On the stumps of day two, Essex was on 237 for the loss of five wickets. They were still trailing by 158. Earlier, India had scored 395 runs. It is the third day of insubstantial Test game for Team India.
Paul Walter and James Foster join forces to add 51 for the 6th wicket before the close of play. At the end of the day two, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma took two wickets apiece as Shardul Thakur satisfied himself with one.
Umesh Yadav provided the first breakthrough on the third and final day of the match. Umesh Yadav cleaned up James Foster for 42. Foster and Walter put a partnership of 91 for the sixth wicket.
Just six runs got added into the total from the fall of Foster, Umesh got another one. Matt Coles fall on a duck, as he handed a simple catch to Shikhar Dhawan. Paul Walter continued to add woes for Virat Kohli and his team. He was finding the boundary ropes at ease.
After Coles, it was Aron Nijjar who took responsibility to hold another end of Walter. They both shared fifty-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
With a new ball in his hand, Virat Kohli soon opted for a bowling change. Luckily, it worked for India. It was Ishant Sharma who gave the eight breakthroughs for team India. Walter handed over a catch to Ajinkya Rahane who did the rest formality, as he got dismissed for 75.
At the lunch of the day three, Essex was still trailing by 50 runs. They were on 345 for the loss of eight Essex declared their inning at the score of 359 for eight, trailing by 36 runs.
In the second inning of team India, Shikhar Dhawan came out to bat with KL Rahul to open the innings. However, it was the just third ball of the inning when Shikhar Dhawan fell prey of Matthew Quinn. Quinn breached his defence and castled his wickets on the score of nought.
It was Cheteshwar Pujara who came to bat at one down position. Pujara got off to a solid start, but he could not capitalize on it. Paul Walter dismissed him on the score of 23.
During tea on day 3, India reached 53/2 after 15 overs; lead by 89. KL Rahul is unbeaten on 19, as Ajinkya Rahane is playing on four.