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Sreesanth, Munaf strike to leave England 31/2 in second innings

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 20 (UNI) Indian pacemen S Sreesanth and Munaf Patel grabbed a wicket each to lead India's fight back after having conceded a 121-run first innings' lead on the third day of the Third and final Test match at the Wankhede stadium here today.

Sreesanth and Patel removed the English openers to have the visitors tottering at 31 for two in their second innings at close of play.

Owais Shah with 15 and night watchman Shaun Udal with two were at the crease as England extended their lead to 152 runs.

Munaf Patel struck the first blow for India removing first innings' centurion Andrew Strauss with Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking the catch behind the wicket for four runs.

Three overs later, Sreesanth removed the other opener - Ian Bell as he played away from his body for the edge to carry.

Dhoni. Bell made eight runs and England were 21 for two at that time.

Sreesanth could have had Udal also, but for the poor fielding of India, as Yuvraj Singh dropped the sitter at third slip.

Earlier, James Anderson, playing his first Test in a year, grabbed four important wickets, including that of the two main batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and effected a brilliant run out of Dhoni, who top scored with 64, to put England in command in the 'must-win' Test for them.


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