Matching his skipper in poise, grit and application at the crease, Jonny Bairstow constructed his first half-century since August 2019 in Tests for England. His compact partnership with Joe Root has surpassed hundred as England wrestle back the advantage on day three on a track that seems to have eased out a touch for batting. The hosts headed into Lunch at 216/3, trailing by 148 runs in response to India’s first-innings total of 364.
5️⃣0️⃣ FOR BAIRSTOW
A first Test half-century for Bairstow since August 2019 and a 22nd of his career 👏
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) August 14, 2021