India vs England 2021: England in the driver’s seat as India reach 257/6 on Day 3

India were rocked by regular wickets from the England bowlers on Day 3 of the first Test.

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Dom Bess – the wrecker-in-chief on Day 3 for England

England ended Day 3 in a position of great strength after a terrific bowling performance and regular wickets saw India reach 257/6. Beginning on their overnight score of 555/8, England could only get to 578 all-out as Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Dom Bess and James Anderson respectively. The score had put England in a very strong position but they needed to bowl well on a flat but deteriorating pitch to put the Indians under pressure and that was exactly what they did.

In reply, India got off to a horror as opener Rohit Sharma nicked one to the wicket-keeper off Jofra Archer‘s bowling. His partner Shubman Gill who looked very positive in his stay holed out to mid-on off the same bowler while batting on 29 to put India in a spot of bother. It was then that spinner Dom Bess rocked the Indians with a stunning double-strike that saw both captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane sent back to the pavilion.

Pujara-Pant partnership rescues India but England strike back

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Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant

India were in deep trouble at 73-4 when Rishabh Pant joined No. 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara and the duo came up with a trademark ‘fire and ice’ partnership. Pant kept taking Jack Leach on and hitting him for sixes over long-on and mid-wicket while Pujara kept safely playing out Bess and co. The duo got to their half centuries and were looking well-set to get to their centuries as well.

But, an unlucky dismissal followed as Pujara’s pull struck the silly-leg fielder on his helmet before looping up to Rory Burns. Pant followed Pujara as well while taking on Bess as he holed out to Leach and got out for 91. The local boys from Chennai, Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin came together next and batted with patience to see out the day and take India to 257/6.


England – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rory Burnsc Pant b Ashwin3360
Dom Sibleylbw b Bumrah87286
Dan Lawrencelbw b Bumrah05
Joe Rootlbw b Nadeem218377
Ben Stokesc Pujara b Nadeem82118
Ollie Popelbw b Ashwin3489
Jos Buttlerb Ishant3051
Dom Besslbw b Bumrah34105
Jofra Archerb Ishant01
Jack Leachnot out1457
James Andersonb Ashwin112

Total – 578 all-out in 190.1 overs

Ishant Sharma27522
Jasprit Bumrah36843
Ravichandran Ashwin55.11463
Shahbaz Nadeem441672
Washington Sundar26980
Rohit Sharma270

India – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac Buttler b Archer69
Shubman Gillc Anderson b Archer2928
Cheteshwar Pujarac Burns b Bess73143
Virat Kohlic Pope b Bess1148
Ajinkya Rahanec Root b Bess16
Rishabh Pantc Leach b Bess9188
Washington Sundarbatting3368
Ravichandran Ashwinbatting854

Total – 257/6 in 74 overs

James Anderson11340
Jofra Archer16522
Ben Stokes6160
Jack Leach17940
Dom Bess23554
Joe Root110

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