CLOSE: England 23/0 (Cook 9* Jennings 13*) need 498 to win
Seeing as England couldn’t last a session earlier in this match, you’d have to say that it is unlikely they can survive six, but we shall have to see. Brilliant ton from Kohli set this up, and it should be an enjoyable day tomorrow. Thanks for following, we will be back in the morning for day four.
OVER 9: ENG 23/0 (Cook 9* Jennings 13*)
Cook sees that out. Testing over to bring to close a testing nine over session. Still, England have got through to the close.
OVER 8: ENG 23/0 (Cook 9* Jennings 13*)
After a front foot no ball, Umpire Erasmus has a word with Ishant for running down the pitch. Ishant responds by producing a screamer from around the wicket to Jennings.. Keaton has a nibble at it. He’s living dangerously. Now he tries a cross -batted forcing shot and he nearly chops it into his stumps. Plenty of Indian fielders around Jennings have got some helpful words of advice for him. Thoughtful of them. Last over coming up.
OVER 7: ENG 22/0 (Cook 9* Jennings 13*)
Ashwin, so often the destroyer, comes on. He’s been in the wars in this match. Got a problem with his hip which, on this limited evidence, seems to stop him from really rotating and driving through his action. Cook shovels him to mid on for a couple.
OVER 6: ENG 20/0 (Cook 7* Jennings 13*)
Another pearler from Ishant. just doing enough, Jennings beaten all ends up. But again it misses both willow and timbers. A maiden. There are three overs remaining, and R Ashwin is going to bowl the next one of them.
OVER 5: ENG 20/0 (Cook 7* Jennings 13*)
An absolute jaffer from Bumrah. Angles in, zips away off the seam and whistles over Cook’s middle and off stump. Proper coat of varnish stuff. How has that not hit?! Still, you don’t get 12,000 Test runs if you’re not as tough as old boots in between the ears, and Cook is now playing the next ball. That’s onto the pads, Cook tucks it away, four runs. Stay frosty out there Chef..
OVER 4: ENG 14/0 (Cook 1* Jennings 13*)
Cook’s on his way with a single
Excellent ball from Ishant, excellent leave from Jennings. Swings away late.
OVER 3: ENG 13/0 (Cook 0* Jennings 13*)
Jennings carves Bumrah through point for four. And then plays with soft hands to angle it through point, a bit too close to the fielder to be entirely comfortable but hey you have to score em somewhere. Quite a productive over this.
OVER 2: ENG 3/0 (Cook 0* Jennings 3*)
Ishant, around the wicket, to Jennings. Nice firm drive for a couple. Beats him later in the over, no shame in that because that was a good ball and he had to offer a shot at it.
OVER 1: ENG 0/0 (Cook 0* Jennings 0*)
Bumrah, with that ungainly action of his, is right on the button. Slips one past Cook. Nicely bowled, well beaten.
Remarkable slip cordon. Never seen slips stand this close.
Here come the players
England’s openers have got their work cut out. Alastair Cook on strike. Bumrah has the ball.
India declare on 352/7 dec lead by 520 runs
India are absolutely miles ahead in the game, obviously. Only a matter of time when they would declare. As it turns out, England will have to face nine overs or about 40 minutes of batting. Fancy them to be unscathed at the close? Not much.
OVER 110: IND 352/7 (Pandya 52* Ashwin 1*)
Kohli sends Ashwin out, not too sure what he’s thinking but he’s earned the right to do whatever he damn well pleases in this match. Anyway, a couple more runs. Fifty up for Pandya. And with the lead on 520, India have declared.
WICKET! Shami c Coook b Rashid 3
Too short from Rashid, Pandya flogs it back down the ground with a cross bat. Takes a single. Shami wants in on the fun, why should he just stand there and watch Pandya slog? But whatever, he’s not quite got hold of this one, and he’s lofted it into the hands of Alastair Cook at cow corner. Haven’t seen Cooky take many catches in the deep in his long career. FOW 349/7
OVER 109: IND 344/6 (Pandya 45* Shami 3*)
Indian coaching staff are looking at a box of balls, it seems like the declaration is coming. Five off this Broad over in the meanwhile.
