India thrash England by 203 runs; Manages to get the series deficit to 2-1

It took India just three overs on the fifth day morning session to go through the whole England batting line up and finish the 3rd test at Trent Bridge with a massive win.

Ajinkhya Rahane successfully took a looping catch from Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery to dismiss James Anderson and wrap up a huge win in front of a small crowd.

Nottinghamshire had previously reversed their decision to charge an entry fee of £10 and allowed free admission to the spectators.

India won the match by 203 runs, after dismissing England for 317.

This was India’s seventh test victory in England.

India with this win also reduced their deficit in the series to 2-1 with two more matches yet to be played.

The fourth test starts on 30th August at Southampton.

India who lost the second test by an innings showed great toughness to win the third test, with their captain leading from the front.

Despite losing the toss, India batted, caught and used the new ball better than the English players.

England wicketkeeper, Jonny Bairstow might miss the fourth test at Southampton after suffering from a broken finger while keeping wickets.

The Three Lions do deserve some applause for the three consecutive Test wins before this match but, much of this match, looked like that they had learned very little from their last test match in this ground against the Proteas in 2017, when they were dismissed for 205 and 133.

During this test against India, the England batting line-up collapsed in the first innings between lunch and tea on Sunday to be wrapped up for a meagre 161 run.

The Three Lions were in danger of another collapse on Tuesday until all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Jos Buttler came to their rescue and shared a partnership of 169 runs for the fifth wicket. While they were on the crease, they exhibited all the virtues of careful, responsible and patient Test batting.

Englands’s opener have failed to fire in the series so far and questions of Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook have started to creep in the head of the management and the fans.

It is not just their batting that have come under the radar, England have been continuously hampered by dropped catches. A total of 14 catches have gone down in the three matches played so far in this series.

The visitors on the up

India were disappointing in their second test match at Lord’s after being bowled out for 107 in the first innings and 130 in the second innings.

The visitors were over reliant on their captain Virat Kohli, who was struggling with a back problem.

Even though captain Kohli scoring 97 in the first innings and 103 in the second innings, the whole team contributed to the win.

Most of the top order batsmen spent a decent amount of time in the middle, Hardik Pandya was excellent with the ball in the first innings and followed it up with a brilliant swashbuckling 50, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkhya Rahane showed their caliber with the bat and the openers gave a start in both the innings.

The only concern the visiting team will have for now is their premium off=spinner Ravi Ashwin having an injury which limited his contribution throughout the match.

Before this match, the visitors had won only one of the 11 consecutive tests in England.

Now the world ranked side have their own house in order and a chance to level the series if they managed to play the same level of cricket.

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