England battle to avoid Indian series defeat despite Jonny Bairstow hitting a third cent in as many Tests | Cricket News

Jonny Bairstow reached his 11th Test century, with just 119 balls, but England edged India by 257 runs at the end of day three; Watch day four at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket, with coverage from 9.45am and play from 10.30am on Monday

Last update: 07/03/22 7:41 p.m.

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Highlights from day three of the Fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston.

Highlights from day three of the Fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston.

England face a tough battle to avoid a series loss to India as they trail 257 points in the rescheduled fifth LV=Insurance Test, with the tourists just three fewer in their second round at the end of day three in Edgbaston.

Jonny Bairstow (106) hit another stunning cent – his third in as many games and fifth in his last eight Tests – to help England, shocked to 84-5 overnight, after 284 in their first innings.

India, with a 132 lead, lost Shubman Gill (4) in James Anderson’s opener, but with Cheteshwar Pujara (50no) leading by example – bringing a 33rd Test fifty late in the day – they got away fought his way into a dominant position at 125-3 per stumps.

Virat Kohli (20) fell late in the day, extending his sterile 32 Test innings without a century dating back to November 2019 – Ben Stokes (1-22) with a snorter of a delivery to take the glove from Kohli and Joe Root showing super reflexes to claim the grip on the rebound as Sam Billings knocked him down for the first time behind the stumps.

England captain Ben Stokes takes the crucial wicket from Virat Kohli after Sam Billings knocks the ball over to a very lucky Joe Root.

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England captain Ben Stokes takes the crucial wicket from Virat Kohli after Sam Billings knocks the ball over to a very lucky Joe Root.

England captain Ben Stokes takes the crucial wicket from Virat Kohli after Sam Billings knocks the ball over to a very lucky Joe Root.

Stokes, in particular, found considerable movement late in the day, but England were unable to add more to their wicket tally, with first-inning centurion Rishabh Pant coming in and clearing four boundaries to remain unbeaten on 30 at the end.

The England captain will be disappointed with his sacking earlier today. He and Bairstow successfully thwarted in the morning, as expected, but Stokes ignored warnings to curb his aggressive play somewhat when he was dropped on the 16th and again on the 25th, the ball before he fell on the same blow.

Ben Stokes is finally caught by Jasprit Bumrah, exactly one delivery after being dropped by the Indian bowler.

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Ben Stokes is finally caught by Jasprit Bumrah, exactly one delivery after being dropped by the Indian bowler.

Ben Stokes is finally caught by Jasprit Bumrah, exactly one delivery after being dropped by the Indian bowler.

Stokes continually charged the skillful Indian tailors into the field and first skied a high and Shardul Thakur for cover, which reversed the odds. Thakur (1-48) made amends soon after, with the ball in hand, as Jasprit Bumrah took a superb diving catch to his left after dropping a much simpler chance to see the skipper’s back .

War of words Kohli brings Bairstow to life

At the other end, Bairstow – in his life form – kept batting the ball to the limit, bursting to life after a heated exchange with Kohli in the middle. Bairstow, who had watched the play the day before carefully, had only 13 runs from his first 63 deliveries, but after a few words with Kohli he drove to an 11th test ton, his next 87 runs did not explode only 56 bullets.

Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli had an old-fashioned battle of words on matchday three of the fifth Test between England and India.

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Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli had an old-fashioned battle of words on matchday three of the fifth Test between England and India.

Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli had an old-fashioned battle of words on matchday three of the fifth Test between England and India.

Billings (36) provided good support, the pair putting 92 for the seventh wicket, either side of a rain-induced lunch interval.

Bairstow had originally been knocked out on 89 shortly before the break, lbw at Thakur, but immediately saw it back safe knowing he had a thin inside edge on the ball. He picked up where he left off with a beautifully timed clip through the midwicket for four on the replay.

Jonny Bairstow secured his third consecutive Test century with his ton against India on day three of the Fifth Test against India at Edgbaston.

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Jonny Bairstow secured his third consecutive Test century with his ton against India on day three of the Fifth Test against India at Edgbaston.

Jonny Bairstow secured his third consecutive Test century with his ton against India on day three of the Fifth Test against India at Edgbaston.

His hundred duly arrived two overs later thanks to a Ravindra Jadeja slip on the cover point boundary, but Bumrah, in particular, brilliantly managed to bottle up Bairstow afterwards and his eventual dismissal at the first ball of a new Mohammed Shami (2-78) out – giving Kohli a wide releaser on the slip – was perhaps the result of some frustration with his scoring control.

Stuart Broad (1) came and went quickly, rebounded by Mohammed Siraj (4-66), who also claimed Billings – cutting on his stumps – and Matthew Potts (19) after showing a fine set of shots rear end of the sleeves.

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Pujara fifty pushes India firmly into the ascendancy

Gill came out of the mark with a nice mid-range push for four seconds on the ball, but then perished on the next one – a dismissal almost identical to the first inning as he clipped a slightly tighter one in line with Zak. Crawley on the second slip.

Jimmy Anderson gives England the best possible start by taking the wicket from Shubman Gill.

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Jimmy Anderson gives England the best possible start by taking the wicket from Shubman Gill.

Jimmy Anderson gives England the best possible start by taking the wicket from Shubman Gill.

Pujara and Hanuma Vihari (11) watched India carefully tea to safety without further alarm, only for the latter to undo his good work with a flash on a fuller ball from Broad (1-38) shortly after the pause, sending a thick edge to Bairstow on the third slip.

Kohli arrived at the crease of a chorus of boos from home vocal support in the Hollies Stand, but countered well with a few early bounds which saw the Indian fans in attendance forcefully find their voices in response.

He carefully saw the threat from tall foe Anderson, but could do nothing against an absolute jaffa from a Stokes delivery that reared a length and headed for Root’s outstretched right hand via the gloves of Kohli and Billings.

But, although the ball began to move considerably in the late evening sun and the pitch began to offer variable bounce, England simply could not make further inroads as Pujara and Pant put set up a partnership of fifty that they will choose. back up on the fourth morning.

Watch day four of the rescheduled fifth LV= Insurance Test between England and India, at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Monday. Coverage begins at 9:45 a.m. and play begins at 10:30 a.m.

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