Indian opener KL Rahul has been fined 15% of his match fees for showing dissent towards umpires after getting out at The Oval on Sunday. Notably, Rahul was dismissed in the 34th over of the Indian second innings when he seemingly edged one James Anderson delivery to wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow. While England were convinced that they had got their man, Rahul stayed there after the umpire did not raise his finger.
The Three Lions then quickly took a DRS referral and the snicko clearly showed a spike as the ball passed near his bat and went through to the keeper. Thus, the umpire had to change his decision and England retained their review, implying Rahul had to take the long walk back to the pavilion. However, Rahul wasn't pleased with what he saw on the big screen as he seemed to suggest that it was perhaps the sound of something else. He even gestured the same to the umpire as a dissent for which he has been penalised.
India recover from Rahul's dismissal to take a 171-run lead at the end of Day 3
Nevertheless, the Indians have managed to recover from Rahul's dismissal, thanks to a 153-run stand between Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara. While Rohit reached his first overseas hundred during the innings, Pujara also made a 61 at a brisk pace which has helped the team take a 171-run lead at the end of the day's play on Saturday. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja remain unbeaten at the wicket.
After the end of the day's play, Rohit and Pujara reflected on the partnership in a video uploaded by the BCCI on their official website.
Really pleased that we got a hundred-run partnership: Pujara
"I’m really pleased that we got a hundred-run partnership. I hope we have many such partnerships going forward. I hope you score many more hundreds," Pujara said in the video.
"Very happy for you too Puji (Pujara). Someone told me you were 35 off 50 balls," Rohit responded to Pujara's improved scoring rate and him playing lofted strokes which is a rare sight in Test cricket. However, Pujara credited his free stroke making to the kind of start provided by KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma which allowed him to play freely.