India vs England 3rd Test HIGHLIGHTS, Day 1: ENG dominate IND with 42-run lead; Burns, Hameed post fifties

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Haseeb Hameed posted his fifty after raising a 100-run partnership with Rory Burns on Day 1 at Headingley.   -  Action Images via Reuters

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the third Test between India and England as action unfurls at Headingley Stadium, Leeds.

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Comeback 101 from the home side as a sizzling bowling performance after losing the toss was backed up with a solid opening partnership...after ages. Jimmy Anderson's masterclass - shunning Rahul, Pujara and Kohli - displayed the grit with which England has approached the Test despite the loss at Lord's. India's batters were hung on tenterhooks except Rohit who fell into a rut after losing partners at a constant rate. With a paltry total up front, Kohli would have hoped his seamers to return a blow of similar proportions.  However, a determined pair of Burns and Hameed were all set to blunt the new ball before raising the scoring rate at a decent pace.  The surface did little to assist India's pacers and Kohli, the aggressor, naturally took a backseat. Cricket, the great leveller has struck again and the visitor would need an exceedingly fine day tomorrow to peg back into the contest. Good night folks, do join us for tomorrow's action.

At Lords: England 120/10 in 51.5 overs

At Leeds: England 120/0 in 42 overs

 

ENG 120/0 in 42 overs: England move into stumps with a 40-run lead. Absolute domination from the home side in a remarkable comeback from the fall at Lord's.

Siraj is back

ENG 114/0 in 41 overs:  Fifty for Burns!  He gets there with an exquisite flick through midwicket off Bumrah. He sets up well and rotates his wrists at the last moment to find the boundary. The dressing room and crowd are up on their feet to applaud the southpaw.

ENG 110/0 in 40 overs: Hameed continues to present a compact defence. Shami goes wide off the crease as he zips the ball in but Hameed's firm presence allows him to wear down the bowler's tactics.

ENG 108/0 in 39 overs: Bumrah continues to attack Hameed's defence. A couple of inside-edges fall to the on--side and it seems like Bumrah's bending his back even further.

ENG 107/0 in 38 overs: Shami cramps Burns for room who eventually finds a single to get off strike. India has failed to keep the batter under a constant tide even when the runs drained up in streaks.

ENG 105/0 in 37 overs: Bumrah finds the edge and it goes down in the slips! Hameed reaches fifty with a lifeline as the thick edge steams past Rohit's leading palm to his left in the slips. The ball trickles to the boundary as Hameed raises his first fifty in five years.

ENG 101/0 in 36 overs: 100 up for England! Hameed raises the milestone with a nonchalant late cut off Shami. The ball is guided past the slip cordon straight to the boundary and there's the three figures. High quality innings from both batters as they put England well on top.

ENG 95/0 in 35 overs: The Indians have been flattened by Hameed and Burns. Bumrah tries to whip the ball into the off-stump but Hameed's blade continues to pose like a rock.

Bumrah replaces Ishant. Kohli shuffling his bowlers desperately.

ENG 93/0 in 34 overs: Shami angles the ball into Burns pads but he leans forward to see off the impending danger. Shami errs and offers a hint of width and Burns slashes it past point for another neat boundary,

ENG 87/0 in 33 overs: Ishant attacks the stumps on return but Hameed continues to meet the ball with utmost precision. Nothing on offer for the bowlers and Kohli's got limited options up his sleeves at the moment.

Ishant returns

ENG 86/0 in 32 overs: England storms into the lead! Hameed is the man behind the moment once again as he smashes Shami through point for four.  Shami comes back with a sharp delivery that finds the edge. Hameed gets another boundary as the ball skims past the flying slip fielder. England well in control now.

Shami into the attack

ENG 78/0 in 31 overs: Another maiden. Jadeja keeps it fairly tight around the off-stump. Burns continues to nudge them away off the backfoot. No hurry at the moment and the batters have soaked in the pressure well.

ENG 78/0 in 30 overs: A welcome bouncer from Siraj to Hameed. Hameed ducks well and moves out of the ploy that comes after a couple of nip-backers from Siraj. England continue to stand level after two maidens on the bounce.