OVER 108: IND 339/6 (Pandya 44* Shami 1*)
Mohammed Shami comes in and gets a single. Pandya thumps Rashers for a straight six! Another big shot, smears it for three. The lead’s north of 500, but Kohli is Squatter and the Ant, doing nothing.
WICKET! Rahane b Rashid 29
Rahane plays back, bat is angled, and he has somehow contrived to miss this. Didn’t seem to do a great deal, maybe spun back in a bit. Too close to cut, anyway. And now Rahane’s watch is ended. FOW 329/6
OVER 107: IND 329/5 (Rahane 29* Pandya 35*)
I favour batting all day if I am India. I cannot see England surviving six sessions, to say the least. To be honest, surviving one session would be a start. And like George says, you can break their bodies.
Stokes has been feeling his left knee and is limping a little. Gone to first slip. Cook off, too, with Bairstow, and Jennings – who is catching like a pony – is now in the covers. This is the benefit of keeping a side in the field for session after session. It breaks them.
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) August 20, 2018
Stokes must indeed be borked. Broad comes in. Pandya spanks him for a couple of fours. The lead is nearly 500. Is that a significant figure in Virat’s mind?
OVER 106: IND 321/5 (Rahane 29* Pandya 27*)
Three from the Rashid over. Will India bat out the day, or will they try and knock over an England opener or two tonight?
Stokes has been feeling his left knee and is limping a little. Gone to first slip. Cook off, too, with Bairstow, and Jennings – who is catching like a pony – is now in the covers. This is the benefit of keeping a side in the field for session after session. It breaks them.
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) August 20, 2018
OVER 105: IND 318/5 (Rahane 28* Pandya 25*)
Pandya heaves the ball over extra cover for four. He’s coming up fast on Rahane’s outside. Stokes looks sore, and knackered.
OVER 103: IND 310/5 (Rahane 28* Pandya 17*)
Stokes beats Rahane with a peach. Two off the over. Time for drinks. Theoretically 18 overs left in the day.
OVER 102: IND 308/5 (Rahane 27* Pandya 16*)
Pandya with a nice shot to a looping ball that spins away. Four off Rashid.
OVER 101: IND 303/5 (Rahane 26* Pandya 12*)
Rahane’s only been and hit a boundary. Short ball from Stokes. Rahane gives it the treatment.
Harry off out of McFly is on comms with Isa Guha and Bumble. Somewhere, Fred Trueman revolves in his final resting place.
OVER 100: IND 298/5 (Rahane 21* Pandya 12*)
Adil Rashid comes on. Pandya has a big go at a googly, which he hasn’t picked, and again rides his luck as it lands safe in the outfield.
OVER 99: IND 295/5 (Rahane 19* Pandya 11*)
Stokes coming on for some bang-it-in heavy music. First one is so short that it’s a wide. Couple of singles. This evening session going as well as England could reasonably expect. Don’t want to get them out too quick, then England have to start batting!
OVER 98: IND 292/5 (Rahane 18* Pandya 10*)
Woakes. Good old Andy Pandy has a big yahoo, top edge, lands short of the sub fielder at third man. Not sure the kid, whose name I didn’t catch, quite managed to pick it up but there you have it.
OVER 97: IND 291/5 (Rahane 18* Pandya 9*)
Anderson. Pandya, exciting talent this guy. Whips the ball off off stump through leg for four, then crunches square through point for the same result.
Rahane’s 67-ball 18 is a bit… less exciting.
OVER 96: IND 282/5 (Rahane 18* Pandya 0*)
It’s all going brilliantly for England since tea, two wickets, India cannot get it off the square. We must be about to win, right? 16/2 in seven overs since the interval.
OVER 95: IND 282/5 (Rahane 18* Pandya 0*)
That brings Pandya into the fray, which is fine by me, cos I think he will give it some porridge. Wicket maiden.
