HARDIK PUTS INDIA ON TOP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Aug 2018 15:34:30


 

 

NOTTINGHAM

HARDIK Pandya stole the limelight with his maiden five-wicket haul as India made a strong comeback in the series by taking complete control of the third cricket Test against England, here on Sunday.


At stumps on Day Two, India were well placed at 124 for two in 31 overs in their second innings with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 33 and skipper Virat Kohli unbeaten on 8.
India, thus, took an overall lead of 292 runs over England with three full days play remaining in the match.It was Pandya who turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes, registering career-best figures of 5 for 28 to help India bundle out England for 161 in their first innings and give his side the upper hand for the first time in the series.
After tea, opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (44) and KL Rahul (36) looked to build on India’s advantage by making another cautious start.


Rahul, in particular, was aggressive as he hit seven fours and scored at 100-plus strike rate during his 33-ball stay.
Dhawan, on the other end, was a bit more watchful as the duo brought up the 50 in the ninth over. But Ben Stokes (1/30) broke the partnership by cleaning up Rahul in the 12th over.


New man in, Pujara was cautious after his recent failures and put on 51 runs with Dhawan for the second wicket before Adil Rashid (1/23) foxed the left-hander with a googly, only to be stumped by Jonny Bairstow.


Earlier, Pandya picked up career-best figures as England lost 10 wickets in the post lunch session to be bowled out in 38.2 overs at Trent Bridge.


Ishant Sharma (2/22) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/37) also picked up two wickets apiece.But Pandya’s lethal five-over opening spell made the difference as he sent the English line-up reeling in a space of 28 balls.


Coming on to bat after lunch, the hosts crossed 50 in the 10th over, after which the downfall began. Sharma was handed the ball as play restarted and he had both the openers —Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20)—in all sorts of trouble. He dismissed Cook for the 10th time in Test cricket, caught behind in the 12th over after the left-hander was dropped by Pujara at first slip two balls earlier. On the very first ball of the next over, Bumrah removed Jennings caught behind as well.


Olliver 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.