New Delhi: India on Wednesday completed the formalities and took the final England wicket to crush the hosts by a huge margin of 203 runs in the third Test of the ongoing five-match series at Trent Bridge.
Resuming at 311-9 on Day Five, England’s second inning lasted just 17 balls in the first session before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took the wicket of James Anderson (11) as England were bowled out for 317. Adil Rashid remained not out at 33.
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Earlier on Tuesday, right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah produced a hostile spell of fast bowling and wreaked havoc with the second new ball after stiff resistance from Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes as England barely survived at 311-9 in pursuit of an improbable target of 521 runs at Stumps on Day Four.
Coming back from injury, Bumrah broke the backbone of the English batting, taking five wickets for 85 runs in his 29 overs. This was Bumrah’s second five-wicket haul in his only fourth Test match.
Earlier, after being reduced to 84-4, flamboyant stroke players Buttler (106) and Stokes (62) curbed their natural instinct to added 169 runs in 57.2 overs in a show of grit and application. It was a tough period for the Indian bowlers as the two players were ready to grind it out. Buttler playing 176 balls with 21 boundaries but more importantly Stokes, who consumed 187 deliveries, hitting only six fours.
In reply to India’s first inning total of 329, the hosts were bundled out for 161, conceding a first-innings lead of 168 which turned out to be the difference between the two sides. The visitors then declared their second innings on 352-7, giving England a mammoth target of 521.
India skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 97 and 103 in the two innings of the match, was adjudged the man of the match.
England, after winning at Edgbaston (31 runs) and Lord’s (inning and 159 runs), still lead the series 2-1. The two teams will now face each other in the fourth Test at Rose Bowl, Southampton beginning August 30.