India vs England, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara fifties take India’s lead to 362 at lunch
Cheteshwar Pujara got to his first Test half-century in 16 innings. @Getty

Anyone hoping for a quick push by India for a gigantic lead on the third morning at Trent Bridge would have been disappointed, as England’s pace attack bowled purposely on an inconsistent surface.

The sky was the clearest it had been in three mornings, the pitch started to agitate and this meant that neither Virat Kohli or Cheteshwar Pujara was able to dominate, but that would not have been a concern because it kept England in the field for two hours. A sedate first hour, during which Jonny Bairstow copped a blow to the hand and was sent to hospital, was followed by a more productive second hour that took Kohli to Pujara to their fifties and India’s lead to 362 at lunch.

With inconsistent bounce starting to appear early in the session, the situation was not one in which India’s batsmen could dominate. Kohli and Pujara struggled for fluency, with 23 runs coming from the first hour during which the bowling was rhythmic and constrictive. In the second over, Kohli clipped Chris Woakes for a boundary, but when he tried it again a leading edge flew wide of gully for four. Woakes followed by beating the bat, then had the batsman jamming his bat down on one that kept low.

James Anderson should have earned a wicket in a fine spell of 10-4-10-0 when on 40, Pujara edged to Jos Buttler at second slip who made a mess of the catch. Off the final ball of Anderson’s spell, a sharply moving delivery stayed low and struck Bairstow on his left hand to force him off the field. The ECB tweeted soon after that Bairstow had been sent to a local hospital for an x-ray on his left middle finger.

Jonny Bairstow injury Trent Bridge
Jonny Bairstow was forced off the field in pain. @Getty

Pujara was visibly uncomfortable against Ben Stokes too, who beat the bat twice with shape away and then saw an outside edge drop short of third slip. Two of Stokes’ first three overs were maidens, and his aggressive line kept Pujara quiet.

Stuart Broad’s introduction brought about a shout for lbw against Kohli, and with it a review, but replays showed an inside edge. Broad’s eagerness to pitch the ball up then saw Kohli nail a drive into the covers and inside-edge to fine leg. One such angled delivery to Pujara was clipped for a single that gave the batsman his first fifty in 16 innings. Kohli followed to the landmark, becoming the leading run-getter in Tests this year.

England complained about the condition of the ball, which compelled the umpires to inspect it. It was deemed to be fine, which added to the image of England being utterly frustrated by India’s second wicketless session of the Test.