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India vs England 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: ENG 391-all out, lead by 27 runs

India vs England 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Joe Root's unbeaten 180 guides the hosts to 391 in their first innings. Mohammed Siraj (4/94) and Ishant Sharma (3/69) shone with the ball for India.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 15, 2021 4:03:54 am
joe root, india vs englandJoe Root scored a fine century. (BCCI Photo)

India vs England 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights: England ended their first innings on 391 with a lead of 27 runs on the third day of the second Test of the ongoing five-match series against India at the Lord’s, London on Saturday.

Resuming the day on 119/3, Joe Root led the charge for the hosts, partnering with Jonny Bairstow (57) in the initial session. After Joss Buttler’s dismissal, Moeen Ali (27) partnered with his skipper for 58 runs before falling at 341/6. Afterwards, India assumed control in the final session of the day, restricting their opposition to 391. Mohammed Siraj (4/94) and Ishant Sharma (3/69) shone with the ball for India.

Match EndedIndia tour of England, 2021 - 2nd Test


391 (128.0) u0026 120 (51.5)


364 (126.1) u0026 298/8 dec (109.3)
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 2nd Test )
India beat England by 151 runs

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India vs England 2nd Test, Day 3 Highlights:

23:06 (IST)14 Aug 2021
England end third day with 27-run lead

All over! Anderson is bowled over by Shami on a duck and England end their first innings with a slender lead of 27 runs. Joe Root stays unbeaten till the very end after playing a captain's innings, scoring 180* off 321 balls. ENG: 391-all out

22:57 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Root accelerates hosts' innings

After Wood's dismissal off a run-out two overs back, a bit of delay regarding Anderson's (0*) helmet stopped play. Bumrah bowls four no balls in a single over and then Root (179*) smacks Siraj for two boundaries. ENG: 389/9 (127 overs)

22:23 (IST)14 Aug 2021
England lead by 2 runs!

A boundary off Siraj from the ever-present Root (165*) takes England into the lead! ENG: 366/8 (123 overs)

21:58 (IST)14 Aug 2021

Robinson falls and Siraj gets his fourth of the innings! A full delivery angled in, Robinson (6) is late on the flick and is smashed low on the pad. The batsman goes for a review but to no avail. India on the frontfoot! ENG: 357/8 (117 overs)

21:26 (IST)14 Aug 2021

Double trouble! Ishant forces Moeen (27) to edge an outside off delivery behind him and Kohli makes no mistake in holding onto it at slips! On comes Curran (0) next and he dismissess him off a catch by Rohit! ENG: 341/7 (111 overs)

21:10 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Joe Root reaches 150

Four and with that boundary Joe Root reached 150 mark. The calmness with which Root is playing shows he will settle for nothing less than a double ton. Indian bowlers are having a tough time against him! Out of nowhere, Shami produces a beauty to beat the edge of Joe Root, unfortunately for India its one of those that is too good to nick!! This is the first time since 2016 that Joe Root has faced 250 balls in a home Test innings. ENG- 330/5

20:47 (IST)14 Aug 2021
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20:43 (IST)14 Aug 2021
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Moeen Ali, Joe Root Begin proceedings post Tea. Mohammed Shami skidding and skittering in from the Nursery End first thing after tea. There's been a lot of chopping and changing of the seamers since the new ball was taken on this slow, fairly unresponsive pitch.

20:14 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Tea Break: England trail by 50 runs

Moeen Ali already looks more fluent in his short stay than Buttler did. Joe Root looks to be in an impenetrable bubble, he moves into his 130s as England cross 300. The Tea break approaches. Joe Root nicks one through but the catch lands short of Kohli at first slip again. Is the Indian slip cordon too far back? Or is Lady Luck just smiling on England? And Root in particular?

The second session ends. 25 overs were bowled in this session. 98 runs were scored with the fall of 2 wickets. Joe Root is still unbeaten on 132. England now trail by just 50 runs.

ENG 314/5, trail by 50 runs

19:40 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Ishant Sharma takes Buttler out

Ishant Sharma gets his wicket. Jos Buttler, who has been looking a touch sketchy at the crease, is bowled by Ishant. He goes for 23. Moeen Ali now joins his skipper, who is on 121.

ENG 283/5, trail by 81

19:29 (IST)14 Aug 2021
India's lead comes down below 100

9000 Test runs for Joe Root. Only the second England batsman to get there after Alastair Cook. Shami gets a delivery to sneak in through Buttler's defence. The lead has now come down below 100 and every boundary is hurting India. England with still half their side left and their skipper in untouchable form.

