The Indian team after finishing Day 1 of the third test at 307/6, began proceedings cautiously on the second day at Trent Bridge as they sought to consolidate their position.
Dashing wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who had opened his test career with a six off Adil Rashid, looked good in his innings of 24 until he was bowled by Stuart Broad.
After his wicket, the visitors’ tail didn’t offer much resistance under the cloudy skies at Nottingham and were skittled out for 329.
In their reply, England got off to a steady start in the first session as openers Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook took them to 46/0 at lunch. Post lunch though, the script went horribly wrong for the hosts as they lost ALL ten of their wickets in a single session.
Ravi Ashwin could bowl only a single over owing to his injury on his hip, but allrounder Hardik Pandya ensured that the offie was not missed. He stole the show, picking up his maiden 5 wicket haul as England’s middle and lower middle order crumbled at Trent Bridge, and finished with career best figures of 5/28 in his allotted 6 overs.
As mentioned by Cricket 1612, the test matches were always going to be a tough proposition for India. There were instances in the first two tests where India had the hosts on the mat, but the latter always managed to find a way back, with the likes of Sam Curran, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes key contributors. This time though, England were guilty of some truly poor shot selections and it was only because of the efforts of Jos Buttler, who took them from 128/9 to 161 all out, that they managed to avoid the follow on.
With a lead of 168, India began their second innings at a fast clip, as the pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul added 60 runs for the first wicket, before Stokes broke through the defences of the latter, with the Karnataka star bowled for 36.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Dhawan then steadied the ship. However the left hander, after having given a life, couldn’t capitalise and was stumped for 44 runs off the bowling of Adil Rashid.
Virat Kohli and Pujara saw the day through without any further damage, withe visitors finishing the day on 124/2 (292 runs ahead)