3rd Test, Nottingham, Aug 18 - 22 2018, India tour of Ireland and England
329 & 352/7d
(104.5 ov, target 521)161 & 317
India won by 203 runs
player of the match

11.35am And that is that. This has been some series, and it's 2-1 going into the fourth Test in Southampton. England have the lead, but they also have more to ponder - about their combination, and the form of their top order in particular. There are injuries for both teams to worry about, to two big performers, R Ashwin and Jonny Bairstow. India, remember, only named a squad for the first three Tests, so there's a big announcement in the wings from the selectors as well. Will Bhuvneshwar Kumar manage to regain fitness for the fourth or even the fifth Test? There's Alastair Cook and the chance that he might miss the fourth Test on paternity leave. There's a lot of uncertainty, but one thing is very, very clear. This series is crackling with excitement now, and we can't wait for Thursday, August 30. Until then, we'll leave you with the wicket that wrapped up India's win here at Trent Bridge. Goodbye!

WATCH - Ashwin takes the last England wicket with a legbreak (India only)

Virat Kohli is the Player of the Match. (Yay, only one more interview to transcribe). "First and foremost, we as a team want to dedicate the victory to the flood victims back home in Kerala. People are going through a lot, and this is the least we can do," he says. "Very pleasing performance in all three departments. A complete Test match for us. We only spoke about the fact that we were only outplayed in one Test out of the five we had played since South Africa, and that was at Lord's. We spoke about stepping up as batsmen, and that's what we did, and we set it up for the bowlers. The bowling group was eager to take those 20 wickets again - the question was what we could do as batsmen to give them that cushion. When both skills come together with slip catching, we win Test matches. Everything came together for us. Very crucial how Rahane played, having lost Puji just before lunch. He's very positive, we love that about him. He can change the whole complexion of the game, and that's what he did. They're a quality bowling attack and you need grit to score against them, and that's what Jinx in the first innings and Puji in the second showed. I want to dedicate my innings especially to my wife. She's motivated me a lot, kept pushing me. She's the only one who keeps me positive out there. The most pleasing thing for me to see was that the four fastest bowlers in the series have all been Indians. We've worked on our fitness, on our mindset, cutting down on loose deliveries. They're getting better and better the more Test cricket they've played. It's a delight to watch when they're running in. We definitely believe we can [win the series]. It wouldn't be 2-1 now if we didn't believe that. We just want to keep pushing forward and keep wanting to win."

Joe Root: "It's a strong team. It was always going to be a difficult decision (at the toss). There was some live grass on the wicket. We were performing extremely well with the ball, and potentially could have bowled them out quickly. We could have bowled a bit fuller, but that's nitpicking. India batted extremely well on that first day. I think it's fair to say we underperformed in our first innings. The second-innings partnership between Jos and Ben was a lesson to us, the way they adapted to the situation, how clear they looked about how they were going to score their runs. We need to look at that and see how we can adapt our own games to score 400 in the first innings. We've generally bowled well at him [Kohli], he's not scored too quickly against us, but he's found ways to score runs. We're working extremely hard on our catching, we know it's a massively important area. It's not worked out until now, but if we get it right we know it will play massive dividends. [On Bairstow:] It's early days, we have to see how that swelling comes down. We'll see over the next few days where he's at. He's in fine form, and it will be great if he plays. It's been challenging conditions for the top order, for both sides. We've got to be realistic about things - we've got two very good players at the top of the order. We've got to go back and find ways to adapt, and that's not just those two guys. The best thing about [Buttler's innings] is that he can crash the ball to all parts, but the thing about him is how he can look at a situation and work out how to play. To have that performance in the bank will give him a great deal of confidence."

WATCH - What did Kohli say to Broad when Broad was at the crease?

Sai: "Also at Perth 2008 another allrounder, the inimitable Irfan Pathan scored a 50 and took 5 wickets" -- He scored 46, but yes. Took out both openers in both innings.

Purvesh: "Good performance around Kohli from the likes of Hardik, Bumrah, Ajinkya & Pujara was the difference between this Test & the first Test. A couple of half-decent performances in that game & India could have been 2-1 up."

Dhaval : "For the next Test, England must bring back Sam Curran and Moeen Ali. And India should just bring back the same intensity with which they played this Test match."

Hemal: "Similar to famous Perth win after ill-fated Sydney Test. India bounced back really well and hope they will keep this momentum for next two Tests." -- Yup, lots of similarities, starting from the partnership between Kohli and Rahane on day one, which was so much like the partnership between Tendulkar and Dravid back in that Perth Test in 2008.

