Captain Joe Root’s unbeaten 180 and his 121-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Johnny Bairstow made England 391 on Saturday, the third day of the second Test against India. Indian bowlers struggled hard in the first session, but then succeeded in the second and third sessions. At one stage England seemed to be taking a big lead, but with James Anderson’s wicket falling on the last ball of the day, England went down by 391 runs to take a 27-run lead. India scored 364 in the first innings. Mohammad Siraj took four wickets for 94 runs while Ishant Sharma took three for 69 in the last session.
Jaspreet Bumrah (79 off 26 overs) initially troubled the batsmen with their deliveries, but could not get any wickets. He also bowled 13 no balls. England’s innings revolved around Root, who scored his 22nd and second century, as the hosts added 97 runs in the first session and 98 in the second session. However, in the third session, the team lost five wickets by adding 77 runs. At one point, England, losing two wickets for 23, managed to take the lead due to Root. Root shared a 54-run partnership with Jose Butler for the fifth wicket and then a 58-run partnership with Moeen Ali for the sixth wicket. Root finished with 9000 runs in Test cricket. He also became the first England captain to play six innings of over 150 runs. He scored 64 and 109 in the first Test of the series.
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In the second session, India dismissed Siraj in the form of Bierstow (57), the first break of the day, and then sent Ishant Jose Butler (23) to the pavilion. In the third session, Ishant took two wickets in consecutive deliveries, which helped India return. First he got a catch from Moeen Ali (27) by captain Virat Kohli and Sam Curran (zero) played the ball on the fourth stump line which went straight to Rohit Sharma. Siraj picked up his fourth wicket for Ollie Robinson (06). When Mark Wood was run out, Mohammed Shami took the last wicket of the innings in the form of James Anderson. Shami took two wickets for 95 runs in 26 overs.
However, Siraj bowled a short and wide delivery which helped the batsmen to get enough runs in the morning. England did not lose a single wicket during this period. Root continued his impressive batting against the Indian bowlers from the start of the third day and found a good mate on the other end at Bairstow, who completed his 22nd half century. The duo added 121 for the fourth wicket but Siraj ended the partnership. Butler then bowled Ishant on a full length ball. Meanwhile, Root finished his century by stealing a quick run.
IND vs ENG: English captain Joe Root comes close to joining the list, scoring a century against India.
He became the first England captain to score five centuries in one innings. Except for Bumrah, no fast bowler can bother two batsmen, as the pair hit boundaries at their own pace. He started the session with a four drive from Square Drive in Root Siraj. Shami and Siraj were bowled out for six in the first half. Only two maidens could be thrown in the first half, including a 54-run lead, as India dominated the first two days and suddenly started on the back. Ravindra Jadeja scored 43 runs in 22 overs.