Nottingham: After being put to bat by England in the third Test, it was a day to remember for India as they finished with 307-6 on board at the end of stumps at Trent Bridge.
A fifty partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul set the tone before Chris Woakes gave England the upper hand with a flurry of three wickets before tea, including Cheteshwar Pujara.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane then put up a crucial 150-run stand to turn the game on its head but Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid got the breakthroughs to deny both the set batsmen a century.
Hardik Pandya along with debutant Rishabh Pant later on soaked the pressure before James Anderson bounced back in the final ball of the day to pick up his first wicket.
Day 2 holds an exciting challenge and the visitors will aim to finish on a high to keep the series alive.
India 307-6 after 86 overs:
WICKET! Oh dear. Deja Vu for India as they lose a wicket on the last delivery of a session again. Anderson treats Pandya with an outswinger and the batsman casually has a go. Gets a leading edge which heads to Buttler at second slip.
India 279-5 after 76 overs:
WICKET! Adil Rashid gets the big fish. A leg spinner, tossed up and pitched outside off as Virat Kohli leaps forward for the drive. But the ball turns away and gets a sharp edge that finds Stokes at first slip. The India skipper falls short by three runs from another maestro ton!
India 241-4 after 67 overs:
WHAT A CATCH! Alastair Cook pulls off a one-handed stunner to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane. Broad pitches it outside off on a good length, Rahane goes for the drive and gets a thick edge that flies towards slip and Cook. End of a fine knock!
The Indian batsmen have bounced back with a the first wicketless session of the series so far and what a time to bring it up, staying put at 189-3 at tea. After Chris Woakes wreaked havoc early on, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have showed intent to stay in the middle and battle it out. With the platform being set, they would want to keep going as long as possible.
A solid 107-run stand between Kohli and Ajinkya propels India's total to 189/3 at Tea on Day 1 of the 3rd Test.— BCCI (@BCCI) August 18, 2018
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India 181-3 after 52 overs:
FIFTY! Rahane looks up to the heavens after he brings up his fifty with a boundary. The skipper acknowledges it!
Welcome half centuries. Not too unusual for Kohli but been a while for Rahane. Delighted for him. Looking solid so far.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 18, 2018
India 177-3 after 50 overs:
FIFTY! 18th Test half-century for Virat Kohli as he leads from the front again. What a series he's having!
India 151-3 after 42 overs:
VISITORS CROSS 150! A vital stand is building up here between Kohli and Rahane, the highest so far for the visitors this series. They will aim to continue the momentum and pile the pressure on England.
Indian inning settling into some sort of groove after early wickets again. Fine partnership building up between Kohli and Rahane. Will ease pressure on batsmen to follow too. 350-plus should be target. Not wishful thinking if application is shown— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 18, 2018
India 105-3 after 34 overs:
HUNDRED UP! The visitors cruised to the 100-run mark with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle. How far can they get going?
Chris Woakes has put England back on track at lunch with three quick wickets in the form of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara. After the hosts won the toss and elected to bowl at Trent Bridge, the openers got off to a fifty-run stand before Chris Woakes struck in style.
India 82-3 after 26.4 overs:
CAUGHT! That's so untypical of Pujara and England have a wicket before the final ball of lunch. Woakes bangs it short and the batsman pulls it, finding Rashid at deep backward square leg. Frustration on the faces of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri as the players head back to the dressing room.
India 65-2 after 21 overs:
LBW! Rahul is trapped in front of the stumps as the umpire raises his finger but Pujara calls for a review. Woakes bowls a quality inswinger that nips off the seam and rushes sharply in off the deck before hitting the knee roll. Game on!
India 61-1 after 19 overs:
WICKET! It was fun while it lasted but that's the end of Shikhar Dhawan. Woakes pitches it outside off on a good length, giving a late movement that gets the batsman to square up. The edge flies to Jos Buttler in the slip cordon.
India 56-0 after 17 overs:
FIFTY UP! A steady start for the visitors, bringing up the second opening fifty partnership in the series so far. Both the openers have played with a more cautious approach compared to their previous displays.
Two 50+ opening partnerships on this tour.....Dhawan is the common factor in both. #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 18, 2018
Toss: England skipper Joe Root has won the toss and elected to bowl in the third Test against India here at the Trent Bridge on Saturday.
While England have made a change to their playing XI, with Ben Stokes replacing Sam Curran, India have made three changes to their team which took field at the Lord's.
Rishabh Pant, who will be making his Test debut today as he becomes 291st cricketers to play Test cricket for India, has replaced Dinesh Karthik while Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah come in place of Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav.
0-2 down and India are a defeat away to lose yet another Test series in England. However, Virat Kohli, who is leading India for the first time in England in a Test series, will be out to avoid the ignominy as the third Test against Joe Root-led England kicks off here at the Trent Bridge on Saturday.
But to pull that off India will need to do a lot of things right. Firstly, they will need their batsman to fire and avoid the Lord’s like debacle where India were unfolded for 107 and 130 in the first and second innings respectively. Secondly, they will need to get their team combination right, be it their openers, middle-order and the number of pacers and spinners they want to have in the playing XI and thirdly, hope that their batting turns out to be a team effort where everyone scores and they put up a big total.
However, it won’t be an easy task as the England pace attack is on an absolute roll with two of their senior pacers – James Anderson and Stuart Broad – hunting in a pair and Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes are more than just the back-up pacers. While Sam Curran, despite his solid showings in the first two Tests of the series, England have a lot of firepower in their pace attack to trouble India yet again.
India, on the other hand, will be hoping that Jasprit Bumrah is fit to play and the other bowlers – Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and R Ashwin, with Hardik Pandya, who is likely to get another go as an all-rounder, showing improvement to contribute handsomely with the ball.
The match is scheduled to start at 3.30 P.M. IST.
England: Joe Root (Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jamie Porter, Sam Curran.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav.
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