Down 0-2 with only five and half days of competitive cricket in all, skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will be aiming to get the team combination right having bungled at the Lord's. In this way, Kohli and the management will look for the right combination. On the series, he says it was quite tough and also the weather was quite hot. Coming together at the fall of Moeen Ali 16 , Bairstow forged a 57-run stand with Ben Stokes 29 before being separated by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja after the lunch break. Man of the Series, Ben Foakes says it's been crazy few weeks.
Curran finds the outside edge and India are eight down. Gets it around the off stump, in that corridor of uncertainty. This is good strategy for now but they need to accelerate quickly in the last few overs. With only 10 minutes to go until the toss, you can kill time by clicking and reading what Mark Wood feels the hosts must do to nullify the Chinaman bowler. That's it from this Test match. We will find out in a few minutes. He is delighted to contribute in England's success and says that he didn't do anything extra and just went with the flow.
But he's back on and declines help from the physio. However, Joe Root was able to get a boundary from the over as England are 84 for the loss of 2 wickets. Morgan brings up his fifty too. Murali Vijay, for example, has scored only 128 runs in 10 overseas Test innings against South Africa and England. He will be facing Messrs Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran, ready to make life miserable for him just like they have done with his illustrious seniors. India vs England, 3rd Test Match will start from August 18, 2018.
The pacer starts off with a maiden to Jadeja. Having admitted their mistake in picking two spinners at Lord's, it is about time skipper Kohli and coach Shastri hit upon the optimal team combination. Horrible stuff by the visitors as England need 10 to win. Thanks Leach for getting them over the line. His footwork was initially tentative, but time at the crease built enough confidence for Buttler to play trademark reverse-sweeps and handsome square drives. Pujara leans forward and drives it through covers for a boundary. Where will India be without him.
Dhoni slowly and steadily finding a little bit of touch. Cummins plays inside the line, the ball takes the outside edge and goes low towards Pujara who takes a decent catch at first slip. It is already too late for a comeback but a rare miss from Dhoni. Somehow, Sri Lanka have managed to bring the deficit down to just 43 and there is very slight glimmer of hope. Credits his boys for stepping up and praises the experienced players for sharing the burden.
Cook, meanwhile failed to capitalise on the two dropped chances -- dropped on 4 by Ravindra Jadeja and then on 23 by Ravichandran Ashwin -- both off pacer Mohammed Shami. Shikhar drives him for three consecutive boundaries in the over. India are only 12 runs behind with four wickets in hand. Match will be played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. But the ball turns back in with extra bounce, hits Jimmy on the gloves and lobs behind.
Kohli c: Bairstow b: Stokes 62 127 9 0 48. I think he was the only man in the ground who thought that wasn't out. Bairstow c: Patel b: Yadav 15 34 1 0 44. While India's spinners were in contention throughout, the pace attack lacked penetration, particularly in the death overs. But it remains to be seen if he will be included in the side for this decider ahead of Kaul or Umesh Yadav.
Jadeja slams the leggie over the bowler's head for a six. Can he get to that landmark today? Despite losing his partners at the other end, Bairstow played the sheet anchor's role well to bring up his half-century in 76 balls. India will be looking for a total of close to 300 to put pressure on this very good battling line-up. England have done a remarkable job to restrict India. Kohli and Pujara bring up the 50-run stand in the 47th over. The odd one that keeps low and Parthiv plays it through the off side.
Lord's was his first big test, considering the good run of form he has been in lately. Ben Stokes' re-assimilation in the squad has gone off smoothly, and after spending the past week away, he went through rigorous batting and bowling sessions on Thursday. All three departments never fired together. Patel lbw: Rashid 42 85 6 0 49. Adil Rashid is spinning a web around India.
All in all, England will be very happy with this tour result. That's what matters then and the hosts have fallen, but not without a fight. Iyer also gave a good account of himself in Port Elizabeth batting at number five. Live Updates:That's it then, a wide and then a boundary from Root sees England seal the victory and also the series. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks.