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Hardik Pandya's maiden Test fifer helps India get miles ahead in the 3rd Test

Hardik Pandya's maiden Test fifer helps India get miles ahead in the 3rd Test
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Trailing by 292 runs and three days still to go, it would require a herculean effort from England to bounce back in this match.

 

India 329 and  124-2 (31.0 overs) lead by 292 runs

England 161

Scorecard

 

It was a great start by the English bowlers as they scalped the remaining four Indian wickets for just 22 runs. When India managed to reach 307 for the loss of 6 wickets on Day one, it was expected that the team would reach 350. However, the crafty pair of Anderson and Broad did not allow the Indian batsmen to extend the total.

 

England's first innings started on a good note with Indian new ball bowlers looking wayward. Both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami sprayed the ball all over which helped Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings to stitch a 50-run opening stand as England looked well set for a big total.

 

But as soon as Alastair Cook nicked off against Ishant Sharma and Keaton Jennings did the same off Jasprit Bumrah on the very next delivery, the floodgates opened. Hardik Pandya then picked up five wickets within 29 deliveries, his best Test outing as a bowler.

 

Jos Buttler played counter attacking cricket to add a quick 39 runs at a strike rate of more than 120. England scored 161 runs in their first innings, losing all 10 wickets within a session.

 

As India came out to bat, the new ball did not do as much. For a change, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul looked quite settled. Rahul looked a lot more fluent this time around. In an attempt to play a straight drive off an insinging delivery from Ben Stokes, he was castled. Shikhar Dhawan threw his wicket away, dancing down the track on a googly against Adil Rashid.

 

Cheteshwar Pujara looked a lot more positive this time around as he did not allow any further damage along with Virat Kohli at the crease. At the end of play on Day 2, India are 124 for 2. Trailing by 292 runs and three days still to go, it would require a herculean effort from England to bounce back in this match.

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