England cricketers provided a perfect tonic to their fans during the third Test match at Headingley at Leeds on August 25. It was an absolute visual treat to the English supporters as they were vibrant throughout Day 1. Despite losing the toss, England’s Test captain Joe Root was spot on with his tactics.
He brought in seamers at the right time to make a difference. The best part of the first day was bringing James Anderson early on in the game. With a series of weapons in his bowling arsenal, the veteran pacer tore Team India’s batting unit apart.
KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara fell prey to James Anderson as the latter weaved the magic at the right time. While it was expected that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma would steady the ship, James Anderson got rid of the Indian captain to make things worse for the visitors.
Team India never looked like taking the attack to the cleaners after the fall of three wickets. Things turned from bad to worse as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Eventually, Team India managed to aggregate just 78 in the first innings.
Mohammed Siraj shows ‘1-0’ to England crowd at Leeds
England bowlers did their job to keep the Indians in check in the first innings. The hosts got off to a superb start in the form of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed. The opening pair looked comfortable right from the start and grew from strength to strength.
In the process, they went on to add a century-plus stand for the opening wicket. Meanwhile, the English crowd were so pleased with the way their players batted. They cheered for every run and amplified the noise when their batsmen scored boundaries.
During those moments, the English crowd tried to take a dig at Mohammed Siraj from the stands. However, Siraj didn’t hold back his emotions as he decided to silence them by showing ‘one-nil to them. Siraj was of the notion that India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series.
— Neelabh (@CricNeelabh) August 25, 2021
Coming to the game, England were head and shoulders above Team India on Day 1. They ended the opening day with 120/0. Both the openers scored a half-century. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns remain unbeaten on 60 and 52 respectively.