There is a reason why cricket is called a levelers game. The first day of the third test between India and England in the five-match series proved to us why the game of cricket does not rely on the previous record, but the performance on the matchday brings the difference. If the cricket pundits praised team India for their heroics in the second test, winning the match on the last day, today's performance has overshadowed everything.
ENG vs IND 3RD TEST DAY 1 MATCH SUMMARY
Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first on a seaming track. They went unchanged from the previous game, meaning Ashwin again had to warm the benches. India got off to a poor start and the entire team bundled out for a poultry total of 78 runs. On the other hand, England came to bat high in confidence, and at the close of the first day's play, Joe Root and his team have already piled up 120 runs, with both their openers yet to be dismissed. The lead is already 42 runs. It is going to be a cat and mouse game from here for India. If they restrict England to less than 250, we may have a good match on the cards.
1ST SEASON REVIEW
In the first session of the match, when the Indian team came to bat, they had a horrible start, losing the wicket of inform batsman KL Rahul in the first over. James Anderson gave a perfect start to the England team in this match, picking up three wickets, including the captain Kohli, KL Rahul, and Cheteshwar Pujara. To add insult to injury, Robinson scalped Rahane before the close of the first session.
2ND SEASON REVIEW
Like the first season, the second season was also very disappointing for the Indian team. In this session, the Indian team lost six wickets. There was a moment where they lost four wickets back-to-back on the score of 67 runs. The Indian team was all out, scoring 78 runs in the second session. When the England team came out to bat in the second session, there were seven overs in which England scored 21 runs without any wicket.
3RD SEASON REVIEW
When England's opening batsmen came out to bat in the third session, they made a brilliant start with the opening partnership of 120 runs. England played a total of 42 overs on this day, in which they scored a total of 120 runs without losing any wicket. Indian bowlers toiled hard in the final session. Though England scored slowly, they ensured that they don't lose wickets. The openers will look to carry this momentum when they come to bat on the second day of this third test.
India – 78/10.
Rohit Sharma – 19(105)
Ajinkya Rahane- 18(54)
James Anderson- 6/3
Craig Overton- 14/3
England – 120/0
Haseeb Hameed- 60(130) *
Rory burns- 52(125)*
Jaspreet Bumrah – 0/19
Mohammad Shami- 0/39
Venue – Headingly, Leeds. Aug 25-Aug 29, 2021. Test no 3.