India seize the day in Nottingham as England collapse
A clinical destruction of England’s wobbly batting under heavy cloud powered India to a position of great strength in the third Test at Trent Bridge.
Resuming on 307 for 6 India and Rishabh Pant looked good for his 24 until Stuart Broad cleaned him up and gave him a bit of a send-off leaving the tourists on 323 for 7. India only managed another six before closing their innings on 329.
Three England bowlers ended with three wickets with Jimmy Anderson (3/64) the pick of them.
England survived until lunch with minimum fuss going to 46 without loss but they would come unstuck after tea.
Alastair Cook (29) started the rot nicking off poorly to Ishant Sharma shortly before Keaton Jennings (20) followed in the very next over to have England wobbling at 54 for 2.
The rest on the batting would only add 107 runs and much of that was down to Jos Buttler’s counter-attacking 39.
Pandya found his radar and shredded the England middle-order starting with the controversial wicket of Joe Root (16) who edged to slip where Lokesh Rahul claimed the catch. The decision was referred with a soft signal of out and there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision.
A first Test five wicket haul for Pandya saw England slide to 161 all out to give India a 168-run first innings lead.
India came out in a positive frame of mind with Rahul (36) and Dhawan racing to 60. On the same score they were parted in the first innings Rahul was dispatched to the dressing room after playing on to Ben Stokes.
Dhawan looked fluent until he was stumped off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 44 against the rn of play.
Cheteshwar Pujara (33*) and Virat Kohli (8*) moved India to 124 for 2 at stumps 292 runs ahead.
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