How the third day unfolded
Saturday 13 August 2011
11.04: Start 456 for 3
Cook and Morgan stride out beneath ominously dark clouds. England lead by 232 runs with seven wickets in hand. India look set for another miserable day in the field.
11.07: Milestone 467-3
Morgan finds the six runs he needs for his half-century within the opening two overs of the day. Having been dropped twice yesterday, that's the young batsman's fourth Test fifty.
12.18: Milestone 486-3
Cook brings up a fabulous double-century, his second in Test cricket. The Essex opener flicks the ball down to long leg and races back for two runs. Standing ovation for Cook.
12.33: Landmark 500-3
Cook runs a single down to the point boundary to bring up England's 500th run. India continue to toil and don't look likely to get the breakthrough. Can England make 1,000?!
12.38: Rain delay 503-3
The Indian fielders scamper off the field quicker than they have moved in three days as the covers are brought back on again. India could salvage a draw if the weather-gods bring more rain.
15.07: Century 582-3
Play resumes after lunch and Morgan nudges a single into the leg-side to bring up his second Test century. Morgan has hit 10 fours and was also dropped by Sreesanth and Dravid.
15.16: Wicket 596 for 4
Morgan departs for 104, caught by Sehwag off the bowling of Raina. It was a loose drive from the Middlesex man and the experienced Sehwag showed his younger fielders how to do it.
15.21: Landmark 602-4 England go past 600 as Bopara gets off the mark by chopping a four past slip off Mishra. It was not particularly graceful, but certainly effective.
15.27: Wicket 605 for 5
Bopara is out for just 7, lbw to Mishra. Tough luck for the Essex all-rounder, who had watched almost 1,000 deliveries while waiting to bat.
15.31: Milestone 611-5 8
Cook accumulates effortlessly and brings up his 250 by hitting the ball to midwicket for a single. Cook has scored more runs than the entire Indian team.
15.37: Wicket 613 for 6
Tendulkar races in to catch Prior at backward square-leg off the bowling of Mishra. Prior tried to slog-sweep but ballooned the ball up off the top-edge.
16.10: Tea 646-6
Cook and Bresnan survive a Tendulkar over to reach the interval without losing any further wickets. The pair pushed the lead on to a commanding 422.
16.39: Landmark 651-6
The final delivery of the over is short and wide from Sreesanth and Cook takes advantage by cutting hard away for four to bring up 650 runs for England.
17.41: Milestone 704-6
Bresnan hits a massive six off Sharma over long-on to bring up his half-century and England's 700. That was a brutal, almost mocking, strike from the all-rounder.
17.48: Wicket 710 for 7
Cook finally goes for an astonishing 294, caught at backward point by Raina off the bowling of Sharma. England declare with a huge lead of 486.
17.58: Wicket 3 for 1
England strike immediately as Sehwag fails to move his feet and edges Anderson to Strauss. That's a golden duck and a king pair for Sehwag. Dream start.
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