ENG 272/4, trail by 92

19:05 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Root continues his phenomenal run in 2021

Root has scored hundreds in successive innings in Test cricket. This is the first time he has done that in Tests. What a phenomenal year Joe Root has had! Two double centuries, one 186, one other century, and now this. After all the doubts about his worthiness to belong to Cricket's Big 4 in the batting world (Kohli, Williamson, Smith and Root) in the last couple of years, could 2021 be the year the England captain throws down the gauntlet?

ENG 252/4, trail by 112

18:48 (IST)14 Aug 2021
100 for Joe Root

Root gets to 99 by taking three runs off the last ball of Siraj's over. Bumrah replaces Jadeja as the second new ball is taken. Root faces. Takes another quick single. 100 for him! Punches his fist in the air and doffs his helmet. The England captain's 22nd Test century. Lord's stands in applause.

ENG 236/4, trail by 128 runs

18:35 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Breakthrough! Siraj scalps Bairstow for 57

The breakthrough! Siraj gets the last laugh against Bairstow! The change of angle works for the bowler, the ball loops up off Bairstow's gloves. Kohli runs in to take the easy catch. The crowd roars. A wicket after 38 overs and 121 runs. Bairstow finally falls for 57. Jos Buttler now joins Root, who is still in his 90s.

ENG 229/4, trail by 135

18:27 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Root nears his century

Prithvi and Surya among those at Lord's willing India on to get a breakthrough. Siraj provides the zip for India in the afternoon session. A bouncer hits Bairstow on the shoulder. The next ball is a bouncer too, but Bairstow hooks. Four behind the keeper.

ENG 226/3, trail by 138

18:16 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Afternoon session

The players head out to the middle for the restart. Play is about to begin before everyone realizes there are 12 Indian fielders in the middle, one gentleman having walked into the Indian team's huddle from the crowd. With 13 cricketers left on the field as the gentleman is escorted out, Jadeja bowls for India. 'Mazaa aayega,' is Rishabh Pant's honest assessment of the situation.ENG 217/3, trail by 147

17:40 (IST)14 Aug 2021
How Root, Bairstow won the morning session

India are 7 overs away from the second new ball. That is a rare bright spot to glean from the scorecard at the moment.

17:36 (IST)14 Aug 2021
Lunch on Day 3: England 216/3, trail by 148

- 50 for Bairstow
- 100 for the Root-Bairstow partnership
- Root batting on 89*
- England 216/3, 97 runs added before Lunch on Day 3.

It's been a successful morning session for England. #TeamIndia now lead by just 148. 

17:30 (IST)14 Aug 2021
50 for Bairstow

And the landmarks come up before the break. 100 runs for the partnership with a Joe Root flick off the pads. Bairstow then flicks off his pads for a single. 50 for him. Punch in the air from air and thunderous applause from the Lord's crowd. This is an important 50 for Bairstow - his first in 19 Test innings - and England. There's time for one more over before the break.

ENG 210/3, trail by 154

17:21 (IST)14 Aug 2021
KL Rahul hit by object thrown from crowd

Replays from between overs show KL Rahul was struck by a small object thrown from the stands. On the pitch, Root moves into his 80s as Bairstow nears his 50. India still without joy. England cross 200, and get 4 byes as bonus. This partnership now also nears triple digits.

India's Ishant Sharma reacts as England's Joe Root runs between the wickets during the second Test. (AP)

James Anderson got his five-for with swing. Mohammed Siraj worked over Dom Sibley and Haseeb Hameed with seam. The second Test is now intriguingly poised after India wasted a golden opportunity to slam the door shut on the hosts. Against the visitors’ 364 all out in their first innings, England finished Day Two on 119/3.

As evening approached, Mohammed Shami dismissed a well-set Rory Burns to break an 85-run third-wicket partnership for England. It was a fitting end to a day when fortunes swung back and forth and no team could claim ascendency.

The start was anti-climactic. After a flawless first day of batting, KL Rahul got out to an Ollie Robinson half-volley off the second ball of the day. He drove the hit-me delivery but failed to keep it down to give a simple catch to Sibley at cover. The Indian opener looked guilt-ridden, although a full house at Lord’s stood up to applaud an excellent innings. Rahul’s 129 had 12 fours and a six, and a bucketload of application. (Read Full Day 2 Report)

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