In the third Test match of England tour of India, Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat at the Narendra Modi Stadium. First Innings, England 112/10, Overs 48.4, Zak Crawley (53), Axar Patel (6/38). India 99/3, Rohit Sharma (57*), Virat Kohli (27), Jack Leach (2/27). The third session of the day was shared between the two teams as 94 runs were scored at the fall of three wickets in 28 overs.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the proceedings with the bat for India in the final session. Gill was taking his time to settle in and get off the mark as the youngster took more than 40 minutes to score his first run. On the other end, Rohit was showing respect to the good deliveries but was putting the bad balls away. He didn’t spare the short deliveries bowled by Jofra Archer as he was sending them to the boundaries with an ease. England got their first wicket in the form of Gill, he went for the pull shot but ended up edging the ball and caught by Zak Crawley. Cheteshwar Pujara came at the crease at number three, without making much difference on the scoreboard the batsman walked back to the pavilion. Pujara was struck on his pads right in front of his stumps. The Indian skipper walked into bat after Pujara’s dismissal and he looked comfortable against the English bowlers under the lights. The fall of two quick wickets didn’t bother Rohit as he was attacking the short deliveries on both sides of the field. The 33-year-old opener completed his half-century in the 25th over in 63 balls. The two Indian star batsmen had crucial a partnership of 64 runs for the third wicket before Leach chipped away Kohli’s bails in the last over of the day. Ajinkya Rahane joined Rohit at the crease after the skipper’s dismissal.
The home team would want Rahane and Rohit to create a big partnership that would pressurize the visitors. In the third session, 94 runs were scored in 28 overs at the run rate of 3.35 runs per over.