Published: Tue, August 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

India tighten grip against England at Nottingham

India tighten grip against England at Nottingham

For England, many would argue that it was a disappointing day with the ball as the pacer failed against the batting pair of Pujara and Virat Kohli.

Cook and Keaton Jennings survived through to the end of the day to finish on 23 without loss and now face the prospect of two long (but no doubt enthralling) days of Test match cricket ahead of them. Later, well-set Joe Root and Ollie Pope perished too in show of good seaming coupled with sensational fielding in the slips region by the Indian fielders.

They set England an nearly impossible 521 to win the match after captain Virat Kohli scored a second innings century in India's 352 for 7 declared.

Virat Kohli joined Virender Sehwag as fourth in the list of Indian batsman with most Test centuries as the right-hander scored his 23rd ton on Day 3 of the third Test match against England at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. At Trent Bridge his excellent first innings 97 was followed by a quality Test innings of 103 ― to take his match total to 200 runs on the dot for the second time in the series, surely the only time this has ever been achieved in Test cricket. Ishant Sharma struck twice inside his first 12 deliveries to send back Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook - the latter for the 11th time in his career.

Pandya, now starring with the bat, extended India´s lead to 500 with a straight six off leg-spinner Adil Rashid and he had made a run-a-ball 52 not out when Kohli finally called a halt.

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Kohli continued his sedate partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara (72) after lunch as the duo went about their business in style.

England took the second new ball as soon as it became available but to no avail.

It could be seen in the manner Pujara took his sweet time to get going, even as Kohli set off quickly for the day. They scored 70 runs during the wicketless session.

James Anderson though bowled a superb spell in the morning and didn't let the batsmen score easily. He bowled seven overs in the first hour of play, including three maidens and gave away only seven runs.

England will have to cope with another blow after Jonny Bairstow suffered a finger injury.

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