Joe Root hits 23rd Test ton: Half-centuries for Burns, Hameed, Malan
With the help of Joe Root’s third century of the series and half-centuries from Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed and Dawid Malan England confirmed huge lead in the Third Test against India here on Thursday.
England take huge lead
LEEDS: With the help of Joe Root's third century of the series and half-centuries from Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed and Dawid Malan England confirmed huge lead in the Third Test against India here on Thursday.
After bundled out the visitors at just 78 yesterday, England managed 423 in 129 overs losing 8 wickets at stumps on second day. In-form Root scored his 23rd Test ton and finally bowled by Jasprit Bumrah after scoring 121 in 165 balls with 14 fours at above 73 strike rate.
England, who resumed 42 runs ahead had stretched their lead to 104 by lunch even though they had lost both the openers. England did well to score 62 runs in the session, taking their first innings to score 182 for 2, having started the day on 120 for no loss. Shami dismissed Rory Burns (61 off 153) in the first hour of play with a delivery that nipped back in sharply to hit the top of off-stump. Then left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja got one to straighten slightly from middle and off-stump to beat a well-set Haseeb Hameed (68 off 195) and kiss the bails for his first wicket of the series.
India managed to break the 139-run partnership between England No. 3 Dawid Malan (70) and No. 4 Joe Root as Mohammed Siraj had the former caught behind at the stroke of tea on the second day of the third Test. However, it was a rare moment of joy for beleaguered Indians as the host went to tea at 298/3, 220 runs ahead.
After Tea, England lost some quick wickets but managed to take big lead. They were now 345 runs ahead in first innings. Shami took 3 wickets while Jadeja and Siraj claimed two.
Brief scores: India 78 all out vs England 423/8 in 129 overs (Root 121, Malan 70, Hameed 68, Burns 61, Jadeja 2/88, Shami 3/87). Agencies