Let's just leave it there. 2-1 it is, with England still leading and two Test matches to go. This is Rishi Roy, bidding adieu on a truncated day in the company of our crew of commentators - Abhinand Raghavendran, Srivathsa, Hariprasad Sadanandan, and our scorer Mukesh Gowda, who have been bringing you the action in this rollercoaster ride of a Test match. Do join us in Southampton in 8 days time for the fourth Test, because it's not really goodbye after all - Test cricket is very. much. alive. *Curtains Down*
Jasprit Bumrah, an T20 League recruit, has attracted the limelight; The masters of grit, Pujara and Rahane, are back amongst the runs and have contributed handsomely in this win; Pant has been fantastic behind the stumps and looked solid with the bat; Hardik Pandya, with his quick five-for and a run-a-ball fifty, reinforces his all-rounder's spot and makes a statement. And speaking of statements, Virat Kohli - I bow down to thee. England have some tough decisions to make, in terms of team composition, injuries and more importantly, catching.
12:23 Local Time, 16:53 IST: Breathless? I know I am. And yes, a Test match can do that to you. What an exhibition for the longer format! Four-day games are being considered, to keep up with our fast-moving world. Not taking sides here, but there's something that appeals to the inner cricket romantic when a Test match tips over into the final day with the fourth innings in progress.
Shastri: (Talking to Michael Atherton for Sky Sports) "You can't ask for more. What we demanded from the boys, was accountability. We knew we were close to beating England, despite the results, despite being 0-2 down. I said at the press conference that there wasn't a negative bone in the team and I mean it. We came out here to win this Test match, it's about applying yourself. It's about executing your plans in the best possible method and they did it magnificently. As a batting unit, bowling unit and more importantly, as a catching unit. (On India's fine slip catching) Terrific, because they realize now that they have a potent pace attack and if you have to support the pace bowlers, you need to take your catches. If you do that, they get the wickets and you stay on the ground lesser. Emphasis has been on fielding. If you look at the ODI side, it has been the best fielding side India has had, ever. Idea is to get the Test side also in same frame of mind as well. (Whether this is the best Indian pace attack ever) By a mile, and the best strength. If you look, the two potent fast bowlers for English conditions were Bhuvi and Bumrah, they didn't play in the ODIs at all and in the first couple of Tests, yet to play together. Then you have Ishant and Shami bowling beautifully with Umesh waiting in the wings. I don't know what they are eating but they're surely eating something different. I am not complaining. It's a conscious effort from this side to be the best travelling side in the world. Not just at home. We know we thrash oppositions at home. They don't stand a chance, especially when we prepare spinning tracks. We want to win away from home. I think this side can be the best travelling side in the world. (On Kohli) He is very passionate about the game. He loves batting, he loves to do the hard yards. His work ethics are second to none. Haven't seen any cricketer, I'll put Tendulkar in it as well, in the way he visualizes situations. I promise you, he will forget these two innings now and take guard again as if he hadn't scored a run in the series. It's going to be tough (to change this XI). In the four years that I have been doing this job, especially overseas, I haven't seen a more clinical performance. We have won a Test match, not yet won the series but we there are two Test matches to go. We'll be thinking in that fashion."
Kohli (2/2):The partnership between me and Ajinkya was crucial if you look back at the Test. Ajinkya was clear in his mindset in the first innings, and when he goes out and plays like that, he is attractive to watch and he can change the complexion of the game. It was about getting stuck and not throwing our wickets away. They're a quality attack and you need grit and determination to score against them, and Ajinkya did that in the first innings and Pujara in the 2nd. I haven't thought about the 2014 failures, but I'd like to dedicate this to my wife who is here and keeps motivating me. She's copped a lot in the past but she deserves the credit for this one. The four fastest bowlers in the series have been Indians and we're proud of our fitness levels. We want the opposition to bat well and get runs and we don't want to gift them any, we want to get rid of loose balls. They're getting into that kind of a mindset and getting Test runs should be difficult. We definitely believe we can come back from 0-2 to 3-2, we just need to keep moving forward, keep winning. We wouldn't be 2-1 if we didn't believe. The respect and the belief in the change room is important, and one must keep wanting to win. We need to bring out the impact performances in the next two Tests as well.
