India vs England Live Score, 4th Test at Motera, Day 3: India All Out for 365, Take Lead by 160 Runs

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The star of the day, Rishabh Pant is caught down for a chat! Pant tells that the only thing running on his mind was building a stand with Rohit. Says after assessing the pitch, he played his shots. Tells that he understood that he will have to respect the good ball. Feels he knew the bad balls will come and that’s when he will score his runs. Tells that he likes to play according to the situation. Says that the plan was to get to England’s score and then get a big lead. On the reverse sweep against Anderson, Pant says that it was a pre-meditated shot. Tells that he gets the license to go for the big shots but says that he assess the situation and goes for the shots. Ends by saying that his aim is to play and make the team win and if the crowd gets entertained because of him, he is happy doing that as well.

On a scorching hot day, credit must be given to Ben Stokes and Jimmy Anderson. The pair kept running and ran out of steam but kept going. England’s gamble to play a bowler short was looking like it was paying off but not to be. Bess struggled for rhythm and his lack of confidence was evident. That saw the burden increase on the pacers and Root had to shoulder a lot of responsibility. The two pacers did well. Veteran Anderson and Stokes both picked up two today while Leach too got a brace.

But then the tide changed, the momentum shifted, and the game turned on its head. Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar joined hands, and both the young left-handers took on the England bowlers. While Sundar kept tiring the bowlers by playing a classic Test match knock. Pant, from the other end, was taking on the attack. The Delhi lad who has this knack of deciding a Test with his batting did the same. Pant scored a supreme century and Washington showed his mettle as well. The pair added 113, a stand that saw India take the lead not just on the scorecard but also in the larger context of the game. Pant’s majestic innings came to an end but Washington carried his merry way. He reached his fifty and with Axar they have also extended their team’s lead and tired the tourists out on a hot, hot day.

England started the day just how the doctor ordered. They kept things tight initially and managed to pick wickets at regular intervals. At 80/4 it looked like India was in trouble. That trouble seemed to have deepened when the well-set batter, Rohit Sharma departed for 49. Ashwin and Pant tried to steady the ship but the off-spinner did not last long. At 146/6, still trailing by 59 on a pitch where batting was not at all easy. It was England who were happy and smiling.

What a fantastic day of Test cricket. England won the first two sessions but a young southpaw from Delhi ensured that India don’t just win the final session but win it in such a way that the day belonged to the hosts. The day belonged to Rishabh Pant and all headlines will have his name and rightfully so but Washington Sundar has played a superb inning himself and has finished the day unbeaten on 60!





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