Joe Root and Virat Kohli
Joe Root and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Though India are just 58 runs behind England‘s total, going into Day 3, at Trent Bridge, all three results are possible. However, if both the teams’ batsmen hold their end, a draw is a likely result impending considering the weather forecast for Day 3 and the next two days in Nottingham.

After a bright first session, the second half of Day 2 was washed out, with three balls bowled by James Anderson distributed across two breaks for bad light and rain before play was eventually called off.

August 6, Friday, also is expected to be on similar lines. The morning session has a Precipitation percentage of 18% with clouds hovering. That percentage increases little to 24 for the second session, before rain is expected to pour down the third session with a 74% Precipitation.

England
England. (Credits: Twitter)

In brief, the weather forecast for the days says: Cloudy to Mostly Cloudy to Showers. The forecast for Days 4 and 5 isn’t encouraging either.

How would this affect the game? With clouds hovering over The Bridge for the most part of the first and second session, James Anderson and Ollie Robinson would look to maintain their threat from Day 2, while England would hope for Stuart Broad and Sam Curran, both of whom were off-colour on Thursday, to come better.

India, they would have to bat with the same tempo – wait for the bad balls while respecting the good ones – which they did on Day 2. Although with Rishabh Pant that is rarely the case.

England storm back in the game as India collapse

James Anderson stormed England back into the game with wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli on consecutive deliveries. It was the first time the legendary seamer dismissed the Indian captain since 2014, although he was denied it by some luck. Ajinkya Rahane added to his and India’s problems by running himself out.

Virat Kohli, James Anderson
Virat Kohli, James Anderson. (Credits: Twitter)

India went from 97/0 to 112/4; the collapse was triggered by Rohit Sharma’s dismissal at the stroke of lunch. KL Rahul, making a return to the Test eleven after almost two years, showcased his maturity by leaving plenty of balls outside the off-stump to deny England bowlers his wicket, and made a patient fifty on his return.

India now trail by 58 runs, and with Rishabh Pant on the crease, that deficit could be chiselled out soon. However, the England pacers would also come out with confidence, emboldened by favourable conditions. The game hangs in balance, but rain may gods may have their upper hand by the end of it.

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