England put India on the mat with an astounding performance on Day 1 of the third Test in Headingley. Opting to bowl, Indians had no answers to the England bowlers as they were skittled out for a mere 78 before England openers rubbed salt to their wounds by stitching a 100 run stand.
Meanwhile, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was once again targetted by the English crowd, who threw a ball at Siraj. This comes days after England fans threw bottle corks at India opener KL Rahul at Lords. The unacceptable behaviour of the England crowd was not appreciated by Virat Kohli who was seen asking Siraj to throw the ball back.
Indian batsman Rishabh Pant revealed the incident in the post-match virtual press conference.
“I think, somebody (from the crowd) threw a ball at Siraj, so he (Kohli) was upset. You can say whatever you want, chant, but don’t throw things at fielders. It is not good for cricket, I guess,” the left-handed batsman said.
This is not the first incident where Mohammed Siraj has been targetted. Earlier in Australia, few fans hurdled abuses at Siraj at SCG which led to the eviction of a few spectators.
Meanwhile, England have hit India with a knock out punch and it will be interesting to see if and how they bounce back from this onslaught. England finished the day 1 at 120 for no loss, taking a lead of 42 runs. Haseeb Hameed is batting on 60 while Rory Burns is unbeaten on 52.
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