India vs England, 3rd Test: England claim second morning honours at Trent Bridge
Alastair Cook had a couple close calls as he batted his way to lunch at Trent Bridge. @Getty

England enjoyed the better of conditions on the second morning at Trent Bridge, taking the last four Indian wickets for 22 runs and then easing into the lunch interval unscathed. Conditions were overcast and there was a hint of wind, which helped Stuart Broad  and James Anderson run through India inside 40 minutes of play after a half-hour delay. Then Alastair Cook  and Keaton Jennings rattled off 46 runs in nine overs.

From an overnight 307/6, India were bowled out for 329. Rishabh Pant, 22 overnight, added two to his total before he chased at a wide ball from Broad and was bowled off the inner edge. That ended a promising debut innings from the 20-year-old, who ignored Broad who mouthed him off with an unsportsmanlike send-off that may yet draw sanction from the match referee.

R Ashwin slashed over Jos Buttler at second slip, steered wide of gully and edged between gully and third slip for his first 12 runs. He was dropped by Ollie Pope at fourth slip, off Anderson, but it only cost England one run. Broad swung one in sharply and hit the base of middle stump. Mohammed Shami slogged Anderson to mid-on, and next ball Jasprit Bumrah was bowled. Anderson will be on a hat-trick if India bat again.

India would have fancied an early wicket or two given the grey skies, but Shami could not find his radar. Cook poked the first ball of England’s innings between third and fourth slip for four. Shami sent one way down Cook’s pads, and a diving Pant could not prevent it from escaping for four. Jennings edged Bumrah between third slip and gully, a chance that Ajinkya Rahane should have gone for. The proceedings had that kind of feel all over it.

Then Shami slipped back into the Shami that has most Indian cricket fans tearing their hair out. A short and wide ball was cut away for four by Cook; Shami erred in length again, and this time Jennings tapped past point. He did manage another edge off Jennings, bit once again the ball flew past the fielders for our. Bumrah too was ordinary, once over-stepping and another time over-pitching for Cook to thread the ball past mid-off. In the last over of the morning, he fed Cook freebies on the pads that fetched the left-hander a triple and double.