India vs England 3rd Test Match Preview: After winning the second Test at Lord’s, India would look to continue the winning momentum as they will square up against England in the third Test at Headingly Cricket Ground, starting from 25th August 2021. The Lord’s Test victory would have given India a lot of confidence. It was a pure display of self-belief and the true character of India’s Test team.
India was at the top of the game right from the start of the first innings in the second Test. After being put into the bat first, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma judged the line and lengths brilliantly and countered the new ball with perfection. The duo added 126 runs for the opening wicket to set the tone for the Test. Rohit Sharma, unfortunately, got out after playing a mesmerizing 83-run knock off 145 balls. KL Rahul, however, went on to score a century and etched his name on the Lord’s honours board. Virat Kohli supported him well with 42 off 103 balls.
Valuable contributions from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja helped India reach a morale-boosting 364-run total in the first innings. England’s lack of experience in the top order was once again on display as India picked the first two wickets pretty quickly. Rory Burns and Joe Root then led the recovery before the former was sent back to the pavilion after making 49 off 136 balls. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals thereafter but Joe Root stood firm at one end. England made sure the game doesn’t go out of their hands as he played one gem of a knock. He scored 180 off 321 balls to help England score 391 in the second innings and take a 27-run lead.
During India’s second innings, England bowlers asked tough questions and didn’t allow the Indian batsmen to stay long at the crease. At 55 for 3, India was in deep trouble but Rahane and Pujara’s 100-run stand ensured the match remained evenly poised. The duo, however, got out in quick succession, leaving the tail with a lot to do. At 209 for 8 early on Day 5, all India was hoping for was the tail to add 20-30 more runs to give their bowlers some chance of saving the Test, let alone winning.
However, Shami and Bumrah had other plans. The duo added 89 runs for the ninth wicket and took the lead past the 250-run mark. England looked frustrated as the duo scored boundaries for fun. England, eventually, needed 271 runs in not more than 50 overs.
Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing and went through England’s batting lineup. M Siraj took 4 wickets, while Bumrah took 3 as India bundle England out for just 120 runs to win the game by 151 runs.
India vs England 3rd Test Probable XI
India’s probable Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Chesteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah
England’s probable Playing XI:
Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler (wk), Saqib Mahmood, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson and Sam Curran