2ND TEST, DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS: ROOT'S SUBLIME TON HELPS ENGLAND TAKE 1ST-INNINGS LEAD
Joe Root's classic 180* enabled England to take a first-innings 27-run lead over India on Day 3 of the Lord's Test. Jonny Bairstow with a stable 57 aided the skipper to guide England to 391.
Ishant Sharma (3/69) and Md Siraj (4/94) got India the breakthroughs at crucial hours. MD Shami chipped in with a couple of wickets too.
Root's sublime 180 was studded with 18 boundaries. Along with Bairstow, he put up a 123-run partnership, their third century stand of 2021.
The duo looked at ease scoring runs on both sides of the wicket comfortably. Throughout the first two sessions, England scored at a run rate close to 4 RPO. Root, who played vigilantly yet fluently for most of the time, started playing more aggressive shorts towards the back end of the innings.
Even after Bairstow's dismissal, Root continued stitching vital partnerships - first with Jos Buttler (54 runs) and then with Moeen Ali (58 runs) - to take India closer to India's 364. Ishant plucked both Buttler and Ali out to expose England's tail.
Even though the Indian bowlers did fairly well, the innings was assailed with 'extra' problems. Jasprit Bumrah ended up giving away 13 runs off no-balls, while India accounted for 33 extras overall.
Day 4 will bring in quite a challenge for Team India as they look to set up a strong total for England to chase in the last innings. As long as rain doesn't become a hindrance once again, there might still be plenty to play for to yield a result out of the next two days.