ISHANT SHARMA AND R. ASHWIN EMERGE AS LEADING WICKET TAKERS
Interestingly on the third day, Ishant Sharma took four wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three England struggled at 97/7 at lunch at Edgbaston. Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow steadied the innings but the Indian bowlers proved to be the victor as they ran riot thanks to the pitch which provided them with ample assistance.
BCCI’S PRAISE FOR ISHANT SHARMA
ENG-IND TEST MATCH-1, DAY 3
The England-India Day 3 test series had a great start for the Indian squad. At lunch, the English players made only 97 runs at the loss of 7 wickets. Ishant Sharma and R. Ashwin emerged as the leading wicket takers.
While Ishant Sharma took 4 wickets by giving 24 runs, Ashwin took 3 wickets by giving 38 runs.
Mohammed Shami remained unsuccessful, Shami gave 26 runs but could not take a single wicket.
DAY 2: KOHLI HITS TON, OTHER PLAYERS DEPART EARLY
On Day 2, except Kohli, who made 149 runs and the only player who stroked a century, no other player reached even half a ton. While the openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan made 20 and 26 runs respectively, KL Rahul scored only 4 runs and got out. Rahane made only 15 runs, whereas Dinesh Karthik got out without hitting even a single run. As a result, the entire Indian team got washed out at 274 runs.
Ashwin dismissed Alastair Cook late in the day to hand the visitors a slight advantage. Earlier, England were bowled out for 287 with Ashwin taking four wickets and Mohammed Shami claiming three.
ASHWIN STILL REMAINS A THREAT FOR ENGLISH PLAYERS
Ravichandran Ashwin is looking as dangerous as ever. The ball is turning quite a bit and with two catches falling short, it is actually unlucky that the off-spinner did not get any other wickets. England 57 for the loss of three wickets.