ENG vs IND 2018: 3rd Test – India Bounce Back to Make the Series 2-1
Team India bounced back grandly after the Lord’s debacle to come back the five-match Test series to make it 2-1 against England at Trent Bridge.
Meanwhile, the hosts couldn’t resist too long on the morning session of day five as Ravichandran Ashwin finished off the proceedings. They managed to sustain only three overs as James Anderson gloved one to give Ajinkya Rahane a simple catch.
Previously, after a miserable morning on day four with the bat, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes withstood a session and a half of probing Indian bowling to keep their side in the hunt. However, a late collapse helped India regain superiority, going into the final day of the Test requiring just a wicket to win with a 210 run lead to play with.
India executed their plans well with four wickets in the morning, but no scalps in the afternoon session had frustrated Kohli’s bowlers as the hosts reached the tea break on 173/4. But, England were still 348 runs short and just six dismissals away from defeat at Trent Bridge.
As the day wore on things looked more comfortable for England, and Buttler recorded his maiden Test century. India had toiled for almost two whole sessions to no avail. Virat Kohli decided to take the second new ball in search of a wicket with one hour still to play.
The new cherry proved the catalyst for another turnaround as Bumrah trapped Buttler in front.
India had sensed the blood Bumrah send Jonny Bairstow packing on the very first ball. Chris Woakes fell shortly after as Bumrah picked up his fourth of the innings.
England were forced to all-but concede any hope of avoiding defeat when Stokes fell off Hardik Pandya. Stuart Broad then fell for 20 after swishing his way to a few boundaries, and his wicket marked Bumrah’s five-for. His spell provided the deciding factor between the two sides at Trent Bridge.
With 2-1, the fourth Test commencing from August 30 at Southampton will be crucial for both England and India.
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