Birmingham. Veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara completed his half-century on the third day as the Indian team made 125 for 3 in their second innings in the 5th Test against England. With this, India has a total lead of 257 runs. At stumps, Pujara was 50 while vice-captain Rishabh Pant scored 30 runs at the crease. Earlier, England’s first innings was bundled out for 284 runs.
Pacer Mohammad Siraj bowled brilliantly in the post-lunch session to nullify the impact of Jonny Bairstow’s fine century. Due to this, India took a huge lead of 132 runs in the first innings by dismissing England for 284 runs on the third day on Sunday.
India then scored 37 runs in the second innings, losing the wicket of Shubman Gill (4) till the T-break, taking the team’s total lead to 169. The opening session of the day was completely in the name of Bairstow (106 runs in 140 balls). Bairstow, who struggled during the second day’s play, faced trouble during the opening 20 minutes of play on the third day. After this, former India captain Virat Kohli made some comments on Bairstow’s batting and the England batsman changed his style of play.
Jonny Bairstow hits some good boundaries from mid off and over mid wicket. He also hit sixes against Mohammad Siraj and Shardul. However, in the second session of the day, Siraj (4 for 66) made a comeback for the Indian team, where he benefited from the pressure created by Mohammed Shami (2 for 78).
Bairstow completed his 11th century of Test career by hitting a four against Shardul Thakur (1 for 48 runs). After this, captain Jasprit Bumrah (3 wickets for 68 runs) put pressure on him by bowling tightly. Due to which Bairstow, who hit 14 fours and 2 sixes in his innings, could score only 6 runs in the next 20 balls.
To ease the pressure, he caught Kohli in the slips in an attempt to hit a big shot.
After breaking the 92-run partnership of Bairstow and Sam Billings (36), Siraj took the remaining three wickets for England within 43 runs.
Earlier in the day’s opening session, Bairstow shared a 66-run partnership with captain Ben Stokes (25) for the sixth wicket. Captain Jasprit Bumrah dived off Shardul’s ball and took a brilliant catch and ended Stokes’ 36-ball innings. Before this wicket, England hit seven fours in the 33rd to 36th over of the innings and Stokes got two lives. Shardul failed to catch the England captain’s skyscraper shot and after that Bumrah dropped a simple catch on his ball. After this, however, Bumrah did not give Stokes a chance to play big after taking a brilliant catch. (input from language)
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 03, 2022, 23:47 IST