England Eliminate India For 78 To Dominate Day One To Take Control Of Third Test At Headingley

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England Eliminate India For 78 To Dominate Day One To Take Control Of Third Test At Headingley


James Anderson took 3-6 in a remarkable new ball spell as England beat India to 78

England quickly took control of the third test after a devastating bowling display saw India play 78 on day one at Emerald Headingley.

James Anderson set the tone with another masterful spell of 3-6 in eight overs, sacking Indian captain Virat Kohli (7) for the second time in the series.

Ollie Robinson (2-16) then hit either side for lunch before Craig Overton (3-14) and Sam Curran (2-27) each took two wickets in two balls as India lost four wickets without no race to collapse to 67-9.

The heats ended after 40.4 overs as India, choosing to strike first, posted their ninth lowest all-time test cricket low and their third lowest against England.

Haseeb Hameed (60 no) and Rory Burns (52 no) then shared an unbroken 120 position for the first wicket to reach the stumps as England had just about the perfect day as they tried to level the five-game series.

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Anderson needed just five balls at the start of the day to make the breakthrough, prompting KL Rahul into a booming practice and finding an advantage over Jos Buttler.

A handsome swinger who got late represented Cheteshwar Pujara (1) as he fell behind, defending on a fourth line, but it was Kohli’s wicket in the 11th that really motivated Anderson.

It was another full delivery, another encouraged practice, just a hint of movement out of the seam and another advantage up to Buttler to bring a roar of pleasure from the England wicket record holder.

Anderson’s control over the swaying and stitched ball was at its best, but even after his spell ended India was going nowhere quickly and suffered another blow when Robinson took Ajinkya Rahane (18) behind with the last bullet before lunch.

As of the afternoon session on 56-4 India needed a bit of Rishabh Pant magic (2), but the counterattack they would have hoped for never came as the Left-handed picked up a relatively large delivery from Robinson and moved away slightly. to give Buttler his fifth take.

The Englishman only became the second wicket keeper, after Australia’s Brad Haddin, also against India, in 2014, to catch the top five wickets in a test round.

India opener Rohit Sharma (19) had struck diligently as the wickets fell on the other end, but, ultimately, his dismissal was tamed; slightly surprised by an Overton bouncer and slipped a hold down the middle as he attempted to shoot.

Craig Overton has called for three wickets to make sure India's tail doesn't wag

Craig Overton has called for three wickets to make sure India’s tail doesn’t wag

It was the first of four Indian wickets to drop in six balls without a point being scored, as the tail that had wagged so well at Lord’s was quickly defeated in Leeds.

Overton caught Mohammed Shami in the first ball of the cordon and Sam Curran then trapped Ravindra Jadeja (4) and Jasprit Bumrah lbw with successive deliveries.

Neither pitcher was able to complete the hat trick, but the damage was done and when Joe Root took a yank on the first slip to take out Mohammed Siraj and give Overton his third wicket, the miserable opening innings from India were over after a little over a session and a half.

It was then up to the English batsmen under fire from the team with Burns and Hameed coming out as the home side’s 22nd different opening pair since Sir Andrew Strauss retired in 2012 and fought until tea with minimal fuss.

Nasser Hussain takes a close look at why Virat Kohli has struggled to score points so far in this series

Nasser Hussain takes a close look at why Virat Kohli has struggled to score points so far in this series

Nasser Hussain takes a close look at why Virat Kohli has struggled to score points so far in this series

They continued in a similar fashion in the evening session with Hameed, in his first home innings as the test opener, looking more and more confident, defending solidly and playing a number of eye-catching shots through. the offside.

The burns had started more cautiously but were just as safe and while the Indian bowlers improved in the first hour after tea, beating the wire a few times, the English openers – breaking with recent tradition – held on.

The partnership topped 50 and Burns took them to a run of India’s total when he shot a less than impressed Siraj for six on a deep back square before a Hameed border in 32nd place. gives England the advantage.

It was the first time since the Melbourne Test of the 2010/11 Ashes winning streak that England had beaten the opposition in the first set without losing a wicket.

Milestones continued to come with the 100 partnership before Hameed offered England’s only real chance of the heats when he edged out a full delivery from Bumrah to Rohit on the second slip; the fielder went to a hand, the ball burst and ran away for a limit which brought Hameed to his third test fifty, from 110 balls.

Haseeb Hameed finished undefeated on 60 as he and Rory Burns put in an unbroken 120 before strains

Haseeb Hameed finished undefeated on 60 as he and Rory Burns put in an unbroken 120 before strains

Burns followed, referring to his 10th half-century test with a superbly timed clip to the close of midwicket on the penultimate day and Hameed gave Headingley’s lively crowd one more limit, his 11th , to applaud the last one.

After a day they could only dream of, England will head to Day 2 in a dominant position, but with more work to do to line up the series.

Watch day two of the third test between England and India starting at 10:15 am Thursday on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.

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