India’s innings began brightly with an aggressive opening stand, but England fought back with three quick wickets to put the hosts under pressure.

Rajkot, February 15th, 2024

The third Test between India and England is underway in Rajkot, with a captivating battle unfolding on the field. India, electing to bat after winning the toss, witnessed a rollercoaster start with a flurry of boundaries early on, followed by a sudden collapse courtesy of England’s disciplined bowling. Currently, at lunch, India finds themselves at 93/3, with captain Rohit Sharma anchoring the innings with an unbeaten fifty.

Early Onslaught Followed by England’s Resurgence

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma provided India with a fiery start, peppering the English bowlers with boundaries. Jaiswal, fresh off his 321-run heroics in the previous Test, looked in ominous touch, while Rohit Sharma displayed aggressive intent. However, the joy was short-lived as Mark Wood struck twice in his consecutive overs, dismissing Jaiswal and Shubman Gill cheaply. Tom Hartley then joined the party, trapping Rajat Patidar plumb in front, leaving India in a spot of bother at 39/3.

Rohit Sharma Holds Fort

Captain Rohit Sharma, aware of the team’s precarious situation, dug his heels in and played responsibly. He weathered the storm, patiently negotiating the English bowling attack. Displaying a blend of caution and aggression, Rohit found boundaries when presented with scoring opportunities and solidified his crease. He currently stands tall at 52 runs, providing India with a crucial anchor.

Ravindra Jadeja Joins the Fight

Joining Rohit at the crease is the experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The left-hander has played a crucial supporting role so far, contributing 24 runs unbeaten and looking solid in defense. The duo has added 60 runs for the fourth wicket partnership, helping India recover from the early slump and rebuild the innings.

Lunch Break Scorecard

With Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease, India heads into the lunch break at 93/3. While the early dismissals were concerning, Rohit’s fifty and the developing partnership with Jadeja offer hope for the hosts. England, however, will be pleased with their bowling performance, especially the early breakthroughs.

Looking Ahead

The second session will be crucial for both teams. India needs to build on their current partnership and post a competitive total. England, on the other hand, will aim to break the growing partnership and restrict India’s scoring rate.

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