After being dominated by England on the first two days of the third Test match at Headingley, Leeds, the Indian cricket team in the first four overs of the third day bowled out the Joe Root-led side for 432 runs with a lead of 354 runs. With the bat India looked solid and just when it looked the Virat Kohli- led side will end the first session without loss of any wicket, Craig Overton managed to find the outside edge of Kl Rahul to send him packing on the last ball before lunch.
Trailing by 354 runs, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul looked solid and negotiated the first hour. Even though the ball missed the edges of their bat, the duo was watchful and found a way to survive in what were difficult conditions to bat.
Among both the openers, Rohit Sharma showed signs of aggression and kept ticking the scoreboard by finding gaps and even scored a six off Ollie Robinson while KL Rahul looked bit shaky and even survived a DRS call but failed to negotiate the tricky phase as just at stroke of Lunch the right-handed batsman nicked one of off Craig Overton to give England a perfect start in the first session of Day 3. At Tea on the third day, the Virat Kohli-led side are 34/1 with Mumbai Indians skipper unbeaten at the crease on 25.
After bowling out, Indian for 78 runs in the first innings, England cricket then displayed a sensational batting performance. The openers got home side off the flyer and stitched 135 runs for the opening partnership with both the batsmen scoring half-centuries. Skipper Joe Root and Dawid Malan then carried the ship forward and stitched 139 runs partnership.
While the southpaw scored 70 runs on his return, Root smashed yet another century to take England’s lead past 300 runs. A vital contributions from Jonny Bairstow, Craig Overton and lower order in the end helped England take a mammoth first innings lead of 354 runs.