Shreyas Iyer during the second innings against England.© AFP
Shreyas Iyer is currently one of the brightest prospects in Indian cricket. With great engineering, Iyer has been touted by many as someone who can thrive in all sizes. However, in the fifth rescheduled Test against England at Edgbaston, Iyer has now been eliminated twice on short balls. In the second inning, Iyer was eliminated for 19 by the short ball from Matthew Potts. Also in the first innings, Iyer was fired on a short ball by James Anderson. According to the CricViz Analyst Twitter handle“19 of the 26 deliveries Shreyas Iyer faced in his short innings this morning threw less than 8 yards, an obvious tactic by the English bowlers to hit him with the short ball, a known weakness for Shreyas.” Despite Iyer’s early dismissal, India’s lead went past 360.
Watch: Shreyas Iyer Gets Fired By Matthew Potts
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Earlier on Day 3, Cheteshwar Pujara’s typically rough fifty left England for a hard chase to beat India in the Covid-delayed fifth Test after Jonny Bairstow’s last hundred delighted home fans in Edgbaston on Sunday.
India, leading 2-1 in the five-game campaign, was 125-3 in their second innings on stumps on the third day – a 257-run lead.
Pujara wasn’t out exactly 50 after hitting the milestone in part-time spinner Joe Root’s last day off.
The opener had faced 139 balls, including seven fours, with the 34-year-old more than three and a half hours into the fold.
There have been only two successful fourth inning chases in a Test at Edgbaston in the last 30 years, with South Africa making 283-5 in 2008 and England 211-3 against New Zealand in 1999.
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