Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav led India to a 100+ lead on Day 3 of the third Test as the lower order outdid the Indian top order to end the first innings at 417 runs. Batting next, England lost four wickets, three to R Ashwin's wily bowling, to end the day at 78/4, still 56 runs behind India.
Brief scores : England 283 (Bairstow 88, Buttler 43, Shami 3/63, Jayant Yadav 2/49) and 78/4 ( Root 36*, Ashwin 3/19) vs India 271/6 ( Jadeja 90,
Resuming the innings from 271/6 on day 3, Ashwin and Jadeja took India past England's mark very soon. Off the first ball of the morning itself, Ashwin played a flick to the square-leg fence. Some time later, Jadeja struck a beautiful punch through covers and then a lofted drive over mid-off to make clear the team’s attacking intent.
But the joy was short-lived. Ben Stokes brought in a short cover, point, and gully to lure Ashwin to drive, and then dropped a slightly slower delivery around the off-stump that held its line. Ashwin went for the flashy drive, only to be gobbled up by Jos Buttler at Point. Buttler had his 50th catch of his career and co-incidentally the first without the gloves.
After the dismissal of Ashwin, India continued to score runs as Ravindra Jadeja notched up his 3rd Test fifty of his career. This fifty was much more different than the previous ones as Jadeja stayed calm against short balls and wide balls alike. He celebrated his milestone in his typical style by wielding his bat like a sword, grinning from one ear to the other.
Jayant Yadav, who was playing only his second Test of his career, showed his class again by hitting James Anderson down the ground and through cover for boundaries before hitting a handsome straight drive off Woakes.
India went into lunch with the scoreboard reading 354/7 with a 53-run stand between Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav.
Resuming after lunch, Jadeja and Jayant slowly collected runs to add to India's lead. The eight over after lunch, however, suddenly saw Jadeja erupt. The batsman clobbered Woakes for a hat-trick of boundaries off the first three balls forcing the bowler to come over the wicket. But that too did not work as Jadeja sent him to the ropes off the last ball to reach 89. But that aggression soon led to his dismissal as the batsman holed out at long-on off Rashid, ironically caught by Woakes.
Jayant Yadav though carried on the good work, and in the company of the patient Umesh Yadav who took 18 balls to get off the mark, he brought up India's 400 and soon his fifty.
Soon, Stokes accounted for both the players bringing India's innings to an end at 417.
After having let the Indian lower order take away their advantage, England really needed its batsmen to come through. Even a 150+ target could pose real problems for India on the
Instead of the young Haseeb Hameed, who has apparent issues with his finger injury, Joe Root came in to open the innings alongside Alastair Cook. The England captain started with an emphatic drive in the second over, but was troubled time and again once the spinners came in.
Cook escaped the noose twice in as many overs – first in the 8th over, when India reviewed a not-out decision off Jadeja, and then when England reviewed to reverse an lbw given off Ashwin. The Indian
Moeen Ali, who came in next, looked patient enough as he collected singles one by one and saw out the rest with solid
Coming in, Jonny Bairstow managed to ward off Ashwin and Jadeja and the duo put on some runs to take England past the 50-mark. At 33, Root survived a vociferous appeal after Mohammad Shami's inswinger struck him on the thigh before looping over to the slips. It showed just how much India wanted Root's wicket, as he stood tall amid all the ruins around. However, Bairstow returned to the pavilion soon after a wonderful low catch by Parthiv Patel off Jayant Yadav's bowling.
England suffered their fourth blow in the last over of the day with Ben Stokes falling to R Ashwin. India finally