India vs England First Test match Match Highlights:
- England ended their second innings on 180
- Sam Curran top scored with 63
- Sharma took 5-51
- India ended the day on 110-5
- India still need 84 runs to win
- Kohli is batting on 43
A fine day of enthralling and nerve biting test cricket has left the first test match between England and India hanging finally in the balance. While England needs another 5 wickets to maintain their perfect record against India at Edgbaston, India needs 84 runs to create history. Day 4 will decide which way the match swings. For India all the hopes like on captain fantastic Virat Kohli who is batting on 43 and has proved to be a thorn in England’s back throughout the match.
The morning session of Day 3 of India vs England First Test match went entirely to India after Ashwin and Ishant Sharma decimated the English batting order. Dismissing top England batsman almost as if they were school cricketers showed the quality of bowling pitched up by the Ashwin and Sharma from either end. With Ashwin too hot to handle for England, Sharma proved to be another huge headache for them with the combination of spin and pace bamboozling England. Ashwin bowled peaches to trap the first three English batsmen in his web of fine spin bowling, Sharma bowled a fabulous spell, one that exploited and made the most of the pace friendly conditions perfectly. With ever delivery hitting the right spot on the pitch, Sharma’s spell of 5-51 was upto the mark and just what India needed. He ended the pre-lunch session in just the way India had imagined after picking up two in the last over before lunch to strike terror in the England camp at 86-6.
The post lunch session was all about Sam Curran. Losing Buttler early on to another beauty by Sharma, the English sound themselves deep in the mud, struggling to reach even 100. That is when Curran stepped in and showed his compatriots how to bat on this pitch. An inning of 63 off just 65 balls by him, dented India’s finest bowlers and helped amass some crucial runs for England which saw them set a tough target of 194 for India.
Looking to win a memorable match, India’s chase didn’t get off to the best of starts. With Anderson, Curran and Broad causing havoc and swinging the ball both ways, India’s batting line-up failed again at their biggest task. A lack of proper cricketing shots, ability to apply themselves on the crease and inability to adapt as the situation needed saw the likes of Vijay, Rahane, Rahul all give away their wickets cheaply for the second time in the match. However, with Kohli at the crease, India’s hopes are alive and kicking. Batting on 43 with Karthik, the duo helped somewhat steady India’s ship, leaving them with an equal chance of winning the match between England and India.
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