2nd Test Day 3 Eng v Ind: Root stands tall as England gain crucial lead
England took a crucial 27 run lead at the end of the third day's play in the second Test of the five-Test series for the Pataudi Trophy. On Saturday, England were bowled out off the last ball of the day for 391 with their skipper Joe Root standing tall unbeaten on 180.
India toiled manfully throughout the day at the Lord's Cricket Ground, but the day belonged to Root as he carried the innings on his shoulder.
Resuming at their overnight score of 119 for three, England carried on thanks to overnight batsmen Jonny Bairstow (57: 107b, 165m, 7x4) and Root. Both of them added 121 runs for the fourth wicket. Thereafter, Jos Buttler and Root added a further 54 runs for the fifth wicket.
Then it was time for Moeen Ali to weigh in with a watchful 27. Ali added 58 runs for the sixth wicket with Root. Sam Curran fell off the next ball after Ali off Ishant Sharma. Towards the end the tail supported Root well. In the end, James Anderson survived a barrage of bumpers and yorkers interspersed with no-balls by Jasprit Bumrah. However, Anderson finally fell of the final delivery of the day off Mohammed Shami.
Root stod tall unbeaten on 180 off 321 balls with 18 boundaries in 533 minutes. For India the best bowler was Mohammed Siraj with figures of four for 94. The next best was Ishant (3-69) and Mohammed Shami ended with figures of two for 95. Bumrah was most disappointing ending wicketless. Bumrah also bowled 13 no-balls.
It promises to be a pulsating final two days' play in the second Test with both sides in with a chance.
India 1st Innings: 364 (126.1)
England 1st Innings: 391 (128)
Fall of wickets: 4-229 (Jonny Bairstow-78.4 ov), 5-283 (Jos Buttler-90.6 ov), 6-341 (Moeen Ali-110.5 ov), 7-341 (Sam Curran-110.6 ov), 8-357 (Ollie Robinson-116.6 ov), 9-371 (Mark Wood-124.3 ov), 10-391 (James Anderson-127.6 ov)
End of Day 3: England lead by 27 runs
Md. Siraj, Member, Indian Cricket Team, addressed a virtual press conference after Day 3 of the second Test against England at Lord’s, London.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj
Toss: England, elected to field
Venue: Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Start time: 1100 hrs UK Time
Match officials: Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth (On-field umpires); Richard Kettleborough (TV Umpire); Alex Wharf (TV Umpire); Chris Broad (Match-referee)