England vs India: Rishabh Pant scripts a special record

Sherman Parsons
August 19, 2018

Chris Woakes scalped 3 wickets conceding 75 runs in 20 overs.

India's quest will be to reach 400 on Sunday morning against a second new ball that is only seven overs old.

India captain Virat Kohli has been leading from the front in the ongoing Test series against England and missed out on a well-deserved century on Saturday as Adil Rashid dismissed him on 97 at Trent Bridge. On the other hand the Trent Bridge pitch appeared patchy and sported a decent covering of grass, apparently 2mm more than in 2015 when Stuart Broad so famously ran amok.

It was Stokes's major contribution on his return to the side four days after being cleared of affray.

Kohli, having compiled his 18th test fifty, carried on confidently and looked set for his 23rd test hundred, and second of the series, until tempted to drive at a rare Rashid turner which Ben Stokes gobbled up at slip. Coming to the 3rd Test, Kohli and Shastri will aim to get team combination right with the most awaited change likely to be the inclusion of 20-year-old Rishabh Pant, who might replace Dinesh Karthik, who is in bad form. Whereupon the tourists' captain, Kohli, and his vice-captain, Rahane, turned the tide of this series and history.

England were not quite at their best and ended up spending a full day in the field for the first time in the series. 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. But it will take something extraordinary now to stop Kohli's India at least giving themselves a chance to pull off something special at Southampton and the Oval. The edge was taken by Jos Buttler in the slips.

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Furious with himself, Kohli shouted his frustrations as he left the field to a standing ovation.

However, for as much as the ball nipped around, it was often too short or wide to threaten, with Dhawan proactively looking to score.

England's Chris Woakes celebrates. Woakes removed Dhawan, Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara (14) in quick succession as India from 60 for no loss went into the lunch at 82 for 3. Only Broad's effort after tea, coupled with Cook's stunning catch, began to drag England back into it.

Joe Root yesterday seemed unsure what to do if he won the toss.

"Tomorrow, though, England could go bang, bang, bang and get them out for 340 and you think that's about par". He was curious to see his team bat after India put a substantial total on the board. He and James Anderson bowled in tandem to put India under pressure as they gave up shortly. Stuart Broad starts the first over.

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