England vs India 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Puts Up Sturdy Fight On Day 3, England Still On Top

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England vs India 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Puts Up Sturdy Fight On Day 3, England Still On Top
England vs India 2021: Twitter Reacts As India Puts Up Sturdy Fight On Day 3, England Still On Top

Barring Jarvo 69’s second appearance in the series, nothing much untoward happened on Day 3 of the Headingley Test between England and India. The day trickled by slowly, with Indian batsmen finding their groove.

Going into the third day, England had a couple of wickets to extend their already-big lead. However, they were knocked over after adding just nine runs to the overnight total, folding up for 432 and ending with a lead of 354 runs.

Having come up a cropper in the first innings, the Indian batsmen were under severe pressure to perform and save an embarrassing innings defeat. The opening duo of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul did the same.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma scored a measured 59. (Image Credit: BCCI)

They were watchful in the beginning, just like they have been in the first two Tests, and got the scoreboard moving before Rahul was sent back by a brilliant Jonny Bairstow catch at second slip.

Rohit kept playing fluently, and Cheteshwar Pujara joined him at the crease. The latter showed intent early on, hitting a flurry of boundaries. Rohit slowed down a bit and fell to Olle Robinson, not before adding 59 valuable runs.

The sun was out and the pitch had flattened out quite a bit. Batting had certainly become easier but the mental load that the middle-order was carrying could have been too much. However, the resolve the team has developed in recent times came into play.

Cheteshwar Pujara, India, England
Cheteshwar Pujara en route to 91* (Image Credit: Twitter)

Skipper Virat Kohli, having scored only 69 runs in four innings this series, displayed signs of his usual self, driving crisply and safely saw the visitors through to stumps at 215/2. Pujara was batting on 91 while Kohli had made 45. The Men in Blue trail by 139 runs in the second innings, with eight wickets left.

Twitterati enjoyed the ‘moving day’, and also celebrated the Indian batting resurgence. They were bowled out for a paltry 78 in the first innings, but have shown no signs of scarring so far.

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli built an unbeaten 99-run partnership on Day 3. (Image: Twitter)

Here are the reactions to Day 3 of Headingley Test between England and India:

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