England Vs India 3rd Test Series 2021: Review

England levelled the series by 1-1 in the test series against India at Emerald Headingley, Leeds on Saturday. England won by an innings and 76 runs in the 3rd test.

100 run partnership of Hamid with Burns. (Action Images via REUTERS)

Although, India had an astonishing victory at Lords in the 2nd test, but this match entirely belonged to England and was proven on the first day itself. Day 1 started with India winning the toss and elected to bat first. The day was full of disappointment for the Indian team, as James Anderson was able to bowl out the visitor’s openers in a very few overs. Anderson also managed to put down the Indian team captain Virat Kohli (17), India leading by just 21 runs at 3. Robinson knocked out Ajinkya Rahane (18) and Rishabh Pant (2), the scoreboard at 58/5. Rohit Sharma (19) and Mohammed Shami (0) were sent back to the pavilion by Craig Overton, with India at 67 at 7. The last three wishes of the Indian team were beaten by Sam Curran. India was bowled out at 78 in the first innings losing their all wickets just in 40.4 overs. Therefore, England bowlers were successful in putting the Indian team through difficult times. Then, the remaining day was taken by host team openers Haseeb Hameed (60) and Rory Burns (52) both scoring individual fifties. Their partnership placed England at 120/0 in 42 over at stumps and already leading India by 42 runs.

Skipper Joe Roots hits a Century. (AP Photo)

Day 1 dissatisfaction wasn’t enough for Kohli and company, as the second day came wearing more gratification for the England team. On day 2, Hamid and Burns started their innings but Burns (61) was shortly removed by Shami, host scoring 135/1. By the stroke of tea, the Indian team managed to retire Hamid (68) and Dawid Malan (70) back to the pavilion with the scoreboard at 298/3.  Shami knocked out two more wickets for his team. Skipper Joe Root succeeded in annoying the Indian bowlers by hitting a century, this was his 23rd test hundred in 108 matches, 6th this year, scoring 333/3. But he was also shortly dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah. Later, Jadeja and Siraj took 2 more wickets and the day ended with England at stumps, scoring 423/8 in 129 overs, extending their lead by 345 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara undefeated at 91 on day 3. (AP/PTI)

England begins at 423/8 on the 3rd day and batted for around half an hour, however, Shami (4/95) and Bumrah (2/59) managed to dismiss the remaining two wickets of Craig Overton (32) and Ollie Robinson (0), leading India by 354. The second innings started with Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in the field. By the lunch, KL Rahul (8) was the sole dismissal of the visitors removed by Overton, India at 34/1. Rohit Sharma successfully scored 50 but post tea Robbinson knocks him out at 59 with India at 116/2. After the openers’ dispersal, Cheteshwar Pujara and the skipper Virat Kohli were successful to stick to the pitch for the remaining day and their partnership was really favourable for the visitors. Pujara’s 91 frustrated the host, however, the day ended with India at 215/2 in 80 overs and trail by 139.

Ollie Robinson claimed second 5-wicket haul in the series. (AFP)

The performance of Captain Virat Kohli and Pujara may have given a high stake to the visitors and their fans; however, it didn’t last long. Day 4 started with the two most experienced batsmen of India at the pitch, who was shortly dismissed by Robinson, Pujara at 91 and Kohli at 55. After the fall of the captain, India wasn’t able to stand longer. They even didn’t last till lunch, their last seven wickets scored just 41 from which 30 was scored by Jadeja. With dismissing Siraj at 0, Overton took the last wicket of the visitor and named the 3rd test series, 2021 to England. England equalled the series by 1-1 and won the test by an innings and 76 runs. Robinson was the Player of the Match as he claimed 2nd 5-wicket haul in the series.

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