Although India is only 58 runs behind England, all three outcomes are possible if it comes to day 3 at Trent Bridge. However, if both teams’ batsmen hold their ends, a tie is likely, given the weather forecast for Day 3 and the next two days in Nottingham.
After a brilliant first session, the second half of Day 2 was washed out when James Anderson bowled three balls that were split over two breaks for bad light and rain before the game was finally abandoned.
August 6th, Friday, is also expected to proceed in a similar way. The morning session has a rainfall percentage of 18% with floating clouds. This percentage increases slightly to 24 for the second session before the third session is expected to rain with 74% rainfall.
In short, the weather forecast for the days says: cloudy to mostly cloudy to showers. The prognosis for days 4 and 5 is also not encouraging.
How would that affect the game? With clouds hovering over The Bridge for much of the first and second sessions, James Anderson and Ollie Robinson would try to keep their threat up from day 2, while England would hope for Stuart Broad and Sam Curran, both of whom weren’t in the color on Thursday to get better
In India, they would have to hit at the same pace – waiting for the bad balls while respecting the good ones – which they did on Day 2. Although this is rarely the case with Rishabh Pant.
England storms back into the game as India collapses
James Anderson stormed England back into the game with wickets from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli back-to-back deliveries. It was the first time since 2014 that the legendary sailor sacked the Indian captain, although with a little luck he would be denied this. Ajinkya Rahane contributed to his and India’s problems by letting himself run away.
India rose from 97/0 to 112/4; The trigger for the collapse was the release of Rohit Sharma at noon. Returning to Test Eleven after nearly two years, KL Rahul showed his maturity by leaving many balls outside the stump to deny the English bowlers his wicket and patiently made fifty on his return.
India is now behind with 58 races and with Rishabh Pant on the track, that deficit could soon be made good. However, the English pacemakers would also be confident, encouraged by favorable conditions. The game hangs in balance, but in the end the rain gods can prevail.
Also read: “Getting Kohli out this early was pretty unusual” – James Anderson