ENG 78/0 in 29 overs: Jadeja treads around the shorter length and prompts Burns to rock back in his crease to defend. Another quick over and Jadeja finishes it with a maiden.

ENG 78/0 in 28 overs: SCORES LEVEL! Burns continues to pile on the misery as he pummels Siraj with a nonchalant pull for six over midwicket. He takes a single and England move in level with India, how the tables have turned!

ENG 71/0 in 27 overs: Prolific turn for Jadeja and it beats everything on its way. Jadeja loops one in outside off the and ball drifts sharply to beat Burns' who leans forward. Pant fails to collect the ball and perhaps that's a missed stumping. Well, the ball was just inches away from brushing the offstump as well.

ENG 66/0 in 26 overs: Siraj squares up Burns with a snorter. Scrambled seam that hits the deck hard and tails from around the wicket. Burns has no clue whatsoever as the ball whiffs past his blade. Burns makes up for it instantly with a crunchy flick that fetches him three runs. Meanwhile, Kohli continues to check with the umpires to change the ball, perhaps citing the loss of shape. India clearly out of options right now.

ENG 62/0 in 25 overs: Jaddu storms through another over. Hameed reacts with a couple of prods and pushes as Jadeja varies his length at a quick clip.

ENG 62/0 in 24 overs: Burns in the zone! Siraj goes a touch full and Burns pounces on it in a flash. A solid punch down the ground and it beats Ishant at mid-off before steaming to the boundary.

Siraj continues..

The umpires have some concern regarding the footmarks on the pitch and calls for Drinks.

Siraj on from the other end

ENG 57/0 in 23 overs: Burns greets Jadeja with a flawless sweep for four. Jadeja tosses it up and Burns lays low and wallops it through midwicket.

That kind of day for Virat & Co.   -  Getty Images

 

Jadeja into the attack

ENG 53/0 in 22 overs: Ishant tucks the ball into Hameed who continues his dead-bat parade. India's made to wait as the batters employ a straightforward technique to keep the seamers at bay.

ENG 52/0 in 21 overs: Fifty up for England! Hameed brings it up with a delectable drive through extra cover. He's making the most of his return and England's already feeling a fresh lease of life at the top.

ENG 48/0 in 20 overs: Ishant pulls the ball back short but Burns finds two runs with a flick. Ishant slides one in and tucks it onto Burns' pads and goes up in a wry appeal, the ball's sliding down leg.

ENG 46/0 in 19 overs: Siraj follows his typical line and angles the ball into Hameed who is looking solid as ever at the moment. Nothing on offer for the seamers and the surface seems to have eased up a bit.

Siraj replaces Shami

ENG 45/0 in 18 overs: Hameed on the move! Ishant errs in line and offers two wide deliveries. Hameed stays back in his crease and effortlessly slashes them past point for two boundaries.

Ishant into the attack

ENG 37/0 in 17 overs: Shami induces the edge off Burns but the ball falls short of the slip cordon. Soft hands on the fore and Burns survives. Another maiden but Hameed and Burns have done well to move forward with a measured approach.

ENG 37/0 in 16 overs: Bumrah's relentless attack on Hameed's defence is building up a fine contest. Hameed presses low and plays the ball late as it nips into him. Bumrah sends in a slower delivery in an attempt to induce an error but Hameed manages to fend it off with his dead blade.

ENG 37/0 in 15 overs: Shami drills the ball into Hameed who pushes it quickly to the off-side and rushes for a single. The openers have been silent but continues to keep a sharp eye on every scoring opportunity.

ENG 36/0 in 14 overs: Bumrah peppers Burns with a slew of length deliveries, one of them sharply rises to hit Burns' chest. He does not flinch and continues to hold his shape against a probing spell from Bumrah. He completes another maiden over.

ENG 36/0 in 13 overs: The opener make a move! Burns prods forward and pushes Shami down the ground to keep the runs ticking. Pujara has a tough chase behind the ball and concedes three. Shami tails the ball in sharply to Hameed who flicks his wrists and creams a boundary through midwicket. Kohli has gone silent in the slips, allowing England's openers to settle in.

