India reach 124/2 in second innings at stumps on Day 3


Hardik Pandya took his maiden five-wicket haul as India moved in a commanding position in the third Test at Trent Bridge.

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It gave India a massive 168-run lead going into their second innings, and plenty of time to put themselves on the road to victory. Pant, who became the 291st player to play for India, took five catches on his debut which made him the youngest keeper to take five catches in an innings of an global match, eclipsing Chris Read who did it against NZ at Birmingham in 1999 at an age of 20y 325d.

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

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

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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. The ball nips back in and hits the stumps.

That is a lot of question marks, but it also says an very bad lot about how England's batting has been faring for an terrible long time. He had Pope caught behind as well with Rishabh Pant latching on to his third catch of the day. After joining his captain at the crease, Rahane first got into the damage-control mode and then took charge of Indian innings. Pant was the first to fall, five overs into the day, dragging Stuart Broad onto his stumps for 24.

Chris Broad struck first with the wicket of Rishabh Pant followed by R Ashwin and from there on, James Anderson prevented the tailenders from touching the 350-mark.

The wicket-keeper had begun nervously, failing to stop a widish delivery down the leg-side from Mohammed Shami, getting in Pujara's way before he dropped Cook, and getting caught wrong-footed when Joe Root edged behind. Resuming at 307 for six, the remaining four Indian batsmen could add just 22 runs in 7.5 overs before English bowlers wrapped up the innings. The visitors need to take inspiration from the way they had fought back in the final Test of a three-match series in South Africa earlier this year after losing the first two to the Proteas.

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