India clinch 203-run third Test victory over England at Trent Bridge

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Virat Kohli's victorious men leave the field.

England lost the third Specsavers Test by a mammoth 203 runs as India cut the hosts’ series lead to 2-1 with two to play.

England managed to delay the inevitable into the final day at Trent Bridge thanks to the batsmanship of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes – and then Adil Rashid’s sketchy survival deep into the previous evening.
They resumed, however, on 311 for nine – one delivery away from defeat, with a world-record target of 521 to win a notional irrelevance.
It took just 17 balls, and 10 minutes, for the final wicket to fall in front of a sparse crowd – who did not pay to watch, after Nottinghamshire decided to allow free entry.
They witnessed two uneventful overs and then the dismissal of number 11 James Anderson, caught at slip when a delivery from Ravi Ashwin spat and turned to loop up off his glove and end England’s second innings on 317 all out.
A match which was effectively won and lost inside one session on day two, when England lost all 10 first-innings wickets between lunch and tea, therefore concluded predictably.
India’s victory means all outcomes remain possible in this series, which will resume in Southampton next week.

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India have pulled themselves back into the series with 203-run win.

India completed a huge 203-run win in the third Test against England at Trent Bridge as Ravi Ashwin dismissed James Anderson in the third over of the final day on Wednesday.

Chasing a mammoth 521 for victory in their final innings in the third Test, England resumed from their overnight score of 311-9 with Adil Rashid (30) and James Anderson (8) as the unbeaten batsmen.

Jos Buttler (106) and Ben Stokes (62) staged a minor fightback for the hosts on day four to frustrate the India before Jasprit Bumrah (5-85) brought the visitors roaring back with the second new ball.

In the first innings, India skipper Virat Kohli (97) had helped the visitors post 329 before England were bowled out for 161 in their reply. Kohli was on song in the second innings as well with his 23rd Test ton guiding India to 352-7 (declared) as England were set an improbable target.

India have now made it 1-2 in the five-match series after the visitors suffered losses at Edgbaston and Lord’s.

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England pacer Stuart Broad fined for Rishabh Pant sendoff in Trent Bridge Test

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Broad was fined 15 per cent of his match fees.

England pacer Stuart Broad has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee and awarded one ICC demerit point for his sendoff to India debutant Rishabh Pant during the first innings in the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Broad was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match”.

The Level 1 offence carries a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of the match fee along with one or two demerit points.

The incident occurred early on day two of the ongoing Test when Broad dismissed Pant for 24 in India’s first innings. After Pant played on to his stumps to be dismissed for 24, the England pacer could be seen giving the young batsman an aggressive sendoff.

No official hearing was required for the matter with Broad admitting to the offence and accepting the sanctions imposed on him by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.

India are currently one wicket from victory at Trent Bridge after setting England a mammoth target of 521 to get in the final innings. The hosts will resume their second innings at 311-9 with Adil Rashid and James Anderson as the unbeaten batsmen.

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