India post big win in third Test

India post big win in third Test

India's captain Virat Kohli is applauded as he leaves the field after winning the third Test cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England on Tuesday. AFP

India beat England by 203 runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge on Wednesday to cut the home side’s lead in the five-match series to 2-1.

England, set a mammoth 521 to win, were bowled out for 317.

India needed a mere 10 minutes to wrap up victory with Wednesday’s 17th ball after England resumed the fifth day on 311 for nine, the match ending when Ravichandran Ashwin had England No 11 James Anderson caught by Ajinkya Rahane at slip.

The victory represented a remarkable turnaround following India’s innings and 159-run loss in the second Test at Lord’s.

This result also kept alive India’s hopes of becoming just the second team from any country in Test history, after a Don Bradman-inspired Australia beat England in 1936/37, to win a five-match series from 0-2 down. This Test was a personal triumph for India captain and man-of-the-match Virat Kohli who made 103 in his side’s second innings 352 for seven declared, following his first-innings 97.

“We as a team want to dedicate this win to the flood victims in Kerala,” said Kohli at the presentation ceremony. “A tough time there, and this is our bit that we can do.

“The victory was much needed at this stage of the series and to have a performance like that, which was so clinical in all three departments, is something that was pleasing to me as a captain,” he added.

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