India produced some fantastic cricket in Nottingham at Trent Bridge, which saw them overcome England by a considerable 203 runs.
This victory in the third Test now keeps the five match series alive, reducing England’s lead to 2-1. This third Test was played between the 18 and 22nd August.
Historically India and England have played 120 test matches to date, seeing India emerge victoriously on 26 occasions, England on 45 and the other 49 matches ended in draw. With England heading into Nottingham already 2-0 up in this series it was looking promising with only one victory needed from 3 matches they would come out victorious, however that is now in the balance with a dominant performance from the Indians, which will give them a lot of confidence moving forwards and give them the believe needed that they can win the final 2 games and clinch the series.
Once the final morning came around India only needed a wicket to gain victory in the match and the completed this pretty quickly with 2.3 overs, in 10 minutes and 17 balls, which saw England all out for 317, when they needed to reach 521 to overcome India’s score. The final wicket was taken by Ravinchandran Aswin who was bowling when James Anderson shot was caught by Ajinkya Rahane.
The former Indain captain and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar believes that the selection of Jasprit Bumrah and the introduction of new player Rishabh Pant to the India starting lineup were key factors in them winning this third Test. Bumrah achieved a fantastic 5 wicket haul in 85, in the second innings, which massively contributed towards India’s success in this match. The entire Indian seam attack though showed an excellent display of sustained accuracy throughout play on Tuesday and this was aided by some great catching and awful batting from England.
It was looking as though England would be easily beaten and that the Test would never reach the 5th day but then a fantastic batting partnership between Jos Butler and Ben Stokes for England changed this. They spent 4 hours batting and achieved an impressive 169 runs, which took the match into the 5th day. It was Jos Butler’s maiden century in test cricket and came at a useful time after England’s top four had been removed for 62 before lunch even began.
This victory has really given India some momentum now heading into the next test match, which will start on the 30th August in Southampton, which sees England needing a victory to clinch the series and India needing to win to take the series to the fifth match. James Anderson will be looking to reach the 560 wicket mark, only needing to take 3 to do this and he needs 6 more to teach the record of test wickets set by Glenn McGrath. Virat Kohli of India is only 6 runs shorts of reaching 6,000 runs in red ball cricket, so he will be looking to achieve this milestone.