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9.45am: And heeeerrrre’s Rishabh
This time the third umpire sides with Foakes, as Rohit Sharma is stumped after dragging his back foot just over the line (dragging Rohit’s home Test average down to a mere 80.52). Excellent hands from Foakes, who turns 28 today and has earned himself an extra slice of cake – the delivery from Jack Leach came through at almost shoulder height, but the keeper took it and smoothly whipped off the bails in one movement. India’s response to two early wickets has been to send in Rishabh Pant above Ajinkya Rahane, to take the attack back to England.
— Alan Gardner (@alanroderick) February 15, 2021
9.35am: Heeeerrrre’s Virat (on a pair)
It’s been hard enough for most batsmen on this pitch, but Cheteshwar Pujara has lost his wicket in most unfortunate fashion to start the day, run out in the first over by short leg after dropping his bat trying to regain his ground. Although, as Sunny Gavaskar has just said on commentary (with tongue firmly in cheek), “you have to blame the pitch” after Pujara’s bat jammed into the crease line but not over it, with Ben Foakes collecting Ollie Pope’s throw to break the stumps before the lunging batsman could get his foot back. Time for India’s captain to have another crack.
What better way to start the day than a fresh, hot injection of George and Raunak into your eyeballs?
9.20am: Signed, sealed… delivered?
Hello again, folks. Day three is often moving day of a Test – but you sense this one has already unloaded the van and is getting comfy in its new surroundings. Pretty much everything India have touched has turned to gold this time around in Chennai, and they will be backing themselves to wrap up a series-levelling win at some point later today or tomorrow. England, barring Headingley-plus-plus miracles, know this game is probably beyond them… but there’s still a series to fight for, battles to be won and lost.
Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick
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