Dominant India thrash England to keep series alive

Visitors register 203-run win in the third Test to make it 2-1 in five-match series

India registered a thumping 203-run triumph in the third Test to keep the five-match series alive against England in Nottingham on Wednesday.

The Men in Blue came into the match on the back of a thumping defeat in Lord’s Test but made a great comeback in the all-important encounter. The contest started with England captain Joe Root winning the toss and opting to bowl first. His decision proved a disastrous one as the visitors scored more than competitive 329 in the first innings.

The star of the show was captain Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who scored fighting 97 and 87 off 152, 131 balls respectively. For England, pacers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes claimed three wickets each.

In reply, England were bowled out for just 161, courtesy sublime bowling performance from all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who claimed figures of five for 28 in just six overs. For the home side, vice-captain Jos Buttler finished the innings with the highest score of 39 off 55 with the help of three fours and two sixes.

In the second innings, Team India produced another impressive effort with the bat and declared at the score of 352 for seven, setting the hosts world-record target of 521 to go 3-0 up in the series. The star of the show was captain Kohli once again, who scored 103 off 197 balls with the help of 10 fours.

He was well-supported by Cheteshwar Pujara and Pandya, who scored 72 and unbeaten 52 off 208, 71 balls respectively. For the home side, leg-spinner Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of three for 101.

Chasing the record target, England was never in the game as they kept losing wickets and were eventually bowled out for 317 on the final morning of the play. Buttler once again finished the innings with the top score of 106 off 176 with the help of 21 fours. For India, pacer Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show as he claimed figures of five for 85.

For his outstanding batting performances in both innings, Kohli was named player of the match.

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