IND vs ENG 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: England 67/1 At Stumps, Need 332 Runs To Win

IND vs ENG 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: England 67/1 At Stumps, Need 332 Runs To Win. India’s second innings witnessed steady batting performances and strategic challenges. India’s second essay saw a combination of vital batting efforts and, at the same time, strategic examination. Opener Shubman Gill played the pivotal role in the win, and his attractive 103-run innings were studded with 11 boundaries and two sixes.

IND vs ENG 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights
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The sparkling right-handed batsman put on a 123-run second-wicket partnership with Srikar Bharat, who contributed 29 runs to the Indian cause. But the England bowlers Hartley and Rehan Ahmed broke through at crucial junctures. The contributions of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin further consolidate the lower-middle order at key times. With the century of Gill, India put up a score of 255 all-out, which made sure of having a good enough target for England to chase against them.

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It is just Day 3 of the match, but it was an interesting day as everything came together and provided a great balance between bat and ball, highlighted by the captain’s strategic decisions and performances from both sides. Important milestones and challenges dotted Gill’s innings. The 9th over saw India go for a review against the on-field wicket decision that had ruled Gill out, but it was upheld by CB Gaffaney, the third umpire. England, though challenged in the 10th over itself, challenged one decision against Shubman Gill.

The decision actually fell under Umpire’s call margin and was overturned to indicate how fine margins cricket is currently adjudicated on. It seemed overpowering in an LBW challenge contest when India steadily moved towards the 50-run mark in the 16.2nd over. The 3rd wicket partnership of Gill and Iyer saw a commendable 50-run stand in 77 balls. Gill completed his half-century in style, scoring 50 off 60 balls, which included eight fours and one six.

Shubman Gill’s Heroics and DRS Drama

Shubman Gill played another magnificent inning to score the century with an overall 11 fours and 2 sixes in 132 balls. The 5th wicket partnership between Gill and Axar Patel has added yet another invaluable 50 runs at a quick pace in 72 balls, contributing to no mean measure towards the Indian total. India took lunch at 130/4 in the session, with Shubman Gill at 60 and AR Patel at 2.

However, the team managed to go past 150 runs while playing for 39.5 overs into the second session against a staunch English bowling attack. Later in the day, England used the Decision Review System again, reviewing decisions against Shubman Gill and Axar Patel with mixed wickets.

India went to tea at 227/6, with KS Bharat and R Ashwin appraised at the crease. The team eventually declared a score of 78.3 over at 255/10, with R. Ashwin being in the top scoring position at 29. England started their second inning having reached 50 runs in 10.3 overs, forming a 50-run opening partnership between Z Crawley and BM Duckett. In answer to England’s first-inning total, Zak Crawley provided the impetus for England with an unbeaten 29 that came from only three boundaries and one six. Ben Duckett managed 28 from 27 balls, which included six boundaries.

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The day ended with England at 67/1 despite the loss of a wicket, and Rehan Ahmed left unbeaten on 9. The innings reflected a balanced approach in caution and aggression, leaving the match pretty nicely poised for day two.The day ended with England at 67/1 despite the loss of a wicket, and Rehan Ahmed left unbeaten on 9. The innings reflected a balanced approach in caution and aggression, leaving the match pretty nicely poised for day two.