After being dominated by hosts on the first two days of the third Test match at Headingley, Leeds, the Indian cricket team finally had something to cheer about as they bowled out England and then had a decent outing on Day 3 with the bat to end the day on high. However, the hosts bounced back hard in the first session of Day 4 to bowl out Indian for 278 runs.
Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara started the proceedings for India with the bat on Day 4. The duo was left stranded on a 99-run partnership as bad light played a part that forced the umpire to take early stumps on Day 3. Both the batsmen were very watchful against the likes of James Anderson and Ollie Robinson with the new ball in the first three overs but Pujara was trapped in LBW by Robinson for his overnight score of 91 runs.
Virat Kohli and deputy Ajinkya Rahane then joined hands together but it was only a matter of time until Ollie Robinson struck once again and removed Indian skipper after he scored a half-century for 55 runs. Things got even worse for India when Anderson sent Ajinkya Rahane packing for 10 runs just a delivery before drinks break.
English bowlers continued to haunt, Indian batsmen and removed Rishabh Pant, Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma in quick succession of time to put the visitors in all sorts of trouble. Ravindra Jadeja took charge to English bowlers but Craig Overton managed to find the outside edge of his bat to send him back to the dressing room for 30 runs and then followed it with the wicket of Mohammed Siraj to hand the Joe Root-led side an innings and 76 runs victory and level the series 1-1.
Coming to the series, Cheteshwar Pujara received some flak for his poor run of forms. He then failed to impress in the first Test match at Trent Bridge and had another poor outing in the first innings of the Lord’s Test match, which India won by 151 runs. The right-handed batsmen then played a fine knock of 45 runs in the second innings of the same match but failed to carry his form in the first innings of the ongoing third Test match as the Virat Kohli-led side were bundled out for just 78 runs.
In the second Pujara walked out to bat when India lost KL Rahul early and just when it mattered the most, the right-handed batsman stood up for his team and smashed a masterful century to bail India out of the trouble. He 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 but failed to add to his overnight tally and was given LBW off Ollie Robinson for 91 runs.