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England reeling after Edgbaston batting collapse

Ishant Sharma took three wickets to put India on top.

England suffered another batting collapse as India took five wickets on the third morning of the first Specsavers Test at Edgbaston.

Skipper Joe Root was among those to fall as England reached lunch at 86 for six – a fragile lead of 99 – having resumed at nine for one.

Ravi Ashwin did the early damage by removing Keaton Jennings and Root before Ishant Sharma swung the ball at pace to take three wickets.

England resumed 22 runs ahead knowing spinner Ashwin was a huge danger to them setting the tourists a tough target.

Keaton Jennings shows his dejection after being dismissed for eight in England’s second innings against India (Nick Potts/PA)

Ashwin had bowled Alastair Cook for the second time in the match on Thursday evening, and his obvious threat to left-handers was soon highlighted again.

A turning delivery caught the shoulder of Jennings’ bat and Lokesh Rahul took a sharp catch at second slip to dismiss him for eight.

He then went round the wicket to test the right-handed Root and the England captain departed for 14 as Rahul took another fine catch at leg-slip.

Sharma ruined England’s attempt to repair the innings when Dawid Malan went for 20, edging to Ajinkya Rahane at gully.

Jonny Bairstow had batted fluently on his way to 28 but Sharma soon induced another edge to first slip, and England were in disarray two balls later when Ben Stokes picked out Virat Kohli at third slip.

Before the start of play, Kohli was said to have had an “informal chat” with match referee Jeff Crowe, who reminded the India captain of his responsibilities after his controversial celebration of Root’s dismissal on Thursday.


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