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India vs England 3rd Test, Day 1 Highlights: Kohli falls in last over of the day, Rohit unbeaten

India vs England 3rd Test, Day 1 Highlights: India were 99/3 in reply to England's 112 all out on the opening day.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 25, 2021 2:44:08 pm
ind vs engIndia vs England 3rd Test Day 1: Highlights

India vs England 3rd Test, Day 1 Highlights:  India were 99/3 in reply to England’s 112 all out on the opening day of the day-night third Test on Wednesday. At close of play, opener Rohit Sharma was batting on 57 and giving him company was vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane on 1.

Shubman Gill (11), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and skipper Virat Kohli were the three wickets to fall for India.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Axar Patel snared six wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin took three as England collapsed to 112. Zak Crawley (53) was the top scorer for the visitors.

The four-Test series between India and England is currently tied at 1-1 at the halfway stage and Joe Root’s men will need to win the remaining matches to qualify. The task appears a tad simpler for Virat Kohli’s side, with the hosts needing to win at least one Test and avoid defeat in the other.

India v England Test Series 2021

3rd Test, Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, 24 Feb, 2021

IND 145 / 10 (53.2)


ENG 112 / 10 (48.4)

IND 49 / 0 (7.4)

2nd Inn

ENG 81 / 10 (30.4)

Rohit Sharma25 25
Shubman Gill15 21
Jack Leach4.0 15 0
Joe Root3.4 25 0

India win by 10 wickets

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India vs England 3rd Test Day 1 Highlights:

22:08 (IST)24 Feb 2021

22:07 (IST)24 Feb 2021

22:03 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Stumps on Day 1!

At the end of the Day-1, India 99/3, 13 runs behind of England. 13 wickets fall on day 1 of the third Test. 

22:00 (IST)24 Feb 2021

Kohli goes - India's skipper chops Leach onto off-stump to fall for 27 off 58 balls. India- 98/3.

The 10th time Virat Kohli has been dismissed by left-arm spin in Test cricket. Only the second time he is out bowled to a left-arm spinner. Last time: b Steven O'Keefe 13 (2017 v AUS in Pune)

21:56 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Dropped again!

It's Pope again and this is a relatively easier catch. Kohli continues to have the luck on his side in the battle vs Anderson. Remember Malan? So, Kohli decides to withdraw his bat at the last moment but he hung his willow a little too far across outside off, thick edge and it goes straight towards gully where Pope fails to latch on. Anderson is pulling his hair in frustration...

21:56 (IST)24 Feb 2021

Rohit Sharma with a premeditated the sweep, and Pope, too, premeditated the run-across-and-leap trying to take the catch. Almost plucked it off his right hand, but the ball didn't stick. Score after 29 overs, IND- 91/2

21:40 (IST)24 Feb 2021
12th fifty in Tests for Rohit

He gets there with a flick through mid-wicket and gets a congratulatory handshake from the skipper. An over later, the 50-run  partnership between Rohit and Kohli also comes up. Score after 27 overs, IND- 84/2

21:13 (IST)24 Feb 2021
FOUR! Beautifully Played!!

This shot exactly proves why Virat Kohli's called the best of the best. He doesn't really get a long way across, waits for the ball to do its bit, plays it right under his eyes and unfurls his whippy wrists on the flick through mid-wicket. Score after 23 overs, IND- 72/2

21:03 (IST)24 Feb 2021
England lose review

Huge sigh of relief for Rohit Sharma and India as the replays show that the ball would've gone over the stumps. England lose their review.

21:02 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Bio bubble breach

Bio bubble almost breached as a fan runs out onto the field. Players react quickly enough and get out of the way. As he approaches Kohli the batsman vehemently waves him away, gesticulating with bat. Security gets hold of the young man as he runs back off.

20:40 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Quick wickets

England fighting back in Ahmedabad. Gill and Pujara depart in quick succession. Jofra's short ball has removed Gill for 11. Jack Leach catches Cheteshwar Pujara in front of the stumps early. He departs for a duck. Kohli and Rohit at the crease now. IND are 34/2 after 16 overs.

20:29 (IST)24 Feb 2021
4, 4

Hard grafting for the England bowlers as India are 33/0 and trail by 79 runs. Rohit Sharma with two boundaries in one over. He becomes the ninth Indian batsman to complete 6,000 runs at home across formats. Joins an elite list containing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid among others

20:16 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Steady start

Indian openers off to steady start in reply to ENG’s 112. After 11 overs, India negotiate the tricky twilight period with 19 on the board. Both Gill and Rohit have smashed a couple of glorious boundaries each. IND: 19/0, trail by 93 runs

19:44 (IST)24 Feb 2021

Third delivery after the dinner interval, and Rohit Sharma brings out the cover drive against a full delivery from Stuart Broad! 

18:54 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Dinner break - IND 5/0

Rohit times a shot down the ground off Broad. Four! The first of the innings and maybe the best of the Test so far. Anderson tests Gill with late movement in the last over of the session. At the break, India are 5 without loss. We'll be back in around 40 minutes.

IND trail by 107

18:46 (IST)24 Feb 2021
England unimpressed with Gill reversal

Drama! The drama continues in the pink ball Test. England were very unimpressed with the overturning of the Gill dismissal. Stokes was seen having a mighty laugh about it - doubling down with mirth - but Root had a very solemn look about him as he had a talk with the umpire. Rohit gets a single with a push down the off side. The first run off the bat.

IND 1/0

18:39 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Gill given out, decision overturned - India still 0/0

A hold-up in play with the lights from one section of the ground having gone off. A hushed silence overtakes the ground as play resumes though. Stokes takes a catch at slip. Gill is given out. But replays show the catch was grassed. NOT OUT is the verdict. Gill stays. Cheers and boos ring out the stadium.

IND 0/0

18:31 (IST)24 Feb 2021
India 1st innings begins

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill step out to begin India's 1st innings. James Anderson has the ball in hand. A little more than 20 minutes left in the second session. A slightly uncertain first over faced by Rohit, Anderson getting the ball to gently swing away past the bat. 

IND 0/0

18:16 (IST)24 Feb 2021
England all out for 112

Foakes is bowled! Axar Patel gets his 6th wicket. Finishes with 6/38. What a star! England are bowled out for 112. This is their lowest ever 1st innings Test score in India. Ishant picked up the first wicket, but since then, the visitors have got sucked into a whirlpool of spin.

18:15 (IST)24 Feb 2021
Foakes keeps innings afloat

Bumrah brought back into the attack. India have been operating with their spin pair for an eternity now. Foakes welcomes the pacer back into the attack with a clip off the pads for four. Anderson being given just one or two balls to face at the end of overs. How long can Foakes carry this innings?

ENG 112/9


India Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar

England Squad: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes(w), Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Dominic Bess, Zak Crawley