India vs England 3rd Test, Day 2: Joe Root’s century gives the England 345-Run Lead at Stumps

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England lost five wickets but added 125 runs in the final session and took a massive 345-run lead at stumps on Day 2 of the third test in Leeds. India fought back strongly in the last session of the day and scalped wickets in quick succession. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowler with three wickets. England finished the day at 423/8.

England openers Burns and Hameed looked solid at the start of the second day play. Jasprit Bumrah found the outside edge of Hameed but Rohit Sharma failed to take the catch at second slip. Mohammed Shami provided the much-needed breakthrough with a delivery that went through the defense of Burns and hit the stumps. Later on, Ravindra Jadeja clean bowled Hameed for 68.

David Malan who returned to the test team after three was in good touch with the bat and scored 70 runs. England Skipper Joe Root frustrated the Indian bowlers with another century. Malan and Root had a partnership of 139 runs for the third wicket. Malan was dismissed in the last ball of the second session by Mohammed Siraj.

Joe Root scored his 23rd test ton and third consecutive century of the series. Joe Root became the first batsman to score 1,350 runs in a calendar year thrice. Root’s master-class came to an end on 121 when Jasprit Bumrah bowled him out.

Mohammed Shami removed Bairstow in 29. He brought up a 50-run stand with Root. Jos Butler and Moeen Ali did not last long at the crease. India has to bat extraordinary in their second innings to level England’s lead.

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