Day 3 of India vs England, Day 3 of the second Test between India and England was a rollercoaster ride, leaving both teams with hope and nerves as they headed into the crucial fourth day. While Shubman Gill silenced critics with a magnificent century, Ravichandran Ashwin provided a late blow to England’s fightback, dismissing Ben Duckett and leaving the visitors needing 332 runs with nine wickets remaining.
India Extends Lead, Gill Stands Tall: Day 3 of India vs England
Resuming their second innings from 28/0, India looked to capitalize on their first-innings advantage. Rohit Sharma fell early, but Gill stepped up in his new role at number three, playing a composed and attacking knock. He reached his first century as a number three batter, guiding India to a healthy total before falling for 104. Contributions from Kuldeep Yadav (54) and Jasprit Bumrah (26) helped India post a respectable 255, setting England a challenging target of 399.
England Start Strong, But Ashwin Dents Hopes:
Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett started cautiously for England, building a solid partnership that raised hopes of a successful chase. Crawley continued his good form, scoring a fluent 82, while Duckett chipped in with a valuable 23. However, just as England seemed to be in control, Ashwin produced a crucial wicket, trapping Duckett with a beautiful doosra. This late blow shifted the momentum back in India’s favor, leaving England with a difficult task on their hands.
Key Talking Points:
- Shubman Gill’s century: His knock gave India a crucial cushion and put them in a strong position.
- England’s solid start: The openers gave them a good platform, but Ashwin’s wicket puts India back in the driver’s seat.
- Intriguing Day 4 awaits: With England needing over 300 runs and India needing nine wickets, the next day promises to be a thrilling contest