Latest Cricket News: The third Test between India and England was about to begin on Day 4 with a lot of intrigues. On the back of some superb batting from the top order, the visitors had fashioned a dramatic comeback into the match. Before losing his wicket, Rohit Sharma made a tenacious half-century. Pujara and Kohli, on the other hand, demonstrated outstanding application to lead India to a dominating position at stumps.
When play resumed on Saturday, England had the new ball in hand, and all eyes were on the Indian batsmen to see if they could make it through the crucial opening hour at Headingley. This was going to be the pivotal moment in the game, and India, once again, crumbled to the strain. All of yesterday’s hard work was undone as the visitors lost a flurry of wickets in rapid succession.
Another middle-order collapse, this time from 215/2 to 239/6
On Day 4 at Headingley, the Indian middle-order put on a horror show. It all started when Cheteshwar Pujara was removed early in the opening session by Ollie Robinson. Although Kohli and Rahane remained in the game for a while, they were both bowled in successive overs due to some excellent bowling by England pacers. India’s scoreboard quickly changed from 215/2 to 239/6, extending Rishabh Pant’s poor run in the series.
India’s woeful batting collapse, which has been a frequent occurrence in abroad conditions, certainly dismayed the netizens. The middle-order, which has always been India’s strength, has struggled in this series, and the same issue surfaced again on Saturday.
The following is how Twitter reacted to India’s demise:
In many ways, India’s collapse today looks far worse than on the first day. True, new ball was a challenge, but pitch was not deadly, two well set batsmen were in the middle, two specialists were to follow. Within 80 minutes 5 wickets were snuffed out for 39 runs. Kaput!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 28, 2021
If my 8 months old son wishes to become a cricketer one-day I'll train him to combat swing-seam.
— Thilak Ramamurthy (@Thilak_Rama) August 28, 2021
— CG (@ChiragGahlaut) August 28, 2021
And their comes the collapse. India lost their 5 wickets in 40 runs. England on the verge of victory in Leeds. #ENGvIND
— harshad kolhe (@harshadkolhe18) August 28, 2021
From contemplating about giving a lead of 150+ runs yesterday to now fighting to avoid an innings defeat.
All in the space of 1 hour of play.
5 wickets in 1 hour.
— The_Raconteur (@the_silly_point) August 28, 2021
— Sohaib Iqbal (@ginger__sports) August 28, 2021
That’s been the problem. Overnight batsmen not continuing where they left and the collapse happens. #ENGvIND
— Rahul Singh (@RahulSinggghhh) August 28, 2021
India is defeated by India an innings and 76 runs
Ravindra Jadeja was once again assigned to bat with the tail, and the match was already over. Although Jadeja scored 30 runs in a quickfire inning, he received little help from the other end as England bowled India out for 278 runs, winning the match by an innings and 76 runs. India lost their last seven wickets in 54 minutes, which speaks eloquently about how the fourth day transpired.
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