Southampton Test Day 3: Buttler, Root make India pay as England take 233-run lead

first_imgIndian bowlers were made to toil extremely hard on Day 3 of the fourth Test at Southampton and in the end they had 8 wickets to show for their efforts on a pitch which is becoming easier for batting but it is England who will be the happier side thanks to their 233-run lead at the end of the day’s play.Resuming on their overnight score of 6 for no loss, England rode on splendid batting efforts from Jos Buttler and Joe Root to reach 260 for 8 at stumps in their second innings with a healthy lead over India.Buttler top-scored for the hosts with 69 runs while Root made 48 in a much improved batting display from the English team second time around. Keaton Jennings also contributed with 36 runs while Sam Curran will resume his innings at 37 on the fourth day.India vs England 4th Test Day 3: HighlightsHow quickly India get Curran out on Sunday will decide the quantum of runs that India would need to chase. The match could end on Day 4 if weather permits.For India, it was Mohammed Shami who was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets for 53 runs in 13.5 overs while Ishant Sharma got two important wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 33 overs in the day and had one wicket to show for his efforts while Jasprit Bumrah, India’s main strike bowler, could only manage one wicket in 19 overs.India vs England 4th Test Day 3: As it happenedIt could now be a tricky chase for the Indian line-up especially with the track being two paced where handling Stuart Broad could prove to be a difficult proposition.advertisementThis was Buttler’s ninth Test fifty and he showed a lot of application even though he was troubled by the initial spell from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.A sweet gesture: Pastries and strawberries for Virat Kohli after 6000 Test runsHe survived a good spell of reverse swing from Shami and was ready to cut down on the shots square of the wicket.He only played the deliveries on the drivable length as his 122-ball innings had seven boundaries.In fact, England were in trouble at 122 for 5 when Joe Root was run out for 48. The lead was not even 100 runs but it was Buttler, who took the attack back to the opposition camp as Ravichandran Ashwin (35-7-78-1) despite being economical was not half as effective as Moeen Ali.The Tamil Nadu off-spinner couldn’t use the footmarks created by the trio of Mohammed Shami (3/53), Ishant Sharma (2/36) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/51 in 19 overs).His only success was Stokes, who has been showing his defensive traits in this series with some dogged resistance. He was finally out caught in the slips to Ajinkya Rahane after a stand that lasted for 22 overs.Buttler however continued to defy the Indian bowlers in company of Curran as they also consumed nearly 17 overs.Finally, it was the second new ball that did the trick as Ishant angled one into Buttler to trap him leg before.Curran however, batted in a positive fashion hitting Bumrah for a couple of boundaries.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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