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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 1st Test: Steady rain forces early stumps yet again on Day 3

India and England are battling the opening Test of the Pataudi Trophy 2021 in Nottingham. India has managed to take a first-innings lead, thanks to KL Rahul's hard-fought innings of 84.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 1st Test, Day 3: Report and scorecard-ayh
Nottingham, First Published Aug 6, 2021, 6:17 PM IST

On Friday, India was bundled out for 278 in the first innings of the opening Test of the 2021 Pataudi Trophy at Trent Bridge. It was pacer Ollie Robinson's five-for and seamer James Anderson's four-for that got the job done, while KL Rahul's 84 and Ravindra Jadeja's 56 allowed India to take a lead of 95. However, steady rain forced early stumps again, as England continues to trail by 70.

Earlier, electing to bat, England was bundled out for 185 on Day 1. India had the upper hand on Day 2, losing four wickets after the openers were off to a great start, with Rahul scoring his half-century, while rain washed out most of the day's play, as India finished on 125/4.

Resuming the overnight score, the pair of Rahul and fellow wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could add 20 more runs for the fifth wicket. Meanwhile, the latter fell for 25 to pacer Ollie Robinson after being caught by Jonny Bairstow.

While India had lost half of its side, there was hardly anything to panic as it nearly had the lead in its grasp. Meanwhile, the duo of Rahul and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja batted sensibly for the rest of the session to hand India an eight-run lead before the lunch break.

At the post-lunch session, just 14 runs later, Rahul departed after Anderson made him caught behind by Jos Buttler, while at the same score, he also got rid of Shardul Thakur for a duck. Nevertheless, it was followed by a 27-run stand between all-rounder Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.

During this time, Jadeja scored his 16th Test half-century, while he also scored his 2,000th Test run in the process. As a result, he became the fifth Indian all-rounder to score 2k in Tests and claim 200 Test wickets after Kapil Dev, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

At 232, Jadeja fell for 56 to Robinson after being caught by Broad. Meanwhile, 13 runs later, Shami, too, was knocked over for 13 by the same man.

Although Jasprit Bumrah gave a glimpse of some late fireworks, he was dismissed for 28 by the same man after being taken by Broad.  Nonetheless, India had a lead of 95.

For England, four seamers were utilised. While Robinson has claimed the most wickets, Anderson has been the most economical of all.

As England came out to bat for the second innings, it managed to score 11/0, continuing to trail by 84 at the tea break. However, England could add just 14 more runs post restart as rain washed out the remainder of the session, forcing early stumps, while India led by 70 runs. In the meantime, India has utilised three bowlers so far, with Mohammed Siraj being the most economical.
Brief scores: England 183 & 25/0 (Burns- 11*; Bumrah- 0/6) trails India 278 (Rahul- 84, Jadeja- 56; Robinson- 5/85, Anderson- 4/54) by 70 runs.

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