Twitter Reactions: India on top in Edgbaston Test despite Jonny Bairstow's whirlwind ton

Twitter Reactions: India on top in Edgbaston Test despite Jonny Bairstow’s whirlwind ton

Jasprit Bumrah's catch to dismiss Ben Stokes was a talking point for the fans on Twitter today.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)

Jonny Bairstow dominated day three of the fifth Test match between England and India at Edgbaston on Sunday. The English batter hit a third consecutive century to deny a very big lead to the travelling side. He resumed day three with the same controlled approach he had on day two but changed his stance after a heated argument with Indian star Virat Kohli. Kohli tried to get under his skin with some sledging and Bairstow totally dominated Indian bowlers to score his fifth century of this year. England stumbled to just 284 runs in their first innings and India gained 132 runs lead with Mohammed Siraj taking four wickets.

But England veteran James Anderson removed Indian opener Shubman Gill on the third delivery of the second innings to get the hosts back into the game. Stuart Broad dismissed Hanuma Vihari on 11 runs to put England in a good position in the third session of the day. Former Indian captain Kohli and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara played some classic Test cricket and looked unbeatable.

Pujara stroked a valiant fifty

But English captain Ben Stokes shocked India by getting Kohli out on 20 runs. This was a big wicket for the hosts as the star Indian batter was looking dangerous to build up a big score. With India at 75/3, the first innings centurion Rishabh Pant came out, once again ahead of Shreyas Iyer. Pujara continued his inning with a similar controlled approach with no unnecessary shots. Pant resumed from where he left off in the first inning and stitched a good steady partnership with Pujara.

The veteran batter scored his 33rd half-century and completed 50 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Day three ended with India scoring 125/3 with a solid lead of 257 runs.

India need to play minimum two sessions on day four to put up a big total on the scoreboard. England successfully managed to chase a 250-plus runs target against New Zealand in all three matches and they did that with an attacking approach. Indian management will be aware of their recent change in approach and will definitely instruct their players regarding this.

Many fans and former cricketers, including Virender Sehwag, reacted to Kohli-Bairstow’s clash on Twitter. Jasprit Bumrah’s catch to dismiss Ben Stokes was also a talking point for the fans on Twitter today.

Here are some Twitter Reactions to Day 3: