India’s bowling depth trumps Bairstow’s straight Test century

India 416 for 3 and 125 (Pujara 50*, Pant 30*) put England ahead of 284 (Bairstow 106, Billings 36, Siraj 4-66, Bumrah 3-68) by 257 runs.

Jonny Bairstow A scintillating 106 from 140 balls added a new chapter to the heat, but it was India who took control of the Edgbaston Test during a thrilling third day. led by his swift, Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed ShamiEngland were bowled out for 284 to take a 132-run lead in the first innings and the lead from stumps to 257, with seven wickets still to go, as Cheteshwar Pujara Marked his return with a solid, unbeaten third innings half-century.

After flying at over four-and-a-half runs per over in both first innings, India’s second innings followed a more traditional Test-match pattern as they went to stumps at 125 for 3 after 45 overs. It was certainly because of Pujara’s presence at the crease, but every minute was precious to India’s push to take England out of the game. Barring a few panic moments, he seemed completely safe – more secure in his defense than, possibly, at any point since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

In this Test match, it has become clear that Pujara has changed his set-up at the crease to get more side-on, with his front shoulder pointing towards the bowler rather than mid-on as in the first four. Happened during the test. For this series in 2021. On Sundays, this allows them to more easily adjust to late-away movement than in recent days. Where he would sometimes get squared off these balls when playing the opening angle – a common pattern in many of his dismissals in Australia and England last year – he was able to play the ball here afterwards, and to adjust his angle. was capable. Bat face for defense in the direction of movement.

Especially against Stuart Broad, he was sure to go for deliveries in the channel outside the off-stump as well. He only got into trouble on his way out when Ben Stokes swung late to hit him on the front pads. A loud shout was stopped, and the England review reversed the umpire’s call decision, with ball-tracking suggesting that the ball may have moved to clip the outside edge of the off-stump.

The moment came soon after Stokes produced an innings ball, who picked it up unmatched to kiss Virat Kohli’s glove to end the 32-run third-wicket partnership. The dismissal of Pujara could have put India under a lot of pressure – which at the time were in the lead of 218. As it turned out, Pujara and Impisho Rishabh Pant Saw the remainder of the evening game and put on an unbroken 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

The morning began with India’s ascendancy, with England leading 332, down 5. They would have been wary of Bairstow and Stokes, however, an overnight batting pairing that is likely to turn such a situation on its head.

Bumrah and Shami bowled a delectable first half hour, and by the end of that period, had sent 30 of the innings’ 33 overs, with rain and overnight breaks giving them constant rest. Bairstow and Stokes had a great deal of bowling during this half-hour, and were even lucky enough to have the ball go both ways and beat their edges frequently.

Then came a frenzied phase where both the batsmen changed gears. Bairstow did so successfully, scoring 81 runs from 16 to 50, hitting six major fours in the space of 16 balls. Stokes, however, kept giving India chances, only to be dismissed for 18 by Shardul Thakur. With Shami, and then Bumrah getting him out for 25, Thakur was the bowler on the occasion. Both were straight chances. Remarkably, however, Stokes also struck Thakur’s next ball in the air, once again at mid-off in Bumrah’s direction, and this time dived to his left, leaving England 149 for 6 Gave a more difficult chance. ,

Bairstow kept playing one breathtaking shot after another – highlights included a drive at mid-off mohammed siraji and a pick-up whip off Thakur, which split long leg and deep square leg – successfully reviewed the lbw given by Aleem Dar off Thakur. As he entered the 90s, however, rain broke out to take the players off the field. In addition to the 40 minutes after the lunch break, which was taken 15 minutes earlier, another 35 minutes were lost before the game could resume.

When that happened, Bairstow completed his century, clipping Thakur mainly between midwicket and a deep mid-on, and then stabbing him over the point boundary to bring the landmark. It took him only 119 balls to get there, but it was the slowest of his three centuries this summer.

Bumrah returned to the attack for a quick spell, during which he struck Sam Billings’s bat twice and found his lead once – only for it to fall short of Corden – before shouting a loud LBW in an over – just fine. Well, it emerged after leaving for review – when he swung a low full-toss in Bairstow sharply inside. He gave way to Shami after four overs, and the change immediately took a wicket, as Bairstow pulled out of his body on the outswinger and was dismissed at first slip.

With England six down and still 175 behind, India smelled a quick finish to the innings, and they pretty much achieved it, as Siraj bounced off Broad, bowled Billings from the inside edge, and Then Matthew Potts was caught to complete an awkward at second slip. Like four wickets.

Siraj was expensive, conceded 66 runs in 11.3 overs, and threatened the batsmen less consistently than Bumrah or Shami, but every bowler enjoys the occasional day when they are far from their best but in the middle of a big race. ends with. The final wicket also came in controversial circumstances, with Shreyas Iyer grabbing a low chance on the second grab, first scooping it too close to the turf – close enough that the decision would have gone the batsman’s way if not for a soft signal outside instead. out.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is Senior Sub-Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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