Ashwin-Kuldeep spin webs around England to turn tide in India’s favour on Day 3


Dhruv Jurel and Kuldeep Yadav resumed their partnership on Day 3 where they left off the previous evening, cautiously adding 42 runs to their total to reach 76. Jurel reached his maiden Test half-century in only his second match. However, Kuldeep’s dismissal by James Anderson broke their partnership.

Jurel then accelerated, hitting four boundaries quickly, but was denied a century by a brilliant delivery from Tom Hartley just before Lunch, giving England a lead of 46 runs in the first innings.

In the second session, England started well with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin bowling. Ashwin’s back-to-back wickets of Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope shifted the momentum.

Joe Root tried to stabilize but fell to Ashwin controversially for 11. Zak Crawley’s brisk fifty and Jonny Bairstow’s aggressive play briefly revived England, but Kuldeep’s introduction led to a collapse, with England losing five wickets for just 28 runs by Tea.

Bairstow’s dismissal after Tea triggered further downfall, as Kuldeep and Ashwin wreaked havoc. Kuldeep dismissed two more batsmen effortlessly, while Ashwin claimed two wickets in an over, completing his five-for.

With just eight overs left in the day, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma played positively, hitting five boundaries and putting India in a strong position, nearing another series victory at home.


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