On the day when rain decided not to interrupt the game, England returned to the dressing room with Root and Bairstow scoring 76 off 110 balls and 73 off 89 balls respectively. Earlier, on a pitch that had variable bounce and few turns for the spinners, England took the last seven Indian wickets for 120 runs, with Ben Stokes adding three more scalps to bowl out the visitors for 245 in 81.5 overs .
Then, the effect of the heavy roller on the pitch was evident from a superb opening stand of 107 between Alex Lees (56) and Zak Crawley (46), as India took three wickets in as many overs before converting a ball after 20.5 overs. But Root and Bairstow’s unassailable 150-run stand meant the day belonged to the hosts.
India struck the very first ball after tea as Bumrah tempted Ollie Pope to strike a back-of-the-length delivery, which the batsman did. But the ball held its line and carried Pope’s outside edge behind Pant, departing without bothering the scorers.
In the next over, Lees slammed Ravindra Jadeja into the leg side with no idea where the ball had gone. With Root already running from the non-striker’s end, Lees ran late and was easily run out at the non-striker’s end.
Bairstow went off the mark with a boundary via a back-foot punch off Jadeja, while Root escaped a lbw appeal from Jadeja and Shami as India lost two reviews in as many overs. There was a shift in gear from the 37th over when Root reverse-swapped and hit Jadeja for a four.
Bairstow was 14 when an outer edge of his blade was ripped off Hanuma Vihari’s hand at second slip, causing the ball to fly towards the boundary rope. It set the tone for the duo’s counterattack – Root brought sweeps and whips to complete his fifty in 71 balls.
Bairstow, on the other hand, found gaps for boundaries via flicks, pulls and slices, to reach his half-century with a brace through his square leg. He got another life at the age of 39 when a faint edge on the flick didn’t stick to the glove of a diving pant.
Reaching his half-century, Bairstow dodged Shami through backward point for a boundary and then played a fierce hook to six-over fine leg off Siraj to help England chase down their highest successful score in Test cricket. kept looking for.
Earlier, Rishabh Pant scored 146 runs with 57 in the first innings, while Cheteshwar Pujara scored 66 runs in India’s second innings score of 245. Pujara added 16 more to his overnight total of 50 before being cut straight at backward point in the first over from Stuart Broad. ,
A controlling Pant completed his half-century with a delicate blow through fine leg, becoming only the second Indian wicketkeeper after Farooq Engineer to score a century and a half-century in the same Test. Shreyas Iyer, after hitting three fours, again falls short in the match, pulls a Potts delivery straight to mid-wicket.
Despite falling to the ground, Pant welcomes Jack Leach with a reverse sweep behind fine leg for a boundary. He tried to destabilize Leach’s line and length with another reverse sweep, but could only stay behind at first slip, ending the match with 203 runs in both innings.
Potts lashed out at Shardul Thakur with short deliveries, even hitting him once towards the helmet. In his next over, Thakur tried to take a short ball with a pull, but the top-edge fell to deep fine leg. Stokes then bounced off Shami and smacked one off sharply and forced Jadeja to bite him on his stumps. He ended India’s innings by dismissing Bumrah at fine leg soon after being hit for a six.
Chasing a target of 378 runs, Lee and Crowley hit two fours each to take England to 43 runs in eight overs. India’s inclusion of Jadeja had little effect on England as Lees danced on the pitch and hit two boundaries in his opening over, crossing the gap through point before driving through mid-off.
Lies remained engaging in his stroke play, completing his half-century in just 44 balls with a copybook style back-foot punch through cover-point off Siraj. Crowley, who got caught behind Jadeja’s appeal, brought some great drives, flicks and started finding crispness for fun. The left-right pair completed England’s century in 19.5 overs, marking the first-century stand between the two.
For India, who got to change the ball after 20.5 overs, Bumrah brought himself up in the 22nd over and made a breakthrough off the fourth ball as Crowley’s off-stump was cast, the batsman in-ducking a shot. Not given, from which it was given to India. A crucial breakthrough one over before tea.
After tea, India would get two more wickets before the joining of Root and Bairstow to put England on track for a successful fourth consecutive chase.
Brief Scores: India 416 and 245 in 81.5 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 66, Rishabh Pant 57; Ben Stokes 4-33, Matthew Potts 2-50) vs England 284 and 259/3 in 57 overs (Joe Root 76 not out, Jonny Bairstow 72 ; Jasprit Bumrah 2-53). England trail by 119 runs
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