Friday, August 12, 2022

India 125/3; extend lead to 257 runs on Day 3

India were 125 for three at stumps against England on the third day of the rescheduled fifth Test here on Sunday.
Having taken a first-innings lead of 132 runs, the visitors have extended their overall lead to 257 with seven wickets remaining in their second innings.
At close of play, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were batting on 50 and 30 respectively.
India bowled out England for 284 in their first innings. Jonny Bairstow was the most successful batter for England as he smashed 106 off 140 balls. He added 66 with skipper Ben Stokes (25) before forging a 92-run partnership with Sam Billings (36).
The Indians’ made 416 all out in their first innings.
Earlier, England resumed the day at 84 for five and were bowled out for 284 in 61.3 overs with Bairstow making a belligerent 106.
Bairstow shared stands of 66 with Ben Stokes (25) and 92 with Sam Billings (36) en route to his third Test century in as many matches. But it wasn’t enough to avoid conceding a handy lead to India. He continued from where he left off in lunch, clipping Shardul Thakur in the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep mid-on for a boundary.
From the other end, Billings struck Bumrah for boundaries through fine-leg and third-man to keep England’s run-flow continuing. Bairstow reached his century with a crunchy back-foot punch off Thakur square through the off-side, with Ravindra Jadeja slipping on the boundary and allowing the ball to cross the rope for a boundary. With Thakur struggling to nail his line and length, both Bairstow and Billings were able to rotate the strike to keep the scoreboard moving, with the former surviving an lbw appeal off Bumrah via DRS.
Bumrah and Jadeja combined to concede only six in four overs of sustained pressure. The beneficiary of that tightness was Mohammed Shami, who delivered the breakthrough for India with the first ball of his spell to end Bairstow’s knock at 106.
On a full and outside the off-stump ball from Shami, Bairstow couldn’t resist driving hard away from his body and gave a healthy edge to Kohli at first slip, who directed a flying kiss immediately towards Barmy Army fans.
India then peppered Broad with short-pitched stuff and in an attempt to break free, he skied one high in the air off Siraj, giving a simple catch to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Siraj got his third scalp when Billings played-on while trying to guide the ball through the third man, departing for 36.
He then ended England’s innings when Potts nicked to second slip for a low catch, with replays taking a long time to decide whether the ball had hit the ground or Shreyas Iyer’s finger was on the ground before the catch.
BRIEF SCORES:
India 1st innings: 416 and 125/3 in 45 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 50 batting, Rishabh Pant 30 batting)
England 1st innings: 284 all out in 61.3 overs (Jonny Bairstow 106; Jasprit Bumrah 3/68, Mohammed Siraj 4/66).

SourcePTI/IANS

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