India vs England 4th Test, Day 3: 5 interesting highlights of the day’s play

Moeen Ali

Last session on day two was completely washed out due to rains and England began day three on their overnight score of 237-6. Joe Root and Jos Buttler put on a century stand to help England pile up a 1st innings lead of 215 runs. It again turned out to be a dreadful day of cricket for India as they were bowled out for 161 in their 2nd innings thus handing England a win by an innings and 54 runs. After four matches England now lead the five-match series 2-1. In case you missed the action here are five interesting highlights from the third day’s play which eventually turned out to be the last day of Test.

1. Joe Root & Jos Buttler pile-up runs: Root and Buttler had their work cut out to build England lead after play on day two was abandoned. Root had to spend some time before notching up another Test fifty, but as soon as new ball was taken runs kept coming relatively at a higher pace. Buttler too joined his partner in the half-century club. The partnership was finally broken by Pankaj Singh but the pair had already scored 134 runs for the seventh wicket.

2. Finally Pankaj Singh amongst wickets: Wicket-less in his first Test match Pankaj Singh finally after 415 balls picked up a wicket and gave India a much needed breakthrough. He removed Joe Root with a short ball going down the leg side which Dhoni accepted gleefully and then there was another success for Pankaj as he dismissed Jos Butter with a slower one.

3. England end-up with massive lead: With Root and Buttler gone England could not add more runs and were restricted to 367-9 as Stuart Broad was retired hurt, but they already had a lead of 215 runs under their belt.

4. Moeen Ali stars again: After Chris Woakes and James Anderson bagged wickets of both the Indian openers it was the off spinner (not part time) Moeen Ali’s turn to stun India once again. Moeen struck twice in space of two overs to completely astonish India. He removed Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession and then added two more wickets to his tally by scalping Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni’s wicket. He ended with figures of 4-39.

5. Indian batsmen surrender: Indian batsmen looked completely at bay and once again were bowled out under 200, thus losing the Test by an innings and 54 runs. With Moeen Ali being the wrecker-in-chief James Anderson and Chris Jordan did well two scalp two wickets each. Jordan on consecutive deliveries picked last two wickets of Indian innings. Ravi Ashwin was left high and dry unbeaten on 46. Stuart Broad was named Man of the Match for his six wickets in 1st innings.