Indian batting comes good as Kohli, Rahane take charge

Indian batting comes good as Kohli, Rahane take charge

English captain Joe Root won the toss and opted to bowl first in the 3rd test of the 5 match series between England and India at Nottingham on Saturday.

Kohli's own back was a concern for India after he was clearly in pain at Lord's, where he managed scores of just 23 and 17 after his impressive tally of 200 runs at Edgbaston, which included an innings of 149 - the 29-year-old's maiden Test century in England.

Chris Woakes took all those wickets en route to figures of three for 75 in 20 overs.

Instead it was England's less heralded all-rounder Woakes, centurion and man of the match in the second test win at Lord's, who took centre stage.

With so much talk about England's slip fielding, there were two important catches taken in the slip cordon to help England wrestle their way back into the match.

On the other hand, England captain Joe Root on Friday confirmed that all-rounder Ben Stokes will return to the side replacing young seamer Sam Curran.

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However, typically of a player who gravitates towards the big moments of matches, he did have a key role in the dismissal of the India captain on 97 during the final session, Kohli missing out on a second century of the series after he edged the leg-spinner Adil Rashid to Stokes at slip. But Stuart Broad pitched one up and induced an edge off Rahane that was superbly snapped up by Alastair Cook at first slip. For both players, it is their most prolific partnership. But there was finally some relief at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

Rishabh Pant, who will be making his Test debut today as he becomes 291st cricketers to play Test cricket for India, has replaced Dinesh Karthik while Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah come in place of Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav.

A day of fluctuating fortunes ended when James Anderson, England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, struck with the new ball to have Hardik Pandya (18) caught by Jos Buttler at second slip. "He's very consistent in hitting the areas that are required at Test level". It was definitely a nervy start, I haven't bowled for a little while and it takes a few overs to get into it. On a grass-laden pitch lacking the moisture England would have liked, Indian openers looked more assured in their defence, with Dhawan even upsetting the bowler's lines and lengths by shuffling far outside off stump and flicking boundaries to fine leg. "Fortunately for me he (Kohli) nicked one - that was natural variation". "Our openers played really well up front and our middle-order capitalised".

Sky Sports commentator David Lloyd: "They were quite resolute this morning".

You'll get a tough first session here in England and you've got to tough it out, and I think they did that pretty well. They've scored at a good rate too. Firstly, they will need their batsman to fire and avoid the Lord's like debacle where India were unfolded for 107 and 130 in the first and second innings respectively.

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