India tighten grip against England at Nottingham

Virat Kohli is excited to have Jasprit Bumrah fit again

Virat Kohli is excited to have Jasprit Bumrah fit again

India were outclassed by England twice - by 31 runs in Edgbaston and innings and 159-runs at Lord's. One of the most talked about youngster in Indian cricket, Pant (22 batting) clipped Broad through vacant mid-wicket region to show why he is so highly rated.

England began the extended afternoon session after taking the morning's honours, thanks to three wickets each to Stuart Broad and James Anderson. From 54 for no loss England crumbled, handing India a lead of 168 runs.

Things looked to be going smoothly despite these twin blows before Pujara's indiscretion could have cost India dearly but Kohli and Rahane were equal to the task. An uppish drive from Cook between cover and point in the first over after lunch had raised England's 50 - and given Cook his highest score of the series - but would have also encouraged Ishant Sharma.

Anderson had earlier removed Shami (3) and Bumrah (0) from back-to-back balls - Bumrah bowled by a beauty that angled in at leg and moved away late to hit middle - after Broad had forced Rishabh Pant (24) to chop on and bowled Ravichandran Ashwin (14) with a superb in-swinger. A high-quality spell of sustained in-swing from both Ishant and Bumrah continued, with Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow hurried onto the back foot. Pandya's first ball drew an edge from Root, which was very well taken at second slip by Rahul. Rahul is clean bowled on the 2 delivery.

Pandya accounted for both Chris Woakes (8) and Rashid (5) as Pant collected his fifth catch in only his first Test outing.

All Pandya did was bowl a full length at a lively pace and let the ball do the work as batsman after batsman had neither the nous nor the footwork to stop him recording the exceptional figures of five for 28. Instead this has become their second successive Trent Bridge nightmare.

Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) then shared England's first half-century opening stand of the series, but their dismissals from successive deliveries caused a collapse of 9-74 and left the home team in danger of being asked to follow on before Jos Buttler's 39 from 32 balls.

After tea, opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (44) and KL Rahul (36) looked to build on India's advantage by making another cautious start. He has also authored two cricket-related books.

It was Stokes who had proved the weakest link in England's first innings bowling and helped India reach what has proved a very competitive score after being put into bat and now the returning talisman failed with the bat too.

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