Virat Kohli, India captain and Man of the Match, (97 and 103), (1/2): We, as a team, want to dedicate this win to the flood victims in Kerala. (Applause from the crowd). This is our bit we can do as the Indian cricket team. A tough time there. The victory was much-needed in this series and in context, and to have been clinical in all departments is a victory for the entire dressing room. A complete Test for us. There was no panic, and we were outplayed in only one game out of the last 5, and that was Lord's. We dominated in this game because we put runs on the board and then the bowlers did well, they were waiting and ready, even Ashwin did well with his injury. The bowling group was ready to take 20 wickets again, and I'm glad the batsmen stepped up. So we, as batsmen, did well to give them a cushion for the bowlers to go hard. Even the slips did well, and this mix of all skills couldn't have come at a better time.
Root (2/2): You're always looking to find a way to get people out (on Virat Kohli), and it's not like he has got quick runs against us so we have bowled well, but he's got a way to adapt to these conditions and he's found a good method to play in these conditions. We have experienced bowlers, who can work him out. We need to give our bowlers a good chance in the slips (about the 12 catches dropped), but we are working hard on our catches and we will continue to do so, and that will make a massive difference and give us a chance to win the game. It's early days for the Bairstow injury, and over the next few days we will have a better idea about the swelling. It would be great if he manages to recover - you want guys like that in your side, and I know he'll be desperate to play. It has been challenging in the top-order in this series, and these conditions, so it's difficult to rule the openers out. Very easy to look past that, and we need to be realistic about things. We need to find a good method to adapt. The best thing about Buttler's 100 was that he showed how good a cricket brain he has and how well he worked out the situation, as opposed to what people know about him - hitting the ball hard. This'll give him a great amount of confidence. It was great to see what he is capable of doing and hopefully this was just the first of many hundreds to come in his career.
Joe Root, England Captain (1/2): I don't think there are any regrets for me. (About the team selection) It's a strong team that we have if you look at the card. It was always going to be a difficult decision because the guys to miss out did extremely well in the series till now, and looking at the toss, there was some light grass on the wicket and it was a good opportunity to get ahead in the game. That didn't happen. That's nitpicking, if I say we should have bowled fuller and straighter, so we just have to give the credit to India. They left very well, and it was hard for the seamers to get wickets early on, so credit to India. We very much underperformed in the first innings. In the 2nd innings, the partnership between Buttler and Stokes was admirable and a lesson in how to play Test cricket. It's not about being defensive, but how well they adapted to the situation and built the partnership. We have to look at that, and adapt our games individually in Southampton and give ourselves a good chance to score 400+ so we can put some scoreboard pressure.
Here comes the presentation ceremony...
Deepu Narayanan's stat-attack:
Most wins as captain after 38 Tests:30 R Ponting27 S Waugh22 M Vaughan/ V Kohli21 V Richards/ M Taylor20 A Strauss
Most wins as captain for India:27 MS Dhoni (60 matches)22 V Kohli (38)21 S Ganguly (49)14 M Azharuddin (47)
Only the fifth time in last 24 Tests in England since the start of Ashes 2015, a Test match has lasted five days:Eng vs SL, Lord's, 2016Eng vs Pak, Edgbaston, 2016Eng vs SA, The Oval, 2017Eng vs WI, Leeds, 2017 Eng v Ind, Trent Bridge, 2018
India winning multiple Tests outside Asia in the same calendar year:Three in 1968 (in NZ)Two each in - 1971 (Eng, WI); 1976 (NZ, WI); 1986 (Eng); 2002 (WI, Eng); 2005 (Zim); 2006 (WI, SA); 2016 (WI); 2018 (SA, Eng)
Most wickets by Indian pacers in a Test:20 vs SA, Joburg, 201819 vs Eng, Trent Bridge, 201818 vs SA, Durban, 199618 vs WI, Bridgetown, 199718 vs SL, Kandy, 2001
Venues outside Asia where India have won multiple Tests:3 Queen's Park Oval2 Eden Park, Leeds, Lord's, MCG, Queen's Sports Club, Sabina Park, Wanderers, Trent Bridge
Biggest wins for India against England by runs:279 Leeds, 1986246 Vizag, 2016203 Trent Bridge, 2018187 Kolkata, 1961/62
India winning third Test of a series after losing the first two:vs WI, Kolkata, 1974-75 (85 runs)vs Aus, MCG, 1977-78 (222 runs)vs Aus, Perth, 2008 (72 runs)vs SA, Joburg, 2018 (63 runs)vs Eng, TB, 2018 (203 runs)
Teams winning after a 150+ runs innings defeat in previous Test of the series:Eng v Aus, Sydney, 1954 (38r)WI v Aus, Perth, 1997 (10w)Aus v Ind, Bengaluru, 1998 (8w)Ind v SL, Galle, 2008 (107r)WI v Eng, Leeds, 2017 (5w)Ind v Eng, Trent Bridge, 2018 (203r)
England meanwhile have concerns. Their openers are struggling as is Root and with Bairstow breaking a finger, their batting woes just compounded. Buttler and Stokes saved some face with a brilliant rearguard effort yesterday but the way they have batted in this series, for the next game there could be changes and it could start right at the top. Jennings looks certain to be dropped. Even Cook is under pressure. Ed Smith and James Taylor have their plates full. More of that later as our men Vishaal and Vithushan dig into that from the venue. The presentation is up next. Do stay tuned for that. And for a whole lot more stuff which includes stats and others.
