Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 3 Insights

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England Spinners missing a trick v Rahul

English spinners missed the trick of bowling a bit fuller outside off to invite KL Rahul for a drive, the same manner in which he lost his wicket to Moeen Ali in the last test. This time around they pulled their length back making it easy for Rahul to score runs of his back foot.

Parthiv Patel excelling in his chance at the Top of the Order

After keeping for 157.2 overs Patel did well to survive for 20 overs yesterday. England pacers could have bowled a bit fuller to him but instead tested him with couple of short deliveries. Patel being a good player of pull and the square cuts started to attack English bowlers which gave India brightest of the starts earlier the day scoring 113 runs in the first session, with Patel being dismissed in the 22nd over of the 1st session.

Broad’s brilliance against Kohli

Virat Kohli yet again fell to a delivery outside off stump. This time it was Stuart Broad who consistently bowled most of his deliveries to Kohli outside off.  It was his leg cutter at 130 Kmph followed up after a 137 kph length delivery which got Kohli out. Kohli for the first time in this series has been dismissed below 40 runs. This is the third time Kohli has been dismissed in this fashion in this series.

Rahul keeping calm against the Pacers

KL Rahul the stand out performer of the day was excellent on the way to his 199. Like Virat Kohli, English pacers tested KL Rahul with lot of deliveries outside off but he remained calm, defending and leaving it with ease.

Underuse of their best bowlers

With Moeen Ali being their lead spinner in this series he was just allowed to bowl 1 over in the second session. Ben Stokes their best bowler in recent times was brought in to bowl only 7 overs in the day. Cook has been doing this repeatedly, which has allowed the Indian batsman to settle down easily to score big. With KL Rahul being a good player of spin averaging 40+ against them, England didn’t use more of fast bowlers, against whom he averages 32.5.

Overs bowled by Moeen Ali today

In the limited opportunities given to Stokes he outsmarted Pujara by bowling a delivery wide outside off after few deliveries which were bowled short and angled in towards Pujara.

Overs bowled by Ben Stokes today

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