India Need Remaining Six Wickets to Restrict England from Attaining Substantial Runs

November 29 15:11 2016

india1New Delhi, Tuesday, November 29 – On Day 3 of the third Test at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali against England, Indian tail-ender batsmen did the job for the team. England wanted wickets of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja after they resumed their batting at the scores of 57 and 31, respectively.

Virat Kohli expected his teammates to deliver. His men did what was likely. Parthiv Patel, Murali Vijay, Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami did what could have taken India to a strong spot. Karun Nair was unfortunate to be a run out victim, while Ajinkya Rahane was unlucky to not read a delivery by Adil Rashid, who left him with no option but to depart on a naught post getting his legs before wicket. When Ashwin and Jadeja were on the crease, hardly anybody expected them to weave a partnership of 97 runs, which troubled the tourists in the real sense.

Jadeja attained fifty and celebrated it in his own style, bringing smile on the faces of his teammates and, of course, fans. The partnership was broken by Stokes after he got wicket of Ashwin thanks to a good catch by Buttler. Ashwin’s impressive knock of 72 runs in 113 balls, which included 11 4s, came to an end.  However, England did not get success in putting India under the pump as Jayant Yadav – the new man on the crease – was all set to perform brilliantly. Jadeja and J Yadav put 80-run stand for the eighth wicket, compelling England fielders do a lot of running on the field. A biggie from Ravindra Jadeja added to stress for the visiting squad.

But post reaching at a score of 90, the 27-year-old left-handed middle-order batsman made a mistake of attaining runs in speed. In an attempt to go for a six and pocket a ton as quickly as possible, Woakes took a fantastic catch of Jadeja near the boundary line. Finally, Adil Rashid was successful in showing him the way to the dressing room. Jadeja’s innings was studded with 10 boundaries. Hopes surged from Umesh Yadav afterwards. Jayant Yadav, on the other hand, carried on doing his part. Before being dismissed by Stokes, he scored 55 runs facing 141 deliveries, with the help of five boundaries. Umesh Yadav released pressure from himself by hitting a six but Stokes brought his stint to an end when the batsman was playing at an individual total of 12 runs.

Mohammed Shami was not out at a single. 417 runs from India in their first innings gave them lead of 134 runs. This much lead was enough to keep India confident especially when the opponents won the toss and elected to bat first. Stokes five-wicket haul and four wickets for Rashid finish India’s innings. James Anderson, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Gareth Batty carried on hoping to produce breakthroughs but did not succeed, letting Indian players hit shots at different parts of the ground and place the ball into the gaps for singles and twos. Kohli-led side bowlers looked forward to quick dismissals but that wasn’t easy as England were also clear in mind that batting collapse will make them face consecutive defeats.

It was an interesting start for Indian bowlers a day ago when they sent four of the England batsmen back to the pavilion at a score of 78 attained in 38 overs. Both England and India took DRS but that did not result in any wicket. However, a brilliant delivery by Ashwin once again got the important wicket of Alastair Cook, who could only score 12 runs off 49 balls, together with a boundary. Joe Root expected a partnership that could save England from falling in trough. Nonetheless, he was disappointed in view of the fact that Moeen Ali was dismissed by Ashwin at a score of 5. Next wicket fell in the form of Jonny Bairstow, who was caught behind by Parthiv Patel in Jayant Yadav’s over at a score of 15 (4 x 1).

Further jolt was yet to be felt. Ben Stokes was lbw by Ashwin when playing at a score of 5 (4 x 1). Gareth Batty faced five deliveries but could not open his account. He will resume his batting today with the motto to get some considerable amount of runs. Root will bat from 36 runs onwards. So far, he struck a couple of fours and would want to hit more, helping his team gain foothold. England yet trail by 56 runs. India would like to end England innings on Tuesday as early as possible. It would not be wrong to mention that the hosts showcased some wonderful batting, fielding and bowling.

The psyche of playing in Test cricket is different. Shot selection of Pujara, Kohli, Ashwin, Jayant Yadav and Jadeja were different but objective was same and that was to keep India strong. Kohli and company would expect to log a victory by humongous margin on England so that they can confidently move ahead in the tournament.  All eyes are struck on how Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav bowl today and rest of the players field as it is a question of making the tourists leave the crease.

They are expected to put best foot forward. Here is to describe that hopes of witnessing excellent bowling attack by the Indian players are up, taking into consideration their recent performances. As a matter of fact, chances are high to see India winning the game from this point and taking lead of 2-0 in the 5-match Test series. If this happens in reality then it will directly send England into do or die situation. Winning the remaining two Tests will be crucial for them to end series by levelling it. Any further defeat will help India seal Test series. As of now, Indian fans in the Mohali ground are waiting Kohli’s boy to taste victory, which seems near.