ENG vs IND 1st Test Day 3 Review: Team India stitch vital first innings lead as rain cut shorts play again


Persistent rain at the start of the third session meant that rain halted the day’s play for the second consecutive time in the first Test. Team India had amassed a vital lead of  95 and were hoping to have a run at the English batsmen in the final session of the day. 

ENG vs IND 1st Test Day 3 Review: Team India stitch vital first innings lead as rain cut shorts play again

The visitors began the day at a precarious position of 125-4. England were able to get the breakthrough after Rishabh Pant perished following a few lusty blows.

KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja struck a crucial partnership of 60 runs to guide India towards the lead. KL Rahul failed to get to the three-figure mark after getting out for a well-made 84. On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja continued his innings and got to the fifty run-mark and in the process, became the fifth Indian player to claim the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in Tests. He also managed to be the fifth-fastest player to achieve the feat.

The all-rounder perished for 56 after trying to keep the scoreboard ticking with the tail as Shardul Thakur was dismissed for a duck. While the Indian contingent hoped for a lead of around the 60-70 run mark, the tail-enders exceeded expectations and handed India a lead close to the three-figure mark.

Jasprit Bumrah struck 28 runs batting at No.10 as he put on a 33-run partnership with Mohammad Siraj to close out the innings. The Indian bowlers hoped to have a real go at the English opening pair of Dom Sibley and Rory Burns, but rain could only allow 11.1 overs of play.

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