Published: Wed, August 22, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

England v India: Jonny Bairstow goes for X-ray on injured hand

England v India: Jonny Bairstow goes for X-ray on injured hand

The India captain fell three short of three figures in the first innings - but with a little timely good fortune, he got the job done at the second attempt as the tourists piled up 352 for seven declared to leave England a highly improbable mission to set a new world record run chase. "It's great to watch from the other side, particularly the drives that he plays", Pujara said at the end of third day's play.

Root was first to go, just hanging his bat out to a wide delivery as Rahul caught another one at second slip. "This is fantastic. The last time a team won a series after being 2-0 down was Don Bradman's team way back in 1936-37 against us".

It was also Kohli's second in three matches after he made 149 - his maiden Test century in England - in the series-opener at Edgbaston. Captain Root had more trouble getting started but by mid-session, the third-wicket pair had taken England to 62 without serious further alarm.

To make matters worse for England, wicketkeeper and leading batsman Jonny Bairstow suffered a finger injury after failing to gather a swinging Anderson delivery. Bairstow looked in a lot of pain as he walked off, and the latest update was that he needed x-ray to check the extent of the blow.

He was joined by Chetashwar Pujara who made 72 in a third-wicket stand with his skipper of 113.

"In county cricket I thought I was batting well but didn't score too many", he told Sky Sports.

"You do fret if you don't get runs, but the way I was batting in the nets and the way I was moving my feet, I knew I was just a game away from a big score".

At the break, Ajinkya Rahane (17 not out) was giving Kohli company as India consolidated their overall lead to 438 runs.

And Kohli's second hundred of the tour arrived with a four shortly after a thick edge flew through Keaton Jennings' hands at gully. After Kohli's dismissal, Hardik Pandya upped the ante and smashed unbeaten 52 off 52 balls.

Kohli was not at his fluent best but this was an ideal innings for the situation India found themselves in and an edged four off Chris Woakes, his 10th boundary in 191 balls during almost five hours at the crease, saw him to a 23rd Test hundred.

12- Number of times Kohli has scored 200 or more runs in a Test, which is already the most among all India players and fifth-highest by any batsman. However, Kohli and Pujara had different plans.

As if their insipid batting performance wasn't bad enough, England gifted Virat Kohli a century with a weird blunder.

Bairstow went for a golden duck as a rampant spell of bowling saw Bumrah (5-85) to the fore, fit again after missing the first two matches and thriving with the new ball after tea to move India to the brink.

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