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India will not throw in the towel - Aakash Chopra makes his predictions for Day 3 of the Headingley Test

Aakash Chopra feels the Indian team will bounce back after the first innings debacle
Aakash Chopra feels the Indian team will bounce back after the first innings debacle
Kartik Iyer
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Aakash Chopra believes Team India are up for a fight and will bounce back on the third day of the Headingley Test against England.

The Indians have their backs to the wall after the second day's play. The hosts have taken a 345-run first innings lead and still have a couple of wickets in hand.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra predicted that Team India will not be bowled out in the third day's play and will take the fight to the hosts.

The cricketer-turned-commentator elaborated:

"India will lose less than six wickets. So the life will be left in the fourth day's play and it will be enjoyable. You should always expect one thing from this team, that is the fight. This is not the team that is going to throw the towel in and say thank you very much. This team never gives up, never gives in. They bounced back after 36 as well. They will bounce back after 78 also. I am not saying that they can win the match, but you can expect a certain fight."

Aakash Chopra said Moeen Ali will be amongst the wickets in India's second innings.

"Moeen Ali can take two wickets, no I feel he will take two Indian wickets."

Ali bowled just a couple of overs in India's first innings. However, with the pitch providing some assistance to the spinners, he could be a bigger threat with the ball in the second innings.


"Pujara will play more than 50 balls" - Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra expects stubborn resistance from Cheteshwar Pujara
Aakash Chopra expects stubborn resistance from Cheteshwar Pujara

Aakash Chopra believes Cheteshwar Pujara will play out quite a few deliveries in India's second innings. He observed:

"Pujara will play more than 50 balls, I feel like that. I am not saying more than 50 runs."

The 43-year-old also predicted that Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane will make a substantial combined contribution. Aakash Chopra stated:

"Kohli and Rahane will together score more than 100 runs, if they get their batting today. Who will score how many, I don't know."

The trio of Pujara, Rahane and Kohli have endured a prolonged lean patch in Test cricket. The mainstays of the Indian batting lineup will hope to turn things around and be back to their former best.

Edited by Sai Krishna
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