England vs India
Day 1 of the final test of this series between England vs India had ended with England all out on 205 and India in return playing at 24/1. India was well ahead of England yesterday. The scorecard at the end of Day 2 read as India – 294/7 with a lead of 89 runs. These raw numbers will make you feel like India has dominated all the six sessions of this game. That might be true for the first three sessions. But on Day 2, it was only the heroics of Rishab Pant in the third session that shifted the game in India’s favour. The first two sessions belonged entirely to the visitors.
India started the day on 24 for 1. India’s ideal game plan would have been to bat calmly for the next two days and take the game away from England. But that didn’t happen. The pitch had some other plans. India could only manage to score 12 runs in the first ten overs, and mind you, Rohit Sharma was also batting. Still, the run rate couldn’t even cross 2. After that, Jack leach came and dismissed Pujara. Stokes knocked over Kohli immediately after that. Rahane and Rohit then batted cautiously and bought in 56 runs for India in that session. But, just right before lunch, Rahane edged a delivery of a bowl from Anderson. And the scorecard read 80 for 4 at the end of the first session of Day 2.
In the second session, the hero of the day, i.e. Rishabh Pant, came on to bat. Pant’s arrival also saw the run rate increase to 3+ for the first time in this innings. Rohit and Pant then batted beautifully, scoring runs at a healthy strike rate. But, one brilliant inswinging delivery from Stokes dismissed Rohit Sharma on 49. India then lost Ashwin again at the score of 146 for 6. Things could have also been different if one umpiring decision had gone in England’s favour. In the over right before lunch, Bess had pinged Pant. But, the umpire wasn’t convinced, and the DRS declared it as “Umpire’s Call”.
After losing two sessions to England, India completely dominated this session. Pant and Washington decimated the English bowler. After scoring his half-century, Pant got on to his attacking mode and took no time in reaching his third Test Hundred. The duo had a 103 runs partnership. Pant then got caught out on a bowl from Anderson. Washington Sundar and Axar Patel then saw off the day, with the former scoring a half-century. The scorecard at the end of Day 3 read as India- 294/7, with Washington Sundar and Axar Patel batting at 60 and 11, respectively.