Centuries by Jadeja and Sharma Enable India to Reach 326-5 on the First Day

Day one of the third test began on Thursday, with India defeating England 326–5, thanks to centuries from Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja.
India was 33-3, but a 204-run partnership between Sharma and Jadeja salvaged the innings. With 50 off 48, Sarfaraz Khan tied the record for the fastest half-century in India history during his test debut. Before stumps, he was eventually out for 62.
Sharma opened with 131 and Jadeja was undefeated at 110. Mark Wood, an England pacer, took 3-69 from 17 overs.

In the afternoon, Sharma and Jadeja engaged in the first wicketless session of the series. With 97 balls, Jadeja scored fifty runs, and the two hitters combined for 150 runs.
At 185-3, India proceeded to tea, and in 157 balls, Sharma scored his eleventh test century.
After tea, Wood launched a quick ball bombardment, forcing the captain to open up a bit more and smash three sixes and appear ready for more. After tea, within the first hour, Sharma was out after misfiring on one of Wood’s deliveries straight to his opponent Ben Stokes at midwicket.

That brought Khan to the crease, where he destroyed the bowlers, belying his first-ever test performance. Khan and Jadeja hit a fast-paced fifty off 70 balls, with Khan hitting seven fours and a six.
Khan intended to race to three figures, but a mix-up with Jadeja—who was on 99 not out—cut short his visit. Wood struck the stumps instantly after he shot straight to mid-on and decided against taking a single. However, Khan was too far away from the non-striken’s end.
With Jadeja, Khan scored 77 runs off 110 balls to take the fifth wicket.

After hitting his fourth test century off 198 balls, left-handed all-rounder Jadeja didn’t show much enthusiasm for his achievement.

At his home ground of Rajkot, where he averages 142.18 with the bat and has two first-class triple hundreds, it was his second test hundred.
Along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Kapil Dev, Jadeja became the third all-rounder from India to reach 3,000 runs and 200 wickets in test cricket.

Earlier, over lunch, Jadeja and Sharma assisted India in reaching 93-3.
After winning the toss, India was reduced to 33-3 in nine overs.
In the course of six deliveries, Wood eliminated both Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal, two of the team’s top batsmen.

In the fourth over, Jaiswal, who had made his first double hundred in the second test, was caught at slip for ten. In the previous test, Gill, who also got a century, was caught behind for a nine-ball duck.
In Virat Kohli’s ongoing absence, Rajat Patidar was out for five runs while batting at No. 4. Tom Hartley got him at cover when he was avoiding further bounce.
Joe Root dropped Sharma in the slips off Hartley on 27. The captain then managed to survive an LBW shout off James Anderson. The video analysis revealed an inner edge.
India made four changes to the team that defeated Visakhapatnam, including the debuts of wicketkeeper-battler Dhruv Jurel and Khan in test cricket. Mohammed Siraj, a fast bowler, and Jadeja both made a comeback. Wood replaced off-spinner Shoiab Bashir in the only change made by England.
There is a 1-1 tie in the five-match series.


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