IND vs ENG 3rd Test
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IND vs ENG 3rd Test: Day 2 Highlights, Ashwin Bagged 500th Test Wicket. On Day 2, India posted a total of 445 in the first innings, benefitting from significant efforts by Dhruv Jurel (46), Ravichandran Ashwin (37), and Jasprit Bumrah (26). Ashwin and Jurel teamed up impressively, contributing 77 runs for the eighth wicket. Despite England making early breakthroughs with the dismissals of Kuldeep Yadav (4) and Ravindra Jadeja (112) in the initial hour of the day.

The newcomer wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel came close to scoring a fifty in his debut match, but there was disappointment when he got out just four runs shy of reaching the milestone. He was caught behind by Ben Foakes off Rehan Ahmed, who took 2 wickets for 85 runs. 

Ravichandran Ashwin lost his wicket after attempting to score big runs by advancing down the track. However, his shot found Ben Stokes at mid-on, resulting in Ashwin walking back to the pavilion. He made a commendable 37 runs from 89 balls, which included six boundaries. Bumrah played aggressively during his quick innings of 26 runs from just 28 balls. He struck some powerful shots, including three fours and a six.

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James Anderson secured his first wicket of the innings on Day 2, making the initial breakthrough for England by dismissing nightwatchman Kuldeep with an outside edge. Joe Root, on the other hand, deceived Jadeja with a sharply turning ball as the batter attempted a flick shot. Instead, the ball took a thick edge, landing straight back to Root, who didn’t miss the chance and safely caught it.

Mark Wood emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the innings, securing four wickets for 114 runs. Additionally, Rehan Ahmed claimed two wickets, swiftly dismissing Ashwin and Jurel in succession.

IND vs ENG 3rd Test Playing 11

India Playing 11: Dhruv Jurel, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Sarfaraz Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Rajat Patidar, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma (C), Ravichandran Ashwin.

England Playing 11: Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Joe Root, Ben Duckett.

England started their first innings at 5/0 after India received a five-run on-field penalty for running on the pitch while batting. Although the free-flowing England batters managed to hit a few boundaries, both Bumrah and Siraj created opportunities by beating the edges of Ben Duckett (19 not out) and Zak Crawley (6 not out), keeping the pressure on. The Indian pacers launched a brief, intense attack on the England openers, but the visitors remained unharmed, reaching 31 for no loss at tea on day three of the third Test on Friday.

Tom Hartley managed to generate grip and turn as early as the 12th over, and towards the end of the day, a few deliveries kept low. Jadeja, currently holding a bat, is likely excited and optimistic, hoping that his prediction of Ravichandran Ashwin achieving his historic 500th Test wicket comes true. Ben Duckett’s third century, achieved in just 88 balls, propelled England to a score of 207/2 at the Stumps.

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India’s Full Squad For Test Series vs England 

Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Shubman Gill, Mohd. Siraj, Dhruv Jurel (WK), Akash Deep, Rajat Patidar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Yashasvi Jaiswal, KS Bharat (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Sarfaraz Khan and R Ashwin.

England’s Full Squad For The Test Series 

James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir, Ollie Robinson, Gus Atkinson, Tom Hartley, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, and Ben Stokes (captain), Joe Root, Mark Wood, Ben Foakes, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Rehan Ahmed, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper).

Key Points

– Ben Duckett reached his third century, doing so in just 88 balls.

– Ravichandran Ashwin claimed his 500th Test wicket by dismissing Zack Crawley in the 13th over.

– India posted a total of 445 runs in their first innings.

– Dhruv Jurel narrowly missed out on his half-century, falling just four runs short, but he formed a solid partnership of 77 runs with Ravichandran Ashwin, who scored 37.

– Ravindra Jadeja was out for 112 runs, contributing to India’s two wickets lost in the first session.

– Dhruv Jurel demonstrated remarkable composure in his debut innings, remaining unbeaten on 31 runs from 71 deliveries at Lunch.

The Rajkot pitch didn’t pose significant challenges, and judging by Rohit’s reaction to the quick dismissals of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill, Day 2 seems to favour batting even more. However, some deliveries from the England bowlers could be lingering in the minds of both their batsmen and India’s bowlers.