Saturday Sep 01, 2018 | By: AFP
SOUTHAMPTON: Mohammed Shami dismissed Keaton Jennings with what became the last ball before lunch to leave India well-placed on the third day of the fourth Test against England at Southampton on Saturday.
England were 92 for three in their second innings, just 65 runs in front.
Joe Root, the England captain, ws 30 not out as India pressed for a win that would level this five-match series at 2-2.
It had looked as if the under-pressure Jennings would bat through the session until paceman Shami, from round the wicket, had him lbw for 36.
England reviewed, more in hope than expectation, but with Jennings trapped on the crease the original decision of Australian umpire Bruce Oxenford was upheld.
England started Saturday´s play on six without loss.
They were then 21 runs behind, after Cheteshwar Pujara´s excellent 132 not out, his maiden Test century in England, had guided India to a first-innings total of 27, with recalled off-spinner Moeen Ali taking five for 63.
Alastair Cook (two not out), England´s all-time leading Test run-scorer, and fellow left-handed opener Jennings (four not out) were both in need of runs.
But Cook fell for 12 when, drawn into driving at a full and wide Jasprit Bumrah delivery, he got an outside edge that second slip KL Rahul clung onto at the third attempt.
England were now 24 for one and that was soon transformed into 33 for two.
Ali, surprisingly promoted to number three instead of Root, became the latest victim of Ishant Sharma´s excellent bowling to left-handed batsmen from around the wicket when he pushed loosely at a ball that pitched on middle stump and saw a resulting edge superbly caught low down by Rahul.
India´s in-form slip fielder was in no doubt the ball had carried but the on-field officials called third umpire Joel Wilson in to make sure.
Wilson duly confirmed what had seemed apparent to the naked eye, with the recalled Ali -- who had made a valuable 40 in England´s first innings 246 -- out for nine.
The only downside for India was that Sharma received two official warnings for running on the pitch from Oxenford -- one more and the fast bowler would be unable to bowl again in the remainder of the innings.
Root came in at number four and had made eight when he saw India´s review of Bumrah´s lbw appeal turned down on the grounds the ball was going over the top of the stumps.
The England skipper, getting his foot to the pitch of the ball, square-drove Bumrah for four.
Jennings, averaging a meagre 22 in Test cricket and arguably batting for his England place after a first-innings duck, reverse swept and then swept two fours in succesive balls from off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to revive memories of his hundred on debut, against India in Mumbai two years ago.
Root drove Shami down the ground for a textbook boundary but it was India who ended the session on top.
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