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India vs England 1st Test Day 3: India’s tail wags after middle-order collapses

The Indians registered 278 on the board in their first innings acquiring a lead of 95.

On Day 3 of the first Test of the India tour of England, the visitors wrapped the hosts for a mere target of 183 in the first innings. In return, the Indians registered 278 on the board in their first innings acquiring a lead of 95. After KL Rahul’s departure, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj added crucial 73 runs at the back end of the innings.

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Rahul conjured 97 runs for the first wicket, following the former’s departure, the tourists saw a collapse as they lost Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession. Amidst the fall of wicket, Rahul held the other end and gathered a 60-run partnership with Rishabh Pant, before the southpaw departed. Rahul was dismissed by James Anderson for 84 while Ravindra Jadeja carried the Indian innings forward. The all rounder’s gutsy knock of 56 was concluded by Ollie Robinson.

Following Jadeja’s departure, India’s pace trio, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj conjured 46 runs with the bat. Shami, like always was swinging for the fence, couldn’t manage to clear the boundary rope but had a few shots in the gap, which helped him gather ones and twos. Bumrah showed composure with the bat, he defended the initial deliveries with perfection before he took upon Sam Curran and smashed him for runs, which also includes a maximum with a pull on the front foot. Siraj hung around unbeaten while Bumrah was going for the assault.

India’s tail helped them acquire a much-needed lead which put the tourists in the driver’s seat. Robinson pocketed five wickets while Anderson got four wickets to his name. Before Day 3 was called off early due to rain, the English openers put 25 on the board without losing a single wicket.

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