Ind v Eng 3rd Test : Indian batting horror show in great batting conditions
The build-up to the 4th day’s play was extraordinary after India’s resolute batting display on the 3rd day with score at 215 /2 with Kohli on 45 and Pujara on 91 and something sensational anticipated by the Indian fans . However, it turned out to be a shocker from the much celebrated Indian batting lineup as 8 wickets tumbled for just 63 runs on a beautiful sunny day, to hand over an innings and 76 runs win for England with series all square.
The morning started with England taking the new hard ball. Soon Robinson got one to nip back and get Pujara (91) lbw while the batter did deliberate padding. England using the DRS well to get the decision in their favour.
Kohli and Rahane continued for a while but Kohli was troubled by Anderson and was given out once but reprieve by DRS. Soon Kohli completed his 50 and after reaching 55, Robinson bowled in the channel again to get Kohli caught outside off to put India into huge trouble. Ind v Eng 3rd Test : Indian batting horror show in great batting conditions.
Kohli’s dismissals have develop a set pattern of getting caught outside off. He is completely getting obsessed to play everything on front foot and not using the depth of the crease or trying to play late. Some technical adjustments the Indian captain needs to look at sooner than later.
Kohli’s dismissal led to a procession with Robinson and Overton all over India. Rahane (10) also edged outside off to put a question mark on his future. Pant (1) played a horrendous poke outside off and the rest just fell apart with Jadeja (30) scoring some desperate runs.
Man of the match Robinson (5/65) was outstanding in the 2nd innings and Overton (3/47) bowling superbly too as England squared the series.
Lots to ponder for India, on selection and also on the techniques of a few of the leading batsmen as they move to Oval for the 4th test.
For England, Chris Woakes is expect to join the squad to bolster the bowling and might replace an off-colour Sam Curran. Lots of positives for the hosts with regard to the much criticised top order batting with all the top four coming good.
England won by an innings and 76 runs
IND 1st Inns 78-10 (40.4 Ovs)
James Anderson 3/6
Craig Overton 3/14
ENG 1st Inns 432-10 (132.2 Ovs)
IND 2nd Inns 278-10 (99.3 Ovs)
Cheteshwar Pujara 91(189)
Rohit Sharma 59(156)
Ollie Robinson 5/65
Craig Overton 3/47