Joe Root (England) promised to turn around after losing the Test against India at Lord’s. The England cricket team kept that promise. In the third Test, the British camp lost to Virat Kohli and drew the series at home.
On the other hand, winning the Leeds Test was a great opportunity for the Indian cricket team to go one step further towards capturing the series. The visiting team missed that opportunity. Virat Kohli had to digest the defeat in the innings. Let’s take a look at exactly where Team India fell behind England in the match.
Batting disaster in the first innings
Team India captain Virat Kohli decided to bat before winning the toss on a soft wicket in Leeds. However, that decision proved to be wrong. In the first session of the match, India faced a severe batting disaster. Their first innings ended with just 6 runs.
Rohit Sharma scored the highest 19 runs for the team. The second highest 18 runs came from Ajinkya Rahane’s bat. Captain Virat Kohli was out for 6 runs. At that moment, the cricket experts think that the rush of the match goes to England. However, Kohli said at the end of the match that he had made no mistake in batting before winning the toss in Leeds.
India were bowled out for 7 in the first innings at Leeds, with Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma rushing to dismiss England’s batsmen at 22 yards. Rory Burns, who failed at Lord’s, Hasib Hamed made a great half-century at Leeds.
Indian bowlers struggled against England
England was able to make 135 runs from their opening pair. India lost a little more from the match. Joe Root’s century on a solid foundation and David Malan’s half-century on the other hand gave England a little more lead towards victory.
With the exception of Mohammad Shami (4 wickets), no Indian bowler has been able to make such an impact on the England batsmen.
The reverse picture of the Lord’s Test
The attitude that led India to win the Test against England at Lord’s was not seen in Leeds. After being bowled out for 7 in the first innings, the body language of the Indian cricketers changed drastically. At least some frustration engulfed the Indian camp.
The effect of which is very small in fielding. Lack of agility is observed in the field. On the third day, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli batted hard and India reached the point where they could fight.
But the batting failure on the fourth day was the reason for the collapse of the Virat Kohli camp. Team India lost 6 wickets for 63 runs before the lunch break.
The dominance of England’s bowlers
The England bowlers, who bowled out India for six in the first innings of the match, flared up again on the fourth day. India was devastated by Oli Robinson’s performance.
Robinson, who took five wickets in the second innings, was named man of the match. Craig Overton took 3 wickets in the second innings. James Anderson and Moin Ali took 1 wicket each.