England vs India 3rd Test: Discussion points from Day One

Hope Soto
August 20, 2018

After the batting debacle in the first two Tests of the ongoing five-match series between India and England, visitors put up their best batting performance on Saturday by reaching 307 for 6 on the first day of the third Test.

India have an overall lead of 292 runs over England with eight wickets in hand.

India bowled out England for 161 in their first innings at tea on the second day of the third cricket Test on Saunday.

Pandya's 28-ball effort was the second-quickest five-wicket haul for India in Test cricket after Harbhajan Singh took a fiver off 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.

Openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul ensured India maintained their dominance over England in the evening session, sharing an opening stand of 60 before Rahul was bowled by Stokes.

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Rahul, in particular, was aggressive as he hit seven fours and scored at 100-plus strike rate during his 33-ball stay. After joining his captain at the crease, Rahane first got into the damage-control mode and then took charge of Indian innings. Root edged to KL Rahul first ball, and was given out after multiple replays to confirm weather the fielder had taken the catch cleanly. Ollie Pope essayed one confident cover drive for four but he was soon gone for 10, tickling Ishant down the leg-side as Pant claimed a good, diving catch.

Broad cleaned up Ravichandran Ashwin in his next over, before James Anderson dismissed Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah in consecutive deliveries to wrap up the innings. Alastair Cook was dropped by Pujara as Rishabh Pant dived in front of him, but he nicked again two balls later to give the debutant, 20-year-old stumper, the first of his five catches. A good start led to Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane cashing in.

He caught Chris Woakes by surprise, much like the all-rounder had to get Cheteshwar Pujara in the first innings. They added just 22 runs to their overnight score before folding for 329. English pacer Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Chris Woakes picked up 3 wickets each, while spinner Adil Rashid bagged the important wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli, who missed his century by 3 runs.

Pant joined the elite club of Naren Tamhane (vs Pakistan in 1955), Kiran More (vs England in 1986) and Naman Ojha (vs Sri Lanka in 2015), all of whom took five catches on their Test debuts.

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