India Vs England 3rd test match highlights:
- India ended day 2 at 124-2 in their 2nd innings
- England were dismissed for 161 in their first innings
- India have a lead of 292
- Pandya took 5-28
Day 2 of India Vs England 3rd test match saw the Indian side finally show their class and mettle this series. They dominated the entire day’s proceedings to all but suffocate England out of the match after running through the English batting line-up with ease. Earlier in the day, India ended their first innings at 329 after James Anderson and Stuart Broad wrapped up the visitors’ last few wickets quickly. India roared in the field to dismiss England for just 161 and continued their excellence with the bat to lead the third test match between England and India by 292 runs at the end of Day 2.
With their backs against the walls going into the Nottingham test match, Kohli’s and Shastri’s rallying cries seemed to rejuvenate the Indian side. Trailing the five match series by 2-0, India made a host of changes in a bid to shake things around. And the moves and criticism from all over the world finally woke India up to deliver a performance truly worthy of the world-class side that they are.
Batting first under windy conditions at Trent Bridge, India knew they would have to apply themselves properly at the crease this time around if they were to have any chance of making a comeback in the series. The gruelling net sessions and long arduous hours with the batting coach paid off for the sub continent giants who batted with a confidence that we were yearning to see. A shuffle at the top of the batting order saw Murali Vijay make way for Shikhar Dhawan who justified his selection with a steady 35 at the top of the order.
It was once again the Virat Kohli show that took the Indians past 300 for the first time this tour. The Indian captain lead by example, playing with an ease and comfortably that has become synonym to him. Despite the fast wind aiding the English pace trio, Kohli was unfazed and unperturbed n his knock of 97. And he finally got support in Ajinkya Rahane who showed why the captain and coach backed him so heavily. Sticking around with Kohli to notch up a 100 plus stand, Rahane’s well worked 81 was just what the Indian team and Kohli needed. The duo ensured India put on 329 in their first innings, a total that was considered well above par on a swinging wicket.
With the batsmen coming good, the onus was now on the bowlers to give India the upper hand in India Vs England 3rd test match. The boy did they perform well. Thrown the ball after Shami and Sharma had bowled long spells, Pandya took no time in running through the English batsmen. Bowling a fine line and length, he pitched deliveries right on the front foot, swinging them from there to discomfort the English batsmen. His spell blew fire down the English batsmen who had no reply to him, giving him a fiver in 6 wickets to end their innings at 161.
India continued their fine batting performance in the second innings with contributions from all the top 3 to end day 2 at 124-2 with Pujara and Kohli at the crease.