Nottingham: Hardik Pandya picked up his maiden five-wicket haul as India bowled out England for 161 in the first innings to take the upper-hand in the third cricket Test, here on Sunday. After posting 329 in their first innings, Pandya picked up a career-best five for 28 as England lost 10 wickets in the post-lunch session of the second day to be bowled out in 38.2 overs at Trent Bridge. Ishant Sharma (2/22) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/37) also picked up two apiece.
But Pandya turned out to be the cynosure of all eyes with a lethal five-over opening spell that sent the English line-up reeling in a space of 28 balls. India, thus, took a vital 168-run lead in the first innings. In their second innings, India, after 25 overs were 117 for 2 with captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara batting. Earlier. Coming on to bat after lunch, the hosts crossed 50 in the 10th over, after which the downfall began.
Pandya 2nd to Turbanator
Harbhajan Singh (27 balls vs WI, Kingston, 2006) is the only other bowler to take a five wickets in fewer balls for India than Hardik Pandya’s 29 balls on Sunday.
India 1st inns 329 (Kohli 97, Rahane 81) and 117/2, lead Eng 1st inns 161 (Pandya 5/28) by 285 runs.