At Trent Bridge, Indians gained the grip on the game standing worthy to their top rankings in the test after two disastrous defeats. Virat Kohli stopped at nervous 90s in the first innings after a solid opening stand of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.
In addition, the situations have changed a lot after lunch in the first innings played by England in the second day. The quick wickets picked by Hardik Pandya answered a lot to his critiques and his performance helped the visitors to bowl out England at 161 runs. Hardik Pandya made his five-wicket haul in the test format by picking 5 wickets off 28 runs.
Hardik Pandya was earlier criticized by versatile cricketers like Michael Holding and Harbhajan Singh about his presence in the team and his all-rounder tag. Bumrah bowled well but could not pick wickets before lunch in the first innings of England. The duo of Jennings and Bairstow slammed 46 runs within 9 overs before lunch but by the fiery attack of Indian pacers, the English innings collapsed rapidly.
In the second innings of India, as a support to the opening stand, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara made a decent score and registered a lead of 392 runs against the hosts. The visitors were in a stable condition with the score of 124/2 and Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul made a stand of 50 runs above in both of the innings. The splendid performance of Rishabh Pant both with the bat and gloves are remarkable things to be talked about a debutant. His first ball six is a rare record in the history of Indian test cricket. From the host’s side, Jos Buttler slammed 39 runs to save them from a follow-on.
If the Indians could continue with the same stability, they could post a score of 400 to 500 runs which is an incredible total to achieve. They have to stand till the fourth day to trouble the hosts to the fullest.