Kohli-Rahane salvage India from first day disaster at Trent Bridge

Florence Fletcher
August 20, 2018

India were 124 for two in their second innings at stumps on Sunday´s second day, an already commanding lead of 292 runs in a game where victory would see them keep the series alive at 2-1 down in a five-match contest.

India took command of the third Test against England on Sunday after a fragile collapse from the hosts saw them lose all ten wickets in one session for the third time in two years. The tourists were completely outplayed in the second Test with England winning by an innings and 159 runs to leave them trailing 2-0 with three Tests left to play. England were bundled out in 38.2 overs after India had posted 329 in the first innings. Pant, who became the 291st player to play for India, took five catches on his debut which made him the youngest keeper to take five catches in an innings of an global match, eclipsing Chris Read who did it against NZ at Birmingham in 1999 at an age of 20y 325d.

The good work of Rahul and Dhawan was taken forward by Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane.

After tea, opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (44) and KL Rahul (36) looked to build on India's advantage by making another cautious start. Jos Buttler went into T20 mode knowing England needed some runs, and slammed a quickfire 39 off 32 balls that included three fours and two sixes, to give the English supporters in the crowd something to cheer for. Ishant, who ought to have been given the new ball, squared Alastair Cook up, having the left-hander edge behind.

Shami and Bumrah then shared the new ball, with Ishant surprisingly held back.

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Rishabh Pant created history in his debut match by hitting a six on the second delivery of his Test career. But just like in the first session, the first wicket fell when the score was on 60 - Rahul missing the drive and finding his stumps knocked back by Stokes.

The wicket-keeper had begun nervously, failing to stop a widish delivery down the leg-side from Mohammed Shami, getting in Pujara's way before he dropped Cook, and getting caught wrong-footed when Joe Root edged behind.

Kohli top-scored for India in the first innings with 97, while Ajinkya Rahane made 81.

Pant joined the elite club of Naren Tamhane (vs Pakistan in 1955), Kiran More (vs England in 1986) and Naman Ojha (vs Sri Lanka in 2015), all of whom took five catches on their Test debuts.

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