Team India skipper Virat Kohli led from the front to guide his team post a massive total against England on day three of the third Test at Trent Bridge.
Kohli, meanwhile, scored his second hundred of the series to take the lead over 400-run mark. He along with Cheteshwar Pujara dominated the English attack throughout the two sessions.
The India batters looked fluent on the morning session of day three giving no chances to England. They played some gorgeous looking shots as they brought their half-centuries. While Kohli was the aggressor, Pujara played the waiting game. He left balls outside the off stump to frustrate the English bowlers.
The likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad looked venomless as they struggled to attract any swing from the pitch. Although Pujara departed adding 72 runs, there was no stopping Virat Kohli. Kohli then partnered Ajinkya Rahane to bring the second century grandly. This is his fifth hundred against England and 23rd overall.
Although Kohli departed shortly, Hardik Pandya ensured the scoreboard keeps moving. After a superb bowling spell, he was out with the bat doing the job for India.
The dynamic all-rounder held ground at one end to play his shots, and wickets kept falling from the other. He soon reached his fifty in equal number of balls as Virat Kohli called his players from the dressing room to set a target of 521 runs against England.
India wanted to put pressure on the hosts in the last few overs at the fag end of the day. However, England openers showed a stern attitude to keep their wickets intact.
Kohli brought in Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma to provide some early breakthrough but Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings showed enough grit to keep the wickets intact. The umpires called for the days with England finishing at 23 for no wickets.
Here is how the Twitter reacted on day three of the third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 20, 2018
A full blooded rock star in coloured clothing, a meditating monk in whites.. Hope the generation of cricketers being inspired by @imVkohli observe his passion and commitment towards test cricket. You can tell he LOVES it.. and he’s the best in it ! #EngvInd #KingKohli
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) August 20, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 20, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 20, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) August 20, 2018
Another day, another magnificent ton by @imVkohli. Have run out of words to describe this man. Just enjoy and hope to see him taking Indian cricket to new heights with him 💯 #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/r5osn1QECJ
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 20, 2018
— Siddharth Kaul (@Sidda79_KauL) August 20, 2018
Among all captains with 10+ Test hundreds, only one – Don Bradman – has a better rate of scoring hundreds than Virat Kohli. Bradman scored a hundred every 2.71 innings as captain, Virat every 3.93 innings!#ENGvIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 20, 2018
M so excited to see India's first win in this test series 🤠🤠🤠🤠#ENGvIND
— Shubh 🇮🇳 (@tigerboyshubh) August 20, 2018