India looked strong at stumps on Day 3 but this Test match swung in England’s favor as they beat India by an innings and 76 runs. England pacers knock India out in the first session of Day 4 with Ollie Robinson took his second five-wicket of his career.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara calmed the storm by making a 99 run partnership and ending the day at 215 for two. Pujara was batting a 91 and Kohli at 45 started the day’s play with the new ball. But, it was the new ball that put pressure on India.
As Anderson missed his bowling line yesterday found his rhythm and started posing questions at the two batsmen. The Indian captain played good leaves as Anderson’s balls teased him every time.
Robinson from the other end looked threatening as he finally got the breakthrough taking out Pujara. It wasn’t a very good leave from him he put his front pad ahead of an angling ball, though the umpire didn’t agree to the appeals. England went with the review and the hawkeye cleared the doubt and Pujara was walking back very early into the day without scoring.
The battle between Kohli and Anderson was worth watching. Anderson thought he had got him again as the umpire raised his finger for caught behind. But Rahane insisted on taking the review and it went successful for India. The bat had actually hit his front pad and not the ball saving him and India.
Well if it wasn’t Anderson then it was Robinson who took him out taking his second massive wicket of the day. Kohli was uncertain and an edge found his opponent captain Root’s firm hands. They were under pressure as they crumbled to England’s bowling. Moeen Ali also picked a wicket of Shami. While Overton grabbed two more to finish off India.
India second Innings
India – 278 all out
Rohit Sharma – 59 (156), Cheteshwar Pujara – 91 (189), Virat Kohli – 55 (125)
Ollie Robinson – 5/65, Craig Overton – 3/47