India tighten grip against England at Nottingham


Ashwin bowled a solitary over in England's first knock due to a hip issue and the form of India's seamers but will now be expected to figure prominently in the fourth innings, as the visitors look to complete their first win of the five-match series following defeats at Edgbaston and Lord's. This is only the second time in Kohli's career that he has been dismissed in the 90's. Before that Rahane, who got his first half-century in more than a year, found Cook standing at first slip taking a sharp one-handed reflex catch off Stuart Broad's (1/64 in 21 overs) bowling. Jimmy Anderson (1/52 in 22 overs) bowled a probing spell but both the batsmen didn't take any unnecessary risk against the senior fast bowler. The duo always kept the scoreboard ticking despite the England bowlers maintaining a good channel.

Woakes never stopped since he came back at Lord's; hit in the deck prior to the batsmen were preparing for lunch of day one. Rahul and Dhawan with yet another 60-run stand in the second innings, followed by another partnership, before Dhawan fell to Rashid.

Woakes looked the potential game-changer again, having Dhawan caught at slip for 35, trapping Rahul lbw for 23 and tempting Cheteshwar Pujara (14) into a hook on the stroke of lunch which went straight into the hands of Rashid on the boundary. He added 33 runs for the last wicket with Anderson before holing out off Bumrah in the deep.

At stumps India were 307 for six after losing the toss. Pant was the first to fall, five overs into the day, dragging Stuart Broad onto his stumps for 24. He and James Anderson bowled in tandem to put India under pressure as they gave up shortly. When Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings reeled off 46 in nine overs before lunch, it felt like India could potentially let the advantage slip. But getting out this early in the day may be a blessing in disguise for India looking at the overhead conditions and how much the ball is swinging at the moment. But it didn't take anything away from the solid job done by the opening pair.

Shikhar Dhawan, restored to the side in place of Murali Vijay, and KL Rahul had started well enough with India's highest partnership of the series - 60 - until the Kohli-Rahane link-up as England's pacemen failed to make a breakthrough. India's 50 came in the 17th over.

All the progress England seemingly made in winning their last three Tests has counted for nothing here where India's bowlers have shown them the right lengths to bowl when there is help both in the air and off the pitch. Pandya's first ball drew an edge from Root, which was very well taken at second slip by Rahul.