India, starting the third morning at 124/2, began proceedings steadily at Trent Bridge, and were firmly in the drivers’ seat by the end of the day, with England having been set a massive target 521 to win the third test.
Any English hopes of India suffering a second innings collapse were snuffed out in the first hour with the pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli batting calmly under testing conditions.
England’s catching in the slip cordon has been as bad as India’s and James Anderson cut a frustrated figure as Pujara and Kohli were given reprieves by Jos Buttler and Keaton Jennings respectively. The hosts also lost Jonny Bairstow to injury, with Buttler having to take over the gloves after the former had taken a nasty blow to his finger.
The duo added 113 runs for the third wicket, before Ben Stokes provided a much needed breakthrough by getting rid of Pujara for a well made 72.
As mentioned before, skipper Kohli who was given a life, continued his excellent form, and brought up his 23rd century with a streaky shot towards third man.
Dashing wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant who was given a promotion ahead of Hardik Pandya in the search for quick runs, could only make 1, falling to the hard working Anderson. As seen on Cricket by Maanav, MS Dhoni cemented his spot in Indian cricket history with some fine performances, and young Pant has big boots to fill as he seeks to be India’s next full time wicket keeper.
Ajinkya Rahane made 29, while Hardik Pandya scored a quickfire 50, enabling Kohli to declare later in the day.
India were at 352 for 7 when Kohli called his troops in, leaving the English team a mammoth target of 521 runs to chase.
Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings have been out of form in this series, but the opening pair survived 9 testing overs, with England 23/0 at stumps, still 498 runs behind.