3rd Test, England vs India: Rahul falls at the stroke of lunch as the hosts tightened their grip on the game (Day 3)

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As the hosts maintained their grip on the third Test at Headingley, Leeds, on Friday, English bowler Craig Overton struck at the stroke of lunch to send India opener KL Rahul back to the hut.

India’s score at the lunch break was 34/1, still trailing by 320 runs with nine wickets in hand. Rohit (25*) is at the crease for the visitors. India’s openers Rohit and Rahul were rock strong in the face of a 354-run deficit, and the duo saw out the opening spell of major threat James Anderson. The visitors did not lose any early wickets since both hitters brought their A-game to the middle.

However, the partnership was broken just as they were about to lead India to the interval without losing a wicket. It’ll give the hosts the impetus they need to come back strong after the break.

In the first session, Mohammed Shami took four wickets as England was bowled out for 432 runs. The hosts took command with a 354-run lead, with skipper Joe Root top-scoring with 121 runs.

With England on 423/8 at the start of Day 3, overnight hitters Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson added eight more runs to the total before Overton (32) was caught in front by Mohammed Shami, reducing England to 431/9.

In the next over, Jasprit Bumrah bowled Robinson (0), and England was bowled out for 432 in the first innings. On Day 2 of the ongoing third Test against India, England skipper Joe Root hit his 23rd Test century as the hosts took control.

India 78 and 34/1 (Rohit Sharma 25*; Craig Overton 1-5); England 432 (Rohit Sharma 25*; Craig Overton 1-5). (Joe Root 121, Dawid Malan 70; Mohammed Shami 4-95).