If it was Kohli who erred at Lord's by picking a spinner in seamer-friendly conditions and then proceeded to lose the toss before caving in for 107, here Root's generosity helped India. But that can take nothing away from the visitors' professional performance right through the game. They outplayed the hosts in all three departments of the game and richly deserve the victory. Once India bowled England out for 161 with Hardik Pandya taking a 29-ball five-for it was almost improbable to see any other result other than an Indian win. Then in the second innings when Buttler-Stokes were looking stubborn, Bumrah came to the party with a five-for. Lots of positives for India in this game but two things stand out - the opening stands in both innings and the slip catching with KL being the standout. Took 7 catches and didn't drop one in the whole game. At last India seem to have found a capable slip fielder even though KL's primary responsibility is still to get runs with the bat.
11:11 Local Time, 10:11 GMT, 15:41 IST: Was a formality today. And so it turned out to be. The Indians are happy as they head inside. Why wouldn't they be. After being mauled at Lord's, they have bounced back in style when few gave them a chance. But you have to question Root's decision at the toss when he inserted India in looking at the overcast conditions. Soon that evaporated as day 1 turned out to be a batting day and India through Kohli and Rahane set the platform for a good first innings total.
Ashwin to Anderson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ravichandran Ashwin [22.0-8-40-0] is back into the attack
Two slips and a deep short leg
Mohammed Shami [18.0-3-76-1] is back into the attack
Right then, out come the players and the two umpires. Anderson on strike and it will be Hardik to start proceedings on Day 5. Three slips and a short leg in place.
For India, it's almost been the perfect script in this Test. They always had the bowling arsenal and it was a question of whether their batsmen could stand up to the challenge. Once the visitors managed a competitive total on the board, the bowlers did the rest and the most heart-warming thing for Kohli and the think tank will be the slip catching. Apart from the batting woes, this was one area that had been haunting Indian cricket for a while now in overseas conditions. Therefore, it was a dramatic turnaround to see the cordon gobbling almost everything that came their way with KL Rahul being the wrecker-in-chief. The tourists will hope that this isn't a one-off game. Plenty of positives for India although they will rue the fact that they couldn't seal the deal yesterday itself. It should still be a rather comfortable win but England's middle and lower order have limited some damage I reckon by not giving in easily. On that note, this is Hari Sadanandan welcoming you all to Cricbuzz's live coverage for the final day. With me are Abhinand Raghavendran, Srivathsa, Rishi Roy and our scorer Mukesh.
Day 5, 10:05 local: Cricket is an unpredictable sport but today is one of those rare days of a Test match where the result is more or less known to all in advance. Barring the unthinkable of course or well, a miracle! If you are an Indian fan, then such days are all the more sweeter, considering that this is an overseas encounter. Everything is in readiness for Kohli's men to register their second Test win outside Asia this year. an achievement really for a team whose struggles in Non-Asian territories have been well documented. For those asking about the weather, it's another cloudy morning at Trent Bridge with no threat of rain at the moment although it is overcast. After a shambolic batting effort in the first innings, England's batsmen (or rather Buttler and Stokes) showed impeccable resolve and application to keep the visitors at bay for a considerable amount of time. The duo's heroics have ensured that the game has dragged into the final day, even though it's for mainly academic reasons. Nevertheless, the pair's rearguard action will have given a massive confidence boost to the hosts' dressing room that seems to be morally down during the course of this Test match - ironic considering that they are the side who are in front in this series.
