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India vs England: The tourists crumble to Yashavi Jaiswal's brilliant hundred

India vs England: The tourists crumble to Yashavi Jaiswal's brilliant hundred

  • Written by Stefan Schimmelt
  • Rajkot's leading cricket writer

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Kuldeep Yadav (left) got the key wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Duckett before lunch

Third Test, Rajkot (third day of five):

India 445 (Rohit 131, Jadeja 112; Wood 4-114) & 196-2 (Jaiswal 104, Generation 65*)

England 319 (Dockett 153, Stokes 41; Siraj 4-84)

England are in a tough spot in the third Test after a dramatic collapse and Yashasvi Jaiswal's stunning century on day three gave India complete control in Rajkot.

The stunning fight of the second evening seemed to have given England all the momentum as they resumed the match with the score at 207-2 in reply to India's 445.

But the tourists lost their last eight wickets for 95 runs to be bowled out for 319, a collapse that began when Joe Root's reverse-scopper was caught at pace by Jasprit Bumrah at second slip.

Jonny Bairstow was out on the fourth ball for a duck and Ben Duckett bowled a very wide delivery off Kuldeep Yadav to cover fall for 153.

Captain Ben Stokes made 41 but then became first in the final bracket of 5-29 after lunch as England conceded a first innings deficit of 126.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep conjured a beguiling spell and pacer Mohammed Siraj made 4-84 as India's bowlers put in a major effort after losing Ravichandran Ashwin, who pulled out of the Test overnight due to a family emergency.

Jaiswal restored India's advantage with his second hundred in as many matches, adding an increasingly devastating 155 with Shubman Gill, who is yet to get out on 65.

The England bowlers were dismantled by India's free-scoring in the evening session before Jaiswal retired with a back problem on 104.

By the end, the hosts had moved to 196-2, leading by 322 points, and were poised to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

England misses a golden opportunity

This was a golden opportunity for England. Even with Ashwin, India were relegated on the second night and the tourists had a platform from which to claim victory.

There were questions about whether, under the circumstances, England would allow Ashwin to be replaced in the India squad. The playing conditions did not permit such a move, so England showed compassion and generosity in their batting.

It was a wreck similar to England's self-destruction in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, when Australia were there for the taking after Nathan Lyon was injured. This was perhaps a bigger loss and may have been England's worst day under Stokes.

The spotlight will be on Root and the nature of his dismissal. Admittedly, it was ugly and unnecessary, but he certainly wasn't the only English player guilty of a bad stroke.

England repeated their mistake from the second Test in Visakhapatnam, where a sloppy first innings left them with little to do in the second. They will be optimistic about their final chase, but a comeback is much harder in India because of the way the pitches deteriorate – this game is showing signs of a sharp turnaround.

After providing their huge and unexpected lead, Jaiswal and Gill have roasted England in the blazing sun, and Stokes' men are already facing the highest level of pursuit by a visiting team in this country.

Root scoop sparks England's collapse

Barring some useful bowling in the first Test in Hyderabad, Root faces a tough tour. In five innings he did not make more than 29 and on the first morning of this Test he took a crucial slip off Rohit Sharma.

The reverse scoop had become his trademark under Stokes, but in the circumstances this was a huge error in judgement. Jaiswal took a sharp catch to give Jasprit Bumrah his ninth dismissal off Root in Test cricket.

England never recovered. Bairstow recovered a sharp shot from Kuldeep and was in front. Duckett, the architect of an astonishing 133 not out on Friday, added another 20 but would have been caught twice and run out before finishing toe off Kuldeep who could barely reach it.

Stokes took his time before lunch, then couldn't resist an uphill sweep off Ravindra Jadeja soon after and was caught at long off.

The lowest order is revealed. Ben Fox patted Siraj to mid-on and Tom Hartley ran past Jadeja to stumble.

Both Rehan Ahmed and James Anderson were victims of the deadly residents of Siraj. In all, England lost their last five wickets in just 38 deliveries.

India is defying the odds to take matters into its own hands

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Yashasvi Jaiswal followed up his brilliant double century in the second Test with a brilliant century in Rajkot

India's defeat was compounded on Friday by the loss of Ashwin, yet the hosts mustered their incredible spirit to take control of the match and the series.

Kuldeep went from being the man who was beaten by Duckett to casting a mesmerizing spell of 12 consecutive overs. Siraj was deadly with the reverse swing. Rohit was an experienced captain, especially in the defensive areas which frustrated Duckett.

Rohit was lbw on Root's all-round review to give England the best moment of the day, but then rising stars Jaiswal and Gill once again showed why they are the future of India's batting.

They were somewhat cautious when Anderson put a six on Jaiswal's leg side. At that point, the left-hander had 35 off 73 balls, but he flicked the switch to hit a forty-six in three successive deliveries.

From then on, Jaiswal was unstoppable, taking 65 off his next 49 balls and bringing up his third Test hundred with a cut for four, celebrating what had become a trademark by extending his arms.

Gill was calm, only to hit Root for six in a row and pull Wood for another. All of Jaiswal's swings took his backswing out, so he made way for Rajat Patidar, who somehow missed Hartley's long hop to mid-wicket.

“England has learned a lesson” – reaction

England opener Ben Duckett speaks to BBC Sport: “They played really well. Maybe their tactics were a little bit clearer and things were tough. Whatever the situation is, we'll try to punch back at them. I thought they batted great.”

When Root was dismissed: “He earned the right to do it. He played that shot very well.”

What England could chase: “The more the better. This team is about doing special things and making history. They can have as many as they want and we'll go get them.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan: “England have had a lesson that Test cricket is played in ebbs and flows. I just hope they have a little common sense sometimes.”

“They should have had enough temperament and skill to bat most of the day and they failed.”

Former English player Phil Tufnell: “Another great performance from Jaiswal. He knows when to absorb the pressure, and he knows when to step on the gas as well. He will be around for a very long time.”

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