Eng v Ind 3rd test: Root & Eng batters pile on the agony
India is staring at a big defeat on the 2nd day itself at the Headingley Test. Resuming at 120/0, England has amassed 423 /8 at the end of the 2nd day & has taken a big 345 run lead with Root scoring another polished hundred.
The England openers starting the 2nd day were both dismissed in the first session to slightly raise India’s hopes of competing. Burns (61) got a fine incutter from Shami which rattled his stumps. Hameed (68) who looked highly bogged down on this day was bowl by Jadeja playing inside the line.
However, the Malan – Root 149 run stand proved to be the cornerstone of the days play. Malan making his comeback played an enterprising innings of 70 and played some glorious cuts and cover drives. He was trouble by Jadeja occasionally but look at ease mostly against other bowlers using his T20 hitting prowess. But at the same time playing with proper test match approach of waiting for the loose balls. He got out against the run of play caught down leg off Siraj with India getting the decision in their favour through DRS. This innings will hopefully resurrect his test career. Eng v Ind 3rd test: Root & Eng batters pile on the agony, takes 345 runs lead.
Root was fabulous once again and was aggression personified right from the start picking up quick singles and punishing loose deliveries. He was sublime through the offside both off the front. And back foot and finally scored the 3rd 100 of this series and not hiding his excitement. He has crossed 500 runs in this series till he play a tired shot to be bowl by Bumrah for 121.
There were cameos in the last session from Bairstow (29), Curran (15) and Overton still batting on 24 as England ended the day at 423/8.
There were a few questionable decisions by Kohli on this day with respect to using his bowlers. Surprisingly Ishant Sharma opened the bowling in the morning and in none of his spells he looked in rhythm. Shami bowled the best getting 3 wickets in the middle while Siraj was patchy. Bumrah kept down the runs but India needed more wickets from him. The Indian body language looked subdued throughout the day.
With England having taken a huge lead with 3 days to go. It now looks unlikely that India can save this test even though the pitch is looking very good for batting.
India 78, England 423/8 ( Root 121, Malan 70, Hameed 68, Burns 61, Shami 3/87)