After being outclassed by England in the first two sessions, Team India staged a great comeback in the third and final session of the Day 2 of the third Test match at Headingley Leeds. The Virat Kohli-led side took five English wickets to end what has been a long tiring day for them on high note.
Resuming the final session of Day 2 at a score of 298/4, England had yet another fifty partnership as skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scored runs at a great pace to take England’s lead past 250 runs. However, Mohammad Shami turned momentum towards India and removed Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler, who were looking dangerous, in quick succession of time for 29 and 7 respectively to send half of the English side back in the dressing room.
The dismissal of Jos Buttler brought Moeen Ali to the crease who along with Root carried the English ship forward and took lead past 300 runs. The tables turned around when Jasprit Bumrah removed in form Root for 121 runs and in the very next over Ravindra Jadeja claimed his second wicket of the day in Moeen Ali, who gave a simple catch to substitute Akshar Patel, for 8 runs.
The duo of Sam Curran and Craig Overton played their shots and took charge to Indian bowlers for their 35 runs partnership, which was broken by Mohammed Siraj few overs before the stumps. At the end of the Day 2, England are 423/8 with a first innings lead of 345 runs. Ollie Robinson and Craig Overton remained unbeaten at stumps on the score of 0 and 24 respectively.
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 carried 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 notched up the third successive century of the series. Root looked very proactive in his innings and scored runs at a great pace to put bowlers under immense pressure and also completed 400 runs in the Test series at a staggering average of over 133. He smashed Indian bowlers all around the ground and made them look helpless but the standout feature of his innings was his cover drivers. His innings of great resilience finally came to an end when Jasprit Bumrah uprooted his stumps for 121 runs.