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Twitter Reacts As England Turn Tables On India Courtesy Joe Root’s Impeccable 180*

A yet another fascinating day of Test match cricket saw Joe Root once again assert his dominance against India as the England captain scored an unbeaten 180 to help his side take a first-innings lead of 27 runs to assume a real position of strength heading into day 04.

Starting the day with a deficit of 245 to wipe off, England needed a big partnership from skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and that is exactly what they did in what were easily the best conditions for batting in this series thus far.

We were greeted to a bright and sunny Lord’s on the third day and English batsmen, especially Joe Root cashed in big time on a surface that wasn’t offering much.

Root and Bairstow batted through the morning session during which they scored as many as 97 runs. Barring a testing spell from Jasprit Bumrah where he challenged the outside edges of Root and Bairstow, the Indian bowlers rarely troubled the hosts as they kept on offering a boundary ball every second over.

India got a much-needed breakthrough after the Lunch break when Jonny Bairstow tamely fell into a short-pitch ploy by Mohammed Siraj, who bowled a barrage of short-pitch stuff after the break.

Joe Root notches up his 22nd Test ton [Image-Twitter]

However, Joe Root continued to bat in his merry way as England captained notched up his 5th Test ton of the year and his second in as many innings.

Root and Buttler stitched another 50+ stand before Ishant Sharma provided India with a crucial breakthrough of the latter with a peach of delivery; one that breached Buttler’s bat and pad to hit the top of off-stump.

Moeen Ali struggled initially during his innings before Indian bowlers released all the pressure by giving him half-volleys to feast on.

Root completed his 150 post the Tea break before Ishant Sharma once again proved to be the breakthrough provider after the Tea break as he dismissed Moeen Ali and Sam Curran in a space of two balls in the 111th over.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma claims two in two [Image-Twitter]

Bowling from round the wicket, Ishant induced an outside edge from the bat of Moeen Ali to Virat Kohli at first slip.

The ball was dying on Virat but he ensured that he had his hands underneath the ball. The on-field soft signal was out and it was vindicated by the third umpire.

Ishant induced another edge on his very next delivery off the bat of Sam Curran, and Rohit Sharma did the rest by claiming the easiest of the catches.

Twitter Reacts As England Turn Tables On India Thanks To Joe Root's Unbeaten 180
Mohammed Siraj dismisses Ollie Robinson [Image-Twitter]

Mohammed Siraj bowled a sensational spell against Ollie Robinson where he constantly brought the ball back into the tall batsman to wrap him on his pads.

After a series of unsuccessful appeals, Siraj finally got his man trapped in front and although Robinson challenged the call, Umpire’s Call meant he had to go.

England soon wiped off the deficit before Mark Wood got run-out as he sacrificed his wicket after a horrible miscommunication with Joe Root.

Jimmy Anderson endured sustained chin music from Jasprit Bumrah in an extended over thanks to the latter’s no-balls [4 in total] but he survived the onslaught to allow Joe Root to play some extravagant shots off Mohammed Siraj as the English captain looked to close in on yet another double ton.

But Mohammed Shami ensured that Root stayed was left stranded on 180 as he knocked over James Anderson wiith a full delivery on the ball final of the innings but not before England had taken a 27-run-lead.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Day 3 of the 2nd test between England and India:


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