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India vs England 3rd Test, Day 3 Highlights: Indian top order fights back on third day

India vs England, IND vs ENG 3rd Test, Day 3 Highlights: India still trail the hosts by 139 runs in their second innings.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 28, 2021 10:18:50 am
IND vs ENGIND vs ENG, Day 3: Cheteshwar Pujara trusted his technique and thrived on positivity to remain unbeaten on 91. (AP/PTI)

India vs England 3rd Test, Day 3 Highlights: India’s top order fought back on the third day of the Headingley Test. At stumps, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were unbeaten at the crease with India trailing by 139 runs. India will be resuming their innings on the fourth day from 215/2.

England are still in pole position for a series-levelling victory in the third Test against India after Joe Root’s 23rd Test ton guided the hosts to 432 in the first innings, boasting a massive lead of 354. England, who began the day at 423/8, managed to bat for less than half an hour on the third day of the third Test at Headingley with Mohammed Shami (4/95) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/59) removing Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson respectively. India reached the end of the first session on 34/1 with KL Rahul (8) being the sole dismissal.

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India vs England 3rd Test, Day 3 Highlights:

22:48 (IST)27 Aug 2021
End of Day 3: India trail by 139 runs

Paul Reiffel, standing at square leg, rolls back the years to sway his head out of the way just in time as Pujara pulls fotr another four. Lack of intent? What's that? Whatever Pujara is missing (and there are plenty of those occasions as Moeen gets the ball to rise up from the pitch like the crack of doom), Buttler is missing too. 

And with the end of the 80th over and England going for the 2nd new ball, the umpires decide the light to bad to continue.

IND 215/2, trail by 139 runs

22:36 (IST)27 Aug 2021
England revert to spin as Kohli, Pujara continue fightback

It's time for the last few overs of the day. The second new ball is a few overs away, we might get a few overs by the end of the day with it. For now, England operate with their spinners - Moeen and Root himself - as Pujara and Kohli continue their stamnd. 200 comes up for India in the 77th over.

IND 200/2

22:07 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Pujara, Kohli plow on

The 2nd 50-run partnership of the innings comes up for Team India. This time its the Skipper and Pujara who are driving the visitors forward.

IND 178/2

21:33 (IST)27 Aug 2021
India's deficit comes down below 200

Now Pujara and Kohli build a partnership. Pujara doing most of the run scoring in this partnership too. He moves his score along to the 70s. The partnership moves into the 40s. India's deficit now 196 runs.

IND 158/2

20:42 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Rohit out for 59

The second wicket falls! Finally England have got their first wicket of the session. Rohit is out LBW. He reviewes. But the call remains with the umpire. Robinson is the man who gets the wicket. Rohit is out for 59. Pujara, on 44, is joined by Kohli.

IND 116/2

19:29 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Pujara, Rohit get India closer to England's score

Rohit and Pujara keep steadying the Indian ship. England miss a Review against Pujara, even though replays show there was an inside edge going through to the keeper. Pujara survives, India continue getting closer to England's score, their deficit now less than 300.

IND 79/1

18:41 (IST)27 Aug 2021
India cross 50

It's Pujara who gets a couple of boundaries away in the session early on. India cross 50 with a Pujara four, before there are 2 maiden overs.

IND 53/1 

18:18 (IST)27 Aug 2021
2nd session

India resume their 2nd innings after the Lunch break. Rohit and Pujara resume their stand, Anderson and Overton resume bowling for England.

IND trail by 319

17:33 (IST)27 Aug 2021
IND lose wicket just before lunch!

After a long toil, Rahul loses his wicket to Overton! The ball hits the shoulder of the bat and it gets taken by Bairstow at second slip! The batsman departs on 8, while Rohit (25*) remains in the middle. And that's lunch! IND: 34/1 (19 overs)

17:08 (IST)27 Aug 2021
IND approach things carefully

Both Rohit (14*) and Rahul (6*) are taking things nice and easy now. The visitors trail by 334 runs. IND: 20/0 (15 overs)

16:31 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Rohit finds some early rhythm

Rohit (8*) turns up the ante and hits the first boundary of the innings against the much-feared Anderson. The pacer bowls a full outswinger outside off and Rohit goes for a cover-drive with minimal feet movement. IND: 13/0 (7 overs)

16:05 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Rohit, Rahul start off second innings

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul start the visitors' second innings. James Anderson has the ball. 

15:55 (IST)27 Aug 2021
An early prediction...
15:50 (IST)27 Aug 2021
ENG end first innings on 432!

ll out! Minutes after Overton's (32) dismissal by Shami, who trapped the batsman between the wickets, Bumrah hit the final nail in the coffin by bowling Robinson out on a 15-ball duck. The hosts lead by 354 runs. ENG: 432-all out

STAT ALERT: This is England's fifth-highest first innings lead (354, Leeds) in a Test against India. 

15:34 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Here we go!

Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson resume the hosts' first innings facing Mohammed Shami, who has the ball. 

15:25 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Can India do the unthinkable?
15:20 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Will rain play spoilsport today?
15:05 (IST)27 Aug 2021
'Nothing average about Joe Root'

There was an air of inevitability about Joe Root’s 23rd Test hundred. From the start of his innings, he oozed such authority that it never felt like the bowlers were in with a chance, until a Jasprit Bumrah nip-backer breached his defence and hit the middle stump. During his 165-ball 121, Root at times toyed with the Indian bowling – a slog sweep from further outside the off stump through wide mid-on for a four off Ravindra Jadeja bordered on audacious. | READ |

15:00 (IST)27 Aug 2021
Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the third day of the third Test between India and England, taking place at Headingley in Leeds. The hosts will resume their first innings on 423/8 with a massive lead of 345 runs. Stay tuned!

Joe Root India vs England 3rd Test, Day 2: Nothing average about Joe Root (AP Photo)

There was an air of inevitability about Joe Root’s 23rd Test hundred, second on his home patch. From the start of his innings he oozed such authority that it never felt like the bowlers were in with a chance, until a Jasprit Bumrah nip-backer breached his defence and hit the middle stump. During his 165-ball 121, Root at times toyed with the Indian bowling – a slog sweep from further outside the off stump through wide mid-on for a four off Ravindra Jadeja bordered on audacious. The England captain let out his emotions only after reaching his hundred, with his father Matt watching from the stands. But going beyond another Root masterclass, the second day of the third Test was more about the hosts redeeming their lost pride through a collective effort. (Read Full Report)

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