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Nagpur: England 161-3 at stumps

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 17:25 hrs

Jonathan Trott's gritty knock of 66 runs made India's chances of winning the crucial fourth Test against England difficult as the visitors scored 161 runs for the loss of three wickets at stumps on the fourth day of the match at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.

England lead by 65 runs as Trott and Ian Bell (24*) were batting at stumps.

The visitors have lost the wickets of Alastair Cook (13) , Nick Compton (34) and Kevin Pietersen (6).

Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have picked up one wicket each so far.



England were standing at 94-3 at one point in the day. Bell and Trott added 67 runs in the fourth wicket partnership and ensured the side lose no more wickets in their second innings at he end of the fourth day's play.

Indian bowlers will need to scalp quick wickets on Monday morning and then the batsmen will need to score the required runs fast to ensure a series-levelling win.

The visitors will be quite pleased with draw as it will be enough to give them the first Test series triumph on Indian soil in 28 years.

The David Gower-led England team had last won a series in 1984-85.

Earlier in the day, India declared their first innings at 326 for nine after batting for an hour in the morning session, four runs behind England's first innings score of 330 runs.

R Ashwin (29*) and Ishant Sharma (2*) remained not out as India declared their first innings.

Virat Kohli remained the top scorer for India with his 103 runs.

England's James Anderson remained the pick of the bowlers as he scalped four wickets in the innings.

England were all out for 330 runs in their first innings. Kevin Pietersen (73), Matt Prior (57), Joe Root (73) and Swann (56) made good contributions with their willows.

Indian spinner Piyush Chawla scalped four wickets by giving away 69 runs.

Ishant Sharma took three wickets while Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets in the innings. R Ashwin scalped the wicket of Prior.

England lead the series by 2-1 margin.

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