Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England v India: Tourists struggle but rain halts England charge with ball

England v India: Tourists struggle but rain halts England charge with ball

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England were 230 for five in reply to India's meagre 107, a lead of 123 runs, at tea on the third day.

With Woakes, the first of England's three bowling all-rounders, at the crease alongside Bairstow, India could sense an opportunity to expose the tail.

England's highest sixth-wicket partnership against India has given the hosts a good chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Yesterday belonged to Chris Woakes, who scored a maiden Test match century to put England in command of this match. By contrast, Saturday " s play started under sunny blue skies that promised to make life easier for the batsmen.

But England, so often susceptible to collapses, kicked on as Bairstow and Woakes began to look comfortable on a pitch offering far less assistance to the bowlers than on day two. He gets to 30 and is now the top-scorer in both the innings for India. yes, he has been India's best batsman in this Test and fair to assume that he will remain by the end of the Test.

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"The key ingredient of Test cricket is the surface that we play on, when you keep flat, dead surfaces, where the bowler thinks, "I have no chance, I'm going to stick to my channel", and the batter thinks, okay, on this surface if I don't do anything foolish, I (won't) be out, ' that game is becoming boring, it's becoming tiresome", Tendulkar, who had 15,921 runs to his name in Test cricket, explained.

But it was new-ball partner Mohammed Shami who made the breakthrough when Keaton Jennings (11) was lbw playing across the line.

The 45-year-old Tendulkar, who has played 200 Tests for India, said that surfaces are key in Test cricket to check a batsman's capabilities. It took the Surrey right-hander just two balls to score his first Test runs when he flicked a Sharma inswinger behind square-leg for four.

But, on 28, Pope missed a straight delivery from Hardik Pandya and had to depart.

And to what became the last ball before lunch, Root was lbw for 19 to a off-cutter that kept low, with Bairstow then unbeaten on four. He and Cheteshwar Pujara held firm until the rain arrived.

Both off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and recalled left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless, with India having cause to regret dropping paceman Umesh Yadav.

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