England players raised their standards in every aspect of the game against India during the third Test match at Headingley in Leeds. Bowlers and batters have done their job. Now, they are in a pole position to win the Leeds Test to level the series.
Initially, the England seamers bundled Team India out for 78 in the first innings. Indian batters ran short of ideas and tricks to tackle the England seamers. James Anderson and Craig Overton registered three wickets apiece.
Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran took 2 wickets each. Team India would like to forget their batting performance as they registered their ninth-lowest total in Tests. Also, this is their third-lowest total in England. The hosts went about their business in the first innings.
Indian seamers lacked the touch of magic as they remained clueless on Day 1. England ended Day 1 with 120/0 with Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns batting on 60 and 52. On Day 2, Burns (61) was bowled by Indian paceman Mohammed Shami.
Ravindra Jadeja went on to take his first wicket of the ongoing Test series by getting rid of Haseeb Hameed. Jadeja bowled a brilliant delivery that went on to hit Hameed’s stumps. Dawid Malan got along well with the Test captain Joe Root and there was no stopping since then.
A successful review for Virat Kohli & Co.
Joe Root and Dawid Malan added a vital 163-run partnership for the third wicket before Mohammed Siraj provided a much-needed breakthrough for India. Malan, who was looking in good touch with the bat smashed a boundary off Siraj in the fifth ball of the 94th over.
However, on the last ball, Siraj kept it a tad wide as he bowled full delivery down the leg. This particular delivery tempted Malan to play a boundary but fell prey to Siraj’s bowling. Malan got a slight edge off his bat and the ball went through to Rishabh Pant.
Meanwhile, Pant hardly appealed but Siraj was quite the opposite. He was confident that Malan got an inside edge. Rishabh Pant told Indian captain Virat Kohli that there was not any edge but Kohli ignored Pant and trusted Siraj. As Kohli took DRS, Ultraedge showed that Malan got an inside edge. Malan got out after scoring 70 including 11 boundaries.
How good was that?
Mohammed Siraj and Virat Kohli get the DRS right 😄
Their laughs say it all!#ENGvINDpic.twitter.com/auLWy15GsN
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) August 26, 2021