England hammer India by an innings and 76 runs in third Test

By: AFP      Published: 06:05 PM, 28 Aug, 2021
England hammer India by an innings and 76 runs in third Test
England's Craig Overton (C) celebrates with England's Haseeb Hameed (R) after taking the wicket of India's Ravindra Jadeja on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between England and India.

England thrashed India by an innings and 76 runs to win the third Test at Headingley on Saturday with more than a day to spare. Victory saw England level the five-match series at 1-1 after India's 151-run win in the second Test at Lord's.

India, 215-2 overnight in their second innings, collapsed against the new ball, losing eight wickets for 63 runs in 19.3 overs on Saturday with Ollie Robinson taking 5-65.

India's 278 all out, however, was 200 runs more than their woeful first innings of 78 -- made after captain Virat Kohli won the toss -- which saw England great James Anderson rip through the top order with 3-6. 

The tourists resumed Saturday on 215-2 but, with 80 overs bowled, England took the new ball straight from the start of Saturday's play.

From the moment Cheteshwar Pujara was lbw to Robinson without adding to his overnight 91, lbw playing no shot to Robinson, England were in complete command Saturday, with Kohli falling soon afterwards for 55 -- his first fifty of the series.

The match was a personal triumph for England captain Joe Root, who top-scored with 121 out of a total on 432 on his Headingley home ground.

It was Root's third century of the series and sixth of the calendar year.

Meanwhile, the rest of England's often fallible top order all posted fifties, with Dawid Malan compiling 70 on his Test recall after Dom Sibley was dropped from the team. 

The fourth Test at the Oval starts on Thursday.

England v India 3rd Test scoreboard

India 1st Innings 78 (J Anderson 3-6, C Overton 3-14)

England 1st Innings 432 (J Root 121, D Malan 70, H Hameed 68, R Burns 61; Mohammed Shami 4-95)

India 2nd Innings (overnight: 215-2)

R. Sharma lbw b Robinson                 59

KL Rahul c Bairstow b Overton             8

C. Pujara lbw b Robinson                 91

V. Kohli c Root b Robinson               55

A. Rahane c Buttler b Anderson           10

R. Pant c Overton b Robinson              1

R. Jadeja c Buttler b Overton            30

Mohammed Shami b Moeen                    6

I. Sharma c Buttler b Robinson            2

J. Bumrah not out                         1

Mohammed Siraj c Bairstow b Overton       0

Extras (b4, lb4, nb5, w2)                15

Total (all out, 99.3 overs, 445 mins)   278

Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Rahul), 2-116 (Rohit), 3-215 (Pujara), 4-237 (Kohli), 5-239 (Rahane), 6-239 (Pant), 7-254 (Shami), 8-257 (Ishant), 9-278 (Jadeja), 10-278 (Siraj)

Bowling: Anderson 26-11-63-1; Robinson 26-6-65-5 (2w, 5nb); Overton 18.3-6-47-3; Curran 9-1-40-0; Moeen 14-1-40-1; Root 6-1-15-0

Result: England won by an innings and 76 runs

Player of the match: Ollie Robinson (ENG)

Series: Five-match series level at 1-1

Toss: India

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG), Alex Wharf (ENG)

TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Remaining Fixtures

Sep 02-06: 4th Test, The Oval, London

Sep 10-14: 5th Test, Old Trafford, Manchester

Previous Results

Aug 04-08: 1st Test, Trent Bridge: Match drawn

Aug 12-16: 2nd Test, Lord's: India won by 151 runs

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