India keep series alive with display of character

Brief scores: India 329 (Virat Kohli 97, Ajinkya Rahane 81; James Anderson 3/64, Stuart Broad 3/72, Chris Woakes 3/75) and 352/7 dec. (Kohli 103, Cheteshwar Pujara 72, Hardik Pandya 52*; Adil Rashid 3/101, Ben Stokes 2/68) beat England 161 (Jos Buttler 39; Pandya 5/28, Ishant Sharma 2/32) and 317 (Buttler 106, Ben Stokes 62; Jasprit Bumrah 5/85) by 203 runs

Statistical highlights

  • India recorded their seventh Test victory on English soil, second at Trent Bridge and 146th win overall, keeping themselves alive in the series with a thumping -run win in the third Test of the series.
  • Rishabh Pant became the 291st Test player for India, replacing Dinesh Karthik in the Indian playing XI for the third Test.
  • Virat Kohli made his 18th half-century in the first innings and followed up his 97 with a dogged 103 (his 23rd Test century) in the second to put India in a commanding position with an overall lead of 520. He shared a 159-run, fourth-wicket partnership with deputy Ajinkya Rahane, who himself made 81, his 13th Test half-century. Virat Kohli, for his aggregate of 200 runs in the Test match and leading India to a win, was awarded the man of the match.
  • Between his half-century and century, Hardik Pandya recorded his best bowling figures in Test cricket, 5/28, which helped India bowl England out for 161 in the post-lunch session on day two, conceding a 168-run first-innings lead to India.
  • Kohli also became the highest run scorer in Test this calendar year, taking his tally past 700 runs.
  • Aided by India’s position in the Test match and the license to play freely, Pandya made his fourth Test half-century, an unbeaten, run-a-ball-52 which helped India get to their desired total quickly and declare late on the third evening.
  • Jos Buttler made his maiden Test hundred (176-ball 106) and put together a 169-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes in the second innings, Stokes himself making his 15th Test half-century (a 187-ball 62).
  • Leading India for the 38th time in the format, Virat Kohli recorded his 22nd Test win, going past Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 21 Test wins as Indian captain and becoming India’s second-most successful Test captain.

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