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Team India thrashed in Edgbaston Test by England


August 13, 2011 - Birmingham

Team India on Saturday lost the third Test match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, by an innings and 242 runs.

It gave England an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the four-match series.

England fast bower James Anderson struck twice early on the fourth day to remove both Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid for their overnight scores of 14 and 18 respectively.

V.V.S Laxman could only manage two before, pushing tentatively outside off-stump, he too fell to Anderson to leave India at 56-4.

Suresh Raina was then dismissed by off-spinner Graeme Swann for 10.

Only Sachin Tendulkar offered any top-order resistance with 40 before being run-out.

M.S. Dhoni finished unbeaten on 74 and shared an eighth wicket stand of 75 with Praveen Kumar (40).

Team India was bowled out inside 56 overs when Tim Bresnan dismissed last man Sreesanth.

England opening batsman Alastair Cook was named the Man of the Match for his innings of 294.

Dhoni later said that the batsmen have not been able to keep good deliveries out, and admitted that it's a major area of concern.

"We need to see out the good ones and make use of the loose deliveries. A couple of defeats doesn't change anything I am still proud of my team. When you play for India there is a lot of expectation and people expect us to win everything, but that's not possible," he said.

The fourth and final Test at The Oval starts on Thursday.

ANI

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