In-form England captain Joe Root (121 runs) dominated the Indian bowlers and scored runs with ease. Thanks to this, England took a 345-run lead at 423 for eight in the first innings till stumps on the second day of the third Test here on Thursday and tightened the noose on the visiting team.
Root started collecting runs quickly as soon as he got to the crease, presenting a spectacular sight of footwork and perfect timing. Root, who scored a century in the first two Tests, did not give the Indian bowlers any chance in this match as well and completed the 23rd century by Ishant Sharma (no wicket for 92 runs) across the boundary line, which is his third hundred in the series. . Jasprit Bumrah (1 for 58) bowled him to end his beautiful innings with 14 fours.
Till the stumps, tail batsman Craig Overton was playing for 24 while Ollie Robinson did not open the account. Among the Indian fast bowlers, Mohammed Shami took three for 87, while Mohammad Siraj got two and Bumrah got one. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took the first wicket of the series and dismissed two players. Now it has to be seen how the Indian team bats in the second innings as there are three days left in the match. England went ahead with 120 runs without losing a wicket and added 62 runs in the morning session in which the Indian bowlers got two wickets.
India were bundled out for 78 in the first innings, which showed the pressure on the bowlers and the pitch did not help them either. The Indian fast bowlers, who played a key role in registering a memorable win at Lord’s, hit several boundaries. In the second session, England scored 116 runs and lost the lone wicket in the form of David Malan (70 runs, 11 fours). A full length ball from Siraj (2 for 86), kissing the edge of Malan’s bat, went into the hands of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, on which the Indian players’ appeal for a catch was turned down by the umpire. But at the behest of the bowler, captain Virat Kohli took the review and India got the third wicket.
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In the third session, the hosts added 125 runs in which Shami took the wicket of Jonny Bairstow to give India the fourth breakthrough. Kohli took this brilliant catch of Bairstow, who during his 29-run innings lifted the middle stump ball of Jadeja (2 for 88) and hit a six over midwicket. Shami again did not allow Jos Buttler (07) to settle at the crease, who after hitting his ball for a four, was caught by Ishant and reached the pavilion. Bumrah bowled Root for 383 and Moeen Ali was dismissed on the same score without opening the account after playing two balls, which was caught by Jadeja.
Siraj took his second wicket by dismissing Sam Curran (15). Earlier, Root was scoring a run-a-ball run during his ‘masterstroke’ innings, he completed his half-century in just 57 balls by sending Shami’s short length ball outside the off-stump for a boundary. He got full support from Malan at the other end. Malan, playing his first Test in three years, was in good form and settled at the crease. The duo played several spectacular shots for the visitors during their 139-run partnership of 189 balls for the third wicket.
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India expected their bowlers to take wickets after taking the new ball, but their only breakthrough in the second session came on the last ball of the tea session, with Siraj getting Malan caught by Pant. Taking inspiration from the captain, Malan also scored fast to complete his half-century. In which he hit Shami’s ball at third man and scored two consecutive fours towards point. Then completed the seventh half-century by taking one run and the 100-run partnership between the two was also completed. India had dismissed both openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed by lunch but that was not enough to put pressure on England, who scored 182 for two by lunch.
Shami looked the most dangerous of India’s four fast bowlers in the morning, with the rest not getting the benefit of seam or swing movement for the second day in a row. Shami bowled Burns (61 runs, six fours, one six) in the first hour of the game while bowling ’round the wicket. Burns tried to play a cover drive off Shami’s superb delivery, but his off-stump was uprooted. Thus ended the first wicket partnership of 135 runs between Burns and Hameed.
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India got the second wicket by Jadeja, who bowled Hameed (68 runs in 95 balls, 12 fours) in his very first over of the day. Jadeja took a big wicket of Hameed frozen on the crease with his beautiful ball and it was also his first wicket in the series. Ishant opened the bowling for India in the morning session, though he struggled to find the right line and length on the pitch. The Indian pace attack relies more on seam than swing but they could not get much movement off the pitch.