After being outclassed by England in the first two days of the third Test match at Headingley, Leeds, the Indian cricket team finally had something to cheer about as on Day 3 they bowled out hosts for 432 runs and then had decent two sessions with bat in which they lost only one wicket. Even though the hosts took the wicket of Rohit Sharma in the final session, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli made sure that the visitors does not lose any more wickets in the final session to end the day on high.
After having a dominating second session on Day 3, Team India had a horrendous start to the third session as they lost well-set Rohit Sharma for 59 runs. The dismissal of Sharma saw Indian skipper Virat Kohli at the crease. The right-handed batsman had a great start to his innings as he scored two boundaries against his arch-nemesis James Anderson and looked positive for his unbeaten 94-ball stay in the third session of the day.
Cheteshwar Pujara on the other hand was rock-solid and continued where he left from the post-lunch session to bring up his first half-century of the series. He along with skipper Virat Kohli made sure that England doesn’t gain momentum after the wicket of Sharma and stitched an unbeaten 99-run stand between them off 196 balls for the third wicket to take India’s score past 200 runs
At Stumps on Day 3, India are 139 runs behind England’s first innings score and are 215/2 with skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten at crease for 45 and 90 respectively.
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 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. 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. However, just in the second over after tea, as he was trapped in LBW by Ollie Robinson for his 159-ball 59 runs.