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India thrash England by 203 runs

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Kristopher Love | 22 August, 2018, 14:29

India beat England by 203 runs in the third England vs India Test at Trent Bridge to keep the five-match series alive. After the first session, England need 537 runs to win and India six wickets.

India's batsmen were under scrutiny after the abject surrender at Lord's and once Joe Root made a decision to field first after winning the toss under cloudy conditions in Nottingham, it seemed like another meek Indian surrender was to follow.

While India were never in trouble but the period once again defined the beauty of Test cricket where it was once again proved why patience is the most important virtue for top teams.

While Kohli played the watchful game, Rahane, who has been woefully short of runs in the longest format, chose to play his strokes freely. Bumrah was the unlucky bowler on that occasion, and as the day progressed he saw Buttler streakily edge him wide of the slips three more times. The visitors folded for 329 early on the second day.

Instead England slumped to 66 for four after resuming on 23 without loss - the 31st occasion in their past 62 Test innings since 2016 that they had lost their fourth wicket having scored 100 or fewer runs. But Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah accounted for the two openers and it all started going downhill thereafter for the hosts. A major chunk of the credit must also go the Indian bowlers for restricting England to jsut 161 in the first innings. Pandya's run-a-ball 52 not-out helped India get some quick runs on the board, and declare with a lead of 520.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the third Test between India and England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

England had been shown the way by India captain Virat Kohli.

Now, do the unthinkable of winning the series from 0-2 down. It was also Buttler's maiden Test century.

Set a target of 521 runs, Englishmen, except Stokes and Buttler, were no match to India's lethal bowling attack.

Ishant Sharma gave India the flawless start on the fourth morning by sending back the English openers in quick succession.

The order of the day would have been to hold out until lunch, but Jasprit Bumrah (one for 26) got Root (13) to prod at one outside his off-stump to be caught by KL Rahul in the slips.

It could have been even worse for England but Jos Buttler was dropped by Pant off Bumrah. Bumrah sent back Bulter after 169-run stand for the fifth wicket.