England captain Joe Root completely dominated the proceedings on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test against India at Lords Cricket Ground in London. His sensational hundred in the game helped England bounce back after India posted a strong total of 364 on the board in their first innings.
Root played an unbeaten knock of 180 runs from 321 balls, laced with 18 boundaries. Riding on Root’s impressive effort with the willow, England scored 391 runs in their first innings, leading the visitors by 27 runs.
Joe Root’s Test hundreds at Lord’s:
- 180 vs Australia, 2013
- 200*vs Sri Lanka, 2014
- 190 vs South Africa 2017
- 180*vs India, 2021
Apart from the English skipper, Jonny Bairstow also made a valuable contribution. The right-handed batter scored 57 runs off 107 deliveries.
For India, Mohammed Siraj picked up a four-wicket haul for 94 runs. Similarly, Ishant Sharma bagged three scalps for 69 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Joe Root's Test batting average has just ticked above 50. #ENGvIND
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) August 14, 2021
Jimmy gana be begging for the ball when Jasprit comes in to bat…
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 14, 2021
Joe Root has faced 300+ deliveries in a Test innings on seven occasions. Four of them have been in 2021. #ENGvIND
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 14, 2021
Incredible innings from Joe Root but yet again the Indians came back decently well. All to play for as they bat tomorrow. Happy that they did not have to face a few overs tonight. Match very much in the balance. #INDvENG
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 14, 2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 14, 2021
Joe Root's Test hundreds at Lord's
180 vs Aus 2013
200*vs SL 2014
190 vs SA 2017
180*vs Ind 2021
Only Kumar Sangakkara has had more 180+ scores at a venue – five at Colombo SSC.#ENGvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) August 14, 2021
Wasted innings by Anderson. pic.twitter.com/wVERZZFhET
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) August 14, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) August 14, 2021
What a day 🏴 🏏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 14, 2021
Evenly poised. Excellent from Root. 👏
India will know how to go about tomorrow given the conditions. The bowling hasn't quite been at their best. Siraj was really good & the rest in patches.
Big day for the batters. Get 300 ahead and game on. Will take a lot though. Let's see.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 14, 2021
STUMPS, DAY 3️⃣
The pitch didn't have much for the bowlers, but our pacers led by Mohammed Siraj (4/94) and Ishant Sharma (3/69) toiled hard all day to bowl England for 3️⃣9️⃣1️⃣ runs 🙌🏼
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) August 14, 2021
🏟️🏏 STUMPS, DAY 3 ~ Our bowlers led by Siraj have done a phenomenal job today, despite Joe Root's terrific century to get them all out by the end of the day's play.
We come out to bat tomorrow and let's set a big target for them, boys 🇮🇳
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) August 14, 2021
Anderson going to shred Bumrah's picture after the match.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) August 14, 2021
England bowled out for 391 off the final ball of the day, a lead of 27
Joe Root was magnificent on 180* 👏👏 #ENGvIND
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) August 14, 2021
Hundreds of Joe Root in Tests in 2021:
ENG – 17 for 2, Root scored 228 vs SL
ENG – 5 for 2, Root scored 186 vs SL
ENG – 63 for 2, Root scored 218 vs IND
ENG – 46 for 2, Root scored 109 vs IND
ENG – 23 for 2, Root scored 180* vs IND
The year of Joe Root in Test cricket. pic.twitter.com/5qXmYdZZvj
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 14, 2021