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Recent Match Report – England vs India 1st Test 2020/21


Join us for analysis, updates and colour from the third day of the series opener

Welcome to our live report of the third day of the first India-England Test from Chennai. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here

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10.10am: England 578 all out

Anderson lines up a sweep off Ashwin but is bowled, as the final wicket eventually falls. Ashwin bowled a whopping 55.1 overs in all, the most in an innings in his Test career, and finished up with 3 for 146. Bumrah and Ishant’s figures were both creditable too, but Nadeem and Sundar’s combined figures – 70-6-265-2 – tell the story of the innings. England were able to milk them, picking up boundaries far too often and rotating the strike at will. England will be hoping desperately that Bess and Leach don’t suffer the same problems.

9.55am: Where was the new ball?

India take the third new ball after 185.2 overs – 24.2 overs after it was due – and Jasprit Bumrah strikes immediately, trapping Dom Bess lbw with a ball that nipped in appreciably off the seam. The obvious question that follows is: what took them so long? The old ball was reversing at times, and perhaps they were worried about the ball coming onto the bat, but neither Bess nor Leach is particularly attacking by the standards of tailenders.

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