After being dominated on the first day of the third Test match at Headingley Leeds, Indian cricket team staged a decent comeback in the first session of Day 2 to remove well-set English openers. However, the home side made sure that momentum doesn’t go in India’s way and notched over 100 runs in the post-lunch session and just when it looked Joe Root-led will have a wicketless session they lost Dawid Malan on the last delivery before Tea.
Dawid Malan and skipper Joe Root started the proceedings of the post-lunch session with the bat for England. Both the batsmen looked very solid at the crease and kept scoring boundaries at regular intervals to bring their 100-run partnership.
The senior batting-duo made Indian bowlers look helpless and in the process also reached their half-centuries to take England’s lead past 200 runs. However, just at the stroke of Tea, the 139 partnership between the duo was broken by Mohammed Siraj when he removed Dawid Malan for 70 runs.
At Tea on Day 2, the hosts are 298/3 and are 220 runs ahead of India’s first innings total with skipper Joe Root looking set for his third century of the series with his batting score reading 80*.
England skipper Joe Root has been the best batsman in the ongoing Test series between England and India. The right-handed batsman scored two centuries in the first two Test matches at Trent Bridge and Lord’s and is carrying his red hot form in the ongoing third Test match at Leeds.
The 30-year old came to bat after the wicket of Haseeb Hammed and asserted his authority right from the ball one he played. The English skipper looked very solid and reached his fourth 50-plus score of the series. Root looked very proactive in his innings and scored runs at a great pace to put bowlers under immense pressure. The standout feature of his innings was his cover drivers and in the process he also completed 400 runs in the ongoing Test series at a staggering average of over 133.