In the Ind vs Eng 2nd Test’s Day 3, India will be eying to bowl out the England batting unit as bowlers will be targeting Joe Root as biggest threat to the visiting side. Skipper root will want to bat as much as possible as the third day progresses and keep the game wide open for either of the side to take away. Although England is still 245 runs behind India’s first-inning of 364, he’s looking lethal at 48 not out off 75 deliveries.
The ongoing 2nd Test between India and England is looking to be a testament of a Test match where all ingredients of a classic Test have been brought in. From sessions ending due to rain, to a side first looking side and then collapsing, to the other side losing wickets in the beginning but later steadying its boat.
Day 1: God of Rains Bless the Game, Indian Openers Start Well
On the Day 1 of the game, England captain Joe Root won the toss and thus continued Virat Kohli’s poor results with toss wins. The hosting side decided to bowl first at the Lord’s and the Gods of rain blessed the first session.
After the delayed first session, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul batted with grit and patience to resist the English pace attack. The two openers punished the rare loose deliveries with boundaries and respected the well thrown ones with impenetrable defense.
Although Rohit couldn’t complete his century, his fellow opener registered his sixth Test century. By the end of the day, India was looking dominating at 276/3.
Day 2: India Suffer Massive Collapse, Joe Root Steadies Boat
After a dreamy start, India suffered a massive collapse. It was James Anderson who had a firey spell and dented India’s plan of taking the score to above 400. Andersson took a fiver on the second day of the game and bowled the Indian team out for 364.
Responding well to a challenging and respectable first inning total, the English openers made sure to not lose wickets in quick succession like the visiting team. Rory burns and Domnic Sibley tried playing the watchful guardians, but the latter fell short to Siraj’s pace. At 11 off 44, Sibley took to the dressing room.
Siraj Gets Wickets in 2 Consecutive Deliveries
On the very next delivery Siraj scalped the wicket of Haseeb Hameed who was out on a golden duck. Indian pace attack finally got the wickets it was hoping for. But all their future prospect of taking more wickets halted for a while as skipper Root came in at number four to steady the English boat.
Root and Burns added another 85 runs for the third wicket partnership and it looked like India was slowly being pushed out of the game. However, Siraj once again came with a firey delivery to dismiss Burns for a well-played 49 off 136.
The Day 2 ended with England jolted by the third wicket and the scoreboard read 119/3.
Day 3 Preview: Jadeja to Lead from Front, Pacers to Take Backseat
The iconic Lord’s pitch has already gotten drier and flatter with not much left for pacers. This should concern the Indian team as its playing with 4 pacers and just 1 spinner in Ravindra Jadeja. The trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami has together bowled over 77 overs with only 2 wickets to show.
But given the fact that Jadeja has only 4 overs behind him, skipper Kohli will be mindful in using him primarily and give his pacers a much-needed respite.