IND vs ENG: 2nd Test, Day 3 Talking Points – England in contention despite Gill’s ton

In a captivating display on Day 3 of the Second Test, England staged a spirited comeback to thwart India’s early dominance. Commencing with a modest 28-run lead on Day 2, India appeared poised for control. However, England, sans the injured Joe Root, surged with determination on Day 2. Their spinners, seizing the opportunity, shone brightly amid adversity. With India’s second innings closing at 255, England was set a challenging target of 399 runs. The match now hangs in a delicate balance, promising an enthralling conclusion as England seeks to defy the odds.

Here are the talking points from Day 3:

1. Shubman Gill’s comeback century

Amidst scrutiny, Shubman Gill showcased his mettle by notching his third Test century on Day 3 of the second match against England in Visakhapatnam. The young batter, facing criticism for his recent struggles in the red-ball format, returned to form admirably. Gill’s timely innings came as a beacon for India, especially when the top-order faltered in the second innings, amplifying his importance in the team.

2. Ben Stokes’ fabulous catch to dismiss Shreyas Iyer

During Day 3 of the second Test against India, England skipper Ben Stokes pulled off a remarkable feat on the field. He grabbed a sensational backward-running catch to dismiss Shreyas Iyer. The Indian batter, in fine form, mistimed a shot off-spinner Tom Hartley, sending the ball toward the long-off boundary. Stokes, positioned at mid-off, sprinted backward to secure a spectacular catch, leaving the crowd in awe.

3. Rehan Ahmed walks in as “Night Hawk”

At the close of yet another gripping day in Visakhapatnam, England’s top order had amassed 67 runs from 14 overs, losing only Ben Duckett. Rehan Ahmed’s elevation to the renowned “night-hawk” role emphasized their commitment to pursuing every available scoring avenue. Memories of Edgbaston 2022 resurfaced, where this same team effortlessly chased down 378. Their intent to replicate such feats resonated strongly, setting the stage for a compelling contest against India.