England pacer Stuart Broad believes this Virat Kohli made a ‘brave’ choice by choosing to bat first in the third Test at Headingley after winning the toss – his first as Test captain in England. However, Kohli’s move returned when India were bowled out for 78 runs within two sessions, while England walkers played through the batting line-up.
In the first hour, India lost three wickets – KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli – within 11 overs against James Anderson, all behind Buttler.
Stuart Broad, who was ruled out of the series after the first Test due to injury, was quick to tweet his views on the match. He said England made the most of the useful conditions after being asked to bowl first. The sailor claims that Headingley was the best place in England to bowl first, and that India made the decision when he threw the ball.
Stuart Broad further believes that the field will only get better at batting as the game progresses, and that there will not be much help for the pacers in the second half of the game. However, both teams play a single spinner in their eleven with four passes.
‘Great hour for England! 3 large wickets. Brave call from India to bat first, this is the best day 1 to bowl with in the country IMO. Pitch will get better and better. From the third day it will not be much for the sailors – enough in it! Stuart Broad tweeted.
Great hour for England! 3 large wickets. Brave call from India to bat first, this is the best day 1 to bowl with in the country IMO. Pitch will get better and better. From the third day it will not be much for the sailors – enough in it!
– Stuart Broad (@ StuartBroad8) 25 August 2021
Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed set up a century opening table
After India were bowled out, England’s new opening pair Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed entered into England’s first partnership of the first century in more than a year – the last in July 2020 between Burns and Dom Sibley. With that, England gained a lead towards the end of the day.
There were a few edges that did not get under the strips – Hameed gets a life through Rohit Sharma – and a few plays and missions, but the English batsmen were lucky. They dominated the loose balls while respecting the good ones. Occasionally boundaries come out of good times, and Indian bowlers could not create as much pressure as Virat Kohli would have hoped.