England seemed to take the third test under grip before lunch yesterday. But Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya warded off their hopes by picking quick wickets and bowling out the hosts at 161 runs in the first innings. This is the best performance of Indians after the commencement of five-game series.
This is not the first time for the visitors to lose 10 wickets before the completion of the session. They lost their all batsmen against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2016 and against New Zealand in Auckland in 2018. This is the third time they lost all the wickets before the completion of the session. The Indians seem to take the lead in the third test match after disappointing performances in the first two test matches, living up to the expectations from the toppers of the ICC test rankings.
Jos Buttler said to the press that he could not identify what is wrong with the guys but the speedy collapse of their batting order is occurring often. He also said that it is the immediate need to mend their ways.
He said “Obviously not, if it keeps happening. Rightly people say it’s been happening too often – which it has. Guys have got to improve. We know that as a side to get to where we want to go we need to eradicate these collapses,”
“The key is trying not to make the same mistakes. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again, whether that’s as an individual or as a team. If there’s an obvious weakness as an individual, you need to work on it. As a team, is there a similar thing we need to make sure it’s not happening?” he added.
English was at the edge of the follow-on by attacks of Hardik Pandya but Buttler slammed 39 runs to save the hosts from an agonizing situation. He said “We’ve had a poor day today, very disappointing, but we’ll dust ourselves down and come back hard tomorrow. It’s important we can recognize why it’s happened and improve.”
“When we’ve got that momentum, when we’ve been bowling, it felt like we were going to take a wicket every ball. It comes down to how can you wrestle back the initiative – maybe with a counter-attacking style or someone trying to sit in and be a bit of a limpet for an hour and ride that session out. But obviously, we weren’t good enough to do that today.”