ENG 29/0 in 12 overs: Bumrah attacks Hameed's stumps once again. Hameed is growing in confidence with the dead-bat show and Bumrah refrains from varying his lengths. Another maiden.

ENG 29/0 in 11 overs: Shami goes around and Burns waltzes him with a gorgeous drive through the vacant covers. Leans in with a full face of the bat and strikes a perfect pose to show he's in command.

ENG 25/0 in 10 overs: Bumrah comes from around the wicket to Burns and nearly clips the top of off! A close and late leave from Burns and he's fortunate to survive. Bumrah continues to keep the ball a lot fuller here with minimal seam movement for support.

ENG 24/0 in 9 overs: A beauty from Shami!  Hameed gets on strike after Burns finds three runs off a strong punch through mid-on. Shami presses him with a sharp delivery that hits the lengths and nearly kisses the outside-edge through its way to Pant. Haseeb escapes by a hair's breadth.

Shami from the other end

ENG 21/0 in 8 overs: Bumrah continues to go full tilt at Hameed's stumps. He maintains a full length at the wicket and pecks at his defence. Maiden to start the session.

3rd session underway. Jasprit Bumrah into the attack.

 

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The second session was a horror show for India as its batting crumbled quickly. Eight single-digit scores, a 19 scored by Rohit Sharma, and 18 scored by Ajinkya Rahane. That was it for India.

James Anderson did the early damage, removing three of India's top-order batsmen. Ollie Robinson (2 for 16), Sam Curran (2 for 27) and Craig Overton (3 for 14) did the rest.

England trails in the first innings by 57 runs. Join us, for the post-tea session, in about 20 minutes.

ENG 21/0 in 7 overs: Good length, in the corridor. And nearly a wicket! Shami's delivery narrowly evades the edge of Burns' bat! The rest of the deliveries are safely negotiated by Burns: he defends or leaves the deliveries alone. It's tea.

Shami into the attack.

ENG 21/0 in 6 overs: The first delivery that produces some excitement among the Indians in the field. It's a short-of-a-length delivery from Bumrah, angling into the right hander. Hameed shoulders arms; the ball goes over the stumps.

A maiden over: the rest of the deliveries are left alone.

ENG 21/0 in 5 overs: Good length, on off-stump, from Ishant. Defended off the front-foot by Hameed and the batsmen scamper through for a quick single. Straighter line, and it's nudged away for a single by Burns.

Hameed defends off the front-foot again and picks up a single again. Three from the over.

ENG 18/0 in 4 overs: On the pads, turned away to fine leg by Burns for a single. A similar delivery to the right-handed Hameed, same result: a single. Three deliveries left alone by Burns: they are on a good length, angling across him.

ENG 16/0 in 3 overs: Ishant settles into a nice line and length. Haseeb leaves the deliveries alone outside the off-stump. Ishant drifts on to the pads of the batsman, who clips it to midwicket for a couple. Two from the over.

ENG 14/0 in 2 overs: Bumrah bowls full, outside off. Haseeb square drives to pick up four more runs through gully. Haseeb hands strike to Burns as he softly plays the ball to leg and picks up a quick single.

The rest of the deliveries are cautiously negotiated by Burns: left alone or defended.

ENG 9/0 in 1 over: Ishant starts off with a no-ball. Burns gets the ball on his thighs and turns it away to get off the mark.

Then another no-ball. Left alone by Haseeb Hameed. Then a wide delivery, so wide that the umpire signals it as wide. Then, short and wide, Hameed cuts and picks up a boundary through point. Short and wide again, left alone.

The fourth delivery is a good one from Ishant: in the corridor, close to the off-stump, on a good length. Left alone again. It's followed up by a full delivery outside the off-stump; Hameed tries to drive, gets an inside edge and the ball runs away to fine leg, where Jadeja dives to save three runs. Last delivery of the over: Ishant sprays it down leg.

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India unravelled pretty quickly after the fall of Rohit. Wicket after wicket after wicket. Thanks to good discipline from all of England's seamers, and to the failure of India's batsmen to cover all bases as they batted, India fell to one of its lowest scores in Test cricket.

How low? It's India's third lowest total in England, and India's ninth lowest overall. The lowest: 36 against Australia in 2020-21.

