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20-Aug-2018 03:09:00 GMT
Eng v Ind, 3rd Test, Nottingham, day 2

Pandya five for puts India in control of third Test

India 329 (Kohli 97, Rahane 81, Anderson 3-64, Broad 3-72, Woakes 3-75) and 124 for 2 (Dhawan 44) lead England 161 (Buttler 39, Pandya 5-28) by 292 runs

Nottingham: India had a great outing on the second day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday after Hardik Pandya came up with his best bowling figures in Test cricket to rattle up the English batting line-up and bowl them out for 161 in the first innings.

At stumps on day two, India were well placed at 124 for two in 31 overs in their second innings with Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 33 and skipper Virat Kohli unbeaten on 8.

India, thus, took an overall lead of 292 runs over England with three full days play remaining in the match.

It was Pandya who registered his career-best figures of 5 for 28 to help India bundle out England for 161 in their first innings and give his side the upper hand for the first time in the series.

After tea, opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (44) and KL Rahul (36) looked to build on India's advantage by making another cautious start.

Rahul, in particular, was aggressive as he hit seven fours and scored at 100-plus strike rate during his 33-ball stay.

Dhawan, on the other end, was a bit more watchful as the duo brought up the 50 in the ninth over.

But Ben Stokes (1/30) broke the partnership by cleaning up Rahul in the 12th over.

New man in, Pujara was cautious after his recent failures and put on 51 runs with Dhawan for the second wicket before Adil Rashid (1/23) foxed the left-hander with a google, only to be stumped by Jonny Bairstow.

Earlier, Pandya picked up career-best figures as England lost 10 wickets in the post lunch session to be bowled out in 38.2 overs at Trent Bridge.

Ishant Sharma (2/22) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/37) also picked up two wickets apiece.

But Pandya's lethal five-over opening spell made the difference as he sent the English line-up reeling in a space of 28 balls.

Coming on to bat after lunch, the hosts crossed 50 in the 10th over, after which the downfall began.

Pandya's 28-ball effort was the second-quickest five-wicket haul for India in Test cricket after Harbhajan Singh took a fiver off 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.

Earlier, India's tail failed to wag as England dismissed the visitors for 329 in their first innings before reaching 46 for no loss at lunch. Resuming at overnight score of 307 for six, the remaining four Indian batsmen could add just 22 runs in 7.5 overs as England bowled out the visitors in 94.5 overs.

Kohli top-scored for India in the first innings with 97, while Ajinkya Rahane made 81.

For England, James Anderson (3/64), Stuart Broad (3/72) and Chris Woakes (3/75) picked up three wickets apiece.

England lead the five-match series 2-0.

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