England thrash India to level series 1-1 with two tests to go

England trounced India by an innings and 76 runs to win the third Test at Headingly and level the series 1-1. India were 215 for 2 overnight in their second innings, but collapsed against the new ball. India lost their last eight wickets for 63 runs in 19.3 overs, with Ollie Robinson taking 5 for 65.

On the opening morning of the test, India won the toss and elected to bat. The decision seemed to have backfired on the visitors after they slumped to four for two. KL Rahul fell fourth ball to Jimmy Anderson, with the Lancashire seamer having Cheteshwar Pujar(1) caught behind.

Kohli’s poor run off form continues

Virat Kohli’s poor run of form in this series continued after the Indian captain fell to Anderson for seven. England’s morning season was complete when Rahane was caught behind off Robinson on the stroke of lunch.

England continued to take wickets in the afternoon session with both Craig Overton and Sam Curran on hat tricks. India were eventually dismissed for just 78 with Anderson taking 3 for 6 off eight overs and Overton three for 14.

England went into this test with a new opening batting partnership of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed. The pair looked comfortable in the face of the new ball and had reached the close on 120 for 0.

Burns(61) and Hameed(68) fell quickly in the morning session of the second day. Dawid Malan- on his home track- made a useful 68 before falling to Jadeja.

Captain fantastic Root continues his purple patch

Shami grabbed the wickets of Bairstow(29) and Buttler also for 29 to keep India in the game. Once again India failed to get the wicket of Joe Root quickly. The England captain went on to make a magnificent 121 before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.

Root has already hit six centuries in the calendar year with three successive tons in this current series against India. By the close of play on the second day England were in a commanding position on 423 for 8.

The hosts were dismissed quickly on the morning of day three, adding just nine runs with Overton making 32. India started their second innings trailing by a massive 354 runs.

On the cusp of lunch India lost their first wicket when Rahul(8) edged Overton behind. A second wicket partnership between Rohit Sharma and Kohli was beginning to frustrate England, before Robinson struck. The Sussex quickie, who has looked a class act, trapped Sharma(59) leg before.

Pujara and Kohli to the rescue

It was down to Pujara and Kohli to steer India to 215 for 2 at stumps.

England had the luxury of taking the new ball at the start of the fourth day. But what was about to unfold, nobody could have imagined.

Robinson was the hero of the morning. He had Pujara leg before after he failed to add to his overnight total of 91. Kholi(55) edged Robinson to first slip before Anderson struck.

The Lancashire legend picked up his 400th test wicket in England after having Rahane(10) caught behind. Robinson, Overton and Moeen Ali moped up the rest of the Indian innings as India lost 8 wickets for 62 runs.

The victory sets up the series nicely, with the fourth test at the Kia Oval starting on Thursday.

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