IND 78 (40.4 overs) Siraj makes room and plays a drive to cover. Says 'no' to his partner. Then he swings hard as he gets a full delivery outside the off-stump. It narrowly misses his outside edge as it goes through to the keeper. Makes room again, gets a yorker, dug out.

And out! All over. Siraj makes room again, and spoons it up to Root at first slip. Root takes a good catch, leaping up to pouch it.

IND 78/9 in 40 overs: Three more runs for Ishant. Full, on off-stump. It's steered away past point. Siraj tries to tonk the ball again; the ball goes through him. Then he slaps one to mid-off and picks up a single.

Swing and a miss from Ishant. Then, he gets a full delivery from Curran and he drives it to mid-off for no run. The final delivery of the over is full, on off-stump; it's awkwardly defended.

IND 74/9 in 39 overs: Ishant has four runs! Full delivery, on off-stump. Ishant shuffles across to the off-side and stays deep in his crease and plays a funny-looking drive. He squirts the ball away to gully for a boundary.

DROPPED! Short delivery from Overton. Ishant makes room, and then swings hard. The ball hits the edge of the bat and flies to Root at second slip. Root jumps to take the catch; the ball bursts through his hands and lands nearby.

IND 69/9 in 38 overs: Siraj shapes to deposit the ball on the moon. Gets hit on the stomach. It's a short of a length delivery on leg stump. Last ball of the over: Siraj makes room and plays an awkward stroke to collect two runs. The ball travels to the long-off region. Two runs.

Curran on a hat-trick. Fires it in full, awkwardly negotiated by Siraj as he tries to play it to the leg side. Review taken from Root this time, and it's wasted, as Siraj had hit the ball.

Another loud shout, and another wicket! Good length, hits Jasprit Bumrah on his knee roll. It's given out by the umpire. The review pays no dividends; all three reds again. India nine down now.

Jasprit Bumrah lbw b Curran 0 (1)

Jadeja is rapped on the pads and it's given! Sam Curran fires in a yorker and Jadeja plays all around it. It hits him near his right ankle. Seems that it's out.

Jadeja takes the review. All three reds. India eight down. Sam Curran has his first.

Ravindra Jadeja lbw Curran 4 (29)

IND 67/7 in 37 overs: Huge roar from the crowd to greet Overton's hat-trick ball. It's full, on off-stump. Ishant Sharma, the new batsman, gets his bat down to awkwardly defend it.

And gone! Shami gets one in the corridor, pokes at it, and Rory Burns at third slip pouches it. India seven down.

Mohammed Shami c Burns b Overton 0 (1)

Rohit gets a full delivery outside off-stump, from Overton, and drives it nicely to mid-off. Then he scampers back to his crease for safety after playing a ball to short midwicket and drifting out of his crease.

Rohit grins after failing to put away a full toss. It's a low full toss outside the off-stump and it touches the shoulder of the bat and trickles to short cover.

And then he gets a short delivery and he pulls it straight to mid-on! It's a tame shot in end; the ball took the toe end of his bat and ballooned to mid-on for an easy catch. India unravelling quickly.

Rohit Sharma c Robinson b Overton 19 (105b, 1x4)

IND 67/5 in 36 overs: Jadeja gets one on his thighs and gently turns it away for a single. Rohit does the same off a similar delivery to him and he picks up a single as well. Jadeja defends, and then gets shorter deliveries and leaves them alone outside the off-stump.

And then a similar delivery from Curran, short of a length, but the ball doesn't travel to the keeper outside the off-stump; instead it comes into the batsman after pitching. Awkwardly negotiated by the batsman. The last ball is left alone.

Sam Curran back into the attack to bowl his eighth over.

IND 64/5 in 35 overs: A quick single taken after Jadeja squirts one to point off Overton. Rohit gets one on his pads and he duly turns the ball to square leg to pick up a single.

Jadeja gets a short delivery and he ducks under it.

Overton comes from around the wicket, bowls a full delivery (off-stump line). It's defended on the front foot by Jadeja and a single is picked up.

