India vs England, 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: India concede lead as Joe Root steals the show with 22nd century

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Root
(180
not
out),
who
scored
his
second
successive
hundred
of
this
series,
took
England
from
a
position
of
weakness
to
strength
with
the
first
innings
total
of
391
after
India
scored
364
in
their
first
essay.

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More
than
the
quantum
of
lead
which
stands
at
27
currently,
it
is
the
psychological
advantage
that
England
gained
after
a
poor
first
day
which
will
put
them
in
good
stead
as
their
bowlers
would
go
flat
out
to
dismiss
the
low
on
confidence
Indian
middle-order
cheaply
on
the
fourth
day.

En
route
his
321-ball
knock,
Root
became
the
first
England
captain
to
hit
five
hundreds
in
a
season
and
also
complete
a
personal
milestone
of
9000
Test
runs
while
clinically
annihilating
the
Indian
attack
which
has
till
now
failed
to
crack
the
‘Root
Code’.

If
these
records
were
not
enough,
he
is
also
now
the
first
English
captain
with
six
150
plus
scores,
a
testimony
to
his
knack
of
hitting
‘Daddy
Hundreds’.

His
sequence
of
scores
now
reads
64,
109,
180*
in
this
series.
What
makes
him
more
special
is
the
fact
that
he
had
made
an
attack,
which
otherwise
gave
a
decent
account
of
themselves,
look
pedestrian
with
his
counter-punches
that
included
18
boundaries.

Mohammed
Siraj
(30-7-94-4)
had
the
most
number
of
wickets
but
bowled
too
many
boundary
balls
in
that
first
session
along
with
Mohammed
Shami
(26-3-94-2),
who
would
like
to
forget
this
innings
in
a
hurry.

Old
workhorse
Ishant
Sharma
(24-4-69-3)
once
again
did
his
part
but
at
times
looked
tired
in
his
later
spells
although
the
in-cutter
that
cleaned
up
Jos
Buttler
(23)
would
be
any
pacer’s
dream.

But
England
batting
was
all
about
Root
and
how
he
controlled
the
narrative
with
superb
technique
and
the
sublime
range
of
strokes
on
the
off-side.

Unlike
India’s
tour
of
2018,
Root
has
now
a
reduced
backfoot
trigger
movement
and
the
front-foot
rather
than
going
across
the
off-stump
moves
a
shade
towards
middle-stump.
This
slight
tweak
gives
more
chance
of
playing
the
drives
through
the
off-side.
Jonny
Bairstow
(57
off
107
balls)
did
help
him
with
a
121
run
stand
for
the
fourth
wicket
as
the
first
session
was
a
virtual
nightmare
for
Indian
bowlers.

Root’s
gameplan
actually
upset
India’s
strategy
as
the
first
hour
on
third
morning
produced
54
runs
with
a
flurry
off
boundaries
coming
off
Siraj
and
Shami.

Kohli’s
decision
to
not
start
with
Ishant
or
Bumrah
first-up
didn’t
help
the
cause
as
runs
leaked
easily
in
the
form
of
cover
and
square
drives
and
along
with
the
whip
through
mid-wicket
region.

It
did
help
that
the
pitch
was
best
for
batting
on
the
third
day
and
Root
wasn’t
going
to
let
the
chance
of
making
merry
go
abegging
on
a
sunny
Saturday.

As
many
as
97
and
98
runs
were
scored
in
first
two
sessions,
signalling
the
plight
of
the
Indian
bowling
attack.

Root
started
the
first
session
with
a
square
drive
off
Siraj
to
reach
his
third
successive
fifty
plus
score
in
the
series.

After
a
wicketless
first
session,
India
did
enjoy
some
good
moments
when
Siraj
got
Bairstow
with
a
bumper
and
Ishant
bowled
Buttler
but
Moeen
Ali
was
again
given
loose
balls
on
platter
as
England
closed
in
on
the
lead.

From
341
for
5,
there
was
another
lower-order
slump
which
had
England
at
358
for
8
before
Root
played
a
flick
off
Siraj
to
give
his
team
the
lead.
And
as
if
to
celebrate,
he
played
a
reverse
ramp
shot
off
Siraj
and
then
smote
over
mid-wicket
to
increase
India’s
miseries.


Brief
scores:

India
1st
Innings:
364
all
out
in
126.1
overs
(KL
Rahul
129,
Rohit
Sharma
83,
Virat
Kohli
42;
James
Anderson
5/62).
England
1st
Innings:
391
in
128
overs
(Joe
Root
180
not
out;
Ishant
Sharma
3/69,
Mohammed
Siraj
4/94).

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