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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 March 2006, 06:40 GMT
England set to press for Test win
Third Test, Mumbai, day four (stumps):
England 400 & 191 v India 279 & 18-1

Andrew Flintoff
Flintoff hit his 22nd Test half-century before being stumped
England have their sights on a win in Mumbai to tie the series after setting India a massive 313 in the third Test.

Stand-in opener Irfan Pathan fell to James Anderson in an eight-over period before stumps to leave India on 18-1.

Andrew Flintoff hit 50, sharing a stand of 66 with Paul Collingwood (32), as England totalled 191 in their second innings after refusing to declare.

Spinner Anil Kumble bowled 28 overs in the day and had Flintoff stumped on his way to figures of 4-49.

Only four sides have won a Test batting fourth at the Wankhede Stadium, with the 163 attained by South Africa six years ago the highest target achieved.

No team has ever scored more than 276 to win a Test in India and the home side's chances did not look good when Pathan played on to an Anderson full toss.

He was pushed up the order because opener Virender Sehwag can bat no higher than seven after spending most of the day off the field with back trouble.

England had little thought of giving India any sight of victory, though, batting for much of the day with barely an attacking shot.

India looked to contain and frustrate for the most part, with Kumble employed mainly around the wicket and pace bowlers using packed off-side fields.

I would rather be in our changing room but there's still a lot of hard cricket to be played
Duncan Fletcher

England opted to grit it out for most of the day after overnight duo Shaun Udal and Owais Shah batted out the first hour.

Night-watchman Udal - dropped on two the previous evening - continued his charmed life for an hour, the inside edge apparently his favourite scoring stroke.

But India controlled Shah, who was only able to hit two more boundaries against a packed off-side field, with two catchers out for the hook.

Pathan finally made the breakthrough, over an hour into the morning session, when Udal edged low to second slip for 14.

Kevin Pietersen was caught and bowled by Kumble, his leading edge eliciting a surprising show of acrobatics from the 35-year-old spinner.

And Shah, on 38, was punished for not backing up far enough in the first over after lunch when Sachin Tendulkar ran round to short third man and scored with a direct hit.

India looked to attack for a short period, but they were soon back to their negative plan.

Flintoff and Collingwood were in attritional mood, aiming to make sure the home side's best hope was to draw the match.

England captain Flintoff was dropped before he had scored then survived three chances in the same over from Kumble, which he started on 14.

Anil Kumble
Kumble picked up four wickets in 28 attritional overs

Mahendra Dhoni fumbled a stumping chance and a glove down the leg side, and Kumble could not lunge far enough to take his second return chance.

Only when batting with the tail, though, did Flintoff cut loose.

He smashed Harbhajan Singh for six over mid-wicket to take the lead past 300 before being stumped going down the track to Kumble.

Collingwood had occasionally tried to take on the spinners, hoisting Harbhajan over mid-wicket twice for four before offering a return catch to the leaping bowler.

Eight overs later, with only six more runs on the board, the off-spinner was celebrating again as Geraint Jones top-edged a pull to square leg for three.

That may have prompted England's caution, or they may have been looking to keep a shine on the new ball for more helpful conditions on day five.


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