Order gives India control after Hardik Pandya rout

Kristopher Nichols
August 20, 2018

England bundled India out within the first hour of Day 2 at Trent Bridge for 329 runs in the first innings of the 3rd Test at Trent Bridge. After the batting debacle in first two Tests, a collective performance was the order of the day and Kohli-Rahane duo were helped by the fact that openers Shikhar Dhawan (35) and KL Rahul (23) added 60 runs to lay the foundation.

Pandya's 28-ball effort was the second-quickest five-wicket haul for India in Test cricket after Harbhajan Singh took a fiver off 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.

At the close of play, Cheteshwar Pujara was batting on 33, while skipper Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 8.

KL Rahul (36) and Shikhar Dhawan (44) were the only two Indian wickets to fall in the second innings.

England 1st innings: 161 all out in 38.2 overs (Jos Buttler 39; Hardik Pandya 5/28).

Ishant Sharma gets the first wicket of the innings and Cook departs on 29. Ollie Pope essayed one confident cover drive for four but he was soon gone for 10, tickling Ishant down the leg-side as Pant claimed a good, diving catch. He had Cook edging off to Pujara at first slip, but saw the ball slip out of the fielder's hands.

Rashid followed in his next over, edging an away swinger to Pant, while Stuart Broad was deceived by a full ball that swing in to trap him in front of the stumps. Dhawan and Pujara have been absolutely dominant since Rahul's dismissal, and England looking completely out of sorts at the moment.

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It was the third time in two years that England have lost all ten wickets in a single session.

The Indian cricket team had the best day so far in the ongoing Test series as captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane shared a brilliant 159-run partnership, before England clawed their way back in a riveting first day of the third Test match at Trent Bridge here on Saturday.

Resuming at overnight score of 307 for six, the remaining four Indian batsmen could add just 22 runs in 7.5 overs as England bowled out the visitors in 94.5 overs.

Rishabh Pant became only the third wicketkeeper in Test history to hold five catches in his first innings behind the stumps.

England are 2-0 up in the five match Test series; a win in Nottingham would seal the series for them.

For England, James Anderson (3/64), Stuart Broad (3/72) and Chris Woakes (3/75) picked up three wickets apiece.

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