WICKET! Pant c Cook b Anderson 1
A brief stay from Pant, arf arf. Anderson angles the ball in, it nibbles the seam and Cook takes a safe catch at slip. Heck of a ball to get early on. Lovely bit of bowling. FOW 282/5
WICKET! Kohli lbw Woakes 103
A very fine innings comes to an end as Woakes angles one in. Virat, a very rare error, plays across the line and he’s fallen over a bit in his efforts to work it to leg. Hit on the pad and given out by umpire Erasmus. Kohli is going to review, and why not? As it turns out, it is clipping the top of leg. A reasonable review. FOW 281/4
That looked a much more clear LBW than it was shown on Hawk Eye, I think. Mike Atherton saying the same on Sky. And the look on Marais’s face as he gazes at the big screen suggests so too. That just LOOKED out, you know? Anyway. Out it is.
OVER 92: IND 279/3 (Kohli 102* Rahane 17*)
That’s it! It’s another ton for Kohli, what a player this guy is. Yet another richly deserved century, brought up with a no fuss punch through the offside for four off Woakes. He has answered every question put to him about his record in England and
Wife blows a kiss back from the stands. They make a lovely couple.
OVER 91: IND 275/3 (Kohli 98* Rahane 17*)
Here comes Jimmy. England not exactly racing through these overs, let’s just say. Anderson finds the thick edge of Kohli’s bat… and Jennings has dropped it at gully! Oh for heaven’s sake, Keaton. What is the point of this guy? It runs for four. Anderson’s mood is not improved a ball later when Kohli edges it again, only for the ball to land short of first slip. Virat takes a single off the last ball of the over.
OVER 90: IND 270/3 (Kohli 93* Rahane 17*)
Respectable stuff from Woakes but nothing too alarming. For those of a positive disposition, it should be noted that this is three maidens in a row now…
The players are back out
The new ball is nine overs old. Chris Woakes is going to get first dibs on it. Rahane is on strike.
TEA: India 270/3 (Kohli 93* Rahane 17*) lead by 438
29 overs, one wicket for 76 in that session. England doing an honest job, but they are so far behind in the game. About the best you can say of England’s hopes is that they have kept the scoring rate to three an over, so they might only have to bat six sessions and 45 minutes to get a draw or win rather than seven sessions. The lead is already 438 and if you think England can save this match, I wonder if you might possibly be interested in buying a bridge?
OVER 89: IND 270/3 (Kohli 93* Rahane 17*)
Rashid to Kohli. Rashid is looking to use this hard new ball for the skidder that goes straight on. He does produce that delivery on ball four but it’s a bit too wide. Virat drives the fifth ball crisply to cover. Respectful defence of the last ball. Good over, and that is tea.
OVER 88: IND 270/3 (Kohli 93* Rahane 17*)
Broad tries banging it in at Rahane but there’s not really the pace in the pitch, nor the intent in the batsman, to make this a spicy over. A maiden.
It looks as if there will be one over before tea. It’s going to be Adil Rashid to bowl it.
OVER 87: IND 270/3 (Kohli 93* Rahane 17*)
Lovely shot from Kohli, commanding stuff as he pull-drives Anderson for four. Quality. He also guides to third man in this over, and he’s into the nineties looking majestic.
OVER 86: IND 264/3 (Kohli 87* Rahane 17*)
Broad swings one into the pads of Rahane, who helps that on its way for a low-risk four runs. Lovely pill to end the over, swinging in and seaming away. Beats Rahane’s prod.
OVER 85: IND 260/3 (Kohli 87* Rahane 13*)
Variable bounce from Jimmy here. Almost the same spot, one low and one pops. Kohli takes two off a ball that gets up, dealing with the bounce.
Yard yakka there. Not a lot happening for the bowlers, or the live bloggers. Can a change spark something? Here is James Anderson.
OVER 84: IND 258/3 (Kohli 85* Rahane 13*)
Kohli pinches a proactive single into the off-side from Broad’s first delivery. The fourth spits at Rahane from a length and the sixth jumps into his body. But he survives.
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OVER 83: IND 257/3 (Kohli 84* Rahane 13*)
A familiar pattern to this Anderson over. Five dots and a single to Kohli off the last ball.
OVER 82: IND 256/3 (Kohli 83* Rahane 13*)
Stuart Broad is at the other end and Kohli glances a single to start his over. Rahane negotiates the rest of it.
