Order gives India control after Hardik Pandya rout

Young Rishabh Pant became the fourth Indian wicket-keeper to take five catches on Test debut during the second day of the third Test against England, on Sunday.

20 year old debutant Rishabh Pant flipped Rashid for a six to score first worldwide runs and took India's score to cross 300 runs.

India vs England 3rd Test Day 2 Trent Bridge: Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant starred on Day 2 as the bowler registered his career-best figures apart from Rishabh Pant also making it to the history books with a unique record on Test debut.

Pandya's 28-ball effort was the second-quickest five-wicket haul for India in Test cricket after Harbhajan Singh took a fiver off 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.

The good work of Rahul and Dhawan was taken forward by Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane.

Openers Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul ensured India maintained their dominance over England in the evening session, sharing an opening stand of 60 before Rahul was bowled by Stokes. Jos Buttler went into T20 mode knowing England needed some runs, and slammed a quickfire 39 off 32 balls that included three fours and two sixes, to give the English supporters in the crowd something to cheer for.

But the exit of left-handers Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) on that total sparked a collapse that saw eight wickets lost for 74 runs.

New batsman Ollie Pope fell for 10 when a genuine glance off Sharma was well caught down the legside by the 20-year-old keeper. The ball nips back in and hits the stumps.

Pandya came on after drinks and struck with his very first ball, drawing an edge from Root.

India again lost the toss for the third time and were asked to bat first by England.

England captain Joe Root only managed 16 before he edged all-rounder Pandya´s first ball low to KL Rahul at second slip.

Pandya accounted for both Chris Woakes (8) and Rashid (5) as Pant collected his fifth catch in only his first Test outing. It has left the visitors in a great position to push for victory and being their revival in the five-match series. The host's desperate trial to make them apart was thrived by Stuart Broad and more spectacularly by Cook who outsmart Rahane by a one handed catch at first slip. India could add only 22 runs to their overnight score as they were 329 all out in 7.4 overs on a damp, overcast morning.

For England, James Anderson (3/64), Stuart Broad (3/72) and Chris Woakes (3/75) picked up three wickets apiece.

Vanessa Coleman

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