Rishabh Pant’s aggression vindicated for India after England’s perfect hour | Simon BurntonSimon Burntonon February 7, 2021 at 4:15 pm

Pant came to the crease with India in a hole but saw no reason to change his style, and instead briefly bent the game to his will

At the start of the 30th over of India’s first innings Jofra Archer went round the wicket to Rishabh Pant, mixing things up for his first go at India’s left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman. But he got his line wrong, sending his first delivery across the 23-year-old – who got the slightest of contacts to send it down the leg-side for four – and then overcorrecting, sending his next wide and straight, and Pant stretched to club that one away for four more.

A spell was broken, and suddenly runs gushed off the bat like steam from a pressure cooker; next over Cheteshwar Pujara hit Dom Bess to long-off for successive boundaries, the over after that Pant topped that with a pair of sixes off Jack Leach, the start of a brutal campaign of intimidation against England’s left-arm spinner that must have left the bowler unsure whether he needed a change of angle or a restraining order.

Related: Dom Bess delighted by ‘special dismissal’ of India’s Virat Kohli

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Pant came to the crease with India in a hole but saw no reason to change his style, and instead briefly bent the game to his will

At the start of the 30th over of India’s first innings Jofra Archer went round the wicket to Rishabh Pant, mixing things up for his first go at India’s left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman. But he got his line wrong, sending his first delivery across the 23-year-old – who got the slightest of contacts to send it down the leg-side for four – and then overcorrecting, sending his next wide and straight, and Pant stretched to club that one away for four more.

A spell was broken, and suddenly runs gushed off the bat like steam from a pressure cooker; next over Cheteshwar Pujara hit Dom Bess to long-off for successive boundaries, the over after that Pant topped that with a pair of sixes off Jack Leach, the start of a brutal campaign of intimidation against England’s left-arm spinner that must have left the bowler unsure whether he needed a change of angle or a restraining order.

Related: Dom Bess delighted by ‘special dismissal’ of India’s Virat Kohli

Related: India wickets tumble as Dom Bess shines for England on day three

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