Englands Dawid Malan celebrates his half-century on the second day of the third cricket Test match between England and India at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds.
England top-order batsman Dawid Malan, who was recalled for the red ball format for the first time in three years ahead of the Third Test against India, justified his selection with a crafty 70 in the first innings for England on Thursday.
The southpaw added 139 runs for the third wicket with England skipper Joe Root to move his team into a prime position to win the third Test at Headingley.
England reached 423 for 8 at stumps on day two to take a massive lead of 345 after India was blown away for a paltry 78 in their first innings on Day 1.
However, Malan said that the Indian bowlers worked really hard and asked a lot of questions but didnt get much help from the wicket, which has changed massively since the opening day.
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"The wicket changed massively from the first day the first hour when they were batting," Malan said in a virtual press conference after the end of the second days play.
After England resumed on 120 for no loss, Mohammed Shami earned the breakthrough for the tourists when he pushed one through Rory Burns gate to hit the top of the off-stump.Burns made 61 and featured in a 135-run stand with Hameed for Englands highest opening stand since Alastair Cook and Hameed put on 180 against India in 2016.
Hameed made 68 before Ravindra Jadeja spun one past his bat to hit the off-stump for his first wicket in the series.
Playing his first test in three years, Dawid Malan cut and drove elegantly in his 70 but fell on the stroke of tea, tickling Mohammed Siraj to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
Malan was initially ruled not out and Pant did not even appeal. Siraj convinced India captain Virat Kohli to review the decision and UltraEdge confirmed the batsman had edged the ball.
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