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England suffer afternoon collapse as India take charge of third Test

The hosts lost all 10 wickets in the afternoon session.

England lost all 10 wickets in the afternoon session on day two of the third Specsavers Test with India at Trent Bridge.

After taking the final four India wickets for 22 runs, to give the tourists a total of 329, England appeared to be in the ascendancy at 46 without loss at lunch, but lost nine wickets for 74 before some swashbuckling Jos Buttler shots restored some credibility.

Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) fell in successive balls before Ollie Pope, captain Joe Root, all-rounder Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad all fell cheaply as Hardik Pandya took five wickets.

Buttler struck 39 to top score for England, who lead the five-match series 2-0 but trail India by 168 runs after being bowled out for 161.

Nottinghamshire drizzle postponed the start time to 11.30am – and means play is likely to continue until 7pm – but England were not unduly delayed.

Stuart Broad bowled Rishabh Pant and Ravi Ashwin before catching Mohammed Shami’s attempted slog off James Anderson.

India number 11 Jasprit Bumrah was bowled for a golden duck next ball leaving Anderson on a hat-trick ahead of India’s second innings.

Alastair Cook was the first England wicket to fall in an afternoon collapse at Trent Bridge (Tim Goode/PA Images)

England survived an awkward 40 minutes and nine overs before lunch in tough conditions, with a moving ball. It was a different story at the resumption, though.

Cook had already been dropped at slip by Cheteshwar Pujara off Ishant Sharma two balls earlier, when this time he edged the same bowler behind.

Then, before Root could face a ball, Jennings went at the other end as Bumrah angled one across him for a second caught-behind.

Pope was was the third batsman nabbed by Pant, down the leg side off Sharma, and Root followed.

The captain fell in mildly controversial circumstances to fourth seamer Pandya’s first delivery.

Straight after drinks, he fenced a low catch to second slip – held by KL Rahul and a soft-signal dismissal confirmed by the third umpire, to the displeasure of the home crowd.

Root shook his head too as he walked off, to be replaced by Stokes in his first innings since being acquitted of affray at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday.

England were sinking fast, thanks to two more slip catches for Rahul and another for Pant.

Stokes scrambled double figures before he edged Shami on the back foot, and then Bairstow fell to an attempted drive at Pandya.

India’s Hardik Pandya, centre, took five wickets in the afternoon session of day two of the third Test (Tim Goode/PA Images)

With half an hour of the session left, the hosts were 118 for seven after Woakes gloved a hook off Pandya and departed to a very good catch by the wicketkeeper – confirmed after England chanced DRS.

Rashid was the fifth England batsman caught behind by Pant, to become Pandya’s fourth victim for just 24 runs.

Pandya got a fifth when Broad was trapped leg before wicket.

England avoided the follow on but India extended the session, delaying tea. Buttler played some shots to increase England’s total and delay India before he struck the ball into the deep to give Bumrah his second wicket.


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