Hilarious Mishap: Ashwin and Patidar’s Comedy of Errors in IND vs ENG 1st Test

In an unexpected turn of events during the Test series opener between India and England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Day 3 witnessed a series of twists that left cricket enthusiasts on the edge of their seats. The script did not unfold as anticipated, providing spectators with a riveting display of skill and strategy.

India’s First Innings: A Stumble at the Final Hurdle

India’s batting prowess was put to the test on the third day as they aimed to build on their overnight score. However, a mere 15 runs were added, and the team found themselves bundled out for 436 in the first innings. This set the stage for an intriguing contest as England prepared to make their mark in the second innings.

England’s Resilience: Ollie Pope’s Heroic Century

Despite a shaky start and moments of uncertainty in the middle, England found themselves in a commanding position at Stumps on Day 3, leading by 126 runs. The standout performer for the Three Lions was Ollie Pope, whose splendid century, batting on 148*, played a pivotal role in their resurgence.

Fielding Lapses: Aiding England’s Comeback

England’s path to dominance was paved, in part, by a series of fielding lapses from the Indian side. Axar Patel’s dropped catch of Pope in the latter half of the day proved costly. However, the most comical incident occurred in the 50th over of England’s second innings. A well-timed sweep from Pope led to confusion between Ravichandran Ashwin and Rajat Patidar, resulting in a boundary for England.

Bumrah’s Brilliance: India’s Pace Spearhead Shines

Contrary to expectations of a spin-friendly wicket, India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, emerged as the hero for the hosts. After England reached 113/1 and posed a real threat, Bumrah’s double strike, dismissing Ben Duckett and Joe Root in quick succession, opened a door for India’s fightback. The spinners capitalized on this momentum, bringing the score to 163/5.

Partnership and Breakthroughs: Pope-Foakes Stand and Axar Patel’s Intervention

A crucial turning point in the game was the 112-run partnership between Pope and Ben Foakes. However, Axar Patel’s timely intervention broke the partnership, injecting fresh energy into India’s efforts. As Day 4 approaches, Rehan Ahmed (16*) and Pope are set to resume the England innings, promising another day of intense cricketing action.

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