England go into the third day of the third Test staring down the barrel with India, at 124 for two in their second innings, a massive 292 ahead and nearly certain to go on to a victory that would propel them back into this series. On the other hand the Trent Bridge pitch appeared patchy and sported a decent covering of grass, apparently 2mm more than in 2015 when Stuart Broad so famously ran amok.
Much of the pre-match attention had been focused on Stokes, recalled just days after his acquittal on Tuesday by a court on an affray charge that stemmed from a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September a year ago.
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.
Prior to this match, they had won only one of 11 Tests in England and passed 200 just once in their previous nine completed innings.
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Virat Kohli's dogged determination was well complemented by Ajinkya Rahane's application as India put up their best batting performance of the series reaching 307 for 6 against England on the first day of the third cricket Test.
Dhawan provided much-needed positivity at the top of the order and, after Kohli and Rahane dominated the middle of the day, Pant hit his second ball in Test cricket, delivered by leg-spinner Adil Rashid, for six.
Left-hander Rishabh Pant was handed his first cap, while Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan returned to the side, following their embarrassing 159-run innings defeat against England at the Lord's last week. Cook OUT for 29 after Cheteshwar Pujara DROPS his catch in the slips.
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In the fourth over of a new spell, Shami extracted an edge from Stokes which few to Rahul at second slip.
England's Chris Woakes celebrates. 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.
Buttler smashed Shami's next three balls for boundaries and passed 1,000 Test runs before holing out off Bumrah to end a 33-run last-wicket stand with Anderson (1no) as England shipped 10 wickets in a session for the second time this year following their 58 all out in New Zealand in March.
Oliver Pope (10) and Joe Root (16) added 21 runs for the third wicket, but Sharma's fuller lengths caused all sort of troubles for both the batsman. In his next over, Broad bowled R. Ashwin with a huge in-swinger. Stuart Broad starts the first over. There was genuine fear that India's batsmen could be rolled over by England.
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