Star India batter Shubman Gill and Ravichandran Ashwin gave India the upper hand against England on the third day of the second Test of the five-match series at ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Sunday.
At Day 3 stumps, England are 67/1 in 14 overs while chasing 399 runs, with Zak Crawly unbeaten on 29 off 50 balls with the help of three fours and a six and night-watchman Rehan Ahmad is unbeaten on 9 runs from 8 balls which was laced by two fours.
The hosts started the third session at 227/6 with KS Bharat and RavichandranAshwin unbeaten with scores of 6(27) and 1(8) respectively.
Inside two runs, India first lost the wicket of Bharat who was dismissed after scoring just six runs and then the side lost the wicket of KuldeepYadav who went back to the pavilion without scoring.
After losing two quick wickets, JaspritBumrah came to the crease to support Ashwin. Both the batters put on a partnership of 26 runs before Bumrah was dismissed when the team score was 255 runs in the 78th over.
Soon after Bumrah’s wicket, Ashwin was also sent back to the dressing room in the next over as the team was bundled out for 255 runs.
England openers Ben Duckett and Zak Crawly came into bat to chase 399 runs set by the Rohit Sharma-led India side. Both the batters started off the innings with a positive intent. Both of them put in another 50-run partnership for their side before Duckett was dismissed after scoring 28 runs on the bowling of Ashwin.
Aswin bowled two overs on Day 3 in which he conceded 8 runs and took one wicket.
Earlier in the day, India started the session at 28/0, with skipper Rohit Sharma (13*) and YashasviJaiswal (15*) unbeaten.
James Anderson struck early for England in the session, cleaning up Rohit’s stumps for 13, continuing the Indian veteran’s long-format struggles. India was 29/1.
Jaiswal, the double centurion in the first innings, was also caught by Joe Root at slips for just 17, giving Anderson his second wicket. India was 30/2. ShreyasIyer and Shubman Gill, two batters struggling for runs and form, were the fresh pair at the crease and had the responsibility to build a partnership.
Gill dispatched Shoaib Bashir for a six at the end of the 17th over to bring India’s lead to 200 runs.
Iyer and Gill continued to punish England’s inexperienced spinners, Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley, hitting them for several boundaries.
India reached the 100-run mark in 25.3 overs.
Gill reached his fifth Test half-century in 60 balls, with eight fours and a six, striking Rehan for a boundary to reach the milestone.
Iyer-Gill seemed to building something big when Hartley struck for the visitors. Iyer’s struggles in Test cricket continued as he could not get the desired elevation on a full-length delivery and skipper Ben Stokes came running from mid-off to take a diving catch. Iyer was out for 29 in 52 balls, with two fours. India was 111/3.
RajatPatidar, the debutant could not continue his innings for long as Rehan got him for just nine after he was caught by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes. India was 122/4.
After India started to show signs of collapsing just like in the first Test, Gill (104) and Axar (45) cast away the doubts with their 89-run stand.
Gill took the onus of scoring the majority of the runs while Patel played the anchor role, steering the flow of the game and rotating strike on every available opportunity.
The 24-year-old made Rehan Ahmed his target, scoring runs from time to time. Shubman with simplicity in his approach used his feet and raised his bat for his third Test ton.
Both batters managed to avoid traps laid by England Test skipper Ben Stokes with constant tinkering in the field.
Gill tried to pull off a reverse sweep but gloved it straight to Ben Foakes in Shoaib Bashir’s over. Initially, the on-field umpire deemed Gill not out, pushing Stokes to go for the DRS. The replay showed the ball glancing off Gill’s gloves and handed England their first successful review in the series.
Laced with 11 boundaries and two maximums Gill’s time at the crease came to an end with a score of 104.
Axar got trapped in front of the stumps by Tom Hartley which led to the arrival of RavichandranAshwin.
Brief Score: England 253 & 67/1 (Zak Crawly 29*, Ben Duckett 28, RavichandranAshwin 1/8) vs India 396 & 255 (Shubman Gill 104, Axar Patel 45, Tom Hartley 4/77).
Legendary Pakistan pacer WaqarYounis heaped praise on star India pacer JaspritBumrah for his bowling performances in the second Test against England, which also included a scorching yorker that dismantled England batter Ollie Pope’s middle and leg stumps.
Day two of the second Test between India and England saw many remarkable moments. Be it YashasviJaiswal’s maiden double century, Zak Crawley’s brilliant counterattack after India posted a big total in the first innings or Bumrah’s six-wicket haul, the day had a lot of moments for cricket aficionados to savour.
Joe Root sustains ‘external blow’ on finger in 2nd Test against India
Visakhapatnam: England batter Joe Root’s return to the field for the second Test against India remains uncertain after he sustained an external blow on his right finger while attempting to take a catch at slip in the first session on Day 3 at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
Root ended up sustaining an injury on his right little finger and is currently being treated by England’s medical team.
“Joe Root sustained an external blow to his right little finger, attempting a slip catch in the first session of day three. The England medical team will keep him off the field for the time being to treat and ice. At this stage, there is no indication of when he will return to the field,” England Cricket stated in a statement.
The incident occurred during the 18th over of India’s second innings, Root attempted to take a catch in the fourth ball of Tom Hartley’s over. The spinner forced out an edge of Shubman Gil, Root got a finger to it but failed to complete the catch. The ball eventually ran away for a boundary.
Gill went on unbeaten with a score of 60 at the end of the first session with India’s score reading 130/4.
The 24-year-old reached his fifth Test half-century in 60 balls, with eight fours and a six, striking Rehan for a boundary to reach the milestone.
His unbeaten knock has provided India a platform to build a strong target after losing a couple of early wickets.
England will certainly feel Root’s absence as he has been a crucial cog in their bowling set-up with his off-spin deliveries.
In England’s 28-run win in the first Test in Hyderabad, Root failed to perform with the bat but compensated for it by picking up five wickets across both innings.
‘Bumrah’s magic’: WaqarYounis heaps praises on Indian pacer’s yorker to Ollie Pope
Taking to X (formerly Twitter), he responded to a user’s question on if the ball delivered by Bumrah to Pope reminded him of anyone, Waqar replied, “Can’t think of anyone Hemant. Bumrah’s Magic.” Bumrah became the fastest Indian speedster to pick 150+ wickets in long-format cricket. He reached the remarkable feat after delivering 6781 balls in Test cricket. Meanwhile, UmeshYadav stands in the second spot with 7661 balls.
Mohammed Shami and KapilDev hold the third and fourth place with 7755 and 8378 balls respectively.
Bumrah reached another milestone on Saturday. He took KapilDev’s place to dismiss the opposition’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth batters in an innings in a Test in India. Earlier, KapilDev made the record in 1983 against West Indies in Ahmedabad, where the former India skipper made a stunning spell of 9/83.
Among the bowlers with 150 Test wickets, he has the second-best bowling average at 20.28, next to Syd Barnes of England (16.43).
On the other hand, with 789 international wickets, Waqar is one of the greatest pacers to come out of Pakistan and in international cricket as a whole. With 375 international wickets in just 185 appearances, Bumrah is also match-by-match making his way upto the list of cricket’s all-time great pacers.