OVER 81: IND 255/3 (Kohli 82* Rahane 13*)
Kohli leaves five in a row before nudging a single. Anderson is raging about the ball. Umpire Chris Gaffaney is getting an earful.
England take the new ball
And it will be James Anderson to search for a spark. There’s a delay as the bowler seems pretty annoyed at the choice of ball.
OVER 80: IND 254/3 (Kohli 81* Rahane 13*)
Joe Root has a trundle from around the wicket. He has a packed leg-side field but Rahane threads a full-toss past short mid-wicket and wide of mid-on to pick up four.
As he did in the first innings, India’s number five has started in a compact, well-organised manner.
OVER 79: IND 250/3 (Kohli 81* Rahane 9*)
Two of England Women’s best players, Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt, are at Trent Bridge.
Rashid stays around the wicket. Rahane clips another single and Kohli plays and misses at another swishy drive. The ball spins straight to Stokes at slip.
OVER 78: IND 249/3 (Kohli 81* Rahane 8*)
India’s lead goes to 415 as Kohli drives through extra cover for four. That was very full from Stokes, who coaxes a bit of an unnecessary drive next ball.
Kohli and Rahane trade singles to make it six from the over.
OVER 77: IND 243/3 (Kohli 76* Rahane 7*)
Rashid comes around the wicket to Kohli, who defends the first two balls and then plays an utterly dismissive pull shot through straight mid-wicket for four after the leg-spinner drags down.
Kohli then steals one to mid-off and Rahane clips a couple.
The Nottinghamshire groundstaff are bashing out the footholes here as we wait to resume.
OVER 76: IND 236/3 (Kohli 71* Rahane 5*)
Rahane clips another run and India accumulate four leg byes via Kohli’s thigh pad. Kohli stands tall to push Stokes for another single.
Four overs until the new ball can be taken and that is drinks.
OVER 75: IND 230/3 (Kohli 70* Rahane 4*)
Stokes has a bit of fun at slip as Kohli slashes at a wide, full ball from Rashid. As India’s skipper mistimes it into the off-side, Stokes shouts “Ooooh, there we go, Virat!”
It was a very similar shot to the one that brought Kohli’s downfall in the first innings.
Kohli adds a single soon afterwards. Rahane works two into the leg-side, where Alastair Cook is grazing, and then finishes the over with a sharp one.
OVER 74: IND 226/3 (Kohli 69* Rahane 1*)
Kohli swings Stokes for a single and Rahane holds firm for the remainder of the over. A few spots of rain around here…
OVER 73: IND 225/3 (Kohli 68* Rahane 1*)
Nice set from Rashid to Rahane. A maiden. “Get us in the game here, Rash,” says, I think, Stokes from slip.
OVER 72: IND 225/3 (Kohli 68* Rahane 1*)
Ajinkya Rahane arrives and drives his first delivery solidly to mid-off. He’s away with a clip to fine leg.
WICKET! Pujara c Cook b Stokes 72
Ben Stokes returns and strikes with his second ball. It’s a good length, Pujara comes forward and the ball lifts just slightly to take his outside edge close to the shoulder of the bat. Cook clutches it at first slip. FOW: IND 224/3
OVER 71: IND 223/2 (Pujara 72* Kohli 67*)
Kohli gets one before Pujara swings away another of his straight pulls as Rashid drops short.
OVER 70: IND 218/2 (Pujara 68* Kohli 66*)
Woakes strays straight enough for Pujara to milk one. Nice stuff from Kohli. He presses forward to an in-swinger and punches three through straight mid-on.
OVER 69: IND 214/2 (Pujara 67* Kohli 63*)
Kohli picks Rashid’s googly, drops back and nudges a single and that marks the 100 partnership.
Three more runs from the over, all singles.
OVER 68: IND 210/2 (Pujara 65* Kohli 61*)
Big appeal as the ball flaps Pujara’s pad and carries through to Buttler. Marais Erasmus isn’t having it…and Root does not review.
Was there an inside edge though? I suppose it doesn’t matter now. Maiden for Woakes.
OVER 67: IND 210/2 (Pujara 65* Kohli 61*)
Pujara drives one out to deep cover. The second is declined by Kohli, who stays patient for the rest of an accurate Rashid over.
