India vs England 4th Test Day 3:
Welcome back to the summary of the Day 3 of the 4th Test between India and England. India was batting 43/0 at the end of Day 2 with Rohit batting on 20 and KL Rahul batting on 22 runs. The Visitors resumed the day and continued to bat well and kept the England bowlers under pressure almost till the tea break of Day 3.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma played superbly to score runs with ease and rotated the strike without any difficulty. India was cruising towards their century mark for the opening partnership without losing any wickets. James Anderson, the experienced England bowler gave the team the much-needed breakthrough to dismiss KL Rahul for 46 runs. India lost their first wicket at 83.
Chetaswar Pujara, the man in question (along with the Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane) joined Rohit Sharma in the middle with India trailing by 16 runs. Rohit Sharma was playing an innings of his lifetime in the overseas conditions. He was well set for his first-ever Test century outside Asia. Pujara started his innings very positively and showed some good intent.
Pujara scored boundaries for fun by playing square cuts off the England fast bowlers and he also played an Uppercut off the bowling of Chris Woakes. Cricket fans all over the world would have never seen Pujara playing proactively like this in the recent past. He was playing with some serious intent and scored boundaries whenever he got the chance with his drives, pulls, and hooks.
Rohit on the other side was playing a dream inning scored his first-ever century in Test cricket outside Asia. This is his 8th century in Test cricket overall. India was going well after Rohit’s century and Pujara’s fifty with the lead of over 100 runs.
That’s when the new ball was taken and the same old story for India continued. Rohit was dismissed by Robinson’s bouncer immediately after the new ball was taken. He was out for a well-made 127 runs off 256 deliveries with 14 boundaries and a mighty six off Moeen Ali.
Soon after the dismissal of Rohit, Pujara has also gone for 61 runs in the over of Robinson. Robinson struck twice in the same over to dismiss both well-set batsmen. India’s number 3 batsman was given not out by the umpire on-field but the decision was challenged by England and the batsman was adjudged out by the third umpire after DRS.
Bad light stopped play
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, and the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were in the crease when the play was stopped due to bad light. Joe Root denied the option to bowl spin because of the bad light but the England captain wasn’t interested in bowling out the day with spin as the new ball was in play. At the end of Day 3, India was on 270 for 3 leading England by 171 runs.
The visitors dominated Day 3 irrespective of the wickets of Rohit and Pujara fell towards the end of the day. But India looks to bat till the lunch or at the Tea break to give England the target of anything close to 300 or 330 plus and expect to bowl out the hosts on the last day.