India vs England, Day 3 highlights: India in control after taking mammoth lead - as it happened
England were 23 without loss in their second innings, requiring a further 498 runs to reach a colossal victory target of 521, at stumps on the third day of the third Test against India at Trent Bridge on Monday.
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As it happened:
Another day of dominance by India in the third Test. England were 23 without loss in their second innings, requiring a further 498 runs to reach a colossal victory target of 521, at stumps on the third day of the third Test against India at Trent Bridge on Monday. Alastair Cook was nine not out and Keaton Jennings 13 not out after England were left with a tricky nine overs to bat in the day following India’s second-innings declaration at 352 for seven. India captain Virat Kohli top-scored with 103 following his 97 in the tourists’ first-innings 329. Meanwhile Hardik Pandya followed his five for 28 in England’s meagre first-innings 161 with a run-a-ball 52 not out, including seven fours and a six. India are bidding to become just the second team in Test history to win a five-match series from 2-0 down, a feat achieved by a Don Bradman-inspired Australia against England in 1936/37.
India vs England Day 3 - as it happened:
England are 23/0 at stumps on Day 3 and need 498 runs to win vs India in remaining two days. They did well not to lose a wicket today but two more days of such batting will be needed in order to save this Test.
India seek wickets
Kohli wants wickets badly and he turns to R Ashwin, a man who’s definitely troubled Cook so far this series. His first over is a decent one but again, no wickets fall and England will be happy with that. They are 22/0 after 7 overs.
Kohli’s got a very attacking field, with most men inside the circle and at last four people in the slip cordon at all times. However, the lack of cover means England can pick up boundaries when the bowlers err even slightly. England are 20/0 with four overs left in the day.
England start steady
Bumrah’s first over is a maiden but his second one sees him concede two boundaries. He shares the new ball with Ishant Sharma, who has dismissed Cook a stunning 10 times. However, England haven’t lost a wicket just yet. They would want it to stay that way at the end of today.
No side have made more than 500 to win in the fourth innings of a Test match. The current record belongs to the West Indies, who scored 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s, Antigua, in 2003. To say England have an uphill task would be quite the understatement.
England come out to bat
Right then. 521 is never an easy chase in a Test match, but it’s even harder in the final innings of the Test. India remain firm favourites to win this match. Can they make early inroads before the end of day’s play. Jasprit Bumrah starts things off for India.
India have declared at 352/7, meaning England need 521 runs to win. This is after Hardik Pandya brought up a well-crafted half century. India will now look to get a few quick wickets before the end of the day.
No Rahane, no problem
OUT! Rahane is removed by Adil Rashid and this is exactly what the doctor ordered for England. That doesn’t deter Hardik Pandya, however, who smashes Rashid for a six to take the lead past 500. He’s determined to play out of his skin.
India near 500-run lead
Pandya has played a tidy innings thus far and is determined to score at a quick pace. He was taking his time before but he now smacks Stuart Broad for consecutive boundaries and the lead is now a mammoth 497 runs. England will have to produce something special when their turn comes.
Perhaps the biggest talking point about this Test now is if/when Virat Kohli will declare. He’d naturally want his batsmen to bat on for a while but the pitch still has a bit of life in it and getting in a few overs when the light is going to gently start dwindling isn’t the worst idea in the world. India are 313/5 after 104 overs.
Stokes, Rashid toil away
Both Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid are putting in the hard yards but to no avail. Rahane is looking solid as a rock out there and Pandya too has been relatively composed. He doesn’t miss out on a short and wide ball from the leg-spinner though, smashing him for four to end his over. India are 308/5 after 102 overs.
Pandya, Rahane steady
Pandya has clearly come out with the intention of smacking a few quickfire runs and increase the lead as much as possible but for now, both he and Rahane aren’t looking to take any major risks. The lead is past the 460-run mark now and India are clearly in the driver’s seat.
Pandya looking to attack
With the lead already over 450, Pandya is clearly looking here to make some quick runs before the Indian bowlers can come into the action. Rahane is there at the other end, batting on 18. Woakes has bowled a tight line as has Anderson. But the Indians have the license to go for the kill here as they are clearly sitting on top.
Anderson gets Pant
Rishabh Pant goes for 1 as Anderson gets a much-deserved wicket. This after Woakes sent back Virat Kohli for 103. Trapped plumb in front by Woakes. The England bowlers now must look to pick quick wickets as the lead has already gone past the 450-run mark.
Woakes traps Kohli
Virat Kohli dismissed after scoring 103. Trapped plumb in front by Woakes. He walks back to a rousing reception. Another Test century and that is no.23 for the India skipper. The England bowlers now must look to pick quick wickets as the lead has already gone past the 400-run mark.
