Cricket / 3rd test
England succumb to India's bowling, need a miracle to get the result in their favor.
Source (image tweeted by BCCI) England were bowled out for a mere 161, thanks to India's great bowling. The star being Hardik Pandya who picked up his first international five-wicket haul. India are now in a dominant position as they added another 124 runs to their lead with effectively 292 runs. They still have got 8 wickets in hand. Earlier in the day, India must have hoped the duo of Pant and Ashwin to add as many as possible to their overnight score of 307. But Anderson and Broad just took 40 minutes to run through India's lower batting order. First it was debutant Rishabh Pant to depart. Broad was continuously testing him with deliveries which would leave him. Pant who had been leaving them went to feel for the ball an dragged it onto the stumps. It was broad again to get Ashwin out-bowled with a booming in-swinger. Anderson got Shami and Bumrah in quick succession. India ended up on 329 adding just 22 to their overnight score. Now the onus was on Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings to get a good start. They did that as they race away to 46 in just 9 overs. Lunch was taken then. India seemed to look like throwing away the advantage of optimum conditions for fast bowling. Mohammed Shami was wayward in his bowling and Jasprit Bumrah returning from a thumb injury, was bowling with lenghts that is better suited for the ODI format. Many were surprised with Ishant Sharma not taking up the new ball. After lunch, he did take up the new ball. In this series, he had been bowling very well to the left-handers. Cook was just starting to be a bit tentative him. Eventually he edged one behind only to be dropped by Pujara at first slip. Again in the same over he nicked one to Rishabh Pant and could not take any advantage of the reprieve. Keaton Jennings too departed trying to defend an away swinger from Jasprit Bumrah. Ollie Pope played some impressive strokes but could not keep a short ball down on leg side as he was caught behind by Rishabh Pant. Then, Hardik Pandya came into bowl. The swing he got was more than that he had ever. Immediately after the drinks, he got Joe Root edging one to slips. The catch that KL Rahul turned out to be bit controversial as seen by reactions from Joe Root. Ben Stokes couldn't last too long as he was squared up by Mohammed Shami and eventually taken at slips. From thereon it was Hardik Pandya show. First he got Bairstow to a beautiful out-swinger managing to produce an edge. In the same over he bounced out Chris Woakes who looked to pull him onto the on side but getting it only far to the gloves of Rishabh Pant. Adil Rashid tried to defend with hard hands to a ball which was leaving him, again getting an edge to the keeper. Stuart Broad couldn't bring down his bat in time as Hardik Pandya struck him on pads and was dead plumb. Hardik Pandya took his first five-wicket haul and silenced his critics to a good extent. Jos Buttler was the lone front-line batsmen then. The onus was on him to reduce the deficit as much as possible. He did that with his fierce batting which we are used to seeing that from him. He perished eventually trying to hit Jasprit Bumrah over long and held onto long-on. The hosts were out-bowled in a single session. James Anderson and Stuart Broad had to bowl well again to get their team out of trouble. But they didn't succeed. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul got off to a blistering start. This time it was KL Rahul who took onto the bowlers and scored freely. It was understable because of the fact that the English bowlers were made to ball again on day two. But Rahul who looks to be struggling against in-swinger got bowled by Ben Stokes. Chris Woakes nearly got Dhawan out by a similar delivery in the 1st innings only if Cook had taken the catch at first slip. England woes with slip catching continued. Adil Rashid though after being expensive in initial overs got Dhawan stumped with latter failing to read the googly. India thereafter didn't loose a wicket. At Stumps on day 2, with 8 wickets in hand, India would look to pile as many as possible and keep England out of the contest. Let's see what happens on day 3.
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