OVER 66: IND 209/2 (Pujara 64* Kohli 61*)
Kohli strolls a couple after pushing Woakes through cover.
Then he’s beaten! Someone got very excited there, thinking it was an edge. James Anderson might have been the culprit.
OVER 65: IND 207/2 (Pujara 64* Kohli 59*)
Rashid beats Pujara with a loopy googly that gets tangled up in his pads. That’s useful with short leg sniffing around. The next ball, a leg-break, is too short, though.
Pujara cuts one, and Kohli adds another single through mid-wicket.
OVER 64: IND 205/2 (Pujara 63* Kohli 58*)
A single each to Pujara and then Kohli from Woakes’ over. The partnership creeps to 94.
OVER 63: IND 203/2 (Pujara 62* Kohli 57*)
Jonny Bairstow is back from hospital and is perched, in a tracksuit, on the balcony. I imagine we’ll be finding out about the extent of the damage to his finger shortly.
Meanwhile, Kohli picks up another single and Pujara muscles a short ball from Rashid to the straight mid-wicket fence. Too easy.
OVER 62: IND 198/2 (Pujara 58* Kohli 56*)
Chris Woakes returns and is greeted by a guided single off the pads of Pujara. It’s gloomy in the East Midlands and the Trent Bridge floodlights are on. Kohli steals one towards wide mid-on.
OVER 61: IND 196/2 (Pujara 57* Kohli 55*)
Plenty of flight on Rashid’s first delivery and Kohli drives a single to the off-side sweeper. Pujara then picks a googly to add another out to deep mid-wicket.
Hello everyone. Charlie Morgan here for the second session of the day. As the players come out, Sky Sports flash up some confirmation of England’s predicament.
Adil Rashid is ready to go.
Lunch – India lead by 362 runs
That is all for a morning session that India have totally dominated. The visitors have added 70 runs to their overnight total, weathered a fine spell from Anderson at the start of the day, seen England add to their dropped catches and unwittingly inflicted what could be a serious finger injury on Bairstow. All in all, things haven’t gone brilliant for Root and his England pals. I shall be handing over to Charlie Morgan for all the post-lunch action.
OVER 60: IND 194/2 (Pujara 56* Kohli 54*)
Root will bowl the last over and he continues with his line way outside leg stump… with the same result. Two easy singles taken to men out on the leg-side boundary. And that’s lunch.
OVER 59: IND 192/2 (Pujara 55* Kohli 53*)
Oh, that’s a good’un from Rashid. It might have been a slider, which Pujara prods forward at. The ball clamps between bat and pad before rolling backwards and an agonising inch past leg stump. Kohli, with helmet off, then tucks a couple off his pads. Time for one final over before lunch.
OVER 58: IND 189/2 (Pujara 54* Kohli 51*)
Here comes Root for a quick tweak before lunch. Can he ensure England do not end the session wicketless? This is the first time Root has bowled in this series and he has given himself a slip, a leg slip and a short leg. Round the wicket, Root is operating an outside leg stump line and he causes the batsmen little to no trouble. Three singles taken, all pushed to deep leg-side fielders.
OVER 57: IND 186/2 (Pujara 52* Kohli 50*)
Pujara uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball, but he cannot get Rashid away and then picks up a single by swatting a short delivery to the cover sweeper.
OVER 56: IND 185/2 (Pujara 51* Kohli 50*)
Broad to Kohli. Maiden. I wonder what India’s plans are. Bat until tea? Perhaps go until an hour after tea?
OVER 55: IND 185/2 (Pujara 51* Kohli 50*)
…and Kohli follows almost immediately by bringing up his own half-century. The lead is now beyond 350 and this match has long gone for England. Two singles off Rashid’s over.
OVER 54: IND 183/2 (Pujara 50* Kohli 49*)
An inducker from Broad is chipped by Kohli for a couple through mid-wicket. A single then takes both men at the crease to 49… and Pujara wins the race to a half-century by flicking a single off his pads.
OVER 53: IND 179/2 (Pujara 49* Kohli 46*)
A bit of turn for Rashid extracts Kohli’s outside edge as he attempts a drive and picks up three through third man.
