Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 3 – Review

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Day 1 – England 284/4 (90 Overs)

Day 2 – England 1st Inns 477/10 (157.2 Overs) – Added 193/6 in 67.2 Overs to the overnight score

India 1st Inns – 60/0 (20 Overs) – Trail by 417 runs

Day 3 – India 1st Inns 391/4 (108 Overs) – Added 331/4 in 88 Overs to the overnight score

India 1st Inns – Trail by 86 runs

India Vs England Day 3 Review

After having resumed day 3 on 60/0, Rahul and Patel lead India’s reply to England’s 477 by registering their respective half centuries. Both came out looking to attack the England spinners. Rahul used his feet with finesse against Dawson, hitting two sixers stepping out within the first 5 overs of the day. Once the openers got settled, both were able to play spinners with ease, nudged singles and two. As Rahul was looking to use his feel often against the spinners, Cook set a defensive field and pushed a few fielders behind. With the field open, the strike rotation in the first session was the highlight with the Indians managing 30 singles against the spinners.

There was only little help available for seamers on Day 3, England could not deploy seamers for a long spell. Both the openers were able to score runs against the seamers freely, 20 out of the 35 runs against seamers came through boundaries in the first session.

Indian Batsman in Day 3, Session 1

Rahul & Parthiv added 152 runs for the first wicket, giving India a perfect start in reply to England’s score of 477. But with 7 overs to go before lunch, Patel got out to Moeen Ali.

Best Opening partnerships for India against England at home

Starting the day at 60/0, India went into lunch with a score of 173/1, gaining control in 1st session. India’s haul of 113/1 in the 1st session was easily in this Test, compared to England’s performance in the 1st session in the first two days.

England Batting vs India Batting in 1st session (5th Test)

But England regained honors for the second session after the wickets of Pujara and Kohli, who scored the bulk of the runs for India this series.India lost Pujara and Kohli in a span of thirty runs.

It was Stuart Broad who fetched the wicket of Kohli. Broad constantly made Kohli play the drive with a short cover in place. In the end it was the angle from around the wicket got the better of Kohli, when Broad bowled a slow leg cutter outside off stump. Kohli went for a powerful drive with his strong bottom hand coming into play, but ended up giving a sitter to Keaton-Jennings in short cover.

Rahul and his fellow Karnataka team mate Karun Nair then consolidated India’s innings by putting up 161 runs for the fourth wicket.They took a giant bite out of England’s lead, England had a lead of 266 when Karun came out to bat but curtailed it to 105 at the end of their partnership.

KL Rahul and Karun Nair’s partnership

India’s best player for the day was KL Rahul who scored 199, unfortunately getting dismissed one short of maiden double hundred. Rahul, in a hurry to recah the milestone went after Rashid’s delivery bowled wide outside off stump, taking the top edge and falling in the hands of Buttler at point.

List of Batsman dismissed on 199 in an Innings – in Tests

Having being at the crease for over 100 overs, he was influential in holding one end up to help India post 372 after the fall of 4th wicket. Two big partnership helped India reach a score of 391/4 at stumps of Day 3, 86 runs behind England’s first innings score. With Karun Nair batting on a well composed 71*and Vijay a local player in the crease, it is safe to say India would look to go past 500 runs by the 1st session on Day 4.

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