India pacers scalp four England wickets

Doug Mendoza
August 21, 2018

Earlier, starting at the overnight score of 124 for 2, India had ideal conditions for batting on a humid and warm day and Kohli and Pujara looked to grind and play for time with no hurry whatsoever.

But Alastair Cook (nine not out) and Jennings (13 not out) took them to a close score of 23 without loss.

England need a mammoth 521 for victory, albeit with more than two days to get the runs.

It was also Kohli's second in three matches after he made 149 - his maiden Test century in England - in the series-opener at Edgbaston.

Pandya followed up on his first innings five-wicket haul with an unbeaten 52 off as many balls in India's second innings on Monday.

Buttler took over behind the stumps while an x-ray later confirmed a small fracture to the middle finger on Bairstow's left hand.

But the exit of left-handers Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) on that total sparked a collapse that saw eight wickets lost for 74 runs.

Pujara faced 208 balls and struck nine fours.

It was a welcome return to form for Pujara, who averaged just 14 while playing for Yorkshire earlier this season. "I was confident enough that a big one was coming soon".

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But they were still well-placed thanks to Saturday's fourth-wicket partnership of 159 between skipper Virat Kohli (97) and vice-captain Rahane (81).

England, who lead the five-test series 2-0, suffered a blow during the morning when wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow had to leave the ground with what turned out to be a fractured finger.

Anderson, whose duels with Kohli have been a feature of this series, buried his head in his hands in despair after the ball went for four.

New batsman Ollie Pope fell for 10 when a genuine glance off Sharma was well caught down the legside by the 20-year-old keeper.

The England bowlers toiled throughout the day as Kohli assumed complete control for much of his innings and their frustrations were added to by a pair of dropped catches, including a let-off for Kohli on 93.

"I am not going to stand here and say we will win", assistant coach Paul Farbrace told Test Match Special.

"He´s a high-quality player, and has shown he´s learnt a lot on this tour alone".

There were no such concerns for India though as Kohli and Pujara batted calmly through to lunch, each passing 50 in the latter stages of the session.

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