Kohli hits century no.23
Virat Kohli has done it again. Another Test century and that is no.23 for the India skipper. The England bowlers must pick wickets in the last session if they want to stay alive in this game. The Indian fans in the crowd are elated as are the players in the pavilion. This has been a brilliant knock from the captain with England leading the series 2-0.
Lucky escape for Kohli
Anderson bowls it again in the channel and Kohli goes for the drive and the ball takes the edge. But that goes through the legs of the gully fielder. Luck is playing its part for sure as the ball races to the third-man boundary. Edges the very next ball and falls short of Cook at first slip. Kohli looks certain to get a 100 here.
Players walk off for tea
Another session dominated by Kohli and the Indians as the players walk off for tea. He is batting on 93 and the Indians are 438 runs ahead with 7 wickets in the bag. This session definitely belongs to the Indians as they only lost the wicket of Pujara. Rahane batting on 17 as the score reads 270/3.
Kohli moves into the 90s
Skipper Kohli flicks Anderson off his legs to move into the 90s. Anderson looks almost tired here as Kohli is all pumped up. Having missed out on a well-deserved 100 in the first innings, he would not wish to miss another one in this innings. The Indian fans in the crowd will go berserk for sure. Expect an expressive celebration even from the Indian skipper.
Kohli closing in on a 100
Kohli has moved into the 80s and even though Anderson has the new cherry in his hand, the India skipper does not look that perturbed anymore as he is already spent a considerable time in the middle. Wife Anushka watches as Kohli looks to make it century no.23. Having failed to score too many on the last tour, Kohli already has over 400 runs this series. Shows how he has evolved as a player.
England take new ball
Anderson and Broad are now looking at the new ball to help them break the back of the Indian batting line-up. Kohli is looking good for another century here and is already into the 80s. Rahane is looking solid in defence as he is keen to hold one end up. This duo will definitely look to blunt out the new ball and not expose the lower-order to it.
Root looks to turn arm over
With the frontline bowlers failing to create opportunities, skipper Root takes it on himself to bowl a couple of overs and see if he can get the batsmen to make a mistake. Does not look like anything on those lines will happen. Rahane goes on the attack and picks a boundary off him.
Kohli looking in fine flow
With Rahane for company, Kohli is starting to look dangerous here. Hitting every ball from almost the middle of the bat, Kohli seems to be in a zone of his own and seeing the red duke ball like a football. The crowd is in for a treat here as he looks to bring out the vintage strokes.
Time for a drink
It could have been a clinical show had Pujara not been dismissed, but India still very much on top after the first hour’s play in the post-lunch session. Rahane looking confident in the middle and Kohli is looking to register another three-figure score in this series. The lead reads 404 with 7 wickets still in the bag.
India in cruise mode
The knock in the first innings has helped Rahane and he is clearly looking a lot more confident in his approach in the second innings. Kohli is already set and in good flow. Looks like he does not wish to lose another 100 here, after being dismissed for 97 in the first innings.
Stokes gets Pujara
Pujara’s long stay in the middle comes to an end. A worker like knock once again and he misses out on a well-deserved century as the batsman has to walk back for 72. Cook finally manages to hold on as the slip cordon has reasons to celebrate. Pujara was dropped on 40 by Buttler at second slip. Stokes looks up in delight as the lead reads 392 for India.
Bairstow suffers fracture
Kohli & Pujara looking good
The Indian batsmen have looked good in the second session so far. The English bowlers are trying their best to keep things tight, but the wicket is not really providing them much help in this session. Root will definitely be ruing the misses opportunities in the first session when the overcast conditions meant that it was ideal for the bowlers. The score reads 210/2 after 67 overs.
Players back after lunch
The Indian players are back after the lunch break and Kohli will look to now open up and take the attack to the English bowlers in the company of Pujara. A good show from both Pujara and Kohli in the first session as they brought up their respective fifties. The England bowlers must pick wickets in the post-lunch session if they want to stay alive in this game. The conditions will only ease off for the batsmen in this session.
LUNCH on third day
Pujara plays out the last ball from Root as the players walk off for lunch. This session saw the Indians score 70 runs and not try anything aggressive. A good show from both Pujara and Kohli as they bring up their respective fifties. The score reads 194/2 at lunch with India leading by 362 runs. Pujara batting on 56 and Kohli on 54.
Lunch round the corner
10 minutes to go for the lunch break and the England bowlers will want one wicket to break what has been a dream session for India. While India already had a handsome lead going into the third day’s action, this partnership between Kohli and Pujara has ensured that they have taken the game by the scruff of the neck and are sitting on top.
Kohli brings up 19th Test 50
After Pujara, it is Kohli who raises his bat after picking a single off Rashid. What a series the India skipper is having this time round. But the run-machine will definitely not want to lose out on another 100 here. This innings has seen Kohli look to grind it out. The duo need to bat another 17-odd minutes before the lunch break here on the third day.