IND 61/6 in 34 overs: Robinson drifts down the leg side to Jadeja from over the wicket, a loud shout for lbw. Not given, and there's no interest from England's fielders to refer it. Then a delivery that angles across the left-hander, the ball passes Jadeja by outside the off-stump, narrowly evading the edge.

Jadeja comes on to the front foot and defends a full length delivery to mid-off for a single to keep strike.

IND 60/5 in 33 overs: In the corridor from Overtson, Rohit continues to shoulder arms. Then slightly straighter, and Rohit comes on to the front foot and defends. Overpitched delivery outside the off-stump; the cautious Rohit gently steers the ball to gully for no run.

And he draws the edge! Off-stump line, on a good length, Rohit hangs his bat and the ball falls short of the diving third slip. Jonny Bairstow dived to his left but collects the ball on the bounce. The last delivery is left alone. It's a game of attrition.

IND 60/5 in 32 overs: Robinson continues to bowl in the corridor and Rohit continues to leave deliveries outside the off-stump. A short delivery; Rohit pulls it safely to fine leg for a single.

Robinson switches to around the wicket for Jadeja. Three slips in place. Bowls a full length delivery first up, defended well. Then slightly shorter, in the corridor, left alone.

IND 59/5 in 31 overs: Rohit leaves one alone and then defends. He gets one on his pads and he collects a leg-bye. No, it's runs. Hit the inside edge off the bat and on to his thigh. Bouncer from Overtson, a rare one today, and Jadeja ducks under it nicely.

Jadeja defends the last two deliveries.

IND 58/5 in 30 overs: Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman. Onto the bowlers if another wicket falls. He defends his first delivery and then leaves the next two outside the off-stump. The deliveries are angling across him from over the wicket. Jadeja defends again. Says 'no' loudly after defending the last delivery of the over.

Pant plays away from his body and pays the price! He edges behind as Jos Buttler takes his fifth catch! Robinson has his second. India five wickets down. It's a short-of-a-length delivery, wide outside the off-stump, Pant has a go at it.

Rishabh Pant c Buttler b Robinson 2(9b)

IND 58/4 in 29 overs: A near run out! Pant looks for a quick single after Rohit defends a delivery and the ball trickles to the leg side. He scampers through a long way and then is sent back by Rohit; Pant dives back to his crease as Jos Buttler's throw hits him.

Otherwise an uneventful over as Rohit solidly defends the deliveries.

IND 59/4 in 28 overs: The crowd exclaims as Pant plays away from his body and nearly spoons Robinson's delivery to point. It fell a yard to the left of Rory Burns. It was an ugly stroke from Pant. Full length delivery, wide, Pant reaches out to it.

Three slips in place for Pant. The ball

narrowly evades the edge in the corridor, then Pant defends a back-of-a-length delivery to midwicket. Then he defends off the back-foot.

A loud shout for lbw, but not given. Back of a length from Robinson again, but hits him too high. Would be going over the stumps.

IND 58/4 in 27 overs: Enterprising from Pant. He steps down the track to Craig Overton, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, and gently taps the short-of-a-length delivery to mid-on to pinch a quick single.

Rohit continues to be patient, shouldering arms to good-length deliveries outside the off-stump, and defending solidly off the front-foot when the delivery is on the off-stump line. Slightly wider and shorter from Overton, Rohit resisted a poke at it, gets slightly drawn to the ball but still quite far away from it. Leaves the last delivery alone.

IND 57/4 in 26 overs: Runs straightaway. Robinson bowls the final delivery of his over (unfinished at lunch), it's tucked to square leg by Pant for a single. A loud call of 'no' from one of the batsmen to signal there's no space for two. Pant off the mark.

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Rishabh Pant (the new batsman) and Rohit come down the steps to take their positions in the middle. The buoyant English team joins in a huddle at the boundary line. Hopefully, an exciting session awaits.

Two more wickets to fall before India's bowlers will come out to bat. The lower order has resisted with the bat this series, but their contribution alone won't be sufficient for India.

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Rohit Sharma needs just 85 more runs to get to 15,000 international runs. He is currently eighth in the list India's leading run-getters in all formats, behind Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, M. S. Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Mohammed Azharuddin.