India took the second new ball immediately after 80 overs and straightaway they found the breakthrough. Jasprit Bumrah removed Buttler and Bairstow in successive balls and bounced out Woakes in the very next over. He should have had Rashid too, but Bumrah had overstepped. After Stokes's wicket, Rashid shared a fifty partnership with Broad. Bumrah came back and bagged the fifer by removing Broad. However, the duo of Rashid and Anderson dug out for 34 balls. How long will the match last tomorrow? That's the only question to be answered. Could get over in a ball too. We'll be back for that with our build-up. Until then, it's goodbye..
England, chasing an almost impossible target, got off to a bad start this morning. The struggling openers were dismissed inside three overs, both falling victim to Ishant Sharma. Root and Pope too were dismissed before lunch. The hosts were heading towards another collapse. That's when Buttler joined hands with Stokes. The former was dropped on 1 by Pant. Together, the pair batted for four hours - 346 deliveries and 169 runs to be precise. Buttler went onto register his maiden Test ton - a fourth innings century that he won't forget for a long time.
19:06 Local Time, 18:06 GMT, 23:36 IST: After the last-ball block, Broad in the dressing room, applauded with a beaming smile on his face. Kohli too is pretty happy. So, with one day to go, India need 1 wicket and England require 210 runs. FYI, the weather forecast indicates 12% chances of rain tomorrow.
Three slips, backward point, and forward short leg in place.
Two slips, a gully, a forward short leg, and a leg slip.
Jasprit Bumrah [28.0-8-84-5] is back into the attack
Two slips, leg-gully and FSL in place
Two slips, a leg-gully and forward short leg..
Ravichandran Ashwin [21.0-8-39-0] is back into the attack
Two overs left in the day.
Mohammed Shami [16.0-3-63-1] is back into the attack
Most catches in a Test by a fielder:8 A Rahane v SL, Galle, 20157 G Chappell v Eng, Perth, 19747 Yajuvindra Singh v Eng, Bengaluru, 19777 H Tillakaratne v NZ, Colombo SSC, 19927 S Fleming v Zim, Harare, 19977 M Hayden v SL, Galle, 20047 KL RAHUL v ENg, TB, 2018 *
James Anderson, left handed bat, comes to the crease
India just one wicket away...
Bumrah to Broad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jasprit Bumrah [26.0-7-83-4] is back into the attack
Two slips and short leg..
Words exchanged between Kohli and Broad!
India have claimed the extra half an hour with just two wickets for the win..
Ravichandran Ashwin [19.0-7-38-0] is back into the attack
The ninth wicket partnership - 46 off 44 deliveries..
Achieving double of 3000 runs & 400 wickets in Tests:R Hadlee (3124r & 431w)Kapil Dev (5248r & 434w)S Warne (3154r & 708w)S Pollock (3781r & 421w)S BROAD (3001r & 427w)
3000 Test runs for Stuart Broad!
Ishant Sharma [19.0-4-60-2] is back into the attack
Mohammed Shami [13.0-3-55-1] is back into the attack
Moves to round the wicket!
For the first time in the history of Test cricket, two players from the same side - Rishabh Pant & KL Rahul - have taken six catches each in a match. #HistoryMade
Leg-gully and forward short leg in addition to three slips..
Most catches as a fielder for India in a Test:8 A Rahane v SL, Galle, 20157 Yajuvindra Singh v Eng, Bengaluru, 19776 E Solkar v WI, POS, 19716 V Sehwag v Eng, Leeds, 20026 KL RAHUL v Eng, TB, 2018 *
A leg-gully and short leg in place..
