India vs England: India's Mohammed Siraj, England's James Anderson involved in argument during first Test - video

  • After completing the 84th over – his first with the second new ball – Anderson decided to mouth a few words at Siraj, who had swung and missed the last delivery.
James Anderson and Mohammed Siraj.(Screenshot)
James Anderson and Mohammed Siraj.(Screenshot)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 07:09 AM IST
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India pacer Mohammed Siraj and England great James Anderson exchanged a few words on Day 3 of the India vs England first Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. The incident happened in the second session when a desperate Joe Root threw the ball to his premier seamer Anderson, hoping to break the frustrating last-wicket stand between Siraj and Bumrah.

After completing the 84th over – his first with the second new ball – Anderson decided to mouth a few words at Siraj, who had swung and missed the last delivery. The Indian seamer wasn’t the one to back away either. He turned around and gave a reply.

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The matters did not escalate further as Anderson walked away and Siraj too changed ends for the next over.

Social media was flooded with images and videos of the little moment of argument between Siraj and Anderson.

Siraj (7) and Bumrah (28) put on a valuable 33-run stand for the last wicket that pushed India’s first innings lead to 95 before the latter was finally dismissed by Ollie Robinson, who claimed a five-wicket haul.

England were 25 for no loss in their second innings before rain abandoned play on Day 3.

Earlier, while opener K L Rahul laid the foundation for the visitors with an 84 off 214 balls, Jadeja snatched the initiative with his characteristic enterprise, hitting eight fours and a six in his 56 off 86 deliveries at Trent Bridge.

With it, the lively cricketer has paid in full the faith the team management showed in him while making the big move to leave out the seasoned Ashwin from the playing XI at the expense of a man who can bat a little better than the off-spinner, who himself is no mug with the bat in cricket's top-flight.

For England, medium pacer Ollie Robinson emerged as the most successful bowler as he bagged an impressive 5/85, leading the team out in the presence of legends such as James Anderson, who finished with figures of 4/54 from 23 overs, not bad for a 39-year-old. Actually, too good as he is now third in all-time bowlers' list behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne with 621 wickets.

Among his wickets were the team's top scorer Rahul and the top batsman Virat Kohli.

The Indians were up to the task, especially the likes of Rahul and Jadeja, while Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah contributed useful runs, something that will not suffice for the flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman, who fell prey to a trap laid by Robinson.

Earlier, Rahul continued to defy the England bowlers with dogged determination as India overtook the home team's first innings score in another rain-hit opening session.

In that time, Jadeja's knock included a delectable back-drive off Sam Curran's bowling and an on-drive off Stuart Broad.

The Indian lead remained slender at lunch after England scored 183 on the first day, but it still gave India the psychological advantage as they tried to build on it.

It was another rain-hit day with the first 95 minutes featuring only 11 deliveries due to a steady drizzle.

However, Pant (25 off 20 balls) was ready to take off from where he had left in Southampton, during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand.

Just like at the fag end of the second day, the flamboyant left-hander charged down the track to hit Anderson for a boundary through cover region. The objective was to smother any outswing (Anderson's inswing) and reach to the pitch of the deliveries.

When Robinson dug one short, he played the hook shot while not being in control but the thick edge had enough power to carry it for a six.

Robinson knew that Pant was living dangerously and kept a short cover to lay a successful trap.

A length ball stopped as Pant committed on the drive without reaching to the pitch of the delivery and the short cover was in business.

Rahul, however, was unfazed as he played close to his body and left most of the deliveries on the fourth and fifth off-stump channel. But he did bring his cover drive out of the closet when he sent a Broad delivery to the boundary.

(With PTI inputs)

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