- England reach 423 for 8 at stumps on Day 2 of the Third Test against India.
- Dawid Malan scored 70 in the first innings and put on 139 with Joe Root.
- India bowled out for 78 in their first innings on Day 1.
- England lead India by 345 runs going into the third Test at Headingley.
- England batsman says Indian bowlers put in a lot of effort.
Dawid Malan, England’s top-order batsman, was reinstated for the red ball format for the first time in three years ahead of the Third Test against India on Thursday, and he justified his selection with a deft 70 in the first innings.
The southpaw put on a 139-run third-wicket stand with England captain Joe Root to put his side in a strong position to win the third test at Headingley.
After India was swept away for a mere 78 in their first innings on Day 1, England reached 423 for 8 at stumps on Day 2 to take a mammoth 345-run lead.
Malan, on the other hand, stated that the Indian bowlers put in a lot of effort and asked a lot of questions, but that they didn’t get much support from the pitch, which has altered dramatically since the first day.
“The wicket altered considerably from the first day, the first hour when they were batting,” Malan said following the completion of the second day’s play in a virtual press conference.
“I would not describe their bowling as flat. They rushed in and tested their socks to the limit. They had a lot of questions and didn’t seem to get much help from the wicket “says the 33-year-old.
Mohammed Shami gave the tourists the breakthrough when he pushed one through Rory Burn’s gate to smash the top of the off-stump after England resumed on 120 for no loss.
Burns scored 61 and was part of a 135-run opening stand with Hameed, England’s biggest since Alastair Cook and Hameed put on 180 against India in 2016.
Ravindra Jadeja took his first wicket in the series as he spun one past Hameed’s bat and hit the off-stump.
Dawid Malan cut and drove brilliantly for 70 runs in his first test in three years, but he fell on the stroke of tea, teasing Mohammed Siraj to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
Pant did not even file an appeal when Malan was initially ruled not guilty. Siraj persuaded India’s captain Virat Kohli to reconsider his decision, and UltraEdge confirmed that the batter had edged the ball.
Typical Dawid Malan cover drive, beautiful.pic.twitter.com/jiX1LQ3lcF— Mani (@TweetsMani14) August 26, 2021