Stuart Broad, left handed bat, comes to the crease
QdK and Jeff Dujon took eight & seven catches respectively in their maiden Test as WK but those were not their Test debut
Hardik Pandya to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Seventh catch for Pant on his his debut Test. Equals the most by a WK on Test debut - Brian Taber, Alan Knott, Chamara Danusinghe, Chris Read, Peter Nevill
Adil Rashid, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Woakes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Three slips and short leg in place..
Highest % of runs made from boundaries for England (100+ runs):80.29 A Flintoff (110/137) v NZ, Christchurch, 200279.25 M Butcher (84/106) v SA, Trent Bridge, 200379.25 J BUTTLER (84/106) v Ind, Trent Bridge, 2018 *77.23 B Stokes (78/101) v NZ, Lord's, 2015
Hat-trick ball. Four slips, short leg and short mid-wicket in place. Here's Bumrah..
Chris Woakes, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Bairstow, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Jonny Bairstow, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Buttler, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Three slips now for Bumrah..
168* by Stokes & Buttler is the highest fifth wicket partnership for England in the fourth innings of a Test surpassing 163 between Trevor Bailey & Willie Watson against Australia at Lord's in 1953.
Three slips in...
Two slips and a gully in place
Jasprit Bumrah [21.0-6-58-1] is back into the attack
Right then, three and a half sesssions left, England need less than 300 runs to win with 6 wickets in hand. Possible? Well, the set batsmen will have a different challenge now. The second new ball has been taken.
The massive pounding mallet on its way out to flatten the deteriorated areas on the holy strip, as the players rush to the trolley for a cold beverage. Time for drinks.
Commentator's instinct: Kohli will take the new ball as soon as it is available...
B Simpson (9), TL Goddard (7), Chanderpaul (7), Tillakaratne (7) and Steve Waugh (6) reached 70+ more times than Buttler at the time of scoring his maiden Test hundred.
12 deliveries to the new ball. India desperate for change.
Only Jack Hobbs and Graham Gooch had scored as many 70-plus scores as Jos Buttler - five before scoring his maiden Test hundred for England. Gooch ended with 20 and Hobbs with 15 hundreds
Hardik Pandya [6.0-3-7-0] is back into the attack
This is the longest partnership of the series. Pujara-Kohli batted 48.1 overs.
Mohammed Shami [11.0-3-38-1] is back into the attack
This is now Buttler's highest score in Tests. The previous highest was 85, on debut, against... wait for it... India
Ravichandran Ashwin [13.0-5-31-0] is back into the attack
Buttler 3 away from his highest Test score.
Ishant Sharma [14.0-3-43-2] is back into the attack
Buttler and Stokes walk out to some serious applause from the crowd, after the Indians take their positions in the field. Bumrah to start proceedings with some skiddy ones. Can he get the much-needed breakthrough for India? We'll see. Here we go. Three slips in...
15:40 Local Time: Respite for England and their supporters. The session started with their backs to the wall and it's still the same but the fightback will be give the dressing room some heart. The first wicketless session with the bat of the series for England. Buttler and Stokes did really well, playing the ball on merit and being proactive at the crease. The former in particular looked very compact. There were some close calls, as you would expect on a fourth day pitch but the important thing is that they are still there. India's bowlers tried hard, albeit without much luck. Need to question some of Kohli's tactics, especially the field placings which were a bit too defensive at times. With so many runs still in the bank, he can afford to attack more. India still firmly on top but if they don't stay patient, things could get frustrating. Still another 18 overs for the second new ball and that could be pivotal to England's life in this game. Join us shortly for the final session to see if the hosts can drag this into day 5.
Eighth time Buttler reached 60 in an inngs in Test. Never scored more than 85 in the seven previous instances.
This is only the second 100+ stand for the 5th wkt in the 4th inngs of a Test in TB after 177 by Bev Congdon & Vic Pollard for NZ vs Eng in 1973
Definite reverse swing on offer for Shami. Needs to get his lines right to exploit it.
India review for LBW! It was avery full ball that will give India some hope. No bat clearly. Over to HawkEye. Okay this is missing leg stump!
Mohammed Shami [8.0-3-28-1] is back into the attack
India review for LBW! Marginal call to me and I guess it could be umpire's call. No bat and UltraEdge confirms it. Over to HawkEye and yes, it's clipping leg stump which means umpire's call it is. Good decision from the umpire.
Time for the "Doctor" to take over. Here he is!
