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IND vs ENG, 3rd Test, Day 3: Siraj 4-84, Jaiswal 104 put India in driver's seat; hosts 322 ahead

India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 3: Mohammed Siraj's 4-84, Yashasvi Jaiswal's 104 put India in driver's seat; hosts 322 ahead. Sessionwise highlights of Day 3, Rajkot Test.


India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 3_ Mohammed Siraj took 4 wickets against England |  Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
India vs England: Mohammed Siraj took 4 wickets against England (Images: ©BCCI/Twitter)

Brief Scores: India 445 & 196/2 (Yashasvi 104(Retired hurt), Gill - 65* Hartley 1/42) lead England 319 (Duckett 153, M. Siraj 4/84) by 322-runs. 


The highlight of the day was Yashasvi Jaiswal’s blazing century. India fought back strongly on day 3 as the bowlers picked 8 wickets of the visitors in the first two sessions. Ben Duckett who was playing on 133 at the end of the Day 2 play, appeared uneasy from the start of the Day 3 game. However, he managed to score a brilliant 150 before being dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav for 153.


England came on the third day with 207/2 on board on the back of Duckett’s 133*. Mohammed Siraj took a four-wicket haul as India bundled out England for 319 in reply to India's first innings total of 445. In India’s second innings, the duo of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill steadily took team India ahead in the game and dominated England’s bowlers.


Talking point: India’s fight back in the bowling as well as batting

India's bowling unit showed a great fight back and tremendous character in the absence of their ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to bundle out England, who were cruising at 224/2, for 319 runs only on day three. Kuldeep and Siraj were exceptional with the ball as they put constant pressure on England’s batting.


Besides bowling, India’s batters also displayed a stunning performance with Yashasvi smashing an excellent hundred. Shubman Gill also supported him well with a notable contribution of an unbeaten 65 runs. The duo built a strong hundred-run partnership. 



India roared back with three wickets, as England reached 290/5 at Lunch

England tried to start the day with an aggressive mindset but their batters looked uncomfortable on Day 3 as Kuldeep Yadav was exceptional in the morning session. He has constantly tested both edges of all batters and looked in great rhythm. The pressure from him and Bumrah in the first hour has been brilliant for India. Though Ben Duckett managed to reach 150 before giving his wicket to Kuldeep. 


After losing three wickets in the morning session, the duo of Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes kept rotating the strike and confidently took England ahead in the game. They steadied things a bit for England with a 30-run partnership. England batters contributed 83 runs for the loss of three wickets with India leading by 155 runs before lunch. 



India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 3_ Yashasvi Jaiswal - Shubman Gill added 155 runs for 2nd wicket  _  Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_Twitter)
Jaiswal - Gill added 155 runs for 2nd wicket on Day 3 (Images: ©BCCI/Twitter)
Yashasvi and Shubman took control after losing skipper

Stokes and Foakes aimed to maintain the momentum for England. However, both batters failed to do so and ended up losing their wickets soon after the lunch. Ravindra Jadeja took his first wicket of the day in the form of the England skipper Ben Stokes for 41 while Siraj dismissed Foakes. Shortly England got all-out on 319 with India taking a lead by 126 runs.


India were off to a terrific start in their second innings with Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal taking the crease. The duo scored nine runs in the first over, which included two powerful boundaries from skipper Rohit. The pair was standing solid for India and confidently taking their side ahead in the game. However soon, Joe Root struck and provided England with their first breakthrough as he dismissed Rohit Sharma at 19.


After the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal was joined by Shubman Gill at the crease. The duo started dealing in boundaries at regular intervals and were seen building a partnership. At the cusp of tea break, India increased the lead to 170 runs. 



India ended on 196/2 on the back of century from Yashasvi Jaiswal

India started the third session positively with Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal getting their eye in and starting to play their shots. The duo looked solid after the Tea and completely dominated the third session. Yashasvi Jaiswal once again stood solid for India and scored his third Test century. He kept smashing boundaries and stitched a good partnership with Shubman Gill. Jaiswal reached his century from his half-century in a quick time.


However, shortly after his century, Jaiswal started struggling with some issues on his back. As a result, India decided to rest Jaiswal and hence he walked off retired hurt. On the other hand, Shubman Gill kept scoring runs and played a mature knock to reach his half-century. Rajat Patidar who joined Shubman Gill at the crease couldn’t do anything and got out for a duck. Kuldeep Yadav came in as the nightwatchman and was in the middle with Shubmam at the end of the Day 3 play.


What’s to come

India will love to see Shubman Gill reaching big, with support from the other end. Their first aim will be to end around 450 to 500, and make sure they have enough runs to defend and put pressure on England. 


Statistical highlights from India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 3
  • 8 times Jonny Bairstow has been out for a duck against India, the most by any batter.

  • Ravindra Jadeja completed 500 first-class wickets.

  • Jadeja completed 200 Test wickets in India.

  • Mohammed Siraj (4/84) registered his best bowling figures in India in Tests. 



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