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December 22, 2008
If England were to get anywhere near India's total in the morning, much was needed from Stuart Broad, whose batting has been nearly as impressive on occasion as his new-ball bursts. But when Harbhajan Singh came round the wicket and flighted one in at the stumps, Broad shouldered arms. Someone should have told him that Harbhajan hasn't turned his off break properly in ages. This was a straight ball and it took out off stump.
Reverse it one way, reverse the other
Zaheer Khan set up Graeme Swann beautifully. Coming round the wicket, he tempted him with a delivery that angled away from the bat before producing one that angled in, nipped back off the seam and made a mess of the stumps. Far too good for No. 10.
The Jonty route to success
Ian Bell's contribution with the bat in this series has been negligible but at least he can point to a moment of incredible fielding. Virender Sehwag had given India's second innings a typically brisk start when he decided to chance a single despite Broad, the bowler, having got his hands to a straight drive. Bell was in like a whippet from the covers and with ball in hand, he just flew into the stumps. Sehwag just kept on walking.
Keep a man down
It's funny how often you see one bowler creating the pressure and the other being rewarded with the wicket. Jimmy Anderson kept Rahul Dravid scoreless for 18 balls and when he finally got a chance to face Broad, the delivery cannoned into the stumps off the bottom off the bat. First-innings century to second-innings zero.
Know who you're running with
Gautam Gambhir did little wrong on an afternoon when he played the sheet-anchor role, but he did forget who he was running with. VVS Laxman, with his dodgy knees, isn't built for quick singles, and he had no chance once Andrew Flintoff was unerringly accurate with his pick-up and throw.
This pie-chucker can bat
Kevin Pietersen stood at leg slip while Yuvraj Singh was batting, and a couple of pleasantries must surely have been exchanged by these best of friends. But if England expected Yuvraj to be a soft touch, they were in for a rude shock. A wonderful heave for six over midwicket off Monty Panesar was the highlight of his 40-ball 39, and in the space of an hour, the match had been left with only two possible results - a draw or an Indian win.
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