Can he get there today? He's shown plenty of patience to leave deliveries outside the off-stump and he's looked solid when defending off the front foot or back foot. With the conditions becoming easier to bat in the afternoon and evening, he could flourish.

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England has come back and how! If India had slowly crept into a space of complacency, Jimmy Anderson, has single-handedly pulled it back to the ground with a riveting phase of artistry.  Add Robinson's late scalp of Rahane in the first session and India is now caught staring down the barrel. Save Rohit Sharma's assured batsmanship, none of the other top-order batsmen have looked in shape to see off probing spells for long. 

IND 56/4 in 25.5 overs: Robinson to Rahane. OUT! A wicket at the stroke of Lunch! Robinson draws a tentative push from Rahane outside off as Buttler pouches another with a delivery left to lunch. Massive session for England as they take firm control of the proceedings. Kohli's frown in the dugout says it all. Ajinkya Rahane c †Buttler b Robinson 18 (65m 54b 3x4)

IND 53/3 in 25 overs: Fifty up for India. Overton strays to the pads, his first loose delivery of the day and Rahane treads it fine down the boundary for four.

IND 49/3 in 24 overs: Measured drive from Rohit as Robinson draws the ball forward. Rohit's lucid movement has been a fine sight throughout and he adds two more runs to his tally.

Robinson replaces Curran. At the stroke of lunch with Rohit at the crease, are we in for a cheeky bouncer?

Joe Root rushes off the field after hurting his finger.   -  Action Images via Reuters

 

IND 47/3 in 23 overs: Probing over from Overton. He begins with a fuller deliver that finds Rahane's edge off the drive. Soft hands ensure that the ball hits the ground before rising onto Root's hands. Seems like Root's in pain and the skipper runs off the field. The last thing England could imagine would be an injury to Root.

IND 47/3 in 22 overs: Curran balls short to Rahane's shoulders. He makes room and hooks it to the fine leg boundary. A lengthy spell is taking the sheen off the left-armer. Curran bowls a couple of no-balls as we inch towards Lunch.

IND 40/3 in 21 overs: Overton runs and pushes the ball in with ease through the channel. Rohit will not mind that and continues to push the ball off his pads.

Overton replaces Ali

IND 40/3 in 20 overs: Runs are in with a trickle for India. Rahane keeps his guard down and attempts to blunt Curran's precision. The left-armer is presenting a much clearer version of himself today and he beats the outside edge once again.

IND 39/3 in 19 overs: Rohit collects a couple of runs as he paddle-sweeps Ali. Ali draws a fuller length to Rahane who does well to push the ball softly back to the bowler.

IND 36/3 in 18 overs: Another corker from Curran first-up. Rahane's defence is beaten all ends up as the ball swishes past the outside edge, away from Rahane's body. Curran gets a bit ambitious and draws the ball even wider and Rahane loosens his arms through point for a boundary.

IND 32/3 in 17 overs: Minimal turn for Ali. He employs the length outside the off-stump and forces Rahane to defend from the depth of the crease.

Surprise. Moeen Ali replaces Anderson

IND 31/3 in 16 overs: Curran crashes one into Rahane's pads and goes loud in appeal. Umpire Wharf stands in his stride and negates the appeal and Root rightfully decides against the review.

IND 30/3 in 15 overs: Cracking over from Anderson. A flurry of inswingers rush onto Rohit's pads but he does well to keep them off with a solid defence. Rohit waits patiently for that outswinger to come his way and does well to let it through the channel outside off-stump.

IND 30/3 in 14 overs: Curran tests Rahane with a couple of deliveries the nip away off the seam, beating the outside edge. He completes another maiden.

IND 30/3 in 13 overs: Anderson into his 7th over. Rohit presses forward to keep a solid blade against Anderson. Anderson is forced to move his line and ends up straying onto the pads. The ball brushes the pads and sails down leg for four.

IND 25/3 in 12 overs: Rohit continues to stamp his authority over the bowlers. Curran offers a ball a touch full and Rohit pummels it down the ground to break the rut. India needs him to replicate his Chepauk brilliance to sneak out of the situation. The players head to Drinks after a sensational hour of cricket.

