England put on a dominant display with both bat and ball in the third Test against India to win the match by an innings and 76 runs. The home side levelled the 5-match series 1-1 and have set up the tone for an exciting end to the series in the last two matches. Although the home side were brilliant with the bat, it was their bowling that made the difference, bowling out India on 78 and 278 in the first and second inning, respectively. Virat Kohli’s side had no answers to the bowling of English pacers as they visibly struggled to tackle their swing.
It was James Anderson’s brilliant opening spell on Day 1 which started the destruction with early dismissals of KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli putting India on the backfoot. The batsman did the mistake of trying to put their bat to Anderson’s lethal deliveries outside the off-stump and eventually paid the price. The only person who played the English pacer without any issues at Headingley was a young kid.
Kid pierces the gap between the fielders with some perfection
Everyone has already watched the highlights of the third Test where Joe Root played some brilliant shots against Indian pacers. However, one did not really witness James Anderson getting hit through the covers with such ease. In one of the videos recently shared on social media, the English pacer can be seen bowling to a young kid with a packed off-side field.
There are three slips in place to put pressure on the batsman. Joe Root can be seen standing at the short cover with another fielder placed at the cover-point region. However, the young kid was not perturbed at all with the same as he kept it concentration and drove Anderson between the two fielders as the ball raced away towards the boundary despite a valiant diving effort on the field. The kid will certainly remember this shot for a lifetime.
Watch the video here:
James Anderson – with 630 Test wickets – looks on in mock frustration (I THINK it’s mock) as his cover fielder let’s one through. Root, Buttler, Silverwood and Jon Lewis (plus assorted family members) also involved. pic.twitter.com/ioYYCoZOwy
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) August 28, 2021
Anderson had an impressive outing at Headingley Test
James Anderson finished the first innings of the third Test with astonishing figures of 8-5-6-3. He was absolutely disciplined with his line and length and did not give India batsmen any opportunity to get on top of him. The 39-year-old looked good in the second innings as well on a wicket which was getting good to bat on. He took the important wicket of Ajinkya Rahane and ended the second innings with impressive figures of 26-11-63-1.