OVER 52: IND 175/2 (Pujara 48* Kohli 43*)
Right then Stuart, do you fancy taking a wicket today? Nope. Full and wide outside off stump and Kohli doesn’t miss out, creaming it for four through cover. To be fair, any batsman, anywhere in the world would have fancied themselves to put that away. Kohli then receives a big slice of luck, inside edging the ball inches past his leg stump and away to fine leg for four.
OVER 51: IND 165/2 (Pujara 48* Kohli 33*)
It’s time for some spin courtesy of Rashid and he kicks things off with a googly that Kohli turns for a single. He then drops a touch too short and Pujara capitalises by rocking back and chopping for four through point.
OVER 50: IND 160/2 (Pujara 44* Kohli 32*)
A huge shout. Broad hits Kohli on the front pad and almost does his celebrate-rather-than-appeal thing, but the umpire says no. England opt for the review and it looks mighty close to me, with Kohli stuck on the crease. And the review shows up the slightest inside edge. It wasn’t visible at real speed or in slow motion, but there was a little spike there so the decision remains.
England have tweeted this about Bairstow: “Jonny is going for an X-Ray on his left middle finger.”
OVER 49: IND 157/2 (Pujara 42* Kohli 31*)
Right on cue after that “slow going” comment, here come the runs off Stokes. Kohli tucks into a cover drive that Pope does well to get a hand on and keep to two. The Indian captain then jabs a shorter ball for four to the third-man boundary.
OVER 48: IND 150/2 (Pujara 42* Kohli 24*)
A good, probing length from Broad, but there isn’t much movement on offer for him. Another maiden. It’s been slow going so far today.
OVER 47: IND 150/2 (Pujara 42* Kohli 24*)
Stokes continues to bowl wide of the crease, angling the ball into the right-handed Indian batsmen and both tuck a couple of singles into the on side.
OVER 46: IND 148/2 (Pujara 41* Kohli 23*)
That’s the end of Anderson, which means Broad will try his luck. Consistent outside off stump line and just one single from the over.
I wonder how much more of Bairstow we will see in this match/series…
OVER 45: IND 147/2 (Pujara 41* Kohli 22*)
Stokes is finding a lot more swing than Anderson and Woakes today. He passes Kohli’s edge, but still no wicket. Maiden.
Bairstow goes off injured
Bairstow was covering his left hand under his cap as he walked off the pitch, so it’s difficult to know the extent of the damage but that is the end we will see of him for a while. The drinks break is extended to give Buttler time to run off and grab his keeping gear.
OVER 44: IND 147/2 (Pujara 41* Kohli 22*)
Anderson is into his seventh over of the day. I wonder how many overs he has in him for this spell. He continues to bend his back, causing Pujara to duck under a bouncer. Ah, Bairstow looks to be in some trouble here. Anderson’s last delivery of the over swings wildly after going past the bat and whacks straight into the end of the keeper’s finger. Bairstow looks to be in agony. Ouch. The physio comes on to have a look, but Bairstow is soon walking off the pitch and an early drinks break is taken. I wonder if he’s broken something. It looked particularly grim.
OVER 43: IND 145/2 (Pujara 41* Kohli 21*)
Close again for England, but still no breakthrough. Stokes is angling the ball into the batsman, attempting to cramp them for space and he gets one to climb on Pujara. The ball comes off a thick edge and in the direction of Jennings at third slip, but it bounces about a metre in front of him. Maiden.
OVER 42: IND 145/2 (Pujara 41* Kohli 21*)
There’s a fairly loud appeal from Anderson and Bairstow as Kohli is hit on the pads… but Root decides not to review it. And the reason is there was a big inside edge. Good decision from the umpire. Yet again, Anderson then beats Kohli’s outside edge. So frustrating for Anderson this morning. He has bowled beautifully, but the chance wasn’t taken. Another maiden.
OVER 41: IND 145/2 (Pujara 41* Kohli 21*)
England’s catching continues to be appalling in this series and Sky Sports reckon they have cost England more than 320 runs in the three matches so far. Stokes comes into the attack in place of Woakes and Bairstow thinks he has the breakthrough as Pujara wafts at a very wide one. There is a noise as the ball goes past the bat on the way to the keeper. It wasn’t the sound of bat on ball though. Three singles added to the total.
