Nagaland News Watch

Countless causes for joy

<p>On the first day of the third Test against England, captain Rohit Sharma and middle-order batsman Ravindra Jadeja struck courageous hundreds to lift India out of the slump and into a commanding 326/5.</p>
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<p>At the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Mark Wood demonstrated the benefit of greater speed on a forgiving ground, and after the first hour, India was reeling at 33/3.</p>
<p>With a 204-run partnership, Rohit and Jadeja rebuilt the innings and brought the hosts back into the game.</p>
<p>At stumps, Jadeja was hitting for his fourth hundred of the Test with nightwatchman Kuldeep Yadav on one at the other end. He was batting on 110.</p>
<p>Rohit scored an impressive 131 runs with 14 fours, three sixes, and plenty of drama.</p>
<p>In the process of reaching his 11th Test century innings, the opener took a knock to his helmet, was caught in the slip, and managed to have an out-of-bounds call against him overturned.</p>
<p>Although it was probably unexpected that Rohit chose to bat on a level field with the five-match series tied at one, Wood’s lightning-fast pace troubled the batsmen.</p>
<p>In his second over, the quick bowler caught Yashasvi Jaiswal (10) in the slip, and in Wood’s next over, Shubman Gill was caught behind for a duck.</p>
<p>Playing in his 100th Test match, England captain Ben Stokes used spin in the ninth over and was instantly rewarded when Tom Hartley got rid of Rajat Patidar for five.</p>
<p>At the opposite end, Wood kept up his unrelenting aggression, striking Rohit once on the grille of his helmet. On 27, the first man was given a life when he edged Hartley and Joe Root botched the catch at slip.</p>
<p>The judgment to declare Rohit’s leg before wicket against James Anderson was overturned as replays showed that the ball had struck the bat first.</p>
<p>India was able to re-enter the match after Rohit and Jadeja prevented England from making any progress in the second session.</p>
<p>It took Rohit 157 balls to reach his century, and his quiet celebration showed that he was determined to continue, but Stokes and Wood worked together to ruin that plan.</p>
<p>They were successful in their short-ball strategy against Rohit as the batsman smashed a slap shot from Wood to Stokes at midwicket.</p>
<p>Sarfaraz Khan, making his debut, overcame early nerves to quickly reach a fifty run score off of 48 balls before his entertaining fifty-two was cut short.</p>
<p>When Jadeja hesitated and Sarfaraz was run out, he was on 99. Following the dismissal, an enraged Rohit was shown tossing his hat into the pavilion floor. In the match, India’s wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel also made his Test debut. – News reports</p>