India vs England Test 2 Day 3 Match Report
Ravichandran Ashwin saves the day for India in India vs England Test 2 Day 3. While the Indian second innings had just started on day two, day three brought many surprises. Rohit Sharma, from whom the fans were expecting another big inning like the one in India’s first innings, was dismissed at the score of 26 by Jack Leach.
Other main batsmen like Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane weren’t able to play a substantial inning as they all went back to the pavilion scoring less than fifteen runs individually.
Virat Kohli’s half-century
Skipper Virat Kohli, however, tried his best to keep the Indian innings together by scoring a half-century (62 runs) before he was bowled by Moeen Ali.
Surprisingly, when Indian batsmen had failed, R. Ashwin came to the rescue by smashing a century. He scored 106 runs in just 148 deliveries. He played his innings like it was an ODI match, not a test match. Ashwin also hit 14 boundaries and a six.
Had it not for him, India would have lost its grip on the match and we would not have been able to set up a competitive target of 482 runs for the England team.
Leach and Ali: Duo who took 8 wickets
Moeen Ali together with Jack Leach made sure that the big guns of India didn’t score more. They would have succeeded to limit India’s total score. But, Ravichandran Ashwin put up a spectacular show and foiled their plans.
England’s chase till now
England till the end of day three has scored 53 runs at the loss of 3 wickets. Dan Lawrence and captain Joe Root are on the crease. Axar Patel took the two wickets out of the three and Ashwin took the third one.
What to expect on day 4?
It will be up to batsmen like Joe Root to score high and make sure that England chases the target successfully. India would like to dismiss the England team as soon as possible and win the match on the fourth day itself.