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

Lynette Rowe
August 19, 2018

England go into the third day of the third Test staring down the barrel with India, at 124 for two in their second innings, a massive 292 ahead and nearly certain to go on to a victory that would propel them back into this series.

Stuart Broad strikes again. Ben Stokes has cleared by the court in the Bristol brawl and will join the team at Trent Bridge.

Virat Kohli made a superb 97 and Ajinkya Rahane 81 to help the visitors to 307-6 after England won the toss.

Prior to this match, they had won only one of 11 Tests in England and passed 200 just once in their previous nine completed innings.

It was a fitting way for India to honour former captain Ajit Wadekar, whose death aged 77 was announced on Wednesday, as were the black armbands they wore in memory of the first India skipper to enjoy a Test series victory in England, back in 1971.

So much for England turning up at one of their favourite grounds and rolling India over again to win the series and dream of a whitewash.

Sharma then had Ollie Pope (10) caught down the leg side before Hardik took over, starting when he removed Root (16) with his first delivery of the innings, albeit in controversial circumstances. The Indian captain missed out on a well-deserved by a whisker as his 97 came off 152 balls while Rahane also looked good for a three figure before Alastair Cook's reflex catch brought about his downfall at 81.

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India's young wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, made his Test debut, on Saturday, against England at Nottingham.

While the India top order showed some improvement against the moving ball, the visitors were still in danger of capitulating when Kohli was joined by Rahane. The Karnataka man held the edge at second slip and cupped his ear: there was no questioning this catch.

# WICKET! Pant sent off by Broad's delivery.

However, India have been outplayed in the first two Tests are a defeat away from losing the ongoing five-Test series.

Watch day three of the third Test between England and India, from Trent Bridge, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 10.30am on Monday. A high-quality spell of sustained in-swing from both Ishant and Bumrah continued, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow hurried onto the back foot. Bowls outside off and knocks of the stumps and Ashwin OUT on 14. Stuart Broad played with the patience of debutant bowling on the sixth-seventh stump channel.

This is India's highest score against England in England after being asked to bat.

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