India vs England, 3rd Test: Five talking points from Day 1

India vs England, 3rd Test: Five talking points from Day 1

India vs England, 3rd Test: Five talking points from Day 1

Prior to the start of the third Test between England and India at Edgbaston in Nottingham, Hardik Pandya was a recipient of severe criticism.

India were 124 for two in their second innings against England at stumps on the second day of the third cricket Test on Sunday.

India had earlier bowled out England for 161 in their first innings.

Virat Kohli's dogged determination was well complemented by Ajinkya Rahane's application as India put up their best batting performance of the series reaching 307 for 6 against England on the first day of the third cricket Test. 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. One such square brought up his 13th fifty in Test match cricket. Stokes is delighted. Cheteshwar Pujara replaces Rahul. First, he had Root caught at second slip with Rahul getting his fingers under the ball in time for the TV umpire to rule in his favour.

Watch highlights in the video above as the India all-rounder removed Joe Root (16), Jonny Bairstow (15), Chris Woakes (8), Adil Rashid (5) and Stuart Broad (0) en route to figures of 5-28 from six overs. The tension was ratcheted up, and India sensed another opening was not far off. Five balls later, Rahul held another low catch when Bairstow was made to poke at a terrific delivery that squared him up. 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 worldwide match, eclipsing Chris Read who did it against NZ at Birmingham in 1999 at an age of 20y 325d.

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Adil Rashid fell prey to his venom as Pandya picked up his fourth wicket in his fifth over. Trent Bridge was stunned.

When England crashed to 128 for nine they were still two runs short of avoiding the follow on and had lost all nine in 20 miserable overs but at least Jos Buttler showed fight in hitting two sixes in his counter-attacking 39. Only MS Dhoni, Mohammad Azharuddin, and Sourav Ganguly have scored more.

It was here in Nottingham that South Africa thumped England past year to burst the bubble of optimism hanging over Joe Root's new Test reign and now they have been utterly outplayed by India in conditions they should relish.

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