(India takes on England in the 3rd Test match in India’s Tour of England at Southampton. Catch all the Live Score Updates and Live Cricket Action here.)
England 237/6 after 671 overs. Joe Root 48*, Jose Buttler 22*
Still no avail for the Indians in this post lunch session as rain has stopped play after 9 overs in this period of play. Joe Root and Jose Buttler are going strong so far for the English team. They have batted with guts and brains and are gathering some important runs for their team.
England 226/6 after 67 overs. Joe Root 39*, Jose Buttler 21*
India is really struggling now, they desperately need a wicket here or these two are scoring good runs and the runs are being scored at an even better rate. India needs to get Jose Buttler and Joe Root back to the pavilion, but the bad news is that England has a batting line up that almost goes on till n0. 11.
England 201/6 after 62 overs. Joe Root 23*, Jose Buttler 13*
Another eventless 7 overs for the Indian team, their bowling has been inconsistent and that has been the only reason why they haven’t been able to get the results that they would have had desired. England already has a lead of 40+, and with the batting in terrible form, it’s not long before the Indian captain will start his now famous, ‘letting the game drift’ act.
England 185/6 after 55 overs. Joe Root 17*, Jose Buttler 3*
India once again has picked up an important wicket in this passage of play, the wicket of Moeen Ali, but once again they have been conceding way too many runs for their own liking. Varun Aaron has been bowling fast, but his inconsistent line and length have proven to be expensive at times. Indians need to get rid of this current pair so as to have a crack at the lower order, which sadly for the Indian team can bat as well.
England 162/5 after 50 overs. Joe Root 11*, Moeen Ali 10*
Another disappointing passage of play for the Indians, Just when it looked like that they might crawl back into the game, they have let yet another pair of batsmen settle down and now letting away easy runs. England finally has the lead and every run that they add from here on wards will hurt the Indian team very badly.
England 144/5 after 45 overs. Joe Root 4*, Moeen Ali 0*
India managed to get rid of the night watchman Chris Jordan and Ian Bell in that period of play, but they are still long long way from making any move in this match towards victory. England has a very long batting lineup and the current pair is one of their best batting pair of this series. As said before, a long hard working day for the Indian bowlers.
England 133/3 after 40 overs. Ian bell 52*, Chris Jordan 13*
England have begun well, specially considering the fact that there is ample help available for the Indian bowlers in the air and on the wicket. When the series started there were doubts over Ian Bell’s form but he has once again proved to be the thorn in India’s already wounded flesh as he has already scored a 50, that too at a strike rate of almost 80. Chris jordan has himself started rather well and is not afraid playing his shots here.
India managed to gain an upper hand against the English team when they won the second test against them at Lords but were brought down to reality when the English team fought back and delivered a huge defeat to the Indians in the 3rd test. It’s been a battle of equals so far in this series, but with the series being a long one and a couple of Indian Players already facing Injuries and Fatigue, it seems like tough times for India going into the 4th test.
The major concern for the Indian team in this match would be the form of their top order batsmen. With the likes of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara failing to score big and struggling to convert starts into big ones, both the players have been major let downs for the Indian campaign in England this summer.
England on the other hand would be extremely happy with their performance at Southampton and the end result would be the one that would give them ample confidence going into the next game. Their top players are back in form and that is showing into their performance and body language as well.
England got the early advantage in the game when they wrapped up the Indian batting for a mere 152 runs before tea on day 1. After that they went on to score at a brisk rate and even though they have lost 3 wickets, they have maanged to score whatever deficit they had and are just 39 runs behind the Indian score. Going into day 2, It all looks england right now and Indian bowlers will have to create a miracle to get back in the game.