After bowling out England in the first session of Day 3 at Headingley, Leeds, Indian cricket were in a spot of bother as they lost KL Rahul just at the stroke of Lunch. However, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara joined hands together in the post-lunch session and made sure that no further damage happens and India had a better of the second session.
Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara started the post-lunch session for India. The duo started confidently and showed intent right from the ball one of the second session.
India’s No.3 started his innings against his style of play and asserted his authority ever since his arrival on the crease by hitting boundaries on regular intervals to put English bowlers under pressure. The senior opener was once again on the top of his game and kept ticking the scoreboard and at the same time was very watchful and respected the good deliveries.
The duo together showed great composure and resilience put on 78-run partnership in 166 deliveries to make sure that no Indian wicket fell in the second session of the day. At Tea on Day 3, the Virat Kohli-led side are trailing England by 242 runs and are 112/1 with both Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara looking strong for the big score. The Mumbai Indians skipper remained unbeaten at 59 while Pujara is batting at 40.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma has been one of the biggest positives for Team India in the ongoing Test series against England. The right-handed batsman has so far has looked the most settled Indian batsman at the crease. He looked solid in both the innings at Trent Bridge and then followed it with a masterful 84 in the second Test at Lord’s cricket ground.
In the ongoing third Test match at Leeds, the senior Indian opener was the only Indian batsman to face more than 100 balls in the first innings but a false shot saw him back in the dressing room for 19 runs. However, he looked even more settled in the second innings and for the fourth time survived 100+ balls in this series to notch up his second half-century of the series.