Ind v Eng highlights today – third test day one from Trent Bridge, Nottingham (England) Saturday 18th August 2018. The highest total of Trent Bridge, Nottingham venue is 658/8d scored by the home team against Australia in 1938. The second highest total also scored by the English team 619/6d against West Indies in 1957. The third highest total was scored by England against India in 2002 and it was 617 all out. India scored 521 runs all out against the home team in 1996 on this ground.
JM Anderson is the most wicket taker from last two test matches with thirteen wickets, SCJ Broad, R Ashwin and I Sharma all three of them took seven wickets each of them. V Kohli scored 240 runs in four innings and he is the most runs scorer so far, JM Bairstow scored 191 and CR Woakes scored 137 not out in one innings. India have lost first two test matches which means England is one victory away from the series win and India need to win all remaining three test matches including today’s match.
England team/playing XI
1 Alastair Cook, 2 Keaton Jennings, 3 Joe Root (capt.), 4 Ollie Pope, 5 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Ben Stokes, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson.
India team/playing XI
1 M Vijay/Shikhar Dhawan, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 R Ashwin, 8 Hardik Pandya/Karun Nair, 9 Jasprit Bumrah/Umesh Yadav, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Mohammed Shami.
That England have named Rashid in their XI is a strong indication about the pitch. England are not expecting a crazy seamer. The pitch doesn’t look overly green from afar, not by English standards anyway. Indications are it will live up to Trent Bridge’s reputation of being a slow seamer. The openers remain a conundrum with M Vijay under pressure this time after his pair at Lord’s. There has been a lot of debate over the utility of Hardik Pandya, who hasn’t had much to do with the ball and when he has, he has been strictly okay as a third seamer. The problem here is not Pandya but the team management, which has failed to read the conditions consistently. On a flat pitch, Pandya is a handy fourth seamer, but they have been playing him as a fourth seamer when not required and as the third seamer in a Test that lasted two days. His batting, not his stronger suit, has ironically emerged as second-best behind captain Kohli and on par with R Ashwin. It will be a tough call to decide between Pandya and an extra specialist batsman, one that will require the reading of the conditions, which hasn’t been this side’s forte.
There are strong hints from the India nets that Rishabh Pant, the attacking wicketkeeper-batsman, is likely to make his debut at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, who has averaged five in three Tests on his return. India have admitted they made a mistake by playing two spinners at Lord’s, which means either Umesh Yadav or Bumrah should be back in the XI. Bumrah, who has been on the sidelines with a fractured thumb, is a shoo-in if his thumb has healed sufficiently. Joe Root has made probably “the toughest selection call” as a Test captain on the eve of the match. England have resisted the temptation of having an XI with Sam Curran at No. 9. For that to happen, Stokes would have replaced Adil Rashid, who wasn’t required to bat or bowl at Lord’s. Instead, Curran misses out after Chris Woakes made a good case for himself with his all-around contributions. “I think it is difficult to go into a Test match without a spinner,” Root said. “You don’t want to be left short and not have that option, and you want a nice balanced attack.”
Match Timings: 11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
TV Umpires – Joel Wilson
Match Referee –
Reserve Umpire – Alex Wharf
Match number – Test no. 2316