The hosts are 2-0 up going into the Nottingham match, and with Ben Stokes likely to be back in the fold, are favourites to gain an unassailable advantage in the five-match series.
World No1-ranked India, meanwhile, have had to regroup following their pummelling at Lord’s and will be hoping to fight their way back into the contest.
Here, we look at some fascinating statistics before the match gets underway.
Darren Bravo cracked 94 not out off just 36 balls as Trinbago Knight Riders clinched an exhilarating five-wicket win with one ball to spare against the St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Premier League.
It was a memorable match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground as a world-record 34 sixes were hit during the game.
Batting first David Warner (72), Kieron Pollard (65) and Rahkeem Cornwall (53) made half-centuries to lift the Stars to 212 for two. They seemed to have the game in the bag when the Knight Riders went into the last five overs of the chase needing 85 for victory.
Bravo hit five sixes from Pollard’s final over – the 16th – to bring the equation to 53 from 24. The next over, bowled by Obed McCoy, saw Brendon McCullum smashing two fours and as many sixes.
Cornwall was hit for three sixes in the 18th over as the target came down to just five needed from two overs.
There was time for more drama, however. Pacer Mitchell McClenaghan bowled a fine penultimate over that included two wickets and only two runs conceded.
The last over, bowled by McCoy, raised St Lucia’s hopes as Bravo only managed a single from three balls. Of the second last ball of the match, Denesh Ramdin hit the 34th and final six of the night. It was the joint-highest number of sixes hit in a T20 match, matching the Central District-Otago clash in 2016.
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11pm – Rohit Sharma not giving up hopes on Test comeback
Rohit Sharma still harbours hopes of a comeback to India’s Test squad despite not being picked for the ongoing series against England.
Read Rohit’s quotes on his Test ambitions for India here.
10:30pm – Right time for India to hand Rishabh Pant a Test debut
With Dinesh Karthik looking woefully out of touch with both bat and gloves so far in the two Tests against England, the wicketkeeper’s place could be under threat when India take on the hosts in the third Test at Trent Bridge.
Young Rishab Pant has been in sparkling form of late and he could be handed his Test debut come Saturday. Sport360 takes a look at why the 20-year-old’s inclusion could be a good thing for India here.
10pm – A look back on how India have prepared for previous tours of England
The Indian team has come in for some sharp criticisms from all quarters after holding only one red-ball warm-up game before the start of the Test series against England. The visitors find themselves 0-2 down in the five-match series and their lack of preparations has come back to bite them hard.
Sport360’s Denzil Pinto takes a look at how the previous Indian sides have prepared for their Test tours of England here.
7:30pm – Ravi Shastri convinced Ben Stokes will play in Trent Bridge Test
India coach Ravi Shastri sees no reason why Ben Stokes should miss the third Test – and he wants his team to play against him.
Shastri insists India want to test themselves against the “top cricketers”, a category which of course includes Stokes.
Read what the India coach had to say about Stokes’ return here.
7pm – Shane Warne questions Tim Paine’s Australia captaincy credentials
Australia legend Shane Warne has questioned Tim Paine’s captaincy credentials to lead the national men’s team. Paine had been handed over Australia’s Test and ODI captaincies following the ball-tampering episode in South Africa which resulted in Steve Smith and David Warner being handed one-year bans by Cricket Australia.
Read what Warne had to say about Paine here.
6:15pm – Sarfraz Ahmed believes Pakistan hold the edge over India
Pakistan skipper Safraz Ahmed believes his side will hold the psychological edge over India when the two sides clash in the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE. The two sides are slated to meet on September 19 in Dubai and the Pakistan skipper feels the familiarity of playing in the UAE will give his side an added advantage.
Read Sarfraz’s quotes in full here.
6pm – Trevor Bayliss calls on Ben Stokes to issue public apology
England head coach Trevor Bayliss has called on Ben Stokes to make a public apology over the events which led to his eventual acquittal for affray. Stokes was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, almost 11 months after being arrested following a brawl outside a nightclub in the Clifton area of the city.
Read more on Bayliss’ comments here.
5pm – India finally hit the nets ahead of Trent Bridge Test
For the first time since their innings defeat to England at Lord’s, team India finally hit the nets as they began their preparations for the third Test at Trent Bridge which gets underway on Saturday.
On Thursday morning, Virat Kohli and his men wasted no time in hitting the nets as preparations for the third Test started in earnest.
Read more on this story and see images of India’s net session here.
4pm – England yet to make a call on Ben Stokes’ selection
England head coach Trevor Bayliss will decide over the next two days whether Ben Stokes is ready to make his Test return.
The influential all-rounder was cleared of affray on Tuesday after a week-long case at Bristol Crown Court, relating to a late-night fight in the city following last September’s one-day international against the West Indies.
Read more on this breaking story here.