Nottingham: India hold their upper hand in the second Test as they wrapped up Day 2 with a mammoth lead of 292 runs, thanks to a consolidate batting show and Hardik Pandya's five-wicket haul.
After bowling out the hosts for 189, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan once again started bright upfront with a fifty run stand before Ben Stokes got the better of the former.
Up came Cheteshwar Pujara, who built another vital fifty partnership with the southpaw. However, Adil Rashid bamboozled the southpaw to deny him a half-century.
With Virat Kohli and Pujara in the middle, the visitors are in a dominating position and will look to build on the lead.
India 113-2 after 24 overs:
STUMPED! Adil Rashid removes Dhawan as England claim their second wicket. The batsman is undone by the wrong 'un as he marches down the track. The ball spins away and Dhawan is too late to make it back as Bairstow does the rest.
India 101-1 after 20 overs:
HUNDRED UP! India steer past the century mark as Dhawan and Pujara show intent out in the middle. Positive signs as they haven't lost their way despite the departure of KL Rahul.
India 66-1 after 12 overs:
BOWLED! First wicket of the match for Ben Stokes. Pitched up, swings in sharply through the gates, hitting the pads before disturbing the stumps.
India 50-0 after 9 overs:
FIFTY! Another consecutive fifty partnership for Rahul and Dhawan. But can they convert it into something big?
Another 50 run partnership. According to @AWSStats, the first time since 1986 that India have had a 50+ opening partnership in both innings in England.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 19, 2018
Hardik Pandya produced a fabulous display as the Indian bowlers bundled out England for 189 on Day 2, gathering a massive lead of 168 runs. After James Anderson and Stuart Broad put an end to the 1st innings with a flurry of wickets before tea, Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings provided a solid start for the hosts with a fifty partnership.
But after Ishant Sharma was introduced in the attack, the partnership came to an end with the wicket of Cook. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami joined the party before Hardik Pandya put India in command with a sensational five-wicket haul, his first in Test cricket.
Jos Buttler revived the innings with an assault late on but Bumrah ensured the hosts were restricted within the 200 mark.
Fantastic cricket, both in front and behind the wickets. Congratulations @hardikpandya7 and @RishabPant777 on your respective 5 wicket hauls! Let’s nip this in the bud now. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/lNDVRbQFPc— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 19, 2018
England 181-10 after 38.2 overs:
WICKET! Bumrah treats Buttler with a short ball and the batsman pulls it but doesn't make good contact. Finds the man at long on and it's the end of the innings.
Wonderful effort by India to bowl out England in this extended 2nd session. Brilliant stuff from Pandya and the rest of bowlers for the probing lines and 168 is a very significant lead. Hope the batsman now capitalise and we have the match firmly in our control— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 19, 2018
England 128-9 after 33 overs:
WICKET! Pandya, the man with the golden arm gets another wicket. Pitched full, little movement on offer, forcing the batsman to play. Rashid gets a thick edge that is collected by Pant. India in command.
England 118-7 after 31 overs:
PANDYA ON FIRE! Banged in short, Woakes attempts to play the hook but gets a deft touch as Pant times his catch behind the stumps to perfection. India in control.
108-4 to 118-7. Sustained seam bowling after lunch. Good to see. Sustained and consistent the key.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 19, 2018
WICKET! Hardik Pandya strikes again with one of his lethal outswingers. Pitched on a good length towards fourth stump, forcing the batsman to play at it. Bairstow gets the edge and it's another fine catch for Rahul in the slip cordon.
Exceptional from India. They have been terrific with the ball and some very good catching from Rahul and Pant as well— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 19, 2018
England 110-5 after 30 overs:
WICKET! Shami joins the party and England are half a side down. Pitched on a good length, shapes away from the batsman who forces an edge. KL Rahul at second slip grasps at it with ease.
England 92-4 after 25 overs:
WICKET! Joe Root perishes as Hardik Pandya strikes on the first ball of his spell. Pandya bowls a lovely outswinger that induces the edge and flies to KL Rahul in the slip cordon. The initial decision was out and after consulting the third umpire, the decision stands.
England 75-3 after 20 overs:
CAUGHT! Third dismissal for Pant. Ishant Sharma bowls it down leg as the young batsman tries to run it down fine. Gets a big nick and the keeper dives to his left to take a brilliant catch.
That’s a fairly decent catch down the leg side by Pant. His keeping is still work in progress....but I’d be keen to watch him progress in India colours. Ishant, meanwhile, adding to his wickets tally...how many to go for 20? 😊🙌 #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 19, 2018
England 59-2 after 13 overs:
WICKET! Bumrah gets his first wicket and England have now lost both openers. Short of a length outside off, takes an edge which flies to the keeper.
England 54-1 after 12 overs:
WICKET! Ishant gets the breakthrough India were looking for. Round the wicket and full, turns away from the seam and Cook nicks it to Pant.
England 50-0 after 10 overs:
FIFTY UP! Cook and Jennings give England just the start they wanted. A big partnership here would badly hurt Virat Kohli and co.
England have got off to a solid start with Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook in the middle as the scoreboard reads 46-0 at lunch. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami seemed to be ineffective with the new ball and will need to bounce back stronger after the break.
Poor first session for India. Lower order batting not up to much, but new ball being wasted was bigger setback. England ascendant— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 19, 2018
After Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane's match changing 159-run partnership on the previous day, England wasted no time as they bowled out the visitors for 329 early on Day 2.
Chris Broad struck first with the wicket of Rishabh Pant followed by R Ashwin and from there on, James Anderson prevented the tailenders from touching the 350-mark.
241/3...329 all out. Hope the difference between the two sides (in this Test too) doesn't turn out to be the contribution from the lower order batsmen. #engvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 19, 2018
India 329-10 after 94.5 overs:
ALL OVER! James Anderson in on a hat-trick as he puts an end to the Indian innings with the wickets of Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
India 329-8 after 94 overs:
BOWLED! Broad strikes again with a classic delivery. Pitched outside off before swinging in late towards Ashwin who misses his flick and the middle stump is disrupted.
India 323-7 after 92 overs:
BOWLED! Stuart Broad gets the first wicket of the Day 2 after Rishabh Pant chops it back onto the stumps.
In what was their best batting performance in the ongoing Test series, Indian batsmen finally turned up with Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scoring 97 and 81 runs respectively on Day one of the third Test here on Saturday.
India will resume Day 2 of the third Test on the overnight score of 307/6 at the Trent Bridge here on Sunday.
While Chris Woakes scalped the first three Indian wickets, England struggled to scalp wickets in the middle phases as Kohli and Rahane put up a 159-run partnership to push England on the backfoot.
While James Anderson removing Hardik Pandya in the final over of Day 1 has given England a hope to run through India’s lower order, India have given themselves a chance to challenge England on the back off their 300+ total. And if the last four wickets manage to add 50-60 runs, it will help the team’s chances further.
The match is scheduled to start at 3.30 P.M. IST.
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