Day 3, 1st Test: India 257/6 at Stumps, Trail England by 321 Runs

Updates from Day 3 of the India vs England Chennai Test.

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Updates from Day 3 of the India vs England Chennai Test.
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India are six down on Day 3 of the Chennai Test with spinner Dom Bess picking the big wickets of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and also Rishabh Pant who was batting on 91.

Pujara and Rishabh Pant stitched together the biggest partnership of the day, adding 119 runs for the fifth wicket. Both players in fact reached their half centuries in the same over. While Pujara’s fifty came off 106 deliveries, Pant got to the landmark in 40 deliveries as he hit a boundary off Jack Leach.

The wicket-keeper played in his usual flamboyant style as he took on the England spinners and scored runs at a brisk pace. He targeted Jack Leach in particular, hitting him for as many as four sixes within the first four overs the England spinner bowled.

However, their big fightback was ended by Dom Bess as Pujara was caught on 73 by Joe Burns. Rishabh Pant batted another seven overs but also fell victim to Bess, out just 9 runs short of his century.

Ashwin and Washington Sundar are now holding fort as end of day’s play nears.

Rishabh Pant of (WK) India celebrates after scoring a fifty during day three of the first test match between India and England held at the Chidambaram Stadium stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on the 7th February 2021 
Rishabh Pant of (WK) India celebrates after scoring a fifty during day three of the first test match between India and England held at the Chidambaram Stadium stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on the 7th February 2021 
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Earlier in the day, England were bowled out on 578.

With just 8 wickets falling in the first 2 days of the Test, the trend was finally halted with three wickets falling in the first hour of play on Day 3. After Bumrah and Ashwin cleaned out the English tail early in the morning, Jofra Archer sent back Rohit Sharma in the fourth over after the short break.

Rohit was caught-behind by Jos Buttler on a peach of a delivery. The 32-year-old scored just six runs off the nine deliveries he faced.

England  team celebrates the wicket of Rohit Sharma of India during day three of the first test match between India and England.
England team celebrates the wicket of Rohit Sharma of India during day three of the first test match between India and England.
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Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in next, then tried to steady the Indian ship with Gill as they both played cautiously against both Archer and James Anderson. Gill, in particular, looked in great control and played some lovely shots before he was caught at mid-on by Anderson at his individual score of 29. He scored five boundaries in the 28 balls he faced during the course of his innings which was brought to an end by Archer.

India were 44/2 when Virat Kohli walked out to bat with Cheteshwar Pujara. He is playing his first Test after the paternity leave, but became the first wicket to fall in the post-lunch session as he got caught at short-leg by Ollie Pope against Dominic Bess. He batted for 48 deliveries in which he scored 11 runs.

India's number four Rahane didn't stay long at the crease as he was caught brilliantly by England skipper Joe Root against Bess. The 32-year-old, who led India to a memorable Test series win last month in Australia, scored just one run off the six balls he faced, leaving the hosts in trouble at 73/4.

Pant, who came in next, however played in his usual flambouyant style as he took on the England spinners and scored runs at a brisk pace. He targeted Jack Leach in particular, hitting him for as many as four sixes within the first four overs the England spinner bowled.

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates a wicket on Day 3 of the India vs England Test.
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates a wicket on Day 3 of the India vs England Test.
(Photo: BCCI)

England Bowled Out For 578

England started Day 3 of the Chennai Test against India with overnight batsmen Dominic Bess and Jack Leach at the crease and the score at 555/8.

The two added 12 more runs to the score before Jasprit Bumrah picked the first wicket of the morning, Dom Bess out lbw on 34.

Leach then had James Anderson for company but the two added just 11 runs to the total before off-spinner R Ashwin castled Anderson and England were bowled out for 578.

Leach remained unbeaten on 14.

For India, Bumrah and Ashwin were the pick of the bowlers as they both scalped three wickets each in 36 and 55.1 overs respectively. Ishant Sharma and Nadeem picked two-two wickets while Washington Sundar remained wicketless.

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