OVER 40: IND 142/2 (Pujara 40* Kohli 19*)
Edged… and DROPPED! That should have been gobbled up by Buttler. Anderson, who has probed repeatedly this morning, finally finds Pujara’s outside edge and the ball loops (not at all quickly) low to Buttler’s left at second slip. He opts to go with one hand – when perhaps he could have tried two – and it bounces out. Maiden. But chance missed.
OVER 39: IND 142/2 (Pujara 40* Kohli 19*)
Four runs for Kohli, but a moral victory of sorts for Woakes as the Indian captain attempts to turn the ball wide of mid-on and only succeeds in getting a leading edge past point that somehow runs all the way to the boundary.
This shows the scale of England’s task with India’s lead now 310:
OVER 38: IND 138/2 (Pujara 40* Kohli 15*)
Too full from Anderson, who floats the ball onto Pujara’s pads and the result is a wristy flick for four through mid-wicket. Anderson responds by beating Pujara’s outside edge for the umpteenth time this morning and raising his eyes to the sky in despair.
OVER 37: IND 134/2 (Pujara 36* Kohli 15*)
Kohli manages to jab his bat down just in the nick of time after a Woakes delivery keeps low. The Indian captain then bends down, picks up the ball and lobs it back to the bowler – an act that would drive one member of my cricket team to absolute fury, such is his loathing for any batsmen touching a cricket ball with his hands while at the crease. Woakes has no such issues and continues his over untroubled, with Kohli pushing two wide of mid-off.
OVER 36: IND 132/2 (Pujara 36* Kohli 13*)
Anderson has started brilliantly today. Here are his first two overs:
This third over is more comfortable for the Indian batsmen, but just one run comes from it.
OVER 35: IND 131/2 (Pujara 36* Kohli 12*)
Hmm, there isn’t much happening for Woakes at the moment as he tries mixing up the full stuff with some just back of a length. Pujara waits for one full at leg stump and clips it wide of mid-on for a couple.
OVER 34: IND 129/2 (Pujara 34* Kohli 12*)
Another Anderson balls goes past Pujara’s edge and through to Bairstow, prompting oohs and aahs from those behind the stumps. And again, this time to Kohli. A cracking over from England’s most senior man, probing and asking questions of the Indian batsmen.
OVER 33: IND 128/2 (Pujara 33* Kohli 12*)
Woakes is the man to share bowling duties at the start of the day. He is noticeably fuller than Anderson as he goes in search of some swing that isn’t immediately apparent despite conditions and Kohli gets the scoreboard moving by flicking off his pads for four through mid-wicket.
OVER 32: IND 124/2 (Pujara 33* Kohli 8*)
Ooh, a smidge of encouragement from the outset as Anderson finds a bit of seam and bounce to nip the ball past Pujara’s outside edge with his second ball. Conditions are gloriously (from a seam bowling point of view) overcast in the Midlands, but there’s not much swing on show and Pujara defends/leaves the rest of the maiden.
Anyway, here come the players and James Anderson has the ball in hand. Can England rip through the Indian middle order to give them the slightest sniff of victory?
No warm-up, no worries
It is often said that international teams do not prepare sufficiently for overseas tours. There is much logic to such an argument… but this graph below shows that red-ball practice has no bearing on Test batting performance at all:
This scatter graph plots team batting average in Test series of 3+ matches since 2006 against the number of red ball overs that team faced on the tour before the series. The graph suggests the volume of red ball practice has no bearing on Test batting performance. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/t1iGUOtQtC
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) August 20, 2018
I wonder whether there is an effect on the early matches in a series as opposed to the later matches (once the touring players have become more accustomed to the red ball).
Side thought: Kumar Sangakkara is brilliant isn’t he? I could listen to him all day. Let’s just allow him to run cricket. Or the world.
A collapse that doubled up as resurrection
The second piece that you should most definitely cast your eye over as we wait for today’s action to begin is by Telegraph chief sports writer Paul Hayward: ‘Why England’s sorry Sunday at Trent Bridge is actually worth celebrating’.
