Ishant Sharma dismissed England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler who will be playing just the first Test against India in Chennai as he scored 30 before he was dismissed. Meanwhile, the England tailenders are trying to get close to 600 runs in the first innings.
After toiling hard in the first two sessions, the Indian bowlers came back hard in the final session. Ishant took two back to back wickets with him dismissing Buttler first and Jofra Archer in the very next delivery.
Ishant used the reverse swing late in the day to pick up the two back to back wickets. Buttler was well set on 30 and playing the Indian spinners with intent when the Indian skipper brought back Ishant into the innings. He came back and immediately the move paid dividends.
Ishant Sharma castles Jos Buttler
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Two in two for @ImIshant ????????
Buttler and Archer depart.
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The wicket ball to Jos Buttler did tail back a fraction to clip his off-stump. It was Ishant’s reward for persistent bowling throughout the day. England was on 525 when Ishant Sharma struck for the first time in the over dismissing Buttler.
In the very next delivery, he dismissed Jofra Archer breaching his defense with an in-dipper. Archer was beaten for pace as the ball came back in sharply after pitching. England thus lost two wickets on the same score after piling on the agony in the first two sessions.
Earlier in the day, Joe Root scored his fifth double ton and his third as skipper. In the process, he took his tally to 644 runs in just three Tests so far. England are scheduled to play as many as 17 Test matches this year and thus Root has enough opportunities to end up being the highest run-getter in the calendar year.
the England skipper overtook former Australian legend Don Bradman to break an 84-year old record. Joe Root became only the second skipper after legendary Don Bradman to achieve the feat. Bradman was the first captain to notch up three successive 150-plus scores in Test cricket way back in 1937.