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Flintoff rescues England, India need 313 for win

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Mumbai, Mar 21 (UNI) England captain Andrew Flintoff rode on the generosity of the Indian fielders playing a captain's knock to help his side set a challenging target of 313 for the hosts to win the match, on the fourth day of the third and final Test at the Wankhede stadium here today.

England, who had gained a 121-run first innings lead, were finally bowled out for 191 to thus set India a victory target of 313. If India can achieve this victory target, it would be the highest score ever chased at the Wankhede stadium.

England, who need to win this Test to be able to square the series, were let off the hook by the Indian fielders with Andrew Flintoff being the major beneficiary with three chances going abegging of him.

Flintoff came in with England in a spot of trouble at 85 for five.

However, along with Collingwood with whom he added 66 runs, he took England out of a hole and took them towards a score which they could defend on a last day wicket.

However, the England captain should be grateful to the largesse of the Indian fielders as Yuvraj Singh dropped a sitter off Anil Kumble when the allrounder had not even opened his account.

As if it was not enough to drop Flintoff once, wicket keeper Mahendra Dhoni muffed up one of the easiest stumpings with the England captain way down the wicket after being beaten in flight by Harbhajan Singh. Flintoff was then on 14 and the team score 119 for five.

In the next over, Dhoni once again missed an easy catch as he tried to pull Kumble but managed an edge onto his thigh pad which went straight to Dhoni who spilled it. Flintoff was on 18 in the team total of 124 for five.

The very next ball, Flintoff tried to flick Kumble but closed the face of his bat a bit early and the resultant outside edge flew back to the bowler. Kumble tried to dive forward and take the chance, but the ball fell just in front of him.

At the other end, the situation was tailor made for Collingwood who once again put a premium on his wicket and frustrated the Indian spinners who were getting abit of turn and bounce.

Collingwood finally perished being caught and bowled by Harbhajan for a well made 33 and England on 151.

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