England Takes Control of 3rd Cricket Test Seeking Win to Take Top Ranking

Captain Andrew Strauss’s 52 runs helped England reach 84-0 to trim India’s lead to 140 runs at the end of the first day of their third cricket Test.

Alastair Cook added 27 as the pair survived the last session of the day. Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad combined to take eight wickets as India was all out for 224 runs.

“It was an excellent day for us. Being none down at the end is good too,” Bresnan said in an interview with Sky Sports. “The pitch is playing alright, so hopefully we can get a lead. It’s a bit slower than I thought it would be.”

England, which took the first two Tests in the four-match series, won the toss this morning and put the visitors in to bat at Edgbaston in Birmingham. It can replace India as No. 1 in the International Cricket Council rankings with another victory or by drawing the final two matches.

India lost four wickets in each of today’s first two sessions, with six batsmen failing to reach five runs. Bresnan took the wickets of Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, VVS Laxman and Praveen Kumar, while Broad’s bowling led to Mahendra Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Amit Mishra being caught.

Dhoni was out for 77 to lead India, while Gambhir was on 38 when he was bowled. Sehwag was caught by Matt Prior off of Broad without scoring, and Tendulkar was caught on one by James Anderson, who took the wickets of Suresh Raina and Ishant Sharma.

Dhoni and Kumar combined for 84 runs to push India to 195-8 after the team had slumped to 111-7.

The teams will also play one Twenty20 match and five one- day international games following the Test series.

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