The ongoing fifth Test between India and England has witnessed some top-notch performances from players of both teams. After Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja rescued visitors from mini-collapse and stitched 222-run stand to help India post 416/10 in 84.5 overs, England's inform batter Jonny Bairstow continued his top form in the red-ball cricket by smashing third-ton on the trot.
In response to India's 416, England batters bundled out quickly in front of a formidable bowling attack from Indian bowlers. Just like India's innings, England's top-order completely failed to perform as the hosts were soon reduced to 83-5 in 25.3 overs. While England was on the back foot in front of the home crowd, Jonny Bairstow once again emerged as the top performer by holding the fort from one end.
While Bairstow was entertaining the crowd with his batting, the Englishman also got engaged in a verbal spat with former Indian skipper Virat Kohli at the start of Day 3 of the Test match. It all happened in the 32nd over of England's batting when Kohli reached out to Bairstow and they both exchanged heated words till the onfield umpire intervened.
While Kohli provoked Bairstow hoping to disturb his concentration, it proved otherwise as the Englishman looked more focussed and composed while smashing India bowlers all around the park. However, later in the day Indian pacer Mohammed Shami dismissed Jonny Bairstow and the batter was caught at first slip by none other than Kohli.
Bairstow's wicket came in the 55th over of the match as Shami bowled the delivery well outside off but Bairstow went hard on the shot but managed an outside edge that flew straight to Virat Kohli, stationed at first slip. Kohli, wasted no time giving the batter a perfect send-off as he gestured a flying kiss toward the crowd.
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Speaking of the match, Indian bowlers have put the visitors in the commanding position as England have managed to score 263 at the expense of eight wickets. By the time of writing, Sam Billings* (36 off 56) and Matty Potts* (8 off 13) are trying to add valuable runs on board. For India, stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah has picked three wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Siraj have picked two wickets each, till now.