IND 21/3 in 11 overs: Anderson to Kohli. OUT! Jimmy gets the BIG ONE!! India staring down the barrel all of a sudden courtesy one man, Jimmy Anderson. Kohli continues to err in the drive as he pushes hard at a deft tempter from Anderson outside the off-stump. It's the drill for the day, the ball clips the edge and once again flies to Buttler who makes no mistake. Kohli c Buttler b Anderson 7(17b, 1*4)

IND 19/2 in 10 overs: Curran begins with a couple of deliveries that move in to Rohit sharply. Rohit draw them away from the track and maintains his composure. Curran then zips in a beauty that springs up from the deck to beat Rohit's defense. Curran starts well and completes a maiden.

Curran replaces Robinson

IND 19/2 in 9 overs: Rohit's nimble movement keeps Anderson at bay. He moves forward to negate Anderson's nippy deliveries that seam in. Rohit opens the face of the bat off a length delivery and collects a single.

IND 18/2 in 8 overs: Kohli continues to move about with positive feet. Robinson forces a tight length but Kohli gets one away behind Buttler for four. Robinson comes back sharply with a fuller delivery that clips the toe edge off Kohli's blade, putting him in two minds whether to go at it.

IND 12/2 in 7 overs: Kohli lunges forward with positive movement to the ball and pushes it down the ground off Anderson. He gets three. Rohit gets another stern test outside the off-stump but he keeps his guard down to see Anderson off.

Fiery hour!   -  Action Images via Reuters

 

IND 8/2 in 6 overs: Rohit's solid defence forces Robinson to try different lengths. He ends up pushing one down leg and the ball clips Rohit's thighs before racing to the boundary.

IND 4/2 in 5 overs: Anderson to Pujara. OUT! EDGED AND GONE!! Jimmy's on a roll! A snorter from Anderson that Pujara cannot evade. Hits the length and shapes just that much from the off-stump line that prompts Pujara to poke at it. A bit too hard there, perhaps and the ball sails one again to Buttler. Dream start for Anderson to shun all the critics and he has Virat Kohli at the crease. Anderson goes full first-up but Kohli does well to watch the ball closely and let it loose on its way outside off.  India well on the backfoot now. Pujara c Buttler b Anderson 1(9)

IND 4/1 in 4 overs: Positive start for England! Robinson tucks one away from the length and it nearly clips Rohit's off-stump. He gets a reprieve with one that falls down leg to get Pujara on strike.

IND 2/1 in 3 overs:  Sharp stuff from Jimmy! Anderson continues to tail the ball in and even employs a short square leg for Pujara. It keeps him guessing and Anderson slides one to crash on the pads, going a shade down leg and Pujara survives.

IND 2/1 in 2 overs: Robinson keeps Rohit in check with a neat start. The seamers have employed a much fuller length to start the proceedings today. Rohit gets a close look at the deliveries that move a shade away from the off-stop.

Robinson to share the new ball

IND 1/1 in 1 over: Anderson to Rahul. OUT! Edged and gone! Jimmy strikes rightaway! After a couple of sharp inswingers, Anderson went the other way, luring a rather confident Rahul into the drive. He gets a nick and it sails comfortably to Buttler! Pujara comes in. Anderson greets him with another sharp inswinger. Pujara prods forward and blocks it off line. Huge start for England. Rahul c Buttler b Anderson 0 (4b)

Game ON! Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul at the middle. Anderson with the new ball.

Moments away from the start! The players line up for the national anthems.

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Toss: IND wins Toss, elects to bat first

India XI:  Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

England XI: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Craig Overton, James Anderson


Virat Kohli:
 It's a surprise I've won (the toss). We're batting first. Looks firm and without grass and runs on the board will set this up. We're going in with the same XI. We thought about getting Ashwin in, and the pressure of the extra seamer in these conditions is crucial. Jadeja will bowl a lot more overs because the conditions are suited to him. You can lay down markers and a culture, but it's upto the boys to take it up and win from pressure situations. It's all about handling pressure at the highest level. It's the toughest place to bat for the openers, and KL and Rohit have done a good job. Hopefully they can continue. About my batting, I'll try to make an impact for the team with the bat.

