Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Buttler and Stokes battle back but India remain in control

Buttler and Stokes battle back but India remain in control

Virat Kholi produced another sensational batting display to effectively hand victory to India in the Specsavers Third Test. However, there was no doubt in everyone's mind that Kohli was going to notch up another big one given his form and talent. Although this is Buttler's 23rd Test, it is only the fifth match of his second coming - if you will - in Test cricket and he admitted that, as he approached the milestone, his thoughts had turned to the times he had thought his Test career was over. The Indian bowlers - Ishant, Bumrah and Shami - have been brilliantly delivering since the beginning of Day 4.

Buttler (106) and Ben Stokes (62) batted throughout the afternoon session, showing the kind of focus and grit that was needed if England were to get anywhere close to saving the test.

India were 194-2 in their second innings at lunch on the third day, a commanding lead of 362 runs.

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.

Even if they are beaten, England's shot-makers need to show similar application in the remainder of this match. He was the only effective batsman in the first innings for England but continues to bat down the order.

Having been 54-0, they lost nine wickets for 74 runs and only avoided the follow-on thanks to Jos Buttler's 39.

On Monday, they were given a lesson in watchfulness, patience and judgement by an India team that accumulated without fuss on a good pitch, albeit against reduced movement.

Bhuvneshwar had aggravated his injury in the ODI series
Bhuvneshwar had aggravated his injury in the ODI series

Hardik Pandya was unbeaten on 52 when Kohli finally chose to declare and let his bowlers give Cook and Jennings an uncomfortable mini-session.

Adil Rashid (30) and James Anderson (8) at least saw England take it to the final day, but India's advantage stands at a daunting 209 runs heading into Wednesday's, with just one home wicket remaining.

# Wicket! Jasprit Bumrah gets the better of England skipper Joe Root. Earlier, India declared on 352 for 7, setting a target of 521 for England in the 4th innings.

Whatever else happens on this tour, one thing is for certain: Virat Kohli's struggles of 2014 will soon be a distant, hazy memory.

If at all, the viewers are not able to catch the live action on their TVs, they can watch India vs England 3rd Test Match live through online streaming.

Speaking to Sky Sports at the end of the day's play, Pujara said that he was refreshed to have contributed to India's utter dominance over England during the the third Test after a lean county season for Yorkshire and three low scores in three innings of this series.

Captain Joe Root (13) and Ollie Pope (16) briefly regained a measure of composure at the crease, but another pair of edges - to Bumrah and Mohammed Shami - resulted in their departures in quick succession, with Virat Kohli catching superbly from the latter.

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