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10:00pm – India on verge after Jasprit Bumrah five-for

Nerves were setting in just a touch after England put on their best fifth-wicket partnership ever, but Jos Buttler finally succumbed after making a brilliant century – and Ben Stokes wasn’t far behind.

Bumrah’s brilliant burst with the new ball, and a couple of wickets for Hardik Pandya, leave India needing just one more scalp on day five at Trent Bridge after Adil Rashid and Jimmy Anderson contrived to hang on until stumps.

Check out the latest scorecard here.

7:00pm – Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes frustrate India

The second session of day four of the Trent Bridge Test between England and India has drawn to a close with the hosts placed at 174-4. Chasing an improbable 521 in the final innings, England did not lose a single wicket in the second session after four wickets fell in the morning. Jos Buttler (67) and Ben Stokes (42) are unbeaten at the crease and have put together a stubborn 109-run unbeaten stand.

Do not miss the action in the final session of day four by following out live score-card here.

Jos Buttler has notched up a half century.

Jos Buttler has notched up a half century.

3:00pm – Najam Sethi resigns as PCB chief

Putting an end to intense speculation over his job, Najam Sethi handed over his resignation from the post of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman on Monday.

Former ICC President Ehsan Mani is now set to take the vacant role after being nominated by the country’s new Prime Minister and former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan.

Read more on this breaking story here.

Ehsan Mani has been nominated to take over as PCB chief.

Ehsan Mani has been nominated to take over as PCB chief.

12:00pm – Michael Vaughan says Virat Kohli is the best in the world

Michael Vaughan has labelled Virat Kohli the best batsman in the world across all formats after the India skipper registered his 23rd Test ton on Monday to put the visitors in command of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge.

Kohli followed up his 97 in the first innings with a 103 in the second as India imposed a target of 521 for England to chase in the final innings.

Read what the former England skipper had to say about Kohli here.

Kohli registered his 23rd Test ton on Monday.

Kohli registered his 23rd Test ton on Monday.

11:00am – Afghanistan beat Ireland in first T20

Afghanistan beat hosts Ireland by 16 runs in the first T20 of the three-match series at Bready on Monday.

Young Hazratullah Zazai was the star of the show for the Afghans with the opening batsman smashing 74 from just 33 balls with the help of eight boundaries and six sixes.

Read more in our match report here.

Hazratullah Zazai starred with the bat. Image - Cricket Ireland/Twitter.

Hazratullah Zazai starred with the bat. Image – Cricket Ireland/Twitter.

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Jos Buttler has notched up a half century.

Set a mammoth 521 to chase in the final innings, England’s troubles were compounded on day four with Ishant Sharma striking in the very first over.

Resuming from their overnight score of 23-0, the hosts lost Keaton Jennings to the fifth ball of the day after he was caught behind off the bowling of Ishant. The Indian pacer struck again in his next over when he found the edge off Alastair Cook’s bat which was safely claimed by KL Rahul at second slip.

Joe Root and Ollie Pope then briefly resisted the Indian attack before Jasprit Bumrah brought an end to their partnership. The Indian pacer had Root (13) caught at second slip as England were reduced to 62-3. In the very next over, Mohammed Shami dismissed Pope with Kohli completing an excellent catch in the slip cordon. The hosts were placed at 84-4 when lunch was taken on day four.

Post lunch, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have resisted the Indian attack and have formed a stubborn partnership. Buttler, who was dropped on one by Rishabh Pant, brought up a fine half-century as India remain in search for a fifth wicket. The duo remained unbeaten as the tea break arrived with the score at 174-4.

England resumed steadily and Buttler’s uncharacteristically conservative innings fittingly brought up his maiden Test ton, with Stokes also remaining entrenched at the crease after tea. However, when Buttler shouldered arms to Bumrah, India gained a vital breakthrough.

And it looked all but over when the injured Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes fell in swift succession to a lethal Bumrah, who swiftly completed his five-for. He and Hardik Pandya reduced England to 311-9, with Adil Rashid and Jimmy Anderson hanging on for dear life at stumps.

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Young Hazratullah Zazai stars in Afghanistan's 16-run win over Ireland in first T20

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Hazratullah Zazai starred with the bat. Image - Cricket Ireland/Twitter.

Afghanistan beat hosts Ireland by 16 runs in the first T20 of the three-match series at Bready on Monday.

Young Hazratullah Zazai was the star of the show for the Afghans with the opening batsman smashing 74 from just 33 balls with the help of eight boundaries and six sixes.

In a game reduced to 18 overs per side, due to a rain delay, Afghanistan posted 160-7 after being made to bat first by Ireland skipper Gary Wilson.

They were given a sensational start by Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad who added 87 runs for the first wicket. The former was in belligerent mood as the racked up 74 of the 87 runs in the partnership before being dismissed by Simi Singh.

The 20-year-old batsman brought up his half-century off just 22 deliveries as more than 80 runs came off the first seven overs of the innings.

The visitors’ batting collapsed towards the end of the innings as five wickets fells for just nine runs but Zazai’s show had ensured the Afghanistan would pose a daunting total. 18-year-old spinner Joshua Little was the pick of the bowlers for Ireland with impressive figures of 2-20 from his four overs.

In reply, Ireland never got going with spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman picking up the wickets of Stuart Thompson and William Porterfield with the new ball.

Paul Stirling (27) and Wilson (34) put up a brief fight but a three-wicket haul for ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan put the brakes on Ireland’s innings as Afghanistan completed a comfortable win.

The second T20 between the two sides will also take place at the Bready Cricket Club on Wednesday.

BRIEF SCORES

Afghanistan: 160-7 (18 overs)

Hazratullah Zazai: 74 (33)

Joshua Little: 2-20 (4 overs)

Ireland: 144-9 (18 overs)

Gary Wilson: 34 (23)

Rashid Khan: 3-35 (4 overs)

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