Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Virat Breaks World-Record in Third Test; Proud Anushka Cheers On

Virat Breaks World-Record in Third Test; Proud Anushka Cheers On

England lead the five-match series 2-0. It was dark and gloomy at Trent Bridge at this point, and batting was not easy.

Things could have been worse for England with young Rishabh Pant dropping Jos Buttler on 1 off Bumrah in the 27th over. Luckily, India did not lose the review.

He did so first in a century stand with back-to-form Pujara, who had the ideal opportunity to bat time too - and duly shut England out for 208 balls before he was caught at slip as Ben Stokes found extra bounce.

Before the start of the third Test, England was in the driving seat in ongoing Test series.

India Jasprit Bumrah broke the backbone of the English batting line-up, scalping five wickets in his 29 overs, while Ishant Sharma chipped in with two wickets.

In the end, ninth wicket pair Adil Rashid - dropped by Kohli on 22 off Shami - and Stuart Broad played freely on an easy pitch under the sun.

Hardik Pandya celebrates taking the wicket of Ben Stokes.

India will do well to not take anything for granted. It did once the new ball was taken. On day four it won't be easy for them to bat.

File image of Alastair Cook.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan wants the team to learn from the way Stokes and Buttler combated the India bowlers.

Joe Root's decision to play Ben Stokes ahead of Sam Curran is proving to be a blunder.

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One point away from another loss, she had pulled off her biggest win, one that left her as stunned as everyone else. Goffin lasted for 62 minutes but needed treatment on his shoulder after losing the first set before packing it in.

Cook (9 not out) and Jennings (13 no) at least ensured England made it to day four without further damage, but a daunting challenge awaits in Nottingham.

# Buttler and Stokes continue to manage a stable partnership. This is their first hundred partnership and came in 195 balls.

Buttler stepped up the scoring after Tea and went on to bring up his maiden Test hundred with a flick off Shami.

For India it was very much a case of from feast to starvation. At the other end, Kohli reached his 18th Test half-century as well, off 82 balls. Bumrah was the most economical Indian seamer.

The embarrassing miss gifted Kohli a century and continued England's misery after they suffered a shocking collapse to be bowled out within a single session on Sunday.

Keaton Jennings was the first to go.

Earlier, India out-batted hosts England and declared at 352/7 with a whopping lead of over 500 runs. Alastair Cook is now in one of his ever more-regular lulls in terms of run scoring.

As any supreme professional does, Kholi capitalised on these mistakes and in the next over, he recorded his 23rd test ton and swiped away the demons that plagued him on the 2014 tour.

After losing the toss, India posted a total of 329 runs before getting all out.

The order of the day would have been to hold out until lunch, but Jasprit Bumrah (one for 26) got Root (13) to prod at one outside his off-stump to be caught by KL Rahul in the slips. Virat Kohli, a century-maker on Monday (Tuesday NZT), then produced a brilliant diving catch at third slip to remove Ollie Pope for 16 four balls later.

# It was an excellent session, exactly the way England wanted.

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