Cricket News: The home team came into Day 3 of the third Test between India and England at Headingley with the goal of putting the game to rest after two days of cricket. Despite being bowled out early on Friday, Joe Root’s team had built up a 354-run lead in the first innings. India required a spectacular opening partnership to claw their way back into the match and force an unlikely draw.
As KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma onto the field, it appeared that the visitors were determined to rescue the contest. India’s opening pair fought valiantly and were on track to finish the first session without losing a wicket. Things were looking bright with a score of 34/0 in 18.5 overs.
But, owing to a stroke of brilliance on the field, everything was flipped upside down right at lunchtime.
Bairstow makes one of the series’ greatest catches
It was the 19th’s final delivery, and lunch was just around the corner. During the over, Craig Overton and KL Rahul exchanged a few words, and things were getting a little heated. As the ball soared towards the slip cordon, the towering bowler threw a peach of a delivery, pulling an outside edge from the batsman.
With such much speed, the ball appeared to be heading for the third-man boundary between the first and second slips. Jonny Bairstow, on the other hand, dove to his left and stretched his left hand in the blink of an eye. The ball miraculously stuck in his hands, and India lost KL Rahul’s wicket in seconds.
As they approached Bairstow to applaud his amazing grab, the English players erupted in laughter. With one of the most in-form Indian batsmen walking back to the pavilion, the home team earned the much-needed breakthrough.
Here’s the link to the video:
— Sportzhustle_Squad (@sportzhustle) August 27, 2021
After lunch, Rohit and Pujara keep the innings going
After lunch, it was critical for India not to lose any wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara teamed up with Rohit Sharma and dominated the first 30 minutes of the second session. The scorecard read 89/1 in 38 overs at the time of writing, with a burst of boundaries from India’s number 3 and Hitman.
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