Pandya sparks England collapse as India take control of third Test


After Kohli's 152-ball stay, 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant made an assured unbeaten 22 on debut alongside Hardik Pandya, who became James Anderson's 100th Indian test victim to leave the match delicately poised.

It was Pandya who turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes today, registering career-best figures of 5 for 28 to help India bundle out England for 161 in their first innings and give his side the upperhand for the first time in the series.

Hardik Pandya claimed his maiden five-wicket Test haul as India skittled brittle England in the afternoon session to take a firm grip of the third Test on a frenetic day two at Trent Bridge.

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India, who made 329 in their first innings before being all out 40 minutes into the rain-hit morning session, were 124/2 in their second innings at stumps on Day 2, a potentially match-winning lead of 292 runs. A good start led to Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane cashing in.

India's quicks had been less than satisfactory in the opening session, bowling a trifle too short, but they were transformed after lunch. Generally I try to seam it as well, but when you're trying to swing it, you tend to bowl full and driveable balls.

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England captain Joe Root only managed 16 before he edged all-rounder Pandya´s first ball low to KL Rahul at second slip. There on, Pandya ripped through England's credentials that its batting runs deep.

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Woakes looked the potential game-changer again, having Dhawan caught at slip for 35, trapping Rahul lbw for 23 and tempting Cheteshwar Pujara (14) into a hook on the stroke of lunch which went straight into the hands of Rashid on the boundary. With England on 56, Alastair Cook was first to depart for 29, caught behind off a probing delivery from Ishant Sharma, with his partner Keaton Jennings following next ball when Jasprit Bumrah squared him up horribly.

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Next ball, Jennings, one of 12 batsmen to have opened in Tests with Cook since Andrew Strauss retired six years ago, was squared up by the recalled Jasprit Bumrah and nicked to Pant. England had lost five wickets for 20 runs, with the last six wickets falling for 63 runs.