Nottingham:So then! India have clawed back into the series to make it 2-1. A much-needed confidence booster especially having been totally battered at Lord’s. The openers’ role proved to be the key in the first innings as Dhawan and Rahul added 60 in the first innings and that set the tone after being put into bat. Kohli and Rahane then stitched together a match-defining partnership to take India to a respectable 329. Pandya then changed it around in one session while bowling as England were bundled out for 161, it was brilliant, accurate piece of swing bowling. Kohli and Pujara then grinded out in the middle to virtually bat England out of the Test. England showed some resilience in the fourth innings chasing 521. Buttler and Stokes led the fightback but then Bumrah turned it around with the new ball in the final session of day 4 to help India clinch the Test.
Day 4, report: India took an extra half-hour at the end of the day’s play in a bid to wrap up victory, but England survived and will return Wednesday on 311-9 — still needing 210 more runs for what would be a world-record chase.
England had two mini-collapses either side of a partnership of 169 between Buttler (106) and Ben Stokes (62), who both demonstrated the kind of discipline and patience the top order failed to produce in slumping from 27-0 to 62-4.
Buttler was one of three batsmen dismissed by India paceman Jasprit Bumrah in eight deliveries as England lost four wickets in 21 balls.
Rashid (30 not out) and Jimmy Anderson (8 not out) got through the final overs to frustrate the Indians, who are looking for a win to keep the series alive. Bumrah had figures of 5-85.
England leads 2-0 after wins in Edgbaston and Lord’s but is highly likely to be 2-1 up heading to Southampton for the fourth test next week.
England resumed on its overnight score of 23-0 and, within an hour, it had turned into a damage-limitation exercise.
India paceman Ishant Sharma removed Keaton Jennings (13) with the fifth ball of the day and fellow opener Alastair Cook (17) in his next over, both to catches behind the wicket.
England captain Joe Root chased a wide delivery from Bumrah and edged to KL Rahul at second slip for 13, one of his seven catches so far in the match. India captain Virat Kohli, a century-maker on Monday, then produced a brilliant diving catch at third slip to remove Ollie Pope for 16 four balls later and England was 84-4 at lunch.
Stokes and Buttler scored 89 runs in a second session, showing patience despite being naturally aggressive batsmen. Soon after tea, Stokes reached his slowest test half-century — off 147 balls — before Buttler hit successive fours to register three figures for the first time in his 23 tests.
It was a timely innings from the limited-overs specialist, who had a top score of 39 in his four previous innings this series.
Buttler departed when he left a delivery from Bumrah that jagged back and trapped him lbw. England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow, who broke a bone in the middle finger of his left hand on Monday, came out to bat with the finger heavily strapped but he was bowled first ball by Bumrah.
The paceman than made it three wickets in eight balls as Chris Woakes gloved him behind for 4. And when Stokes edged Hardik Pandya to Rahul in the slips, it seemed the English wouldn’t survive to stumps.
With inputs from AP