Vivek Bhandari: "I haven't seen the previous wins on English soil but my favorite has to be Headingley 2002 for the reasons how they were cornered after the first Test loss. They opted to bat first in overcast conditions as they had 2 spinners in their line up. Started slow and steady and changed gears in the latter part of the innings. And then the bowlers finished up the job."

Brutus_Shylock: "" How much more authoritative can you get than a 203-run margin?" Well obviously, any score above that margin."

Varahan: "A huge well deserved victory for India. The margin of victory is significant, no doubt. Although a more authoritative win would have inflicted serious psychological damage to England." -- How much more authoritative can you get than a 203-run margin?

Sunny: "Joe root played a prominent role in India's win by deciding to bowl first after winning the toss and not playing the previous man of the match Curran. Love you joe root, please continue the same for the next two Test matches."

11.10am Ten minutes is all it took, and 17 balls. A richly deserved win for India, their seventh in England and one of their finest away from home. Think back to what their morale must have been like coming into Nottingham, after a mauling at Lord's. They were given an unexpected gift by Joe Root, who chose to bowl first on a pitch that, though grassy, looked dry on the first morning. India still needed to bat and bowl extremely well, though, and they did just that, session after session, to really show everyone why they're ranked No. 1 in the world.

Ashwin to Anderson, OUT

is that it? It is. Ashwin takes the last wicket with a legbreak. Shortish outside off, turns sharply into Anderson and gets big on him as he makes room to cut. Ends up gloving it up over the slips, and Rahane backtracks from first slip to take the simplest of catches

James Anderson c Rahane b Ashwin 11 (38m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.83
Ashwin to Rashid, 1 run

this one's flighted just outside off and Rashid sweeps again, with the turn, to long leg

Ashwin to Rashid, no run

floats this one out of the front of the hand, ends up down the leg side, past Rashid's attempted sweep

Ashwin to Rashid, no run

flat length ball outside off, defended off the front foot

Ashwin to Anderson, 3 runs

tossed up fairly wide of off stump, stretches out and squeezes it away behind point. Ishant gives leisurely chase, willing the ball to roll past the boundary and keep Anderson on strike. It comes to a stop a meter from the rope

Ashwin, round the wicket to Anderson

end of over 1042 runs
ENG: 313/9CRR: 3.00 
Adil Rashid32 (61)
James Anderson8 (22)
Mohammed Shami19-3-78-1
Hardik Pandya14-5-22-1
Shami to Rashid, no run

another bouncer, loses a lot of pace off the pitch as it rises up along the fourth-stump corridor. Waits an age and then bunts it down to backward point

Shami to Rashid, no run

nice length, gets a bit of shape away in the fourth-stump channel. Defended into the covers

Shami to Rashid, no run

digs it in short, angles it down the leg side. Pant dives left to collect after Rashid misses the hook

Shami to Rashid, no run

back of a length, close to off stump, gets nicely back and across to defend towards short extra-cover

Shami to Rashid, no run

back of a length close to off stump, defended into the point region

Three slips and a short leg in place, by the way

Shami to Rashid, 2 runs

length ball, straightens late towards the top of off stump. This is a good ball, and Rashid plays a lovely shot, gets on the front foot, head over the ball, to clip it away to the right of mid-on. Ashwin gives stately chase - I don't think he's fully fit, and probably shouldn't be on the field


end of over 103Maiden
ENG: 311/9CRR: 3.01 
James Anderson8 (22)
Adil Rashid30 (55)
Hardik Pandya14-5-22-1
Jasprit Bumrah29-8-85-5
Hardik to Anderson, no run

fullish, slanting away from off stump. Anderson goes back and across again to defend, and misses by a long way

Hardik to Anderson, no run

back of a length close to off stump, goes back and across, deep in his crease, to defend, and misses. The angle beats his edge and the ball hits his back thigh

Hardik to Anderson, no run

length ball wide of off stump and Anderson has a flash and a miss

Hardik to Anderson, no run

another bouncer, at a pretty gentle pace. Starts outside leg stump - Anderson moves his back out of the way - and then swings late just as it approaches Pant, leaving him on the ground as he just about manages to grab onto it

Hardik to Anderson, no run

bouncer, bounces loopily, tennis-ball style, over the ducking batsman and down into the keeper's gloves

Hardik to Anderson, no run

length ball close to off stump, gets a stride forward and defends to backward point

11.00am Here we go then. One wicket stands between India and a famous win. They've won just six Tests in England so far - at The Oval in 1971, at Lord's and Headingley in 1986, at Headingley again in 2002, Trent Bridge in 2007, and most recently at Lord's in 2014. Hardik Pandya to bowl the first over of the day, over the wicket to James Anderson with three slips in place.