An elated Virat Kohli after taking a blinder at third slip to remove Ollie Pope
An elated Virat Kohli after taking a blinder at third slip to remove Ollie Pope

Set an improbable target of 521 to win, England started day four of the third Test against India at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 23 for no loss, but Indian pacers rattled off the England top order in the first session, leaving England reeling at 84 for 4. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler then blunted India for the whole of second session. However, introduction of new ball in the final session had India closing in on a win at Trent Bridge.

It took Ishant Sharma just five balls to extract Keaton Jennings, who was forced to play at a good delivery that he edged to Pant.

It took Ishant Sharma just five balls to extract Keaton Jennings, who was forced to play at a good delivery that he edged to Pant. (Getty Images)

Six deliveries later, Ishant got a climbing delivery to straighten for Cook to poke a regulation catch to KL Rahul  at second slip.

Six deliveries later, Ishant got a climbing delivery to straighten for Alastair Cook to poke a regulation catch to KL Rahul at second slip. (Getty Images)

Root was given a torrid examination, beaten by Jasprit Bumrah’s sharp inwards movement thrice in one over. Bumrah then had his man when Root pushed hard and off the back foot and nicked to Rahul at second slip, who held a very sharp catch for his fifth of the Test.

Root was given a torrid examination, beaten by Jasprit Bumrah’s sharp inwards movement thrice in one over. Bumrah then had his man when Root pushed hard and off the back foot and nicked to Rahul at second slip, who held a very sharp catch for his fifth of the Test. (Getty Images)

Moments later, it was Virat Kohli who held an even better one at third slip when Pope threw his bat at a wide ball from Shami. England had fallen to 62/4.

Moments later, it was Virat Kohli who held an even better one at third slip when Ollie Pope threw his bat at a wide ball from Mohammed Shami. England had fallen to 62/4. (Getty Images)

Moments later, it was Virat Kohli who held an even better one at third slip when Ollie Pope threw his bat at a wide ball from Mohammed Shami. England had fallen to 62/4

Out of may way! Virat Kohli with a top grab at third slip to remove Ollie Pope (Getty Image)

A fifth wicket presented itself when Jos Buttler, on two, nicked Bumrah, but Pant was fractionally late to react because he had initially moved the other way

A fifth wicket presented itself when Jos Buttler, on two, nicked Bumrah, but Pant was fractionally late to react because he had initially moved the other way (Getty Images)

England’s fifth-wicket pair of Jos Buttler, batting ahead of the injured Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes held India at bay for the entire second session on day four at Trent Bridge.

England’s fifth-wicket pair of Jos Buttler, batting ahead of the injured Jonny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes held India at bay for the entire second session on day four at Trent Bridge. (Getty Image)

Buttler brought up his third fifty in eight innings since making a comeback to the Test team in June with a lovely drive for four off Bumrah.

Buttler brought up his third fifty in eight innings since making a comeback to the Test team in June with a lovely drive for four off Bumrah. (Getty Image)

Buttler and Stokes blunted everything that came their way, albeit with some luck, making 169 runs - the highest for the fifth wicket for England in the fourth innings of a Test

Buttler and Stokes blunted everything that came their way, albeit with some luck, making 169 runs – the highest for the fifth wicket for England in the fourth innings of a Test (Getty Image)

Buttler got to his maiden Test 100 with a flick off Mohammed Shami

Buttler got to his maiden Test 100 with a flick off Mohammed Shami (Getty Image)

But, the second new ball immediately proved more of a threat, and finally, after 57.2 overs, India found a way through when Buttler padded up to a sharp inswinger from Bumrah

But, the second new ball immediately proved more of a threat, and finally, after 57.2 overs, India found a way through when Buttler padded up to a sharp inswinger from Bumrah (Getty Image)

Out walked Bairstow, with a fractured finger, and Bumrah deceived him with a ripper first ball

Out walked Bairstow, with a fractured finger, and Bumrah deceived him with a ripper first ball (Getty Image)

Hardik Pandya, in the fifth over of a miserly spell, ended Stokes’ rearguard to have him caught by KL Rahul at second slip, who held his sixth catch of the Test.

Hardik Pandya, in the fifth over of a miserly spell, ended Stokes’ rearguard to have him caught by KL Rahul at second slip, who held his sixth catch of the Test (Getty Image)

 Jaspirt Bumrah then removed Chris Woakes with a nasty bouncer. Rishabh Pant held on to his sixth catch of the match

Jaspirt Bumrah had earlier removed Chris Woakes with a nasty bouncer. Rishabh Pant held on to his sixth catch of the match (Getty Image)

Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad hung around fora  whie combining for 50 runs for the ninth wicket

Adil Rashid and Stuart Broad hung around for a whie combining for 50 runs for the ninth wicket before Bumrah had Broad edging, thus completing his five-wicket haul (Getty Image)