India vs England 2021 – Day 3 sets the Test match for an epic finish

Joe Root (Image source: Twitter)
Joe Root (Image source: Twitter)

Day 3 of the second Test match between India and England shifted the balance in the favour of the hosts as their skipper Joe Root again led from the front. From 119/3, England started out the day with Root and Jonny Bairstow at the crease.

While India in search of early wickets bowled at attacking lengths, England took the advantage of it and scored runs at a quick pace. Bairstow, who often faces criticism for his batting in Test cricket, looked in sublime touch. Countering the swing of Indian bowlers, he played his shots on bad deliveries and even gave respect to the good balls being aimed at him.

Root was playing the role of second-fiddle. In his classic style, he fought hard for runs and put a great show of Test match batting on display. Their partnership was going all guns blazing till Bairstow fell prey to India’s short bowling plan. Mohammed Siraj bowled one short and the batsman went for a pull, which ultimately led to his dismissal.

After Bairstow’s wicket, Root took the charge of the innings. Jos Buttler joined hands with him as the duo tried to push England closer towards India’s score. Soon after, Root brought up his second ton of the series as the English crowd celebrated a valiant knock of their captain.

Buttler also looked in fine touch. He stitched a 50-run partnership with Root but an inside edge on an inswinging delivery by Ishant Sharma sent him back to the dressing room. Moeen Ali, who was making a comeback into the Test team, was watchful throughout his innings. He took his time and tried to settle the nerves. But a delivery pitched outside off invited an outside edge as Moeen Ali departed after playing a handy knock of 27 runs.

Ishant got rid of Sam Curran in the very next delivery with England still 23 runs behind India’s first innings total. Ollie Robinson and Mark Wood also could not contribute much and scored 6 and 5 runs respectively. James Anderson was the last wicket to fall as England got bowled out at the score of 391 and gained a lead of 27 runs, courtesy of Root’s unbeaten 180-run knock.

The game is set for an epic finish with 2 days still left. Will India put a good total on the scoreboard or another collapse is awaiting us? We will know the answers soon.

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