Centurion Jaiswal puts India in charge of third England Test

Published February 18, 2024
INDIAN opener Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a stroke as England wicket-keeper Ben Foakes looks on during the third Test at the Niranjan Shah Stadium.—Reuters
INDIAN opener Yashasvi Jaiswal plays a stroke as England wicket-keeper Ben Foakes looks on during the third Test at the Niranjan Shah Stadium.—Reuters

RAJKOT: Yashasvi Jaiswal retired hurt after hitting an attacking century to extend India’s lead over England to 322 after the tourists’ batting collapse in the third Test on Saturday.

India reached 196-2 in their second innings at stumps on day three in Rajkot, with Shubman Gill (65) and nightwatchman Kuldeep Yadav (three) batting at the close of play.

India have been left with 10 players to bat and bowl after Ashwin left the match late Friday due to a family emergency. Devdutt Padikkal came in as substitute fielder.

Jaiswal, struggling with his back, retired hurt on 104 and the next man Rajat Patidar was out for a duck from 10 balls.

“He looks like a superstar in the making, unfortunately he’s in some very good form at the moment,” England’s Ben Duckett said of the rising Indian talent.

“He’s due a couple of low ones,” Duckett, who hit 153 in England’s innings, said tongue-in-cheek.

Skipper Rohit Sharma departed early on 19 but Jaiswal stood strong to build the innings along with Gill before the opener changed gears.

Jaiswal smashed veteran pace bowler James Anderson for a six and two fours on successive balls and kept up the charge against opposition spinners with his sweep and reverse sweep.

He raised his third Test ton in just his seventh match with a boundary off fast bowler Mark Wood, jumping, roaring and blowing kisses to an applauding crowd.

The 22-year-old, who hit a match-winning 209 in the previous Test, leads the series batting with 435 runs after his 155-run stand with Gill.

Rohit, who hit 131 in the first innings, missed a sweep off part-time spinner Joe Root and England successfully reviewed the decision after the on-field umpire denied the appeal.

Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj led India’s bowling charge in Ashwin’s absence with figures of 4-84 to help bowl England out for 319 after the visitors collapsed from 299-5.

“In the morning when we got to know that [Ashwin] is not there, more responsibility fell on us,” Siraj said.

“Rohit told us that we will need to bowl long spells and we got success with long spells.”

Duckett moved from his overnight 133 to go past 150 and skipper Ben Stokes made 41 in his 100th Test but their innings came to a quick halt in the second session.

Siraj wiped out the tail with help from Ravindra Jadeja, who along with fellow spinner Kul­deep took two wickets each.

Stokes attem­pted to hit back after Duckett’s departure but fell to Jadeja’s spin.

England resumed on 207-2 in reply to India’s 445 but lost two wickets in the space of six deliveries. Jasprit Bum­rah struck in the fifth over of the day when Root attempted a scoop and Jaiswal caught it at second slip. Jonny Bairstow then fell for duck.

Duckett had a tame end when he chased a wide delivery from Kuldeep to be caught at cover.


INDIA (1st Innings) 445 (R. Sharma 131,

R. Jadeja 112, S. Khan 62; M. Wood 4-114,

R. Ahmed 2-85)

ENGLAND (1st Innings, overnight 207-2):

Z. Crawley c Patidar b Ashwin 15

B. Duckett c Gill b Kuldeep 153

O. Pope lbw b Siraj 39

J. Root c Jaiswal b Bumrah 18

J. Bairstow lbw b Kuldeep 0

B. Stokes c Bumrah b Jadeja 41

B. Foakes c Sharma b Siraj 13

R. Ahmed b Siraj 6

T. Hartley st Jurel b Jadeja 9

M. Wood not out 4

J. Anderson b Siraj 1

EXTRAS (B-6, LB-5, NB-4, PEN-5) 20

TOTAL (all out, 71.1 overs) 319

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-89 (Crawley), 2-182 (Pope), 3-224 (Root), 4-225 (Bairstow), 5-260 (Duckett), 6-299 (Stokes), 7-299 (Foakes), 8-314 (Ahmed), 9-314 (Hartley)

BOWLING: Bumrah 15-1-54-1 (1nb), Siraj 21.1-2-84-4 (1nb), Yadav 18-2-77-2, Ashwin 7-0-37-1, Jadeja 10-0-51-2 (2nb).

INDIA (2nd Innings):

Y. Jaiswal retired hurt 104

R. Sharma lbw b Root 19

S. Gill not out 65

R. Patidar c Ahmed b Hartley 0

K. Yadav not out 3


TOTAL (for two wickets, 51 overs) 196

STILL TO BAT: S. Khan, R. Jadeja, D. Jurel, R. Ashwin, J. Bumrah, M. Siraj

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-30 (Sharma), 1-185 (Jaiswal), 2-191 (Patidar)

BOWLING: Anderson 6-1-32-0, Root 14-2-48-1, Hartley 15-2-42-1, Wood 8-0-38-0, Ahmed 8-0-31-0

Published in Dawn, February 18th, 2024



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