Indian batting disappointed the fans again on the Day 2 of the 3rd test as the last four wickets fell just within 40 minutes of starting of the 1st session.
However, the bowlers (especially Pandya) opened new door to clinch the victory. Pandya took his maiden 5 wickets in test.
In the morning today, Ravi Ashwin joined the overnight batsman Rishabh Pant who was on 22 on day 1. This was the last recognised pair who could take the score to at least 350. But Broad stroked first for the English to get Pant who added only 2 more runs to his individual score.
After Pant’s dismissal, it was Ashwin who contributed only 14 runs and was picked up by Broad again.
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India were 326 for 8 and it’s now tough to reach the 350 mark. The last two wickets for India fell adding just 3 more runs to the total, when Shami and Bumrah were picked up by Jimmy Anderson.
Trailing by 329 runs in the first innings, England made a good start with Cook and Jennings.
At lunch, England were 46/0 with Cook on unbeaten 21 and Jennings on 20. The runs were coming cheaply as the Indian bowlers were trying to get wickets at any cost. But the scene started changing as the seamers came strongly after the lunch.
Ishant Sharma took two vital wickets of former-English Skipper Alastair Cook (29) and Pope (10). Another English opener K Jennings (20) was picked up by Bumrah. But the big wicket came for India when the English Skipper Joe Root (16) couldn’t manage to make big, and was picked up by Pandya in his first over.
Immediately after Root, the others also failed to give any support to the team, and the English middle order collapsed like a pack of cards.
Bairstow, Woakes, Rashid and Broad also were picked up by Pandya. This is Hardik’s maiden 5 wickets haul in test cricket. The final brick in the wall was Butler (39) who’s the highest scorer among his teammates, picked up by Bumrah.
Taking the lead of 168 runs, two Indian openers started well in their final batting half. Though Lokesh Rahul couldn’t make big runs, but his 36 off 33 came in One Day manner hitting 7 fours. Dhawan (44) also was in good touch but unfortunately he was stumped by Bairstow off Adil Rashid.
At the end of the second day, India is in superb condition with the lead of 292 runs. Cheteswar Pujara is playing on 33 and Virat Kohli is on 8. If India add another 150-200 runs, the match would surely be in India’s favour.