Drinks. A wicketless hour. Good batting conditions and till Bumrah's introduction, both Buttler and Stokes didn't have any issues. The ball didn't do much for Ishant and Pandya and they were rendered ineffective. Bumrah should've had Buttler on another day, but the luck is with the keeper-bat. Still one wicket away from getting into the lower middle-order - the Indians and they would be thinking the same. How long can England prolong this? Let's see. Ash to continue after the break...
Jasprit Bumrah [12.0-5-26-1] is back into the attack
Very difficult for Ash to get anything without pivoting his hips and upper body, he relies a lot on those things and when that's hampered he's half the bowler
Now round the wicket with two slips and a silly point
A grimace after that ball from Ash. He is clearly struggling
Slip, leg gully, short leg and short mid
Ravichandran Ashwin [4.0-2-4-0] is back into the attack
Back over the wicket to Stokes
Two slips, silly mid-on in. Sun's out now
So far the best batting conditions in this phase of play after lunch. The ball is doing nothing
Bairstow in his whites with a cream jumper on
Silly mid-on and short mid in
Sun beginning to peek out as Broad, Anderson and Cook are seated next to each other
Now round the wicket
Shami off now. Umesh on
Gaff has a word with Hardik Pandya about his transgressions on the danger area. Just a word for now
Hardik Pandya [2.0-2-0-0] is back into the attack
Welcome back. How long will it take for the Indians to wrap this up? If they bowl and catch like they did in the first session, shouldn't be long. Ishant has the ball and it will be Buttler on strike. Here we go then...
Next over Shami with the help of Kohli took out Pope and England were in all sorts of trouble. With Bairstow not able to bat at his original position due to a fractured finger, Stokes and Buttler saw out the rest of the session. India with all the aces and their slip catching in this match has been outstanding with KL leading the way. And he did the Dele Alli celebration too - couple of extra points for that. The England selectors are watching the game at TB and some tough calls do look to be in store. A recall for Ian Bell? Who knows. We may well see Pope and Bell bat together at the Ageas Bowl. But that's for later. India will be looking to polish off things after the break. Don't go too far. We'll be back shortly to bring you all of that and more...
13:00 Local Time, 12:00 GMT, 17:30 IST: Four wickets for India and they are just six or even five away from making it 1-2 in the series. Would set it up quite beautifully for the last two games. The conditions were overcast and suited to swing and seam bowling when play began today and Ishant was right on the money, taking out both Jennings and Cook. Now serious questions will be asked of the former as his place is under grave danger. May have played his last Test in a while. The latter too is struggling but the lack of alternatives in domestic cricket may just give him a bit of a lengthier rope. Root and Pope tried to battle it out and did so for a while before Bumrah got the England skipper out. Bumrah didn't do anything fancy in his unchanged 9-over spell as his persistence paid off.
Last ball before lunch
Now a leg-slip in for Ash
There's no pivot from Ashwin at all. He cannot turn those injured hips
Two slips and a silly point
Ravichandran Ashwin [2.0-1-2-0] is back into the attack
Pope is seen looking intently into the video analysis on the lappy. While Ed Smith and James Taylor are in the house
Slightly off-topic but here's Nasser on air about Pujara: "Give me a Pujara any day of a week in Test cricket."
Pandya now round the wicket
#SolidCordonSolidKeeper:Two players taking more than 5 catches in a Test for India:M Azharuddin/ K More v Pakistan, Karachi, 1989K Srikkanth/ K More v Australia, Perth, 1992S Ganguly/ SS Das v Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2000R Pant/ KL Rahul v England, Trent Bridge 2018 *
Three slips and a gully
Hardik Pandya, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Root looks a defeated man as he looks at the video analysis on the lappy
For the uninitiated, Dele Alli's celebration which KL did after taking Root's catch is the rage right now. Check it out on YouTube if you haven't already. KL did it pretty well too
Coming back to the Root dismissal as soon as KL caught that, the England skipper was so distraught that he waved the air with his bat. Then walked forlornly back inside
Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shami to Ollie Pope, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Root, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Six balls on the money from Shami and that's where he should be
This has been a very good over
Bumrah to continue..
