Pujara’s partner for a long time in the middle should know. He has been waiting for the loose balls to score off with little success. Sharma’s comeback as Test opener has been nothing short of a revelation.
India wasted little time to end England’s innings in the morning, removed the last two wickets inside 15 minutes. Rahul and Rohit saw off the new ball threat but the former looked scratchy for most part of his innings before nicking off at the stroke of lunch. The middle session saw Rohit notch up a gritty half-century. Pujara, meanwhile, batted with a positive approach at the start of his innings. That’s a brave statement from India’s No. 3. Rohit perished in the second over after tea but it was almost flawless batting after that from two batsmen who were due for some runs. With the conditions not as threatening as the opening day, Pujara and Kohli hardly looked flustered at the crease. With the light fading, there were some easy runs on offer against the spinners in the second half of the final session. Can India’s middle order continue the good work? Two days left in the Test and the hosts are still in the driver’s seat. They’ll be fancying their chances to make early inroads with the second new ball tomorrow. If India dominate another day, we could be in for another tremendous Test
IND 78 & 215/2 (80)
Day 3: Stumps – India trail by 139 runs