'Lagta hai ye 5th day tak pakka jayega' - Fans react as England stay alive with Ollie Pope's century on third day of Hyderabad Test

Star number three batter Ollie Pope scored a crucial century to bring England back in the game on the third day of the ongoing first Test against India.

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Ollie Pope celebrating after century, India vs England, First Test (File Photo: X)

Ollie Pope celebrating after century, India vs England, First Test (File Photo: X)

The star number three batter Ollie Pope rescued England from a miserable position to a comfortable state at the end of the third day in the ongoing first Test of the five-match series against India. England were looking in trouble at one stage after losing 5 wickets at the score of 163 runs, with just having a lead of only 73 runs.

But then came an amazing partnership of 112 runs for the sixth wicket between Ollie Pope and the wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes. This partnership came to an end when Axar Patel trapped Foakes in her spin web and managed to beat him to hit the stumps.

Ollie Pope went unbeaten at the individual score of 148 runs at the time of stumps on the third day of the match, helping England to post a good total of 316 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 77 overs; England had taken a lead of 126 runs in the second innings at the dn of third day’s play in Hyderabad.

Lower middle-order batter Rehan Ahmed was also unbeaten, alongside Ollie Pope there in the middle.

Joe Root wrapped up India early on day 3

Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah scalped two wickets each for India on the third day, alongside one wicket each bagged by Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja.

Earlier on the third day, India resumed their batting from the second day’s score of 421 runs for the loss of 7 wickets; however, the former England skipper Joe Root bowled brilliantly to bundle out the Indian team within the next 15 runs, at the total score of 436 runs.

Indian batting was studded with three brilliant 80+ knocks from Yashasvi Jaiswal, KL Rahul and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Jaiswal and KL Rahul scored 80 and 86 runs, respectively followed by Jadeja’s 87 runs.

Later in the end, Axar Patel also contributed with the crucial 44 runs off 100 balls, with 7 fours and a six. Joe Root scalped 4 wickets just at the cost of 79 runs in 29 overs; Tom Hartley and Rehan Ahmed also picked two wickets each, including the one wicket bagged by Jack Leach.

Here’s how fans reacted to the third day’s game of the India vs England Hyderabad Test:

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