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India vs England 1st Test Day 3 Highlights: India risk follow-on

India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Highlights: India faced the prospect of having to follow-on after England reduced them to 257-6 at the close on day three of the opening Test in Chennai on Sunday

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 7, 2021 6:02:20 pm
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India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st Test Highlights: India faced the prospect of having to follow-on after England off-spinner Dom Bess ripped the heart out of their middle order to reduce them to 257/6 at the close on day three of the opening Test in Chennai on Sunday.

After England had posted a mammoth 578 in their first innings before pace bowler Jofra Archer removed both India openers to deny them a strong start to their reply. Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara forged the only century-plus partnership of the innings but India still finished the day 321 behind. Washington Sundar was unbeaten on 33 at stumps and Ravichandran Ashwin on eight with the hosts needing another 122 runs to avoid having to bat again if England enforce the follow-on. Earlier, England’s tail added 23 runs to their overnight score of 555/8.

India v England Test Series 2021

1st Test, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 05 Feb, 2021

IND 337 / 10 (95.5)

vs

ENG 578 / 10 (190.1)

IND 192 / 10 (58.1)

2nd Inn

ENG 178 / 10 (46.3)

BatsmenRB
Ishant Sharma5 15
BowlersORWKT
Jofra Archer9.1 23 1
Jack Leach26.0 76 4

England win by 227 runs

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India vs England 1st Test Day 3 Highlights:

17:02 (IST)07 Feb 2021
End of Day 3

Some lucky runs for India - four byes - end the day for India. Ashwin (8*) and Sundar (33*) the unbeaten batsmen for India at the end of Day 3, are congratulated by the dressing room as they walk back. England are firmly on top of this 1st Test, but India's middle order has ensured they stay within a fighting chance. They end at 257/6, still trailing by 321 runs in this match.

16:55 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Ashwin, Sundar take India to shore of safety

Archer bowls what will possibly be one final spell in the day. Another wicket late in the day now has the possibility of tilting this Test definitively in England's favour. Ashwin and Sundar content to play out the rest of the session without incident. Minutes left to safety for them.

IND 253/6

16:41 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Boundaries dry up

Sundar finds the gap off Stokes to bring up the first boundary in a long time. England go to Leach and Bess from either end with three catchers in place as we reach the last few minutes of the day.

IND 245/6, trail by 333

16:13 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Ashwin, Sundar resist

Sundar and Ashwin are now putting on a more patient resistance, dealing in many more singles than when Pant was working on the bowlers. England bring on Stokes to give their spinners some respite. Bess, who has been the best bowler of the day, is taken off ater a long spell.

IND 235/6

15:49 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Pant falls for 91

Pant has fallen, living and dying by the sword. Mistimes a pull and falls to Bess. He is out for a 88-ball 91. Bess has now picked up 4 wickets. Ashwin joins Sundar, with India now in danger of the follow-on unless the tail can wag. 

IND 225/6, trail by 353

15:40 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Pant, Sundar attack spinners

Sundar has now joined Pant's charge, the left hander also goes for his shots against the spinners. Sundar cracks consecutive boundaries against Dom Bess to get to double digits. Joe Root brings himself on for England, with around one hour's play left on Day 3.

IND 220/5, trail by 358

15:29 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Pujara falls for 73

Pujara has fallen. Dom Bess has taken his wicket. Pujara mistimes a pull and is out for 73. Pant continues his attack against Leach, smashes a six and a four. Sundar has joined Pant.

IND 202/5

15:06 (IST)07 Feb 2021
100 partnership

The partnership crosses 100. The last 4 partnerships between Pant and Pujara have produced 53, 148, 61, and 109* so far. What a combination this double-P duo is turning out to be for India. Archer and Bess now operating for England, but the boundary is coming in every other over and the bowlers are beginning to look a little tired.

IND 182/4

14:50 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Third session

Pant and Pujara start the evening session like they had ended the afternoon session. Archer and Anderson bring on the big guns at the resumption. 

IND 172/4

14:16 (IST)07 Feb 2021
End of second session - India 154/4

End of the second session. Tea is called, with the Pujara-Pant counter-atttack having shaken things up considerably. The left-hand spin option has not worked for England, they need to change their approach after the break. Pujara (53*), Pant (54*) to resume the innings after this break.

India 154/4, trail by 424 runs

14:10 (IST)07 Feb 2021
50s for Pant, Pujara

Both Pant and Pujara get to their half centuries in the same over. The pitch was looking threatening when Kohli and Pujara were in the middle, but now suddenly, runs are coming easily. Pujara pierces the gap through cover to bring up his fifty against Leach. Pant uses his feet against Leach to get to his mark. Leach is proving to be a very expensive option for England.

IND 154/4

13:59 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Leach being milked for runs

Pant, in going after Leach, has overtaken Pujara in a breeze. Leach being milked for runs by Pujara too now, couple of runs coming easily with nudges to third man.

IND 139/4

13:43 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Pant deals in sixes

Rishabh Pant is changing things drastically! Two consecutive sixes off Leach - the left armer being put to the sword by the left handed batsman. Next over, Pant dances the track off the first ball and smashes a six down the ground. He is dealing in sixes now, batting at a strike rate of 160.

IND 119/4

13:33 (IST)07 Feb 2021
India 100/4 - Pant hits a six

Pant hits a six! Dances down and smashes Leach down the ground. India's 100 comes up with that shot. Pujara is dealing with the rough in the pitch against the spinner by going on the backfoot mostly, Pant is doing it by dancing down and meeting the ball.

IND 100/4

13:30 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Sudden flurry of fours

After a long period of resistance, there is a sudden flurry. Pant cracks consecutive fours against Archer. In the next over, Pujara does the same off Bess. 16 runs come in 2 overs. England go to Leach as a result. 

IND 92/4

13:07 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Rahane out for 1

A fourth wicket. England are on top. Joe Root sticks out a hand and an attempted cover drive by Rahane sticks in his palm. India lose their top order with not much on the board. One hour left in the afternoon session, with Pant joining Pujara.

ENG 73/4

12:56 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Kohli out for 11

Kohli is out! Bess's spin does him in. Short leg catches as Kohli gets an inside edge. Kohli plays for the turn, the ball does not turn. Kohli is out for 11 in his comeback match.

ENG 71/3

12:54 (IST)07 Feb 2021
England bowl probing lines, India shoulder arms

Nothing being given away from either end by Kohli and Pujara as the bowlers bowl probing lengths. The occasional ball from Bess is also kicking up off the pitch too. 

Pujara has now faced 60 or more balls in six consecutive Test innings.

IND 70/2

12:32 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Watchful start to session

There are 2 consecutive maidens as Anderson and Archer bowl in tandem. Both batsmen stay alert to not throw their bats at anything outside off bowled at that enticing length. And then Bess is brought in. Will spin signal a change in momentum? Kohli breaks the mini-shackle with a single brought through a flick. Pujara comes down the track to work a single on the leg side.

IND 65/2

12:14 (IST)07 Feb 2021
Afternoon session begins

The afternoon session begins. James Anderson has the ball in hand. The 38-year-old didn't quite find his line in the morning, but made up by putting in a diving catch at mid-on an 18-year-old would have been proud of. Kohli and Pujara resume the innings, the skipper plays out the first over without incident.

IND 59/2

Playing XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson