ENG vs IND 2018: Jonny Bairstow Likely to Bat Despite Injury Scare
England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow sustained a small fracture on the middle finger of his left hand on day three of the third Test against India at Trent Bridge.
However, he is likely to bat during England’s second essay as they set out to chase a massive total. Bairstow immediately underwent an X-Ray, reports of which confirmed the fracture.
The 28-year-old, Jonny Bairstow sat in the home team’s balcony and had his injured finger dipped in a glass of cold water without any strapping. After a poor show in the first innings, the hosts now have to chase a massive target to seal the series against India.
England will badly need Jonny Bairstow to bat, who has been in good form recently. He has racked up two half-centuries so far in this series. His 93 in the Lord’s Test came in a critical partnership with Chris Woakes put England on a commanding position. It eventually helped England to beat India by an innings and 159 runs to take a 2-0 lead.
India on a commanding position
Team India skipper Virat Kohli led from the front to guide his team post a massive total against England on day three of the third Test at Trent Bridge.
The visitors banked on Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to rack up a massive total. The pair added 113 runs to extend their lead over England. While Kohli was the aggressor, Pujara played the waiting game. He left balls outside the off stump to frustrate the English bowlers.
Although Pujara departed adding 72 runs, there was no stopping Virat Kohli. Kohli then partnered Ajinkya Rahane to bring the second century grandly. This is his fifth hundred against England and 23rd overall. Hardik Pandya followed his magical spell with a half-century to guide India to a target of 521 before declaring.
Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings showed enough grit to keep the wickets intact at the end of the day’s play. The hosts now need 498 runs to win with two days still to play.
The Three Lions will bank on the likes of Jonny Bairstow to chase down the target.
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