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Five-star Pandya triggers dramatic England collapse

Buttler’s bravado saves the hosts from an embarrassing follow-on

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Nottingham: England collapsed to 161 in reply to India’s first-innings 329, a deficit of 168 runs, at tea on the second day of the third Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Hardik Pandya took a Test-best five for 28, his maiden five-wicket haul at this level, while debutant wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant held five catches as England lost all 10 of their wickets in a session of play.

At 129 for nine, England were still two runs shy of avoiding the follow-on, but Jos Buttler’s fortunate leading edge off Mohammad Shami just over the head of Ajinkya Rahane at cover meant India would have to bat again.

Buttler top-scored with 39 before he was last man out, his dismissal leading to tea.

Earlier, pacemen Stuart Broad and James Anderson skilfully exploited helpful conditions to each take two wickets as India were dismissed for 329 in 40 minutes on the second morning.

England’s openers then survived a tricky session before lunch, eventually making quick progress to reach 46 without loss from nine overs with Alastair Cook on 21 and Keaton Jennings on 20.

Play had resumed at 1130 local time with India 307 for six after a half-hour delay caused by a sprinkling of rain on a grey morning.

England’s swing bowlers could not have designed better conditions and from Broad’s first over it was clear that Rishabh Pant, on an overnight 22, and new batsman Ravichandran Ashwin would struggle to survive once the attack got their length right.

India probably hoped to get close to 400 but that prospect disappeared with the wicket of Pant, who dragged a tempting delivery from Broad on to his stumps when on 24.

Anderson was less than impressed to see Ashwin put down off a sharp chance to Ollie Pope at slip, but the let-off was brief as Broad bowled the right-hander middle stump in the next over with a full delivery that swung markedly.

India’s final two batsmen fell to successive balls from Anderson, who had Shami caught at mid on by Broad after a wild swing and followed up by bowling a bemused Jaspit Bumrah first ball.

Anderson and Broad joined Chris Woakes, who did not bowl on Sunday, in each taking three wickets as India posted a score in excess of 300 in England for the first time in four years.

The quick end to India’s innings left England’s openers with a tricky 40-minute session up to lunch and both batsmen looked initially uncomfortable, flashing through the slips as India’s seamers also got the ball to move around.

England are 2-0 up in the five-Test series.

Scoreboard

At close of India’s first innings

India 1st Innings (overnight: 307-6)

S. Dhawan c Buttler b Woakes 35

KL Rahul lbw b Woakes 23

C. Pujara c Rashid b Woakes 14

V. Kohli c Stokes b Rashid 97

A. Rahane c Cook b Broad 81
H. Pandya c Buttler b Anderson 18

R. Pant b Broad 24

R. Ashwin b Broad 14

I. Sharma not out 1

M. Shami c Broad b Anderson 3

J. Bumrah b Anderson 0

Extras: (b12, lb6, w1) 19

Total: (all out, 94.5 overs, 432 mins) 329

Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Dhawan), 2-65 (Rahul), 3-82 (Pujara), 4-241 (Rahane), 5-279 (Kohli), 6-307 (Pandya), 7-323 (Pant), 8-326 (Ashwin), 9-329 (Shami), 10-329 (Bumrah)

Bowling: Anderson 25.5-8-64-3; Broad 25-8-72-3; Stokes 15-1-54-0 (1w); Woakes 20-2-75-3; Rashid 9-0-46-1

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Toss: England

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Marais Erasmus (RSA)

TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL) APP/P:sup/L:mdi/R:mdi P:16:39/L:16:43/R:17:11 LOGNO: 158 8/19/2018 5:11:38 PM version: 0

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