Hardik Pandya blew England away with five wickets in 29 balls as India took control of the third Test on day two at Trent Bridge. The all-rounder removed Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad as India skittled England for 161 in their first innings and a lead of 168 – which the tourists extended to almost 300 for the loss of just two wickets by the close.
England had earlier mopped up the Indian tail with four quick wickets to haul themselves back into the match, but suffered an all-too-familiar batting collapse following the loss of Alastair Cook.
Cook and Keaton Jennings put on 54 for the first wicket through a mixture of dogged batting and some lucky boundaries – edged through the shaky Indian slip cordon.
But the hosts lost all ten wickets in a nightmare afternoon session with Pandya, who had been criticised for his performances in the first two Tests, to the fore with figures of 5-28 off just six overs.
“I’ll say one thing lets not worry about me – my team backs me,” said the 24-year-old right-arm medium pacer.
“It has been fantastic for the team.
“The batsmen have got us a decent lead. As a bowling unit we got together and focused on bowling in the right areas.
“The ball was swinging in the morning and we tried things with the new ball and they didn’t work out. Me and Ishant said we had to tighten the runs up and see what happens.”