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Kohli v Jimmy – Kohli gets the early momentum
I’ll let Alan Gardner over on ball-by-ball describe the two boundaries Kohli hit in the last Anderson over.
Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, sprayed leg side and Kohli clips him bloodlessly through backward square, a bonus boundary gratefully accepted by India’s captain
Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, easy driver! Full in the channel and Kolhi shifts the weight forward to ping Anderson past extra cover, Moeen won’t be catching that!
Anderson, by the way, hasn’t been quite at his best today. A lot of legside balls, maybe because he’s gone in search of that hooping banana swing.
Pujara breaks the streak
It had been 11 completed innings since his last half-century, but just as it seemed like his place could be on the line, Pujara produces a fifty in demanding conditions. Fittingly, he gets there with a legside boundary – clubbing, a Craig Overton bouncer aerially over square leg. He’s batted pretty briskly given the situation too, reaching the milestone off the 93rd delivery he faced.
Still. If he’s to do India’s match outlook any good, he’s got to be thinking about doubling his present tally at least.
Robinson finally gets an lbw
Look, Robinson deserves this wicket, but why must it be Rohit who has to go? Life is a disappointment sometimes. All day long, Robinson has been threatening pads, raising big shouts and prompting reviews. This one hits Rohit in front of middle and leg, beating Rohit’s defensive shot, after nipping back from just outside off. Umpire Kettleborough gave it out, but Rohit reviews as there’s a chance it’s sliding down leg. No such luck though. Ball tracking shows it shaving leg stump, and the umpire’s decision stands. Rohit’s gone for a good-looking 59, which, typically, leaves fans wanting more.
Kohli’s here now though. And Anderson, who was taking a breather, promptly reappears on the field as well. We might be in for another mini-war.
Rohit and Pujara hang in there
India’s first truly successful session with the bat in the Test – Rohit the lynchpin so far, paring his game down to its essentials, leaving well, blocking plenty, looking largely effortless while doing so, though he did survive some close lbw shouts against Ollie Robinson in particular.
Pujara was lucky to get a few legside balls early in his innings to get himself going, but has been resolute since. He goes to the break on 40 off 72, having actually outpaced Rohit in this partnership. They scored 78 off 27 overs together, after lunch.
For all that hard work, India are still a whopping 242 runs behind. Will all this resistance be for nothing? Or can they build to something incredible? (I’m trying desperately to make this match situation seem more even than it is.)
Pujara waits for the bad ones; Rohit gets himself to fifty
Pujara is on 26 runs, but he’s had only seven scoring shots – six of those boundaries. Generally, he has waited for bowlers to stray into his pads. There were two beautifully whipped fours through deep midwicket, another backward of square leg, and another through fine leg. Once, he ventured big cover drive to an overpitched Robinson delivery as well. He’s not exactly batted with confidence, but whenever England have strayed – perhaps searching for swing and not quite finding it – he’s been good enough to put it away.
At the other end, Rohit has been a little more comfortable working the ball around, particularly into the legside, though when he has ventured big shot it’s generally been to off. He’s defended resolutely, even if the occasional swinging delivery has beaten his bat. The fifty came off 125 balls. Here’s his wagon wheel. That uppercut six over third man my favourite this innings.
Robinson in rhythm
Before lunch, he was perhaps the best of England’s bowlers. He’s come back strongly after the break as well, and in his 10th over of the innings just now, raised a strong lbw appeal, having hit Rohit on the back leg. the impact came in front of off stump, but height was always going to be a problem. And sure enough, although Root reviews, ball projection has it whistling through an inch above the bails.
Things have got sliiiiiightly easier for India after lunch, but that’s not to say a wicket (or two) couldn’t be around the corner. But they are finding runs more comfortably now, and Pujara has even got himself into the 20s without much fuss.
If you’ve got something to say, why not hire a pilot to drag your message across the sky?
No word as yet from Dobell on whether he was the one who paid for all this.
Che’s last dance?
Remember when India went to Australia, lost half of their first choice team to injury and other absences, and still managed to scrap themselves to a series victory, sealing it at the Gabba? Cheteshwar Pujara had been fantastic through that series, drawing the venom from the Australia attack, allowing more aggressively minded batters play freely lower down the order. India discovered the extent of their Test-match depth on that tour, but now, it is Pujara who is at risk of losing his place to those capable fringe players.
It’s been eleven innings since Pujara struck a fifty – his last half-century coming way back in the first Test against India, in Chennai. His last century came way back in early 2019, an eon ago. Hanuma Vihari, one of the batters who did well on that Australia tour, is breathing down his neck. As is Mayank Agarwal. In some ways, this is nicely set up for a vintage Pujara innings. India desperately need him to knuckle down and bat time.
But these are also incredibly testing conditions. The sun has not come out after lunch. The ball is swinging. And England’s quicks are closing in like lionesses in a pride.
Bairstow in left-handed stunner!
