India’s Pandya’s five wickets sent England collapsing out for 161

England suffered a spectacular collapse  as India took control of the third Specsavers Test on a remarkable second day at Trent Bridge

It was Pandya's first five-fer in Test cricket.
It was Pandya’s first five-fer in Test cricket. © Getty
AIWA! NO! Then press~~In a dramatically redemptive session of play, India made up for this morning’s insipid bowling display by picking ten wickets in an extended session at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Five of those wickets went to Hardik Pandya in a stunning fulfillment of India’s stubborn persistence with the all-rounder, who rampaged through England’s middle-order to bring up his maiden five-wicket haul.
India’s comeback lay in Pandya’s riveting spell as much as in their catching behind the wicket, the hero being the 20-year-old Rishabh Pant, who caught five to become just the fourth Indian wicketkeeper with as many as five catches on debut. KL Rahul was the more subtle standout, taking three catches to help dismiss Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.

Root’s dismissal out of the three entailed the most drama and controversy. Pandya’s first delivery of the match had Root poke a low catch to Rahul at second slip, and given what any low catch engenders, the decision was taken upstairs by the on-field umpires, with the soft signal being out. Aleem Dar, short of proof and perhaps burdened by the soft signal, ruled the catch to be legitimate.

Pandya’s five wickets came in 29 balls, only bettered by Harbhajan Singh’s five wickets in 27 balls against Windies at Kingston in 2006. Stokes was his second wicket, edging it behind, as did Bairstow. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid fell off consecutive balls spread across two overs but a hat-trick wasn’t meant to be. It all started with Ishant Sharma early, who hadn’t bowled in the morning session at all.

Alastair Cook, dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip, was snaffled next ball by Ishant, who now has the left-hander on ten occasions in Tests. Keaton Jennings fell next ball, it being the first of Bumrah’s over, and then Ollie Pope was strangled down leg soon after, paving for England to plummet from 54/0 to 161 all out.

Jos Buttler was the only blip in a session thoroughly bossed by India. The in-out fields allowed Buttler to take strike for up to five balls in an over, and England could pick up 33 runs for the last wicket before Buttler miscued a big hit off Bumrah to long-on.

Brief Scores: India 329 (Virat Kohli 97, Ajinkya Rahane 81; James Anderson 3-64, Stuart Broad 3-72, Chris Woakes 3-75) lead England 161 (Jos Buttler 39; Hardik Pandya 5-28) by 168 runs

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