Ind v Eng 3rd Test: Indian batting carnage at Leeds
Cricket is a great leveller. Just nine days ago, India hammered England on a sensational 5th day at Lords. Move over to day 1 at Leeds, India batting decimated for 78 and England openers played as if nothing has happened to notch up 120/0
England made 2 changes at Leeds with Hameed replacing Sibley and a little unexpectedly Overton replacing Mark Wood though Saqib was the favourite to play. India played the same squad that won at Lords.
Virat Kohli won a toss after ages and chose to bat with the expectation that the openers would build a strong platform for the rest of the batting to cash in. However, there was a bit of seam movement off the pitch, which is enough what Anderson needs and he produced a masterclass of swing bowling. Ind v Eng 3rd Test: Indian batting carnage at Leeds
In the very first over of the match, Rahul went for a cover drive and snicked to Buttler, beaten by the swing. Pujara looked uncertain during his stay and soon nicked another Anderson outswinger to Buttler to leave India 4/2 and exposing Virat Kohli to the new ball.
Kohli tried to show patience leaving everything outside off but soon the patience ran out against a nagging Anderson. Who produced another outswinger to take the edge of Kohli’s (7) bat as he shaped to cover drive. Anderson got some revenge on the Indian captain who addressed to him as……” chirp, chirp this is what old age makes you do” when they were having a go at each other at Lords. India 21/3.
After some resistance from Rahane (18) India was playing for lunch when Overton in the last over before the break found Rahane’s edge to be snapped up by Buttler . India 56/4.
Post lunch it was absolute carnage as India lost its last 6 wickets for 20 runs. Pant (2) tamely edged Robinson to Buttler for his 5th successive catch. Then after a long vigil of 105 balls, Rohit (19) after all his efforts to stay on, played a clumsily attempted pull off Overton to be caught at mid-on. Rohit tried his best to play patiently since morning but his luck finally ran out . The rest of the innings came to a swift end as Craig Overton and Sam Curran got into the act slicing through the tail. India 78 allout, 8 months after their 36 all out at Australia.
Anderson did not need to come back after his first spell which read 3/6. After a masterclass of swing bowling as Robinson (2/16), Sam Curran (2/27) and Overton (3/14) all played their part post-lunch.
England had massive issues in recent years with their opening combination after Cook’s retirement. However today everything fell for England. Hameed, who looked nervous at Lords showed solid technique and strong backfoot play to make a great start. He was never missing out on any loose balls on offer while Rory Burns showed his ability to pile on the runs. Indian bowling looked a pale shadow after their Lords 2nd innings heroics. Ishant looked subdued and the others failed to extract any disconcerting movement of the pitch. Which played very true in the final 3 hours after India’s batting demise.
Both Burns and Hameed played positively and did not miss any scoring chances while playing calmly as England reached 120/0 at close which Burns 52 and Hameed 60.
Thus the momentum India had got at Lords was destroyed in 3 hours
Day 1: Stumps – England lead by 42 runs
IND 1st Inns 78-10 (40.4 Ovs)
James Anderson 3/6
Craig Overton 3/14
ENG 1st Inns 120-0 (42 Ovs)
Haseeb Hameed 60(130)
Rory Burns 52(125)