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India had a terrible outing on Day 2 of the third Test against England at Headingley, Leeds. Indian pace unit which consists of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj, struggled against the top order batting unit of England. Notably, Every batter from England’s top order scored a 50+ in the match. Meanwhile, Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has come up with the predictions for Day 3 of the England-India 3rd Test match.
Speaking on his YouTube channel Aakash Chopra stated Virat Kohli-led India will lose less than six wickets on Day 3. Also, he opined that Team India is not a team that will give up very soon, and they will fight back. Aakash Chopra asserted:
“India will lose less than six wickets. So the life will be left in the fourth day’s play and it will be enjoyable. You should always expect one thing from this team, that is the fight. This is not the team that is going to throw the towel in and say thank you very much. This team never gives up, never gives in. They bounced back after 36 as well. They will bounce back after 78 also. I am not saying that they can win the match, but you can expect a certain fight.”
There's something about this camera angle at Headingley
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 26, 2021
“Kohli and Rahane will together score more than 100 runs” – Aakash Chopra
Further, Aakash Chopra predicted that spinner Moeen Ali will come into play as the pitch will provide some assistance to spinners. Former Indian cricketer said:
“Moeen Ali can take two wickets, no I feel he will take two Indian wickets.”
Meanwhile, the cricketer-turned-commentator also predicted that Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will play 50+ balls. Aakash Chopra stated:
“Pujara will play more than 50 balls, I feel like that. I am not saying more than 50 runs.”
The last prediction 43-year-old made was a century partnership between Indian captain Kohli and Vice-captain Rahane. Aakash Chopra said:
“Kohli and Rahane will together score more than 100 runs, if they get their batting today. Who will score how many, I don’t know.”
When the Day 2 of the Leeds Test ended England was at 423/8, with a lead of 345 runs under their belt. India will be looking forward to bounce back strong on Day 3.
That's Stumps on Day 2 of the 3⃣rd #ENGvIND Test at Headingley!
England reach 423/8 & lead #TeamIndia by 345 runs.
121 for Joe Root
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 26, 2021