NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom: Hardik Pandya took five wickets and debutant wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant claimed five catches before India’s batsmen piled on the agony for England in the third Test at Trent Bridge.
India were 124-2 in their second innings at stumps on Sunday’s second day, an already commanding lead of 292 runs in a game where victory would see them keep the series alive at 2-1 down in a five-match contest.
Cheteshwar Pujara was 33 not out and India captain Virat Kohli, whose 97 was key to his side’s first-innings 329, eight not out with three days left in the game.
Earlier, England collapsed to 161 all out in a first innings that lasted a mere 38.2 overs.All-rounder Pandya took five wickets for 28 runs in six overs, including four for eight in 11 balls, as he revelled in the swing-friendly conditions.
England enjoyed a solid opening partnership to be 54 without loss. But the exit of left-handers Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) on that total sparked a collapse that saw eight wickets lost for 74 runs. Only Jos Buttler’s 39 kept India at bay and denied Kohli the chance of enforcing the follow-on.
When Cook edged Ishant Sharma to give Pant an easy first Test catch it meant England’s all-time leading Test run-scorer had made 252 runs in the format at a meagre average of 19.38 this year.
New batsman Ollie Pope fell for 10 when a genuine glance off Sharma was well caught down the legside by the 20-year-old keeper.England captain Joe Root only managed 16 before he edged all-rounder Pandya’s first ball low to KL Rahul at second slip.
The umpires called for a review but made a ‘soft signal’ of out and the on-field call was upheld.Ben Stokes, recalled just days after being acquitted of an affray charge on Tuesday following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year, walked out to a few boos from the crowd.
Chris Woakes had bailed out the top-order with a maiden Test century in England’s innings and 159-run win at Lord’s last week. England were now 118 for seven.Stuart Broad survived the hat-trick ball but was still out for a duck, the left-hander plumb lbw to a Pandya inswinger.
At 128 for nine, England still needed two more runs to avoid the follow-on.Buttler, with just last man James Anderson for company, hooked and drove sixes off Shami and Sharma respectively before he holed out off Bumrah.
India’s openers put on a brisk 60 before Rahul (36) deflected a drive off Stokes onto his stumps and Shikhar Dhawan (44) was stumped by Bairstow off leg-spinner Rashid.
INDIA 1ST INNINGS (overnight 307-6)
Dhawan c Buttler b Woakes 35
Rahul lbw b Woakes 23
Pujara c Rashid b Woakes 14
Kohli c Stokes b Rashid 97
Rahane c Cook b Broad 81
Pandya c Buttler b Anderson 18
Pant b Broad 24
Ashwin b Broad 14
Sharma not out 1
Shami c Broad b Anderson 3
Bumrah b Anderson 0
Extras (B-12, LB-6, W-1) 19
Total (all out, 94.5 overs) 329
Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-65, 3-82, 4-241, 5-279, 6-307, 7-323, 8-326, 9-329, 10-329.
BOWLING: Anderson 25.5-8-64-3; Broad 25-8-72-3; Stokes 15-1-54-0 (1w); Woakes 20-2-75-3; Rashid 9-0-46-1.
ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS
Cook c Pant b Sharma 29
Jennings c Pant b Bumrah 20
Root c Rahul b Pandya 16
Pope c Pant b Sharma 10
Bairstow c Rahul b Pandya 15
Stokes c Rahul b Shami 10
Buttler c sub Thakur b Bumrah 39
Woakes c Pant b Pandya 8
Rashid c Pant b Pandya 5
Broad lbw b Pandya 0
Anderson not out 1
Extras (B-4, LB-1, NB-2, W-1) 8
Total (all out, 38.2 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-54, 3-75, 4-86, 5-108, 6-110, 7-118, 8-128, 9-128, 10-161.
BOWLING: Shami 10-2-56-1; Bumrah 12.2-2-37-2 (2nb); Ashwin 1-0-3-0; Sharma 9-2-32-2; Pandya 6-1-28-5 (1w).
INDIA 2ND INNINGS
Dhawan st Bairstow b Rashid 44
Rahul b Stokes 36
Pujara not out 33
Kohli not out 8
Extras (LB-3) 3
Total (2 wkts, 31 overs) 124
Fall of wickets: 1-60, 2-111.
BOWLING: Anderson 7-2-24-0; Broad 4-0-25-0; Woakes 8-1-19-0; Stokes 7-1-30-1; Rashid 5-0-23-1.
BANGKOK: Six-time major winner Phil Mickelson on Thursday backed moves to award world ranking points for events on the...
KATHMANDU: Cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane returned to Nepal and was immediately arrested on Thursday, nearly a month...
LAUSANNE: The decision to award the 2029 Asian Winter Games to Saudi Arabia may have been greeted with amazement but...
KARACHI: As many as 26 squash players from Pakistan have become ‘pro’ by getting membership of Professional Squash...
PARIS: American international grandmaster Hans Niemann said on Wednesday he “won’t back down,” after the chess...
KARACHI: Danish Aziz’s unbeaten double century led Sindh to a five-wicket win over Northern on the final day of...