INDvsENG 3rd Test: Yashasvi Jaiswal scores his second double-hundred; Sarfaraz hits back-to-back half-centuries

Yashasvi Jaiswal completed his second double-century in his test career while Sarfaraz Khan slammed back-to-back half-centuries in his test debut.

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INDvsENG 3rd Test: Yashasvi Jaiswal scores his second double-hundred; Sarfaraz hits back-to-back half-centuries

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The 22-year-old left-handed batter Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his second double-century in test cricket, both against England in the ongoing India vs England test series. He fearlessly dealt in sixes and boundaries and dominated the English bowlers to bring up the feat in only 231 deliveries.

Jaiswal also got good support from Sarfaraz Khan, who brought up his second half-century in his test debut. Rohit Sharma decided to declare the inning on 430, giving England a huge target of 557 to chase to win the third test at Rajkot.

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After retiring hurt on 104 on day 3, Jaiswal returned to the bat after only the fall of the third wicket and reached his double hundred of 231 balls, breaking some huge records along the way. The left-handed batter became the first Indian to convert the first three hundreds of his career to 150-plus scores.

He also surpassed Rohit Sharma's tally of 19 sixes (vs South Africa in 2019) for the most sixes in a bilateral Test series. Jaiswal became only the third Indian batter to record two double centuries in a series after Mankad (vs New Zealand, 1955-56) and Virat Kohli (vs Sri Lanka, 2017-18). He is also only the third Indian after Kohli and Vinod Kambli to achieve two double centuries in successive Test matches.

Yashasvi Jaiswal leaps in celebration after bringing up his double hundred  Image - Getty
Yashasvi Jaiswal leaps in celebration after bringing up his double hundred Image - Getty

This is not it but Jaiswal also equaled Wasim Akram for the most sixes in a Test inning with 12 maximums as he remained unbeaten on 214 in 236 deliveries, hitting 14 fours and 12 sixes. Jaiswal (545*) broke Sourav Ganguly's (534 against Pakistan in 2007) record for most runs by an Indian left-hander in a Test series at home.

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By Lunch, Jaiswal remained unbeaten on 149 runs off 189 balls, and he easily completed his 150-run milestone after the break, facing James Anderson. But then Jaiswal shifted his gear and hit three consecutive sixes off the veteran English pacer in the 85th over.

On the other end, debutant Sarfaraz Khan was giving Jaiswal brilliant support and he went onto complete back-to-back half-centuries. After completing 50, he added 18 more runs to remain unbeaten on 68, hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes.

Sarfaraz Khan reaches his half century during day four of the 3rd Test Match between India and England  Getty Images
Sarfaraz Khan reaches his half century during day four of the 3rd Test Match between India and England Getty Images

India declared their inning after 98 overs with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sarfaraz Khan standing unbeaten at the crease, contributing 172 runs for the fifth wicket. India England now need 557 runs to win the third test and take the lead in the series.

Shubman gill also played a terrific knock of 91 but was unfortunate in losing his wicket after a horrible mixup with Kuldeep and got run out, missing a well-deserved century by only 9 runs. For England, Joe Root, Rehan Ahmed, and Tom Hartley scalped one wicket each.

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