Joe Root: There's a bit of cloud cover and it's tacky, and it'll get better and better for batting eventually. Quite happy to lose the toss. Malan comes in for Sibley and Overton comes in for Wood. Overton was picked on the conditions. Saqib was great in the white-ball format, but Overton continuously performs in county cricket so we've picked him, even though it was a difficult choice to make. We need our openers to get us to a good start. It's one of the hardest things to open in England, as Virat said, and the openers have the temperament to get us off to a good start.

TOSS TIME!

2:53PM IST: After his side's harrowing loss at Lord's, here's what skipper Joe Root had to tell about England's mistakes..

 

2:37PM IST: Visuals suggest much clearer skies. The Indians are going through their customary warm-ups and fielding drills.

2:25PM IST: Overcast conditions in sight at Headingley, well...

 

2:10PM IST: Here's a look at the key stats

  • Virat Kohli is 63 runs away from 23,000 international runs. Kohli will be the fastest to reach the feat ahead of Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Rohit Sharma needs 169 runs to complete 3000 runs in Test cricket. Rohit needs 100 to complete 15000 international runs.
  • England skipper Joe Root has registered 9100 Test runs at a precise average of 50.00.
  • Jasprit Bumrah needs five wickets to become the fastest Indian seamer to reach 100 Test wickets.
  • Ishant Sharma needs 1 wicket to surpass Zaheer Khan to become India's second most successful pacer in Tests.
  • Mohammed Shami needs 9 wickets to complete 200 Test wickets.


1:40PM IST:
As we continue to build towards the Toss, here's a quick blast from the past. On this day in 2019, superman Ben Stokes' epic Headingley heist!

PREVIEW

A Nottingham draw and an epoch-making win at Lord's. The scripts of India's 2014 campaign and the current series have struck a similar chord up until this moment. Alastair Cook's Englishmen, however, recorded a stunning comeback to waltz MS Dhoni's team seven years ago to clinch the Pataudi Trophy by a 3-1 margin - winning all three of the remaining Tests.

Come Wednesday, Virat Kohli's men will turn up to take on Joe Root's English side with a dramatic tilt of fortunes. The odds are against the home side who has been on the wane with the bat while its star bowlers are all out in crutches and braces besides 'superman' Stokes' sabbatical.

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India's day 5 magic at Lord's was a testament to the multitude of skill and determination that India's pacers bring to the fore. The quartet of Ishant, Shami, Bumrah and Siraj have helped Kohli to enforce aggression in ways alien to the Indian cricket fraternity. India will head into the fixture with a firm hold over the series despite it being India's first in Tests at Leeds in 19 years - the last of which witnessed a combined masterclass from Tendulkar, Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.

Will Virat Kohli end his century drought at Headingley? The Indian captain is 63 runs short of 23,000 international runs.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Meanwhile, England's woes continue to blow up as the burden on Root's shoulders continue to grow. With Mark Wood joining Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer on the sidelines, the host's bowling has taken a deep hit heading into the crucial third Test.

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Add to it the dwindling efforts with the bat. Barring Root who's been on a run-riot, England's batters have struggled to stand up to the 'new' Indian challenge. A wobbly top-order is set to witness another rejig as Dawid Malan returns to the Test fold after three years post the exclusion of the misfiring Dom Sibley. Plenty at stake for Haseeb Hameed too - his return to the side after five years was crushed by a nippy Mohammed Siraj who etched his name all over the Lord's Test.

Another gripping Test on the line with a lot up for grabs - batsmen in search of runs on either side, Anderson's Bumrah menace and a tussle for crucial World Test Championship points.

 

In this episode of Matchpoint Paradox, Shayan Acharya, Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya and Vijay Lokapally recap India's Lord's win, the question of how much aggression is good aggression and all the other news from the world of cricket.

 

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Full Squads

India Squad: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Abhimanyu Easwaran

England Full Squad:  Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson, Craig Overton, Daniel Lawrence, Ollie Pope


WHERE TO WATCH IND VS ENG THIRD TEST LIVE?

The third Test between India and England will be shown LIVE on SONY SIX and SONY TEN 4 channels and streamed online on Sony LIV and Jio TV from 3.30 pm IST.