Besides Rahul and Pant, Ravindra Jadeja stole the show with a quick-fire half-century.
Who says Test cricket is boring? Fans have witnessed some exciting action between the bat and the ball in ongoing England vs India 1st Test. Momentum has been on a roller-coaster with both teams putting up great momentum. At stumps on Day 3, India are certainly in a better position with their lead being of 70 runs. However, the Three Lions still have all chances of emerging victorious.
Focusing on the happenings of Day 3, India came out to bat at 125/4, trailing 58 runs behind England’s first innings total of 183. They started well with KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant looking solid in the middle. While runs were also coming at an impressive pace, it also allowed England to draw some blood. Ollie Robinson and James Anderson were among the wickets but what remains constant is a healthy scoring rate.
Besides Rahul and Pant, Ravindra Jadeja stole the show with a quick-fire half-century. Critics questioning Team India’s tail also were silenced with lower-order batters chipping in with crucial contributions. Jasprit Bumrah was brilliant in particular, scoring an entertaining 28. As a result, India posted 278 runs, earning a priceless 95-run lead.
However, unlike the first innings, England openers started off well this time, adding 25 runs for the first wickets. Just when the batting seemed taking a flight, cricket’s age-old enemy in England, rain played a part and the play was abandoned. As mentioned above, the home team is currently trailing by 70 runs and the result can go either side.
Meanwhile, here are the important stats and numbers from the England vs India 1st Test Day 3
621 – James Anderson became the third-highest wicket-taker in Test matches. He went past Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 wickets by dismissing KL Rahul. Anderson went onto take one more wicket, extending his count to 621 scalps in the format. Only Muthiah Muralidaran (800) and Shane Warne (708) are ahead of him now.
88 – Anderson now has 88 Test wickets against India in England, most for any bowler against an opposition in home Tests. He surpassed veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who took 87 Australian wickets on England soil.
53 – Ravindra Jadeja became the fifth-fastest all-rounder to achieve the double of 2000 runs & 200 wickets in Test matches. He took 53 innings to get the landmark. Notably, Ravichandran Ashwin (51) and Kapil Dev (50) got the milestone faster than the southpaw.
45.50 – Among Indian batters with over 100 runs, Jadeja has the highest batting average in overseas Tests since 2017. He has scored runs at 45.50 in this period.
84 – KL Rahul’s total of 84 is the fourth-highest total by an Indian opener in England Tests since 2011. Interestingly, Rahul only tops this list. He scored 149 at Oval during the 2018 tour.
5 – England pacer scalped his maiden five-wicket haul in Test matches. His best figures were 4/75 against New Zealand before this clash.
28 – Jasprit Bumrah recorded his highest score in Test matches, slamming 28 off 34 deliveries. His highest Test score was an unbeaten 10 before this game.
585 – Rishabh Pant became India’s highest scorer in Test matches this year. His entertaining 25 enhanced his tally to 585 runs in Test matches. Notably, his average and strike rate has been over 50 and 70 respectively this year.