IND vs ENG: Shardul-Bumrah gave 2 lives to Ben Stokes, did all the work of English captain on the third occasion!

New Delhi. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow got England off to a good start on the third day of the Edgbaston Test between India and England. Both of them put the Indian team under pressure, collecting runs quickly. This pressure seemed to increase when Shardul Thakur dropped a simple catch of England captain Ben Stokes. Shardul was not the only Indian fielder to do so. After him, Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah also did the same thing. At that time only Shardul Thakur was bowling. However, Bumrah and Shardul soon rectified their mistake. Otherwise Team India would have to bear the big brunt of it.

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow started collecting runs fast on the third day of Edgbaston Test and took 84 runs in 5 overs to take the team to the score of 100 runs. Stokes and Bairstow were batting in the same style as the pair did in the second match of the recently concluded Test series against New Zealand. In this Test match played in Nottingham, the Stokes-Bairstow pair shared a 121-ball 179-run partnership for the fifth wicket and easily achieved the seemingly impossible target. Against India too, this pair was batting with the same intention and the Indian fielders also added trouble for the team by leaving 2 matches of Ben Stokes.

Shardul gave life to Stokes for the first time
Stokes got life for the first time in the 36th over. Mohammed Shami was bowling this over. On his very first ball, Shardul Thakur left the catch of Stokes. Stokes went ahead and tried to play a shot on Shami’s ball. But, the ball did not hit the bat and went into the air due to the top edge being hit. Shardul had also come under the ball at the right time. But, the ball fell down after hitting his fingers.

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Bumrah dropped the catch of Stokes
On its next ball, Bairstow took his partnership with Stokes to 50 runs. After 2 overs, Stokes got life again. This time the bowler was Shardul Thakur and captain Jasprit Bumrah himself who dropped the catch.

Stokes went ahead and hit a strong shot on the third ball of Shardul’s over. The ball went straight to the captain Bumrah standing at mid-off at the speed of the bullet. But, he dropped the catch. However, the luck of Team India was good and Stokes again made the same mistake on the very next ball and went ahead and tried to hit a shot over mid-off off Shardul. But, the captain Bumrah, who took the catch on the previous ball, was alert this time and took the catch of Stokes by leaping to the left and thus the English captain’s game was over. Even after giving two lives, Stokes could not show as amazing as the Nottingham Test against New Zealand.

Tags: Ben Stokes, India Vs England, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur

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