India lose Vijay, Pujara to reach 108/3 at lunch on Day III

Southampton: A brilliant six-over spell by Stuart Broad left India in a spot of bother as the visitors reached 108 for three at lunch, on the third day of the third cricket Test against England, here today.

Murali Vijay (35) and Cheteshwar Pujara (24) did spent considerable amount of time before Broad got rid of both leave India precariously placed at 88 for three.

However Virat Kohli (17 batting) and Ajinkya Rahane (11 batting) safely negotiated the remaining time before lunch.

India still need 262 runs to avoid the follow-on and are still a hige 461 runs behind the home team’s mammoth first innings score of 569 for seven.

India started the day at their overnight score of 25 for one with Vijay and Pujara looking to provide a stable platform for their team.

Anderson opened proceedings on the day but it was Chris Woakes (0-10) who was deployed alongside him from the other end.

It was a clear ploy from England to keep attacking with either Anderson or Broad (2/23) from one end, with Woakes and Chris Jordan (0-23) playing second fiddle.

This tactic worked as Anderson first worked up the batsmen with his swing early on and then Broad charged in to create more trouble.

There wasn’t too much in the pitch but the two bowlers still got the odd delivery to create doubts in the mind of the batsmen and that is how both the crucial wickets came about after the 50-run mark had come up in the 22nd over.

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