One more ball. That’s all Rahul had to see out for India to say they were zero down at lunch. But he gets squared up by an Overton delivery that straightens in the air late, pitches just short of a length, and takes his outside edge. The ream magic in the dismissal though was provided by Jonny Bairstow at second slip who stuck his left hand out as he fell to the right, and clung cleanly to the ball, which was T-R-A-V-E-L-I-N-G. That would have been a tough grab with keeper’s gloves on, but Bairstow moved on it and held it flawlessly. (I mean, it was possible that Root would have taken this comfortably at first slip had Bairstow not intervened, but let’s not kill the vibe.)
A big break for England to close out the first session. And India have two out-of-form batters – Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli – coming in next. Batting today, under these heavy clouds, has been a lot tougher than it seemed yesterday.
A touch of T20
It’s so overcast the floodlights are on. The ball is swinging, and moving just a touch off the surface. You could forgive India’s openers for hunkering down and leaving everything they don’t have to play at. But that’s not really Rohit’s vibe. The moment he spots a slightly wayward bouncer from Robinson, Rohit gets into position and ramps it high over the slips. The connection is so good it carries way over third man, and over the boundary. That’s India’s first six of the match.
Rahul reviews in the nick of time
A second later, and Rahul would have been kicking himself in the dressing room.
Ollie Robinson had pitched this one up, nipped it back, and struck Rahul in front of middle and off, in the 10th over. The shout always looked good, and the umpire gave him out fairly quickly. While England were celebrating the wicket of India’s in-form batter, however, Rahul seemed to be desperate to review, but talked to Rohit first. It was only in the final second of the 15-second countdown that he signaled the review to the umpire. He had been hit in line with the stumps, but the angle of the delivery, which had jagged back, was taking it down the legside.
Anderson has also gone out of the attack – Craig Overton is in at that end.
India openers resist Anderson…for now
Four Anderson overs in, India’s openers have played him ok. He’s swinging it significantly, and moving the odd ball in as well. But both Rahul and Rohit Sharma are playing inside the line, and leaving pretty well. Rohit even hit him through extra cover for four. It’ll be a long first spell though. India have plenty of work to do.
How long will India last?
England clearly have their opposition by the short and curlies, but with Anderson swinging it again in the second innings, can India fight through and make a game of it? There are dark clouds and a bit of drizzle around, so the next 80 minutes is going to be tough for the visitors.
India wrap it up
Just like that, England’s innings comes to a close. They added only nine runs today, most of those by Overton. Ollie Robinson, in his attempts to keep James Anderson off strike against Jasprit Bumrah, tries to smear a ball through the offside, but misses, and has his offstump rattled.
England, by the way, lost their last seven wickets for 82 runs, when they had at one point threatened a score of well over 500. The partnership table tells the story. Each of the top four made more than 50. No one else did.
It’s fullish, straight, nips back off the surface slightly, and hits Overton below the knee roll. It’s plumb. Overton reviews, but he’s just doing it for the hell of it, I think. India were desperate to break this partnership, and Shami – by a distance their best bowler in the innings – has given them the opening.
Four wickets now for Shami. A shot at a five-for.
Overton gets England moving
Mohammad Shami starts for India, but is struck for two successive boundaries at the end of the over by Craig Overton. The first is a slash through deep point, the second a flick in front of square leg. Strong suggestions that the pitch is still very good to bat on. England’s lead surpasses 350.
A bad-old Ishant performance
Sid Monga has dug into what yesterday’s performance meant for India, suggesting that despite their woeful position in the game, a day in which they took 8 wickets for 303 is not particularly bad, in isolation. These paras on Ishant Sharma, who has gone wicketless so far, and leaked runs at 4.18 across his 22 overs, are especially good.
Only problem is, Ishant was truly off colour. Ishant was having perhaps his first ordinary Test in seven years. He was cut away for three boundaries in his first four overs. The last time he conceded more than three boundaries in a whole Test – to the cut shot – was in December 2017*. It doesn’t need GPS trackers to know he was slower in his run-up than he probably has ever been. The speeds were down too. He bowled 22 overs without a maiden, the longest an opening bowler has gone without one in England since 2002.
All bar four of Ishant’s dearer spells than this came before 2015. That he has had to be so drastically off rhythm to be reminded of those bad old days is testament to his turnaround. Those bad old days were when often he would be the only bowler fit enough to toil for long spells. Here he had Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to pick up the slack. In an innings that Ishant and Mohammed Siraj drew a mistake once every 10 balls or slower, Bumrah and Shami kept doing so once an over.
What does the path to an India win look like?
We’re at day three. England are roughly half a billion runs ahead. Although they are eight down, they still have two batters with first-class hundreds at the crease, which is a little ridiculous. Is this Test a foregone conclusion? Or can India take these final wickets quickly, rack up like 500 in the second innings, and then hope that England forget which end of the bat to hold in the fourth innings (not an entirely impossible scenario if you’ve watched England bat recently).
The one thing that probably isn’t going to happen, though, is a rain-affected draw.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf