Hardik Pandya wreaked havoc on England batsmen as India bundled out the hosts for 161. On the second day of the third Test, debutant Rishabh Pant, along with spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin resumed India’s innings but none could make an impact with the bat as visitors lost four wickets for 22 runs.
During the English innings, Hardik Pandya put India into the driving seat by taking the five-wicket haul. Other than Pandya, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah also bagged two wickets each.
On Sunday, during India’s second innings, the visitors finished at 124 for 2 taking the lead of 292 runs.
Here are the five talking points from Day 2:
1- Hardik Pandya’s fifer
All-rounder Hardik Pandya was under a lot of fire before the start of the third Test for his performance. And, now, he has clearly shut his critics with his brilliant bowling display.
Hardik Pandya on Sunday single-handedly ruined England’s batting line-up. Pandya bowled a stunning spell to leave the hosts spellbound and to put India in the driver’s seat.
Pandya took five wickets and conceded 28 runs in his six overs.
2- England’s batting collapse
In the third Test, viewers witnessed for the third time in last two years England cricket team being bowled out in a session. The first time when the English team was bowled out in a single session was in Mirpur 2016, then in Auckland 2018 and now we can welcome Nottingham 2018.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Joe Buttler was the top scorer with 39 runs, he also helped England in avoiding the follow-on by smashing brilliant boundaries on Mohammed Shami’s bowling.
Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings scored 29 and 20 runs, respectively, and other than them, no England batter were able to cross the mark of 20.
Earlier on Saturday after winning the toss, Joe Root opted to bowl, a decision that clearly had come back to bite him. Batting first, India scored 328 runs and then bowled out England for 161.
3- Rishabh Pant
The 20-year-old Rishabh Pant made his debut in the longest format of the game on Saturday and he is already scripting his name in the record book. First, he scored six on the second bowl of his career and in the process became first Indian to achieve this feat.
Then during English innings, he had a dream day keeping the wickets as he lapped up five catches to start his career off to the most incredible start. The Delhi-lad had now also become the first ever Indian wicket-keeper to take five catches in one inning on his debut.
4- Joe Root out? or not out?
Was Joe Root really out? This is the questions that will be asked over and over again even after the conclusion of the ongoing five-match Test series.
The incident took place in the 25th over when Hardik Pandya was bowling, he got the edge of Joe Root’s bat and KL Rahul clings on to the catch that sent Joe Root back. In the video, there was a confusion whether the ball touched the ground first or Kl Rahul got it before that?
The Joe #Root dismissal.
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The third umpire found Joe Root out. However, the English skipper was clearly not happy as he went back to the pavilion, shaking his head vigorously.
5- Stuart Broad’s loud send off to Rishabh Pant
On the second day of the third Test match, young Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant only managed to add two runs to his score before he was sent back to the pavilion by Stuart Broad. However, what caught everybody’s attention was Stuart Broad’s nasty send off to Rishabh Pant.
The incident took place in the fifth over of the second day and Sturt Broad was bowling his second over when Rishabh Pant dragged an outswinger onto his stumps and after the dismissals, English pacer couldn’t resist himself from throwing a few words at Pant.
Here is the video of the incident:
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However, neither the cricket fans nor Sanjay Manjrekar, who was in the commentary box, was amused with Broad’s unsportsmanlike attitude.