batsmen. The umpires are alleging that Cook and Morgan need to see the ball while batting
@VaughanCricket: Bad light??? 563 for 3 .. 2 spinners bowling.. The worst decision I have seen.
6:50 pm - You know it's not your game when a single opposition batsman outscores your entire team total - In this game that man is Alastair Cook. In 71 Tests, Cook has scored 19 hundreds - including two double tons.
6:30 pm - Trivia about double centurion Alastair Cook: He gets his superb powers of concentration from being a choirboy. Yes, you heard right. Cook spent his childhood as a boarder in a choir school where he was required to sing - day in and day out - for hours at end.
6 pm - Play has resumed after rain forced and early lunch break.
Question to readers: What score should England bat till before they declare?
In some news emerging from the British media: 'Daily Mail' has accused Virender Sehwag of sucking on a mint and using the subsequent saliva to shine the ball on Day 2 of the Edgbaston Test. Polishing the ball with use of any artificial substance is in violation of Law 42.3 (a)(i). What do you make of the allegations?
5:15 pm - Rain stops play yet again. That means it will be an early lunch. India will need many more such rain interruptions to save this Test.
Answer to a question we asked earlier: India last lost 3 Tests in a series in 1999 when touring Australia.
4:45 pm Play has resumed after the rain break, but the situation hasn't changed for India. Alastair Cook has completed his double century.
Some feedback coming in from Yahoo! readers:
V: Sportsmen needs to be encouraged always. Whether it is win or lose. That is how one should see it. This principle should be applied to our cricket team also.
David: If the wicket isn't falling for specialist bowlers toss ball to Raina, Tendulkar, Lakshman, Dravid, shewag to roll down their arm. Atleast through them we may get some break.
Ravisrinivasan: We should be defeated in Tests & ODIs, so that some introspection can save future cricket
Jatin: What happened with Wasim Jaffar.. He is a classy opener of Indian Team.. Our selector might forget him and his performance outside India. I think he has to be selected in Team while others are injured.
Vishwanath Tanwar: Time is not a slave .It changes and changes . King becomes poor and poor becomes king. So don't mind .Get ready to make a new team. Centuries are not important. No one will remembers the personal performance, the important thing is team effort. We are making noise for 100th century but don't care toward the collective efforts and so we are missing the target.
3:50 pm - The only thing that could come to India's rescue has arrived - the rain. Players headed back 15 minutes after the start of play and Edgbaston's new state-of-the-art covers have been put into action. In the brief period of play, Eoin Morgan reached his 4th Test half-century.
- No total of 300 or above - check
- No-balls – check
- Dropped catches – check
- Misfields – check
- First ball ducks – check
- Drooping shoulders – check
- Wides – check
- No foot movement - check
The Indian team have finally aced something this series – the criteria required to lose. With all the boxes tick marked there is just one very basic way to describe this team - 'Can't bat, can't bowl, can't field'.
Question to readers: When was the last time India lost 3 Tests in a series?
Here are some predictions coming in on Twitter from the cricket community –
Shane Warne: Will England bat all day today - I think they might - which means they could make 800+ in their 1st innings... Lift India.
Michael Vaughan: England to get 700 and then give India a tricky 20 overs tonight.. Game over by mid afternoon tomorrow is my shout.