Again, you can read the entire piece by CLICKING HERE.
England motored to the friendliest of Test venues seeking an unassailable 3-0 lead. In that scenario, Trent Bridge would have been left sticky with champagne, Joe Root would have spoken of a new dawn for his team and spectators in Southampton would be studying their tickets glumly. Dead-rubber games are a day out, sure enough, but lack dramatic tension.
More seriously, Trent Bridge would have triggered another round of hand-wringing for Test cricket, with crushing home advantage blamed for India’s humiliation. No other major sport offers such benefits to the country hosting the show: the ball, the pitch, the toss, the weather. The red-ball version talks a good game when it comes to modernising the five-day format. But it backs away from radical innovation.
Looks can be deceptive
There are two more excellent pieces in today’s Telegraph newspaper that I would like to flag up before we turn our attention to today. The first of those is this by Nick Hoult on Hardik Pandya, which goes some way to explaining why Virat Kohli rates India’s seam attack as the best in the world.
You can read a snippet below and CLICK HERE for the whole thing.
Pandya has spirit, like his captain, and the rock-star look and extravagance can be understood when you realise this is a player who has endured hard times in his life and, at 24, is enjoying the feeling of having money in his pocket. His father was a used car salesman in Gujarat but sold his business and moved the family to Baroda so his two sons could go to Kiran More’s cricket academy. Pandya has said money was so tight as debts mounted he had to “forget having 10 rupee notes, I didn’t even have five”. Not anymore.
This is the first time England have faced India’s strongest attack, a seam-bowling unit that Kohli believes is the best in the world. That is not just a captain trying to talk up his side either. In South Africa recently, India’s seamers took all 60 wickets, the first time that has happened in a three-Test series, which gave Kohli hope they could win in England.
“We have to talk about it”
On Sunday, England lost all 10 of their wickets inside a session. Worryingly, it was the third time that has happened in the past 24 Tests and Jos Buttler fronted up after the close of play:
Guys have got to improve. We know that as a side – to get to where we want to go, we need to eradicate these collapses. Rightly, people say it’s been happening too often – which it has.
We have to talk about it, but at the same time there is a game going on. We know in England conditions can be tough – favourable for swing bowling. Credit to India, I thought they bowled really well and got the ball moving around, and we weren’t good enough to deal with that today.
There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the changing-room, the group gel well together, there’s a real good feel about it. We’re not getting the results but it’s not for a lack of trying.
Experience tells you there is no magic key to getting things right. Nobody’s perfect and there’s human error – we’ve got to be better.
Hello and welcome to day three of the third Test at Trent Bridge. The weather does not look like halting proceedings today, which means little should get in the way of India’s victory march.
The tourists are 292 runs ahead, with eight wickets remaining and their captain Virat Kohli at the crease. Things are not looking good for Joe Root and co.
The fallout from what appears to be an imminent heavy England defeat has already begun and will continue for the next few days. Here is a snippet from our cricket correspondent Scyld Berry on Sunday’s proceedings:
England let India back in when their four pace bowlers on the opening day did not back up Joe Root’s decision to bowl first. India’s total of 329 was distinctly above par for the bowling conditions. The manner of England’s dismissal for 161 was startling, even for a side that was recently rolled over for 58 by New Zealand, but not the total itself – once India had digested the lesson, along with lunch, that they had to pitch the ball up.
India used to have a four-man spin attack, but never a four-man pace attack like this one, with every member capable of the mid-80s mph or more. The pitch, after drying out in the afternoon sun of day one when Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane staged the decisive partnership, had quickened up by the second day – and India’s bowlers were also quicker than England’s. It was the same in India’s inaugural Test at Lord’s in 1932, before Partition, but seldom since.
It was a day which saw 16 wickets fall, but also 307 runs scored at four runs per over, such is the way of Test cricket in the white-ball era. No batsman on either side except Cheteshwar Pujara in the final session had the attitude of “over my dead body”. It was only “trample over me alive” as few batsmen saw any merit in leaving the ball outside offstump.
For more of Scyld’s musings, CLICK HERE.
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