Let’s have a look at the top moments from the third test between India and England.
Dawid Malan makes a solid Return
Malan made a strong return as he smashed 70 out of 128 balls at a strike rate of 54.69. He got off the mark in style with a four through the covers region.He played a wide variety of shots,some on the front foot and some on the back.His square cuts were flashy and the ball would race away to the boundary line.His flicks too were perfectly timed. Malan scored his 7th fifty in the process and his first against India.
Pujara stands high in Crisis
Pujara got some “freebies” early on in the innings as Anderson drifted the ball to his pads. His flick against Sam Curran against a ball that swung a lot just showed his class. He reached his fifty with an attacking pull shot, a fifty of Pujara that was a lot quicker than his usual ones. He also played a classy uppercut against Robinson that got the crowd roaring.
Root Keeps Mesmerizing
Root picked up from where he left off in the second test. He tackled the seamers and the only spinner Jadeja brilliantly. Throughout his innings, Root looked in control of the game. He played lots of square drives on the back foot. There were some occasional sweep shots too. The pull shot against Siraj while batting on 73 was a shot of a man in form. Finally, Root reached his third consecutive hundred of the series by playing an on-drive against Ishant which raced through the gap. After reaching the century, Root looked more at ease and even perfectly played the reverse sweep against Jadeja.
Crafty Anderson shines Again
Anderson gave a dream start to England in the first innings by running through the top order of India. He got out the man of the match of the second test, KL Rahul, in the first over itself. Pujara also fell prey to the “GOAT of test cricket” as Anderson kept bowling at a perfect line and length. Soon, just 6 overs later, Anderson got out his arch-rival Kohli in the same old “2014” fashion.
India’s Dramatic Collapse
The dramatic collapse of India on Day 4 began with Pujara’s wicket. Though Rahane and Kohli had a short 22 run partnership between them, the wickets just kept tumbling afterwards. Both these batsmen got out in the same way: edging the ball to the wicket-keeper or the slips. Even Pant followed in their footsteps.
As you can clearly see from the list, the top moments all belonged to the English side. Let’s just hope that India fights back harder and makes a comeback in the third test.