After an exciting Day 2 of the second Test match, the England cricket team dominated the first session of Day 3 at Lord’s cricket ground. The Indian bowlers struggled to produce movement of the pitch as overnight batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow notched up century stand for the fourth wicket.
Joe Root, who yesterday became the second-highest run-scorer for England in the longest format of the game, carried his red hot form and reached yet another half-century for his team, his third successive 50+ score of the series. The right-handed batsman along with Jonny Bairstow, who also scored his half-century, utilised the sunny conditions well and made sure that no English wicket fell in the first session of the third day’s play.
Runs were flowing at both the ends as Bairstow and Root and got a lot of boundaries and the duo notched up century partnerships for the fourth wicket. For India, only Jasprit Bumrah was the only bowler who produced some movement with the ball and tested English batsmen.
At Lunch on Day 3, England cricket team are 148 runs behind India’s score and are 216/3 with both Joe root (89*) and Jonny Bairstow (50*) going strong and looking set for the big innings.
With pitch getting dryer and slower with time, Team India are certainly missing their premier spinner R Ashwin, who was left out of the Indian side for the second match in a row. The Virat Kohli-led side yet again fielded a four-pronged pace attack, replacing Shardul Thakur with Ishant Sharma for the Lord’s Test.
The Lanky pacer is not having the best of times in this Test match as the duo of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are easily scoring runs against him which reflects his ineffectiveness with the old ball. With not much difference between the skills of Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj, the Virat Kohli-led side could’ve easily drafted R Ashwin for Lord’s Test match as in addition to his bowling, the spinner could’ve contributed with the bat as well.