LondonOn the captaincy innings of Joe Root (180 not out from 321 balls with the help of 18 fours), England scored 391 runs for the loss of all wickets in the first innings on the third day of the second Test against India. India had scored 364 runs in the first innings, on the basis of which England took a 27-run lead. Apart from Root, Jonny Bairstow played a half-century innings of 57 runs, while Mohammad Siraj took 4 and Ishant Sharma took 3 wickets for India. Shami had two wickets to his name. Stumps was declared as soon as the last wicket fell in the form of James Anderser. England did not have a good start, but captain Joe Root played a marathon innings to get the match out of India’s clutches. Now when the Indian team starts the second innings on the fourth day, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will once again expect a great start. Captain Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara would also like to overcome their weaknesses and take India to big scores.
Root and Bairstow battingEarlier, England had not lost a single wicket in the morning session. Siraj, however, bowled a very short and wide delivery, which helped the batsmen collect a lot of runs from fours. Root continued to bat brilliantly against the Indian bowlers from the start of the third day and found a good partner at the other end in Bairstow, who completed his 22nd half-century. The duo added 121 runs for the fourth wicket and Siraj ended the partnership.
Root’s 22nd centuryInshat bowls Buttler on a full length ball. Meanwhile, Root stole a quick run to complete his 22nd and second century in the series. He also became the first England captain to score five centuries in a season. Barring Jasprit Bumrah (62 runs in 20 overs), none of the fast bowlers could trouble the two batsmen as the pair hit the desired boundaries. However, Bumrah did not get the wicket.
Indian bowlers lost control in the very first sessionRoot started the season with a four from a square drive on Siraj to reach the 50-plus score for the third consecutive time in the series. Shami and Siraj’s balls were hit for six boundaries in the first half hour. Only two maidens could be bowled in the first half hour in which 54 runs were scored, due to which the Indian team, which had dominated for the first two days, suddenly started on the back foot.
Indians could not stop the routeWickets kept falling on one side, but Joe Root continued his good batting. He completed 150 runs off the 266th ball, hitting Ishant Sharma for a four. During this, wickets kept falling from the other end. Moeen Ali (27) was caught by Ishant at the hands of Kohli, while Sam Curran (0) was caught by Rohit on the very next ball, giving India two successes in the 111th over. Ollie Robinson was LBW by Siraj on a personal score of 6 runs, then Mark Wood was run out for 5 runs. However, England, who had made a very poor start during this period, took the lead. James Anderson got out as the last wicket. He faced 16 balls but could not open the account. Captain Joe Root returned unbeaten on 180 off 321 balls with the help of 18 fours.
[Attribution to NBT]