India have managed to pull things back to a small extent in the ongoing 3rd test between India and England at Headingley, Leeds. India were bundled out for a mere 78 in their first innings in which they didn’t even last for 250 balls.
England managed to rack up a huge first innings total and have put India under pressure at the start of day 3 but India have managed to hang in there and showed some great character which they are known for under the able leadership of India’s most successful captain in the longest format of the game in Virat Kohli.
There were a lot of criticism over Cheteshwar Pujara’s place in the side and rightly so as he was not matching his own standards since the 2018-19 tour down under. He has been utterly inconsistent and hasn’t been amongst big runs which everyone associate with the veteran Indian batsman.
He played a timely knock in the 2nd innings at Lord’s when the chips were down and India were staring at a defeat but even there he couldn’t convert it into a big one. He poked at one outside off in the first innings here at Leeds and was under immense pressure to deliver in this innings and he responded with an unbeaten 91 in the 2nd innings.
In the process, he played a pull shot off the bowling of Moeen Ali towards late in the day that almost took the leg umpire’s head with it.
India showed great fight alright but they have an humongous task at their hands as they still trial England by 139 runs with 8 wickets remaining. They would need hefty contributions from not only their recognised batters but also from their bowlers like the 2nd test which is unlikely by all means.
All in all, an interesting day is on cards and could well be the last day of the game with England leveling the series 1-1.