Pujara brings up 18th Test 50
Here it is. A herculean efffort, but one that will bring a smile on the face of India’s No.3. Gets his 18th Test 50 and that is something that will help his confidence after being dropped in the first Test of the series.
Kohli brings out the drive
Having kept the drive in the bag, Kohli finally looks to unleash it on Broad as he leans into it and the ball races to the boundary. But a ball later, Kohli tries the drive once again and the ball takes the inside edge and runs to the fine-leg boundary. Kohli does some shadow practice after playing the false shot. The score reads 175/2.
Edge saves Kohli
Another close one here for Kohli as Broad this time pitches the ball and gets it to move in enough to hit the pad. But, there is a slight nick and that has helped the India skipper survive. The England players go for the review, but that is wasted. India’s score reads 157/2 with Kohli on 31 and Pujara on 42.
150 up for India
The Indian duo of Kohli and Pujara have looked to stay cautious and not try anything aggressive in this first session. The line has been pretty testing from the England bowlers, but Kohli and Pujara have been upto the task and done a commendable job here to not lose a wicket so far in the opening session on the third day.
Kohli & Pujara play out first hour
There have been a couple of edges and a couple of close shaves here and there, but Kohli and Pujara have managed to play out the first hour of the third day. No expansive drives or flicks. The batsmen have looked to play only those deliveries that are aimed at the body. The Indian batsmen need to carry on the good work for another hour and go into lunch with the game in the bag.
Another late swinger from Anderson and even though Pujara lets the ball go, it hits Bairstow on the fingers and he is in pain. The wicket-keeper walks off as he needs some medical treatment here. The England team management will be hoping that it isn’t anything serious as he needs to bat in the second innings. Buttler will take up keeping duties for now.
Stokes bowling beautifully
Stokes has been bowling a testing line here and giving Anderson just the support he needs. Pujara has looked slightly distracted ever since the dropped chance and has been fidgety outside the off-stump. Luckily for him, the ball has either not taken the edge, or not carried to the fielders.
Close shave for Kohli
This one comes in sharply from Anderson, but luckily for Kohli, he has got a fine nick on that one and that saves the India skipper. A wry smile on the face of Anderson as he is bowling really well here. The Indian batsmen have looked to stay cautious and only score of the bad balls. The English slip catching has been a huge disappointment. The score reads 145/2
Pujara dropped on 40
Anderson has been brilliant and he gets the edge off Pujara’s bat, but Buttler drops it at second slip. The slip catching has left a lot to be desired. Pujara gets a life on 40 and he will now look to make the most of this. The ball was in perfect position on the off-stump and moving just enough to take the edge. That was a simple catch and should have been taken. The score reads 142/2
Pujara moves into 40s
For the first time in the series, Pujara has looked good and in control at the crease. He has not let the good balls get to him and has latched onto the bad balls with ease. A fine flick off Anderson moves him into the 40s and he will definitely hope to get a 50-plus score here, if not a hundred. A crucial knock for him personally.
Lead crosses 300
The lead stands at 300 as Kohli and Pujara are looking to be steady in the morning session. Even though the visitors are on top, the batsmen are looking to stay away from the balls outside the off-stump in the first session. It is always important to be cautious in approach to start the day in a Test match. If India can play out the first session without losing a wicket, it will be the icing on the cake.
Woakes starts with Anderson
A surprise here as Root decides to go with Woakes over Broad. Clearly his effort in the first innings is on the mind of the skipper and he wants wickets here. The conditions might not be completely overcast, but there is help for the bowlers and the clouds will help for sure. Kohli and Pujara need to start afresh.
Anderson starts proceedings
Anderson handed the ball to go first up by Root. Pujara takes strike. England need to make quick inroads here as the lead is already sitting on 292. Broad will ideally be handed the ball with Anderson and both of them need to ensure that they remove Kohli and Pujara before they settle down on the third day. The score reads 124/2
Pandya pleased as a punch
There’s no better feeling than making the ball do all the talking. Dream day yesterday, picking up my first fifer in Test cricket.— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 20, 2018
Now the focus shifts to the last 3 days of the Test match. Let’s do this 🇮🇳! pic.twitter.com/aVvNyHHonF
Team India ready for battle
Kohli leading in style
India captain Virat Kohli has been leading from the front in the ongoing Test series against England and missed out on a well-deserved century on Saturday as Adil Rashid dismissed him on 97 at Trent Bridge. But during his knock, he became the country’s highest run-getting Test skipper on foreign shores, surpassing Sourav Ganguly. Ganguly had scored 1693 runs and Kohli needed 59 runs to sit atop the table and he did just that on the opening day of the third Test. Kohli now has 1,739 runs under his belt. While Ganguly had made the runs in 28 Test matches, Kohli took just 19 Tests to achieve the milestone. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is third on the list with 1591 runs from 30 games at an average of 32.46. Mohammad Azharuddin had scored 1517 runs in 27 Tests while Rahul Dravid is fifth with 1219 runs.
