India after getting a lead of 132 runs were way ahead in the game. At the end of the third day, they were leading by 257 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant still at the crease.
But within the first half an hour on Day 4, India lost Pujara. From being 152-3, they could manage only 245 runs.
England openers who have struggled for runs all through the summer came in an all-attacking mode. While Zak Crawley was as watchful as ever as he kept on leaving balls outside off, his partner Alex Lees’ was in a different mood altogether.
Lees Ran down the track to Mohammad Shami and hit him for a four. He continued to play his shots against the pacers. When Ravindra Jadeja came into the attack, Lees slog-swept him, reverse swept him and kept the pressure on Indian bowlers.
England In Trouble After Alex Lees’s Wicket
England quickly raced to 100 with Lees scoring the 2nd half-century of his career but then a ball change just before tea accounted for Crawley’s wicket.
Right after tea, on the very first ball, Ollie Pope too perished.
Lees’s wicket came as a bonus. It was a flighted delivery outside off, Lees lunged forward and attempted to push it into the off-side, but the ball turned in and squirted off the inside edge to short fine, Root continued running for the single and Lees was late to react, Shami collected the ball and threw it to Jadeja, and Lees was not even in the frame. He had no idea where the ball was, which didn’t help. A good knock from the left-hander, but England required more than 56 runs from their opener.
Watch: A Terrible Mix Up Leads To Alex Lees’ Run Out:
#TeamIndia make the most of the chaos and Alex Lees is run-out for 5️⃣6️⃣ 🤩
Two wickets soon after Tea for the visitors 👊🏼
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