England vs India 3rd Test Day 5: India reduce series deficit to 2-1 after crushing England in Nottingham

India beat England 203 runs 3rd Test Day 5 Nottingham cricket

India captain Virat Kohli leads his side off the field after their comprehensive win over England

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India needed just 17 balls to take the one wicket they needed to annihilate England by 203 runs and reduce the series deficit to 2-1.

Starting off the day on 311/9, England only added six runs to their overnight score before James Anderson was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at first slip off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 11.

With England being bowled out for 317, Adil Rashid was left unbeaten on 33, which came off 64 balls and included five boundaries and a six.

Jasprit Bumrah was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Ishant Sharma took two, and Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya claimed one wicket each.

England captain Joe Root was gutted to have lost, and said: “It’s a strong team. It was always going to be a difficult decision (at the toss). There was some live grass on the wicket. We were performing extremely well with the ball, and potentially could have bowled them out quickly.

“We could have bowled a bit fuller, but that’s nitpicking. India batted extremely well on that first day. I think it’s fair to say we underperformed in our first innings. The second-innings partnership between Jos and Ben was a lesson to us, the way they adapted to the situation, how clear they looked about how they were going to score their runs. We need to look at that and see how we can adapt our own game to score 400 in the first innings.

“We’ve generally bowled well at him [Kohli], he’s not scored too quickly against us, but he’s found ways to score runs. We’re working extremely hard on our catching, we know it’s a massively important area. It’s not worked out until now, but if we get it right we know it will play massive dividends.

“[On Bairstow:] It’s early days, we have to see how that swelling comes down. We’ll see over the next few days where he’s at. He’s in fine form, and it will be great if he plays. It’s been challenging conditions for the top order, for both sides. We’ve got to be realistic about things – we’ve got two very good players at the top of the order. We’ve got to go back and find ways to adapt, and that’s not just those two guys.

“The best thing about [Buttler’s innings] is that he can crash the ball to all parts, but the thing about him is how he can look at a situation and work out how to play. To have that performance in the bank will give him a great deal of confidence.”

India skipper Virat Kohli, who was named Man of the Match, was delighted to have won, and said: “First and foremost, we as a team want to dedicate the victory to the flood victims back home in Kerala. People are going through a lot, and this is the least we can do.

Very pleasing performance in all three departments. A complete Test match for us. We only spoke about the fact that we were only outplayed in one Test out of the five we had played since South Africa, and that was at Lord’s. We spoke about stepping up as batsmen, and that’s what we did, and we set it up for the bowlers. The bowling group was eager to take those 20 wickets again – the question was what we could do as batsmen to give them that cushion.

“When both skills come together with slip catching, we win Test matches. Everything came together for us. Very crucial how Rahane played, having lost Puji just before lunch. He’s very positive, we love that about him. He can change the whole complexion of the game, and that’s what he did. They’re a quality bowling attack and you need grit to score against them, and that’s what Jinx did in the first innings and Puji in the second showed.

“I want to dedicate my innings especially to my wife. She’s motivated me a lot, kept pushing me. She’s the only one who keeps me positive out there. The most pleasing thing for me to see was that the four fastest bowlers in the series have all been Indians. We’ve worked on our fitness, on our mindset, cutting down on loose deliveries. They’re getting better and better the more Test cricket they’ve played. It’s a delight to watch when they’re running in. We definitely believe we can [win the series]. It wouldn’t be 2-1 now if we didn’t believe that. We just want to keep pushing forward and keep wanting to win.”

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