Highlights, India vs England, 3rd Test Day 4: England hammer India by an innings and 76 runs to level series
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THE TIMES OF INDIA | Aug 28, 2021, 18:16:08 IST
Ollie Robinson is chosen for the Man of the Match award! He says that it is very special and he has dreamt about this as a kid. Adds that he enjoyed bowling here and used the conditions well and getting a 5-fer in an England victory is special. Mentions that it is an honour to play with Anderson and he keeps learning from Jimmy. Tells that it was nice to get Kohlis wicket as he also hit him for a couple of boundaries in the over. Further adds that the plan was the same to Kohli, to bowl in the channel outside off, get it to nip away, and hope that he nicks one. Shares that he feels fine and it was good to get a break between the second Test and the third Test.
3rd Test Report - Ollie Robinson blows away India as England win by an innings and 76 runs
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, says that it was basically down to scoreboard pressure and they were always up against it after getting all out for 78. Adds that they knew it would be hard but opines that they did well on Day 3 and they got a couple of crucial partnerships which set them up, but the pressure from the English pacers troubled them on Day 4. On the first innings, he says that it was bizarre as the pitch was good for batting as demonstrated by the English openers later on. Tells that the pressure was relentless and he feels that its a combination of bad decision-making from the batters and a quality bowling display from England. Laughs and says that he does not have any regrets with the toss and feels that their batters need to make better decisions and they were just not on the money in this game. On Indias batting depth, Kohli replies that the top order has to do enough to give the lower order something to step up. Adds that as a batting group, they need to stay confident and they do not want their lower order to bail them out of a tough spot every time. Tells that they need to assess the surface and also the forecast before deciding on the XI in the next game but at the same time emphasizes that the template to play with 4 fast bowlers is working. Shares that they are confident and they have bounced back many times in the past and they take a lot of pride in trying to correct their errors.
Right then, this Test series is interestingly poised now. India landed a heavy punch at Lords but England have responded with an innings victory. One thing is for sure though, the momentum is not going to stay in one corner, it will keep oscillating. How will India respond to this big loss? Do join us for the 4th Test starting on 2nd September at The Oval to find out. The action will begin at 11 am local (10 am GMT) but you can join us in advance for the build-up. Cheers!
The captain of England, Joe Root, says that it was a clinical performance from their bowlers and they put pressure early on and from the outset, they had a good opportunity to step up and they did that well. Adds that they knew they were capable of putting in displays like this and they just need consistency and lauds his openers for their stand in the first innings. Feels that they hung in there and managed to get results with the second new ball on Day 4. On Anderson, Root says that he sets a wonderful example for the rest of the bowling group, and to consistently perform as he does, is wonderful. On Malan, Joe tells that he played beautifully, and once he got going, he looked fluent and it is great to see him play well. Says that as a batter, you should be ready to come out and score runs whenever needed. Shares that it is special to get a hundred in his home ground and hopes that he carries the same forward. On Robinson, Root replies that he has been exceptional and hopes that his form continues for longer. Opines that Curran is a talented player even though he has not performed at his best in this series. Adds that Curran had an impact late in the first innings too, with the ball. On Buttlers availability for the last two Tests, due to paternity leave, Root says that they will find out in the next couple of days. On the crowd, he says that he always gets a wonderful reception and thanks all the fans for their support.
You dont win many Test matches after getting bundled out in the first two sessions of a Test match. India suffered that fate on Day 1 and to compound their misery, the misfiring English top order chose to return to form. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns shut the doors on India by forming a century stand and after that Dawid Malan and Joe Root extended the English dominance. The Indian bowling was blunted successfully and once the hosts gained a 354-run lead, the writing was on the wall for India.
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India fought bravely on Day 3. Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli put their hands up and reignited hope in the Indian camp. The big deficit was narrowed down to 139 with 8 wickets in hand and all the eyes were on Pujara and Kohli this morning. England had the advantage to operate with the second new ball and the pair of Ollie Robinson and James Anderson ran amok. 8 wickets went down in one session (7 in the span of 54 minutes) and Indias misery with the bat was exposed once again in this Test match.
England have stormed back into this Test series. They have levelled it 1-1 and that sets up for a brilliant last two games. The English players are celebrating on the ground, jumping in joy and the crowd is loving every bit of it. After the high of the Lords Test, Indias flight has come down crashing. Cricket is a great leveller.
Craig Overton to Mohammed Siraj, OUT! EDGED AND CAUGHT! It is all done! There is the game. It has not taken long for England in the morning session on Day 4 to wrap the game up. Brilliant work from England and Overton finishes proceedings. Craig Overton bowls this one on a length, closer to the off pole, it lands and shapes away. Mohammed Siraj looks to block but the outside edge is induced. Jonny Bairstow, at second slip, dives to his right and pouches this. ENGLAND WIN BY AN INNINGS AND 76 RUNS AND LEVEL THE SERIES 1-1!
Craig Overton to Mohammed Siraj, Overton slips this down the leg side, Siraj tries to flick but misses.
Craig Overton to Ravindra Jadeja, OUT! EDGED AND CAUGHT! Overton joins the party now! Brilliant work from him and another Indian batter takes a sad, long walk back to the shed. Jadeja walks back and there goes Indias last shot at avoiding an innings defeat. On a length by Overton, landing closer to off and then leaving the batter. Ravindra Jadeja looks to defend but that proves to be his undoing, as the outside edge is caught. Another catch that Jos Buttler is not going to drop. England are one more wicket away from levelling the series.
Mohammed Siraj is the last batsman for India.
Moeen Ali to Jasprit Bumrah, Flighted on off, Bumrah looks to defend, but the ball catches the outside edge and runs away wide of first slip. He wants one but Jadeja, rightfully, sends him back.
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Moeen Ali to Jasprit Bumrah, A touch short of fuller length, around off, Bumrah dabs it back onto the deck.
Moeen Ali to Jasprit Bumrah, Tossed up, outside off, this is jammed out to the off side.
Moeen Ali to Ravindra Jadeja, Short again, width offered outside off, slapped to sweeper cover for one. Hands the strike back to Bumrah.
Moeen Ali to Ravindra Jadeja, Short, on off, tapped to the point region.
Moeen Ali to Jasprit Bumrah, Loopy, landing full on off, spins in, Bumrah gets low and slog-sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Craig Overton to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Third in a row! Craig Overton comes round the wicket and hurls a shortish ball, offering width outside off, Jadeja again waits for the ball to arrive and then just dabs it past the diving gully fielder. India are behind by 78, whereas, England need 2 more wickets.
Head to Head in TESTSTotal Matches 128
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