|Third Specsavers Test, Trent Bridge (day two of five)|
|India 329 all out & 124-2: Dhawan 44, Rahul 36|
|England 161 all out: Buttler 39, Cook 29, Pandya 5-28|
|India lead by 292 runs|
An awful England batting collapse gave India complete control of the 3rd Test on day two at Trent Bridge.
The home side were bundled for 161 out, surrendering all 10 wickets in the time between tea and lunch.
At one stage they lost nine for 74 runs in the area of 20.5 overs, with India all-rounder Hardik Pandya claiming 5-28.
The tourists themselves had lost their last four first-innings wickets for six runs to be dismissed for 329.
When they batted for another time, India moved to 124-2 to get rid of a chaotic day with a lead of 292 and an ideal possibility to cut their deficit in the five-match series to 2-1.
England exposed again
Though England won the initial two matches of the series, in the next innings of the initial Test at Edgbaston they found themselves 87-7 and at Lord’s these were 131-5.
Indeed, in 61 innings because the beginning of 2016, they will have lost their fourth wicket with the score on 100 or less on 30 occasions.
On this ground in 2017, as England were being trounced by South Africa, former captain Michael Vaughan suggested they didn’t “respect” the best way to bat in Test cricket.
This latest capitulation had not been as a complete consequence of recklessness, but technical deficiencies against a ball that moved in the air and off the seam consistently.
In England’s eventual big win at Lord’s, India were found wanting as England enjoyed perfect bowling conditions. Here, the tourists gave the real home side a taste of these own medicine.
After tumbling from 54-0 to 128-9, England were dragged 150 by the hitting of Jos Buttler past, who cracked 39 from 32 balls.
Still, England were bowled out in the area of a session for the 3rd time in significantly less than 2 yrs.
|England Test batting averages in 2018 (min four Tests)|
Pandya leads rampant India
India actually began poorly, bowling short before lunch too, and then improve following the break with a fuller length, bustling pace and assured slip catching.
Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings were caught behind off consecutive deliveries – Cook drawn into playing by way of a lovely delivery from Ishant Sharma, Jennings poking at Jasprit Bumrah needlessly. ollie Pope tickled Ishant down the leg side
After, Pandya took over, swinging the ball to claim his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
The crowd booed once the third umpire adjudged that Joe Root’s edge carried to second slip, but there is without doubt when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed in exactly the same fashion.
Chris Woakes gloved a hook, Adil Rashid gave debutant wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant his fifth Stuart and catch Broad was indisputably lbw.
At another end, Ben Stokes prodded Mohammad Shami to KL Rahul, who claimed three catches at second slip, as England’s batting was left in tatters.
Buttler briefly brought carnage of another kind, entertaining the crowd in a last-wicket stand of 33 with James Anderson before holing out off Bumrah.
So complete was the destruction brought by the India pace bowlers, the tourists were unaffected by way of a hip injury that restricted off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to only 1 over.
India’s two innings in a single day
Pandya’s dismissal to the ultimate ball of the initial day left India resuming on Sunday on 307-6.
Drizzle kept the players off the field for half an full hour, and Anderson and Broad swung a fresh ball under grey skies nearly.
Pant played on off Broad, who also bowled Ashwin before Anderson accounted for Bumrah and Shami in successive deliveries. England took their four wickets in 7.5 overs.
England were bowling straight after tea but again, this right time, were flat, the evening sunshine loose and punished because the ball ceased relocating.
At one stage, Anderson was conceding five runs an over, Broad six and Stokes seven, even though the Durham all-rounder did have the ability to bowl Rahul for 36.
Cook’s drop of an easy Dhawan edge didn’t prove very costly – the left-hander stumped off leg-spinner Rashid for 44, leaving India skipper Virat Kohli to accompany Cheteshwar Pujara to the close.
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‘England must be honest with themselves, but keep carefully the faith’ – what they said
Former England spinner Graeme Swann on Test Match Special: “I am hoping England say ‘we were awful today and went too much at the ball’.
“I am hoping they don’t really say the Joe Root catch changed the overall game.
“The batsmen have disappointed the bowlers. On day two – no wonder they look grumpy to be bowling again by teatime.
“To be putting your bowling shoes on 38 overs later if they remain warm and sweaty is really a horrible feeling.
“However, they have to help keep the faith and believe they are able to still win this game. Tomorrow this is an excellent pitch to bat on if sunlight comes out.”
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