Time for drinks. This has been a solid rearguard stand between these two. Yes they have been beaten and looked not so comfortable at the crease, but they are digging in there. After two early blows of the openers, imperative for these two to forge a big partnership if their side are to have any chance. Ishant it was who again opened up things by getting the openers, nicking off. His round the wicket angle to left-handers is now becoming very potent ala Morne Morkel who was a beast with that angle. Ishant has some way to go before reaching that status, but is getting there with every game. Bumrah has been tidy but needs to be a bit fuller than his stock length. India though well on top and the only interest would be whether Ash gets a bowl in this session.
Gully moves to short mid. Point to backward
Short mid in
The Indians are chirping quite a bit with Kohli leading the way, understandably so
Mohammed Shami, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
There's a catching backward square and a short mid though for Ollie Pope
#AllOrNothing #RawOrFullyCooked: Alastair Cook:Between 243 at Edgbaston & 244* at MCG: 144 runs at 14.40 in ten inningsSince 244* at MCG: 269 runs at 19.21 in 14 innings
No leg gully for Pope
Not sure why Ash is off the field. Will update when we get info
Ash is sitting inside the dressing room alongside a topless DK!
Now a gully in for Pope
Leg gully in now
Now Pope pulls out as something was in his eyeline. An insect near his face
Ollie Pope should be careful of not glancing that line from Ishant down the leg-side. That's how he got out in the first innings
Three slips and a deepish short leg in
Ollie Pope, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Indian bowlers dismissing an opposition batsman most times:12 Kapil Dev - Mudassar Nazar11 Kapil Dev - Gooch11 Ishant Sharma - Cook
Ishant to Cook, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Three slips, all standing really close together. A gully too. Massive gap between 1st slip and keeper.
Jasprit Bumrah [3.0-1-16-0] is back into the attack
Rishabh Pant is the first Indian WK to effect six dismissals on Test debut.Naren Tamhane, Kiran More, Nayan Mongia & Naman Ojha all effected five each.
Over the wicket this time to Root. 3 slips and a forward short leg in place.
Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ishant to Jennings, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
He pulls out of his stance, does Jennings. Some sightscreen issue. Ishant isn't pleased. Meanwhile, Isa Guha mentions the dark clouds and how they are a bad omen for batting.
Kohli marches in with his troops. Cook looks sombre as usual, and Jennings looks red and nervous. Ishant Sharma to start off for India. Three slips and a gully, and a short cover. Here we go...
Right, we're all set. The countdown begins. England need to bat six sessions, and/or chase down 521. Or perhaps do a bit of a rain-dance if they believe in that kinda thing. India just need 10 wickets to win their first Test of the tour to make it 2-1. Remember, in the bigger picture, they're still down and out and need a comeback of a larger magnitude beyond the scope of this Test match. But let's focus on today - It's Rishi Roy on the hot seat, and I'll be taking you through the first mini-session today. Giving me company, are Mukesh, Hari and Abhinand, who will take over when my fingers are too sore for the keyboard. All set for the first ball of the day, and here we go...
Pitch Report: The pitch has deteriorated a little bit, so there is some grip that has developed which is likely to help seamers and spinners. There is a rough patch on one end, but it's on a shortish length, so there is something for Ashwin to exploit. Bumrah, Shami and Ishant will all come into play but they need to put in some effort and bend their backs because the seam will be slow and it will hold up in the track. Lots for the bowlers in it, but not impossible to bat on.
Some reading up above, for you anxious nailbiters, just to rile yourself up for another potentially scintillating day of Test cricket:
Cook and Jennings managed to see through a probing spell by Ishant and Bumrah, and a tight couple of overs by Ashwin at the end of Day 3, but the real task lies today. Blockathon? All guns blazing? Looks like more of the former from the opening pair. And if, if Cook settles in, India must be wary that they'd be in for a looooong day. So don't count out the unlikely then. If 400+ can be chased in ODIs, one can't rule out the unprecedented from Test matches.
As for England, they need a blend of fierce character and divine intervention to even save this game. The hosts have been tasked with a historically unlikely chase of 521, and I would assume Joe Root would be reminding them about the bigger picture to inspire them to go out there and save the Test, or perhaps pull off an unthinkable heist: that they are, in fact, 2-0 up in the series as of this very moment. And they will be leading 2-1 even if they are to lose this one. Jonny Bairstow's injury to his left middle-finger just added to England's woes, although there are reports that he is likely to bat (a la Graeme Smith @SCG, circa 2009). He's a tough man, Bairstow, but it's safe to say that England have ten-and-a-half wickets in the bag right now.
