ENG vs IND Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant remain unbeaten as Team India stretch their lead to 257 runs


At the end of the third day’s play on Sunday in the fifth Test against England, India made 125 runs for three wickets to take their total lead to 257 runs. Earlier, in reply to India’s 416 runs in the first innings, England were all out for 284 runs. Rishabh Pant (30) was present at the crease along with Cheteshwar Pujar (50) at the time of stumps. Both have shared an unbroken 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

India’s opener Shubman Gill got out after scoring four runs in the first over, taking a lead of 132 runs after all-out England for 284 runs in the first innings. Hanuma Vihari, who came at number three, tried to weave a partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, but he too returned to the pavilion after scoring 11 runs. Virat Kohli scored 20 runs before being dismissed by an extra bouncy delivery from Ben Stokes. Apart from this, uneven bounce was also seen on the pitch on the third day of the match.

Till the end of the day’s play, Pujara scored 50 runs and Rishabh Pant remained at the crease after scoring 30 runs. There has been an important 50-run partnership between the two, due to which India have made 125 runs for the loss of three wickets to take their lead to 257.

Jonny Bairstow, who was in excellent form for England, scored the highest 106 runs. Bairstow played 140 balls in his innings and hit 14 fours and two sixes. Apart from Bairstow, none of the England batsmen could even score 50 runs. Wicketkeeper Sam Billings scored 36 (57), captain Ben Stokes made 25 (36) and Joe Root scored 31 (67).

England took some time, starting 84/5 on the third day of the match, but as the ball got older, Bairstow and Stokes kept their hands open. Stokes, trying to speed up the innings, was caught by Bumrah off Shardul Thakur, but Bairstow was not impressed at all and changed the gear of the innings without losing time. Bairstow, who was playing 11 off 47 at the start of the day, completed his half-century in 81 balls. Bairstow got the support of Billings and there was an important partnership of 92 runs between the two.

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In the end, Mohammed Shami ended the partnership by dismissing Bairstow for 106. England put on 43 runs for their last three wickets, but that did not work in front of India’s huge first innings score and India took a lead of 132 runs. For India, Siraj took four, Bumrah three, Shami took two wickets while Thakur got one wicket.

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