England rally thanks to Root

25 February 2021 21:13:23 GMTPlus10

England needed something special after being bowled out for 112 by India and they produced it in the first session of day two in Ahmedabad.

The hosts looked to be in total control of the third Test as they started the second day on 99-3 – just 13 runs short of England's underwhelming first-innings total.

However, spinner Jack Leach and part-timer bowler Joe Root sparked a remarkable batting collapse from India, who were bowled out for 145 just before tea in the day-night Test.

Somerset left-armer Leach finished with 4-54, dismissing four of India's top five batsmen including Rohit Sharma, whose 66 was comfortably the highest score of the innings.

But Root's impact was even more spectacular as the England captain had Rishabh Pant caught behind off his first ball and went on to claim 5-8 in 6.2 overs – his first five-wicket haul in his 102nd Test match.

Having looked all but certain to go 2-1 down in the four-match series, England are now back in the contest although they need a much-improved batting performance in their second innings.

Zak Crawley (53) was the only one of the tourists' batsmen to reach 20 in the first innings and his opening partner Dom Sibley and number three Jonny Bairstow are both on a pair second time around.

England's first objective is to knock off India's 33-run lead, no easy task on such a spin-friendly pitch, before they attempt to rack up enough runs to put India under real pressure in the fourth innings of the match.

England are 51.00 to beat India in the third Test, with the home side 1.001.

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