Kohli, Rahane lead India fight back

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Ajinkya Rahane walks back to the pavilion after losing his wicket during play on the first day of the third Test cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.

On the other hand, the England team are looking in great form with every member contributing in the victory.

Prior to this match, they had won only one of 11 Tests in England and passed 200 just once in their previous nine completed innings.

While that is damaging to their hopes of defeating the world number ones at the earliest possible opportunity, it is good for the spectacle of the remainder of this match and the two that follow.

On his way to 97, Kohli became the highest scoring Indian captain in away Tests. Rahane OUT on 81 off 131 balls.

Just as England's frustration was beginning to peak, Rahane flashed an edge off Broad, with Alastair Cook somehow clinging on to a fantastic reaction catch at first slip, falling to his left to intercept the ball one-handed.

At the other end, Rahane played purposeful cuts, a shot that nearly proved his undoing when a leaping Anderson parried a very hard chance at point when the right-hander was on 57.

The vice-captain was happy with the way Pant batted with maturity and didn't let the advantage slip though Hardik Pandya was dismissed off the last ball of the day.

England's logic for bowling first was sound - the pitch had patches of furry grass, the early conditions were cloudy and they had a vulnerable batting line-up in their sights.

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The third Test between India and England has started on 18th August in Trent bridge. The Indian captain had looked untroubled, over an hour into the final session, when Adil Rashid tossed a leg-break wide.

The most disappointing was Cheteshwar Pujara (14, 31 balls), who again did the hardwork before Woakes successfully led the short ball trap enticing him for a hook shot.

The hosts, though, were blunted in the afternoon, with Stokes and Rashid disappointing. None of India's three openers has made a case for himself on this tour and it may seem, from the outside, like a matter of simply picking any two at random.

A day of fluctuating fortunes ended when James Anderson, England´s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, struck with the new ball to have Hardik Pandya (18) caught by Jos Buttler at second slip.

England bowler Adil Rashid:"As the day went on I thought it was good to bat on".

At the toss, Joe Root opted to field; it was a slightly surprising decision for this was no green top; nor were there dark clouds overhead like at Lord's. The duo played as late as they could and tried leaving quite a bit and in the process put up 60 runs.

This is the second instance that the England fast bowler has taken 100 wickets against a single team.

'But I don't feel the pressure of needing to be man of the match every game to keep my place, I just try to do my job, take wickets and score runs when I get the opportunity'. They've scored at a good rate too. And he did not get stung in the mouth by a wasp like Stuart Broad did.

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