England go into the third day of the third Test staring down the barrel with India, at 124 for two in their second innings, a massive 292 ahead and nearly certain to go on to a victory that would propel them back into this series.
Hardik (5-28 from six overs), whose scalps included Joe Root contentiously given out caught at slip, helped the tourists bowl out England for 161 in 38.2 overs as they earned a 168-run lead on first innings, having made 329 in their opening knock in Nottingham.
But it was Adil Rashid who jolted India mostly in the day tempting Indian skipper Virat Kohli three runs away from what could be a talismanic hundred.
India´s openers put on a brisk 60 before Rahul (36) deflected a drive off Stokes onto his stumps and Shikhar Dhawan (44) was stumped by Bairstow off leg-spinner Rashid.
And their plight was summed up by an very bad drop by Cook off Chris Woakes that reprieved Shikhar Dhawan before he was undone by an Adil Rashid googly.
On-field official Marais Erasmus gave the soft signal of out after deciding Rahul had caught the ball low at slip and TV umpire Aleem Dar saw no conclusive evidence to overturn the call, much to Kohli's delight.
Down 2-0 in the five-Test series, Virat Kohli & Co. will have a task on its hands of reversing the slide in the third Test against England.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Test Match Special: "It has been really good Test cricket". However, it seems he did what he was selected for by removing Indian captain from the crease. But the 20-year-old quickly settled down, and would finish with five dismissals on the day.
England would have sensed an opportunity to skittle through India's middle order after lunch but Kohli and Rahane were not to be removed.
Rahane came to bat at number five after Chris Woakes had sent three Indian batsmen back to the pavilion at the score of 83. Root edged to KL Rahul first ball, and was given out after multiple replays to confirm weather the fielder had taken the catch cleanly. By the time the 10th over was completed, India had added 50 more runs to their overall lead. On Saturday, viewers witnessed shades of old Rahane and his returning back to his form will certainly bring a lot of relief inside the dressing room. Pant, however, failed to make it big and was out for 24 off 51 balls.
If England thought Kohli's exit would spark an India collapse, they were frustrated by Pant and Pandya, the latter dropped by Keaton Jennings at third slip after gloving Broad.
At the time of filing the copy, England was reeling at 159/9 with Buttler at the wicket on 37*. Stuart Broad starts the first over.
In the third Test, Virat Kohli once again altered team's playing XI.
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