England vs India: Rishabh Pant scripts a special record

Doug Mendoza
August 19, 2018

India captain Virat Kohli fell three runs short of another century on day one of the third Test against England. Alastair Cook, dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip, was snaffled next ball by Ishant, who now has the left-hander on ten occasions in Tests.

307 - India's tally of 307/6 is the third-most they have scored at the end of day one of a Test in England. It was close, but the umpire's call remained despite the ball-tracker showing off stump would have been clipped.

It was Pandya who turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes today, registering career-best figures of 5 for 28 to help India bundle out England for 161 in their first innings and give his side the upperhand for the first time in the series. Pant is the first Indian cricketer to achieve this feat and 12th man to get off the mark in Test cricket with a six. One such square brought up his 13th fifty in Test match cricket. Pandya was introduced in the 25th over and the 24-year-old immediately made an impact with the wicket of Joe Root, the English skipper, in his very first delivery. In fact, this was India's highest opening partnership outside Asia and West Indies since December 2013. Cheteshwar Pujara might had done nothing wrong in that case, Woakes applied through the perfection leading to a more flawless catch of Adil Rashid standing at deep backward. He wasn't able to deliver, either with the bat or with the ball. Pant, who became the 291st player to play for India, took five catches on his debut which made him the youngest keeper to take five catches in an innings of an global match, eclipsing Chris Read who did it against NZ at Birmingham in 1999 at an age of 20y 325d.

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4 - After just five innings as captain, Kohli is already in fourth place on the list of most Test runs by an Indian captain in England. Instead this has become their second successive Trent Bridge nightmare.

Jos Buttler (39) threw his bat around and hit three fours and two sixes as England barely managed to save the follow on. A sports journalist since 2005, he has served as Sports Editor of the Times of India Digital and Editor of Cricbuzz, Cricketnext and IBN Sports, apart from almost five years working for ESPNCricinfo.

If England were wrong to pick Stokes here so soon after his trial for affray in Bristol for moral reasons then these chastening two days for him have also proved they were absolutely wrong to pick him for cricketing ones too.

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