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England on top as India reaches 323-8 to trail by 246 runs on day 3 of 3rd test

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SOUTHAMPTON, England - England's bowling attack reduced India to 323-8 in ideal batting conditions on Tuesday to leave the home side with a commanding lead of 246 runs at the end of day three of the third test at the Rose Bowl.

India lost three wickets in the final session, with Stuart Broad removing Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19) shortly before the close, while Ravindra Jadeja was out lbw for 31 to James Anderson and Ajinkya Rahane fell for 54 in reply to England's first innings total of 569-7 declared.

Anderson took 3-52 and Broad 3-65 on a seemingly benign pitch with blistering heat and little cloud cover.

"We're in a great position in this test match," Broad said after play ended with India needing another 47 runs to avoid the follow-on. "Hopefully the wicket late day four, day five, will deteriorate a little bit. A couple of early ones tomorrow and we are in a good position. "

Anderson's dismissal of Jadeja meant that he and Broad became the third pair to have taken 500 wickets in test matches they have played together. The other two are Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh of West Indies, and Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis of Pakistan.

Rahane was India's highest scoring batsman and played elegantly for his third test half-century, until he scooped the ball up high off Moeen Ali and substitute fielder Sean Terry got underneath to dismiss him shortly after tea.

"England's bowlers bowled really well," Rahane said. "They bowled in good areas and it was tough to get runs. We need a good partnership tomorrow, then anything can happen."

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is unbeaten at the crease on 50, his 31st test half-century, alongside Mohammed Shami, who is 4 not out.

Dhoni smashed Broad through the covers for four with a typically defiant shot to bring up the milestone from 103 balls after Kumar, who has made three half-centuries so far in this series, edged Broad low into Gary Ballance in the slips.

Anderson dismissed Jadeja with a low in-swinging delivery that rattled into Jadeja's pads. It was a brilliant delivery and a simple decision for the umpire.

Anderson also removed Virat Kohli (39) to add to his dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan (6) at the end of day two. Kohli fell at the beginning of the second session for 39, leaving India on 136-4, after Alastair Cook who took a neat low catch at first slip.

Kohli's wicket had already escaped England once on 32, when he edged Chris Jordan's second ball of the session high towards Cook, who could get only fingertips to it on its way for four.

But Kohli's luck lasted for only seven more runs before Cook had an easier opportunity.

Rohit Sharma then recklessly threw away his wicket shortly before tea to leave India struggling at 214-5. Sharma knew India was looking to bat for as long as possible but he undermined those hopes by wasting a great partnership with Rahane.

They had combined for 74 from 110 deliveries, until Sharma heaved a tame delivery from spinner Moeen directly to Broad at mid-off in the penultimate over before tea.

Rahane had reached his 50 with a quick single off Ali. It took 92 balls, and included five boundaries.

Earlier, fast bowler Broad removed overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay in the opening session, as England begun the day the brighter of the two sides.

Resuming on his overnight score of 4, Pujara settled quickly, drilling Anderson down the ground for four with a sublime on-drive. But he fell on 24 at 56-2, unable to get his glove out of the way of a Broad bouncer and giving wicketkeeper Jos Buttler his first test catch.

After scoring 146 in the first test and 95 in the second, opening batsman Vijay was also looking in dangerous form, despite a tentative start to the opening session.

He took 20 balls before adding to his total of 11, but did so by hitting Broad for four, guiding the ball behind Joe Root at gully.

Vijay went on to reach 35 comfortably, before Broad agitated him with an out-swinging delivery he was tempted by, and then bowling him with his next delivery, getting an inside edge down into the stumps.

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