India struggle at chase
India keep struggling to chase 194 runs to win the first Test against England. England started the third day at 9/1 after Cook’s dismissal at the end of day two. Indian bowlers dominated right from the start of the day.
Ravichandran Ashwin removed the other opener Jennings in a short time after the start of the third day. The England skipper Joe Root also did not last for a long time like in the first innings as Ashwin trapped him for 14 runs.
After Ashwin’s quickfire two wickets, Ishant Sharma started to take a dig at the English batsmen. He cleared the English middle order batsmen by taking three wickets in one over. Just before the lunch, he took the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes in the same over. After the lunch, he continued to bowl the remaining overs and he took the wicket of Jos Buttler straight after the lunch break.
After the failure of all the main English batsmen, the left-handed pace bowling all-rounder took the responsibility by scoring 63 runs from 65 balls including nine fours and two sixes. With his knock, England managed to post 180 on the scoreboard and set a target of 194 to win the Test match.
Indians started the chase with an unlikely record as they did not chase any target more than 100 successfully in overseas since 2003. Indian openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan started the chase but both of them failed to guide the team towards the chase and so the new no.3 batsman Rahul. Like the top order batsmen, the middle order batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin also failed to contribute towards the chase.
Like in the first innings the skipper Virat Kohli is leading the batting department single-handedly. In the end, he is getting some support from the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. At the end of the third day, India are 110/5 and need 84 runs to win with five wickets in hand.