India Vs England 3rd Test: The English Batsmen Fell Prey To The Indian Spinners

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In the third Test 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), Joe Root (17), Axar Patel (6/38). First Innings, India 5/0, Rohit Sharma (5*), Overs 5. The second session of the third Test belonged to the Indian team as they took six wickets with the ball and conceded only 31 runs.

Ben Stokes (6) and Ollie Pope (1) walked in to bat in the second session of the day, the latter couldn’t survive long as the batsman was clean bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin. Ben Foakes (11) came to the crease after Pope’s dismissal. Stokes also fell prey to Axar Patel in the following over as the all-rounder was struck on his pad right in front of the stumps. The English batsmen looked clueless against the Indian spinners. Jofra Archer (11) was Stokes’ replacement as the tail-ender started playing his natural game of swinging the ball on each and every delivery. Archer found a couple of boundaries before his off-stump was knocked over by Patel in the 35th over. Jack Leach came to bat but the southpaw couldn’t survive the wrath of the Indian spinners as the tail-ender edged the ball to the second slip on Ashwin’s turning delivery. Cheteshwar Pujara completed a low catch and helped India get their eighth wicket. Ben Foakes and Stuart Broad stuck in there for nine overs with just scoring seven runs, finally, the mini partnership was broken when the latter edged the ball while sweeping and ended up being caught at the deep by Jasprit Bumrah on Patel’s bowling. With this wicket, the local boy Patel completed the second five-wicket haul of his Test career. Foakes hung in there amidst the fall of wickets but couldn’t add many runs before he was bowled by Patel. The Indian spinners had a complete dominance so far in the game as England were wrapped up by India for a mere total of 112. Patel pocketed six wickets, Ashwin grabbed three while Ishant Sharma had one wicket to his name.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the proceedings with the bat for the home team. India had a slow start to their innings, the openers didn’t take any unnecessary risks against the England pace duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson. The host finishes the second session without losing a single wicket with the openers looking solid with their defence. In the second session, 36 runs were scored in 26.4 overs at the run rate of 1.17 runs per over.

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