10:15AM local time, 2:45PM IST: The very best of mornings to you all, as we bring you Day 4 of this mouthwatering encounter at Trent Bridge. After hitting rock bottom at Lord's, the only way to go for India was up. Virat Kohli spoke of the "having your backs to the wall" challenge, and boy, hasn't he led from the front in the redemption Test? England have looked deflated on the field, thanks to yet another hundred by the Indian captain yesterday to follow his 97 in the first innings, bringing his match tally to an even 200. Furthermore, Pujara struck some much-needed form with a scratchy 72 in the second innings, as did deputy skipper Rahane with some time in the middle for both.
Cheteshwar Pujara (2/2) (Talking to Sky Sports): Virat is a great player, timing the ball sweetly from the first Test, and I don't think anyone can play a cover drive like he does, particularly in England. It's great to watch from the other side, particularly the drives that he plays. The pitch has quickened up a bit compared to the first day, so I think it will be tough to bat on Day 4. Some balls are climbing from the dents and some are shooting through so it will be difficult to bat, and if we bowl in the right areas, we should be able to bowl them out tomorrow. Both seam and spin will come into play. (About Ashwin's injury) He is okay; the way he bowled a couple of overs today, I hope he continues to do that. He's getting it to turn. I hope he stays fit and continues to do well tomorrow.
Cheteshwar Pujara (1/2) (talking to Sky Sports): I've been batting really well. I didn't score too many runs this season, but in county I was batting well. I didn't get many runs so it is good to be amongst the runs. We are in a good position at this stage. You do fret if you don't get runs, but the way I was batting in the nets and the way I was moving my feet, I knew a good score was just a game away from a big score. I missed out on a hundred today, but it's good to get 72. (About his omission from the first Test) It's tough to sit out of the team, due to the team combination, but it's good to be back in the team and scoring runs. Maybe I would've started the series if I didn't play county (laughs), but it's always good to play county cricket, and I played on some challenging pitches in England during the county season; on those, sometimes you do get out, but it was good to have that preparation.
The pitch wasn't as lively as it was yesterday, but if you bowl it in the right channel, you can trouble even the good batsmen. Ishant and Bumrah beat the outside edge 4-5 times. Expect it to assist Ashwin too later tomorrow. Remember, Bairstow - one of England's in-form batsmen - isn't 100% fit. India are firm favourites to win this Test. What can England do different in the second essay? Do join us tomorrow. Until then, it's goodbye.
The day was entirely dominated by the visitors. They lost just one wicket in the first two sessions and consolidated on the lead. Pujara, who was dropped on 40, missed out on his ton. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, who got a reprieve on 93, breached the nervous 90s to record his 23rd Test century. He seems to like batting in England. Doesn't he? India's 'all-rounder' Hardik Pandya backed up his maiden Test fifer with a run-a-ball fifty today before India declared with a lead of 520.
18:30 Local Time, 17:30 GMT, 23:00 IST: England survive the tricky nine overs without losing any wickets. Root applauds the effort. And India's captain - Virat Kohli - leads his team off the ground. So, this is the equation: India need 10 wickets and England need 498 runs with two days to go.
Two balls left in the day and VK asks for a helmet. Another close-in fielder. Shardul Thakur brings the helmet and Jaddu brings the box with a bright smile. So, this is the field - two slips, forward short leg and silly-point
Marais Erasmus has a word with the bowler - probably indicating that he is flirting with that danger area. No official warning
Kohli, as usual, is egging up his fast bowler
Ashwin is struggling.. Looks grumpy after delivering the ball
Two slips and forward short leg in place for the off-spinner.
Ravichandran Ashwin, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Shifts to round the wicket does Bumrah
It's Ishant Sharma versus Cook! Ten times, he has dismissed England's leading run-scorer in Tests..
Five slips in place now!
Three slips (standing very close to each other) and a gully in.
Ishant Sharma, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Cook and Jennings are at the crease. Cook is on strike. Bumrah will open the attack