India race to 307 for six as Stokes flops on his return

India captain Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the series but has lacked support from the rest of the top order

What might have baffled Rahane was in training, and at the beginning of every innings in the first two Tests, he had looked comfortable, showing composure and balance.

Yet Kohli, who has shone amid his side's batting ruins, once again dug deep and, ably assisted by Ajinkya Rahane in a superb 159-run fourth-wicket partnership, led his side out of another perilous situation. Even Hardik Pandya's dismissal at the close of play, which left India 307 for six at stumps, should not dampen his team's spirits.

England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to field against India in the third Test at Trent Bridge on Saturday. Rahane OUT on 81 off 131 balls. Rahane is on 67 & Kohli on 60.

With that wonderful shot FOUR towards point, Ajinkya Rahane gets his 50.

While that is damaging to their hopes of defeating the world number ones at the earliest possible opportunity, it is good for the spectacle of the remainder of this match and the two that follow.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have displayed vast grit post lunch.

On his way to 97, Kohli became the highest scoring Indian captain in away Tests. So far the second session is dominated by the Indians.

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"The most important thing was the opening partnership was according to our expectation", Bangar said. Check out his tweet.

August 18, 2008 saw a young Virat Kohli make his debut in worldwide cricket.

India´s head coach Ravi Shastri (C) attends a practice session ahead of the third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, on August 16, 2018. As per the pictures coming in, it's a bright day at Nottingham so the fans can enjoy a full game of 90 overs. He was also part of the two first-class matches that India played on this tour where he scored 189 runs at an average of 63 which included three half-centuries. Firstly, they will need their batsman to fire and avoid the Lord's like debacle where India were unfolded for 107 and 130 in the first and second innings respectively. The third test could be the decider for India as this could be the last chance for the guests to get back to winning ways.

Unfortunately for India, neither batsman reached three figures with Kohli - who made a brilliant first Test century in England in the series opener at Edgbaston - dismissed when he edged an intended drive off an Adil Rashid leg-break to Ben Stokes at slip. Here's a small trivia about Pant.

During the season, Pant hit the fastest hundred by an Indian batsman in first-class cricket during a Ranji Trophy game against Jharkhand.

Yet a bowling attack which was negated by a slow pitch and some obdurate batting appeared to miss the left-arm variation of Sam Curran, the 20-year-old all-rounder who was unlucky to be dropped to accommodate the return of Stokes. "Definitely we were looking to bat, we were positive throughout".

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