India was dismissed for 78 — its ninth-lowest total in test cricket — as England took an early grip of the third match of the series by tea on Day 1 at Headingley on Wednesday.
England’s makeshift seam attack, led by the enduring James Anderson (3-6), bowled a perfect length to provoke a series of ill-advised shots by the Indians, who surprisingly chose to bat first after Virat Kohli won the toss. They lasted only 40.4 overs.
Kohli was one of three batsmen to fall to Anderson — all to nicks behind to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler — inside the first 11 overs as India slumped to 21-3.
India’s batsmen imploded after lunch losing four wickets without scoring a run to plunge from 67/5 to 67/9. It was India’s third-lowest score against England
The best part about 39-year-old Anderson’s bowling during that opening session was masterful use of strategy.
For someone, who primarily relies on outswing as his stock ball, he changed his tactic and used the outgoing delivery as a “shock” ball after pegging back the batters with incoming deliveries.
Anderson gets Kohli for the 7th time in Test, this man has done it once again, amazing.pic.twitter.com/XoIOYaI9Ge
— Mani (@TweetsMani14) August 25, 2021
Anderson’s terrific outing gave a lot of joy to the home fans in Headingley. The Barmy Army took to Twitter and shared the moment where fans sang to their hearts content as Kohli walked back to the pavilion.
Cheerio Virat 👋
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 25, 2021
Test match cricket returns to Headingley this week for the first time since Ben Stokes made that astonishing, series-saving century in the Ashes in 2019.