England v India: Cheteshwar Pujara & Virat Kohli repel hosts at Headingley – NewsEverything England

India 78 (Anderson 3-6) & 215-2 (Pujara 91*, Rohit 59)
England 432 (Root 121)
India path by 139 runs

England’s push for victory within the third Take a look at was met by cussed resistance from India on day three at Headingley.

Needing 354 to make England bat once more, India rebounded from being bowled out for 78 within the first innings by working to 215-2.

They have been led by Cheteshwar Pujara’s stoic 91 not out, whereas Rohit Sharma made a classy 59.

After their second-wicket stand of 82 was ended, captain Virat Kohli seemed in good order for his unbeaten 45.

England, who misplaced their final two wickets for 9 runs within the morning to be dismissed for 432, largely bowled properly with out rewards.

Ollie Robinson and Craig Overton have been notably spectacular on an unresponsive pitch, claiming a wicket apiece.

Whereas England will not be but in critical hazard of being on the incorrect finish of one other well-known Headingley comeback, they’re being made to battle arduous to stage the sequence at 1-1.

No ideas of one other Headingley miracle – but

Whereas this storied floor has given England a few of their most outstanding victories – Ian Botham in 1981 and Ben Stokes in 2019 – it has additionally dished out its share of unlikely defeats. Sri Lanka in 2014 and West Indies in 2017 each gained from fairly hopeless positions.

India becoming a member of these ranks nonetheless appears extremely fanciful, particularly when it’s thought of that no workforce has ever overturned such a big first-innings deficit to win a Take a look at.

Nevertheless, the struggle they’ve proven – a whole distinction to the gentle manner their batting folded on Wednesday – has not less than added intrigue to a weekend that may not in any other case have seen any play.

The motion on Friday was slower than the opening two days, but it surely was no much less intriguing. Hardly ever did it really feel just like the India batsmen had management of the risk posed by England’s assault.

There have been additionally some weird moments. A aircraft flew overhead trailing a banner saying ‘Sack the ECB and save Take a look at cricket’, whereas pitch invader ‘Jarvo’, who appeared through the second Take a look at Lord’s, made one other idiotic entry to the sector, this time padded up.

There was additionally the charade of England having to bowl their spinners within the late gloom, permitting India to attain extra freely than at another level, just for play to be known as off 4 overs early when Joe Root wished his tempo bowlers to take the brand new ball.

Pujara leads India resistance

Pujara had gone 12 Take a look at innings and not using a Take a look at half-century, however made 45 on the fourth day of the second Take a look at to put the foundations for India’s sensational win.

Right here, on the bottom he graced as Yorkshire’s abroad participant, he typified India’s strategy – affected person, decided and watchful – for his highest Take a look at rating since January 2019.

Pujara arrived after KL Rahul was stunningly taken one-handed at second slip by Jonny Bairstow off Overton. He left with sound judgement and scored with candy tucks by means of mid-wicket.

Rohit performed great drives, however may have been lbw to Robinson on 39 had England not delayed the evaluate. By the point Root known as for it, the allotted 15 seconds have been up.

When Rohit performed throughout one from Robinson, the evaluate couldn’t save him, the ball proven to be clipping the leg stump.

Kohli himself is and not using a half-century in eight innings and 100 in 18, however seemed ominous in an unbroken third-wicket stand of 99.

England pressured to work arduous

It was unrealistic for England to count on the third day to be as one-sided because the earlier two, but, though they didn’t get the wickets they desired, it was not for an absence of effort. Again and again the house aspect went previous the surface edge.

Overton was the decide of the bowlers, at one level delivering a 10-over spell both aspect of lunch that was rewarded by the wicket of Rahul.

Sam Curran was the one disappointment. Root used him for under one of many first 37 overs and, when he was given a chronic spell, it was costly.

Given the cloudy situations, it was comprehensible that Moeen Ali’s off-spin was usually ignored, however he and Root have been pressured to bowl 12 overs in tandem on the finish of the day.

At one level, Root acquired one to tear by means of Kohli, suggesting that spin could grow to be an element on Saturday and Sunday.

When play does resume, England may have the enhance of the second new ball being obtainable.

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