India sets England 521 to win 3rd test, clinch series

Buttler and Stokes were therefore plunged into the crisis without a run between them, with England perhaps already effectively five down if they decide not to risk Jonny Bairstow's fractured finger, but they dug in impressively.

Among India bowlers, only Kapil Dev has dismissed an opponent more often: he got Pakistan's Mudassar Nazar 12 times.

But a new ball arrived after the 80th over of the innings and immediately caused problems, with Buttler gone lbw to Bumrah after a leave.

Root has reached fifty 41 times in his 71-Test career but has only hit 13 centuries. We just need to play the way we know as a batsman.

Bumrah insisted India remained positive even when Buttler and Stokes were well set.

No, they didn't just want to beat England: they wanted to break them. The ball went quickly to his left but Buttler ought to have gone with two hands instead of one; Anderson has been cruelly let down by his fielders this series.

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# A wonderful over by Ishant Sharma post lunch.

The India captain registered his 23rd test ton, scoring 103, as the visitors racked up a lead of 521 runs. Jasprit Bumrah was brought back into the attack and he struck in the second over of his spell to pin Buttler, the centurion, in front of the stumps.

England's Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at tea.

England find themselves in this hopeless position after being rolled over for 161 in their first innings on Sunday.

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They did this with some style, Jos Buttler (67 not out) and Ben Stokes (42 not out) playing with an ease and simplicity that seemed beyond their teammates this morning. The ball is moving around and well the Indian continue to probe the Hosts with remarkable pace.

A day after taking 5-28, Hardik Pandya smashed 52 off 52 balls as India closed in on the declaration on day three. England 84/4 after 34 overs.

Kohli partnered with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara to steadily take India past the 200-run mark by the 63 over. There were many play-and-miss deliveries. Root edges the ball to KL Rahul at slip.

# Mohammad Shami replaces Ishant Sharma.

Although English new ball bowlers bowled quite well, holding their line and length and beating the Indian batsmen on odd occasions, Kohli and Pujara battled it out and did not throw it away.

# India continue to probe the English batsmen at the latter's own hunting ground.

With 23 on the board, England still trail by 498 runs. The former England skipper fell the same way as Jennings, caught behind off Ishant (two for 24) for 17.

Virat Kohli's unbeaten 93 out of 270 for three continued the tourists' dominance at Trent Bridge.

Farbrace sounded optimistic about England's chances of at least saving the match by batting out the next couple of days.

England openers batted nine overs towards the end of the day and made sure the home side didn't lose a wicket.

Earlier, India out-batted hosts England and declared at 352/7 with a whopping lead of over 500 runs.

  • Julie Sanders