In response to England’s 183, India’s new opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul started steadily. Both the right-hander’s respected the good deliveries while cashed on the slightly bad ones. India looked to go into lunch with firm control, but for the last delivery, when Sharma pulled a short ball from Ollie Robinson straight to the fine leg fielder.
Post the lunch, England stormed back further with James Anderson nipping out Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane then needlessly running himself out. Rishabh Pant got out early on Day 3 as India found themselves reeling for 145/5.
However, half-centuries from Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, and late order contributions from the three pacers saw the visitors gain a healthy 95-run lead, which England openers chiseled down by 25 runs before the rest of Day 3 was washed out.
“I thought it was a big wicket, we were kind of struggling and that gave us momentum in the afternoon session,” said Ollie Robinson, who picked his maiden five-wicket haul, on Friday.
I thought I might never play for England again: Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson admitted he had thoughts of never being able to play for England again after his debut game against New Zealand in June. The seamer was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing from the second Test because of the emergence of the vile tweets he had made when he was a teenager.
He was then fined and suspended from some matches but made a strong return with a five-fer against India.
“I definitely had doubts over my career. There was a time I was speaking with my lawyers and we were looking at the fact I could be banned for a couple of years. That would have taken me up to the age of 30 and someone else could have come in and taken my spot. So yes I had doubts over my career. I thought I might never play for England again.“It was tough. Probably the toughest few weeks I’ve had in cricket to be honest, or in my life, actually. It affected not only myself but my family. But luckily it all came good today,” the 27-year-old said.