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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 3rd Test: Rohit-Pujara keep India at bay, trail by 139 at stumps on Day 3

England has displayed a great fighting spirit against India in the third Test of the Pataudi Trophy at Headingley in Leeds. While England has the upper hand, India is not going down without a battle.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 3rd Test: Day 3 report, scorecard and winner-ayh
Leeds, First Published Aug 27, 2021, 4:28 PM IST

England continued to have the upper hand despite India fighting back on Day 3 of the third Test for the Pataudi Trophy at Headingley in Leeds on Friday. In the opening session, the host was bundled out for 432, while the visitor could manage 215/2 at stumps as the former leads by 139 runs.

Earlier, India had batted first and was shout out for 78, with James Anderson and Craig Overton creating havoc with a three-for each. Meanwhile, England managed 423/8 by Day 2, thanks to skipper Joe Root's applaudable innings of 121.

Resuming at the overnight score, just eight runs later, seamer Mohammed Shami trapped Overton leg-before for 32. Just a run later, Bumrah knocked over Ollie Robinson for a duck, as England secured a lead of 254 at 432.

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Pataudi Trophy 2021, 3rd Test: Day 3 report, scorecard and winner-ayh

The Indians utilised five bowlers. While Shami was the most effective with a four-for, Bumrah was the most economical of all.

The post-tea session turned out to be a frustrating one for England, as the pair of Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara took total control of the session. While Pujara seemingly bounced back from his rough patch, Rohit scored his 14th Test half-century, as India finished on 112/1, trailing by 242 runs at the tea break.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 3rd Test: Day 3 report, scorecard and winner-ayh

In the post-tea session, it suffered a setback, when four runs later, Rohit fell for 59 to Robinson after being trapped leg-before, while the review gave the call in favour of the umpire. As Kohli came onto the crease, Pujara scored his 30th Test half-century.

The two have managed a 99-run stand for the third wicket at stumps, with Pujara nine short of his 18th Test ton, while the skipper is five short of his 26th Test half-century. Although it has curtailed England's lead to 139, India faces an uphill task tomorrow's opening session.

Pataudi Trophy 2021, 3rd Test: Day 3 report, scorecard and winner-ayh

For England, six bowlers have been utilised. While Overton and Robinson are the ones to have attained success so far, the former has been highly economical.
Brief scores: India 78 & 215/2 (Rohit-59, Pujara- 91*; Overton- 1/35) trails England 423/8 (Hameed- 68, Burns- 61, Malan- 70, Root- 121; Shami- 3/87) by 139 runs.

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