Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

India needs 1 wicket to wrap up victory over England

India needs 1 wicket to wrap up victory over England

India still need ten wickets to close out a win that will get them back into the series but will two full days ahead of us they are in the driving seat. England 1st innings: 161 & 23 for no loss in nine overs (Keaton Jennings 13 not out; Alastair Cook 9 not out).

India, though, have plenty of time to pick up the six wickets needed for victory and no shortage of runs to play with as England face an improbable target of 521.

The 30-year-old also credited his partner after Kohli scored his 23rd Test hundred during India's second innings yesterday.

Their chief tormentor was paceman Pandya who took five for 28 in just six overs, the best figures of his test career, including a wicket with his first ball, as England conceded a first-innings deficit of 168.

As well as batting collapses, another longstanding problem for England has been their catching and they floored their fifth chance this match when second slip Jos Buttler, a wicket-keeper by trade, grassed a left-handed opportunity when Pujara, on 40, edged Anderson.

To make matters worse for England, wicket-keeper and leading batsman Jonny Bairstow on Sunday suffered a finger injury and had to leave the field.

"It wobbled and I just copped it on the end", said Bairstow. "But to show you can do it for your team is the biggest thing".

Bairstow writhed in agony before walking off for an X-ray with England one-day gloveman Buttler, who was a wicket-keeper early in his Test career, taking over behind the stumps.

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India's seamers bowled with controlled aggression and intelligence as they removed England's top four in the morning session. Kohli shared a partnership of 113 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara on the third wicket where Pujara was at 72 runs where he faced 208 balls.

"That comes down to two things concentration not being good enough, or confidence".

He almost got out to James Anderson when his edged drive off an outswinger from the England medium-pacer, armed with the new ball, burst through Keaton Jennings's hands in the gully. The ball went quickly to his left but Buttler ought to have gone with two hands instead of one; Anderson has been cruelly let down by his fielders this series.

Shortly afterwards, Buttler brought up his ninth Test half-century off 93 balls, as their partnership also breached the 100-mark off 195 balls before the break.

Kohli scored 103 runs which came off 197 balls with 10 breathtaking boundaries.

Virat Kohli never ceases to amaze the crowd with both his bat and witty antics; and the ongoing India vs England test series happening in England is a proof of it. Although a player can not learn that overnight after two Tests and the third Test has nearly done, Indians are expected to be comfortable in that aspect as well.

But Kohli failed to capitalise on the chance as he was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes (1/49) soon.

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