Match Report
Joe Root Scores Another Ton As England’s Lead Swell Near 350, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Aug 27, 2021 12:00 am
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England skipper Joe Root scored 23rd ton of his Test career during the third Test against India at Headingley. It helped England to tighten the screw on India as their lead has reached 345 at the stumps of day two.

Joe Root and Dawid Malan
Joe Root and Dawid Malan

India were still searching for the first wicket when day two started. It took them not long before Mohammed Shami knocked off Rory Burns’ off pole after England reached 135. Ravindra Jadeja also clean bowled Haseeb Hameed and gave India relief as both openers were back in the hut after scoring 60s.

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However, Joe Root took the baton from there on and added quick 139 runs for the third wicket with Dawid Malan, who got out for 70 in his comeback match at the stroke of tea break. Indian bowlers were looking ineffective throughout the day and failed to trouble English batsmen.

In the process, Root notched up his third century of the series and punished Virat Kohli’s team. Mohammed Shami took two quick wickets in the post-tea session as he removed Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler. Jasprit Bumrah, then, knocked Root as well but he had scored quick 121 runs by that time.

A flurry of wickets fell in the last session but England had already raced too far away from India in the third Test. India made a mini-comeback by taking four wickets for 33 runs but Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson kept Indian bowlers out from finishing England’s first innings.

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England had scored 423/8 at the stumps and had 345 runs lead. Shami took three wickets while Jadeja and Siraj managed two wickets apiece other than Bumrah’s single wicket effort throughout the day.

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