England vs India 1st Test Day 3: India’s pace trio slice through England

Kumar dismissed Prior, Stokes, Broad and Plunkett

Kumar dismissed Prior, Stokes, Broad and Plunkett

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India’s pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami sliced through England’s batting line-up on the third day of the first Test in Nottingham.

England batsman Joe Root deserves a lot of credit for keeping India at bay towards the end of the day with his unbeaten knock of 78. Sam Robson and Gary Ballance both made vital half-centuries as well.

Starting out the day on 43/1, Robson and Ballance converted their 34-run partnership into a 125-run partnership, during which both players brought up their half-centuries, before Robson was given out lbw off the bowling of Sharma.

Robson’s fantastic innings of 59 came off 142 balls and included eight boundaries, but it was tainted by the fact that the ball had actually hit his bat before going on to strike his pads.

Ballance went on to score 71 off 167 deliveries, which included nine boundaries, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Sharma.

Ian Bell scored 25 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sharma.

Moeen Ali was deceived by a shorter ball that barely bounced from Shami, and was dismissed when it ricocheted off his glove and into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at first slip.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s dismissal stirred up a lot of controversy as well as he was given out caught behind off the bowling of Kumar for five runs, even though his bat was nowhere near the ball.

Ben Stokes, who was playing in his first Test since England’s 5-0 whitewashing at the hands of Australia in the last Ashes series, only lasted two balls before he was caught behind for a duck.

Root and Stuart Broad stabilised the innings with a 78-run partnership before Broad was given out lbw off the bowling of Kumar for 47.

Liam Plunkett only made seven runs before he was clean bowled to become Kumar’s fourth victim of the day.

Root and James Anderson helped England finish the day on a high as they amassed an unbeaten 54-run partnership.

Root ended up making 78 off 158 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Anderson remained undefeated on 23 off 31 deliveries, which included five boundaries.

Root is currently unbeaten on 78

Root is currently unbeaten on 78

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Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Sharma snapped up three and Shami chipped in with two.

England ended day three on 352/9 and will continue batting tomorrow at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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