Buttler sends out warning
England faced criticism after another batting collapse. Their top-order batsmen have struggled and openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings have not got a fifty. But Jos Buttler has promised a fight. “No one’s going to give up, or throw the towel in,” he said. “We’ll be fighting hard. We’ve played some fantastic cricket throughout this series – we’re 2-0 up. We’ve had a poor day, very disappointing, but we’ll dust ourselves down and come back hard tomorrow.” He said England batsmen need to find a way out of the slump. In four innings in this series, the hosts have crossed 300 only once, that too thanks to No 7 Chris Woakes’ century (137 not out) at Lord’s that lifted them from 130/5. “It comes down to the guys working hard, being disciplined, practise, all of the above. It’s hard, it’s not easy – it’s not meant to be easy. It takes a lot of character for us to come back from tough situations like this. “Guys have got to improve,” he said.
Rahane got down to basics
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane says he analysed his batting a lot after twin failures in the first two Tests against England, the effort resulting in a characteristically gritty 81 at Trent Bridge. “After the last Test match I sat down in the dressing room and analysed all my good innings, how I played them, what was my mindset, how I approached those innings,” Rahane told ‘bcci.tv’. “Success and failures are there as a professional cricketer but the intent has to be there. And if the mindset and attitude is right results will automatically follow. Definitely, I was not getting too bogged down after the first Two Tests. The belief was that if the ball was there to hit, I will hit. Thinking too much about the end result put pressure. The aim was to play one ball at a time and play it on merit.”
A look at the wicket
Pandya thanks Ishant Sharma
All-rounder Hardik Pandya said he owed a lot to Ishant Sharma for his sensational five-wicket haul in the Trent Bridge Test against England that has put the visitors in a position to win the game in a series where India are 0-2 down. Pandya reaped the rewards of maintaining a superb length to run through the batting line-up in seaming conditions on Sunday, to leave India in command. His 5/28 in just six overs saw England fold for 161 in 38.2 overs. “We were bowling the same lengths we did in the other games as well. We were getting enough swing, and situation was such that if they played a bad shot we will be up again. We had the cushion of runs under the belt as well,” he told a media conference after the day’s play.
Pant creates history on debut
Rishabh Pant became the fourth Indian wicket-keeper to take five catches on debut when he achieved the feat on Day 2 of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge. It was a busy day for the debutant as Pant took the catches of Alaistair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid. He was assisted mainly by all-rounder Hardik Pandya who picked up his first five-wicket haul to bundle out England for just 161 in the first innings. Pant joined an illustrious list of keepers which includes Naren Tamhane (against Pakistan in 1955), Kiran More (against England in 1986) and Naman Ojha (against Sri Lanka in Colombo).
Pandya doesn’t like comparisons
Hardik Pandya has urged everyone to stop comparing him with Kapil Dev and dismissed criticism of his performances by former players saying “they are paid to say what they do.” The all-rounder grabbed 5/28 in a tantalising six-over spell of classy seam bowling to rout England for 161 and give India firm control of the third Test at Trent Bridge. India’s magical seam bowling saw them take all 10 wickets in a single session on Day 2 of the Test India need to win to stay in the series. “The problem is, what happens is that they compare with (Kapil Dev) but all of a sudden when something goes wrong they say he is not there. I never wanted to be Kapil Dev. Let me be Hardik Pandya, I am good at being that. I have reached here till now; I have played 40 ODIs and 10 Tests being Hardik, not Kapil Dev. They are great in their era, let me be Hardik Pandya. Let us stop comparing me with him. I will be happy if you don’t. Thank you.”
Hello and welcome
India, who made 329 in their first innings before being all out 40 minutes into the rain-hit morning session, were 124/2 in their second innings at stumps on Day 2, a potentially match-winning lead of 292 runs. KL Rahul (36) and Shikhar Dhawan (44) gave another solid start, adding 60 in 11.2 overs, and Cheteshwar Pujara (33) and Kohli (8) were together. England were dismissed for 161 runs in 38.2 overs as Pandya ripped through the batting to grab his first five-wicket innings haul off just six overs (5/28), India showing that batting woes in seaming conditions were not exclusive to them. India’s batsmen reaped the benefits of showing greater discipline after being asked to bat first by England skipper Joe Root. A good start led to Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane cashing in. India could add only 22 runs to their overnight score as they were 329 all out in 7.4 overs on a damp, overcast morning.