India walk into another England fortress in a bid to stay alive in Test series


first_imgIndia have their task cut out as they prepare to take on England in the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, starting August 18.With Virat Kohli’s side 0-2 down in the five-match series, the Trent Bridge match for visitors is going to be a battle to stay alive in the series.The task, however, is not going to be easy by any stretch of imagination for India as they walk into another fortress for the hosts.Trent Bridge traditionally hasn’t been the greatest of happy hunting grounds for England, but their record at the venue since the turn of the century has been imposing.Trent Bridge hosted its first Test in 1899 and since then 62 Test matches have taken place at the venue with England winning 22 and losing 17, 23 matches ended in a draw.England star Jonny Bairstow not ready to write off India yetThose numbers have witnessed a sharp turnaround since 2000, with England losing just four out of 16 matches. They won nine matches during the same period.On the other hand, India have won only once in six matches played at Trent Bridge. England’s head-to-head record at the venue against India stands at 2-1 with three matches finishing in a draw.The lone victory for India at the venue came in 2007 and it should serve as a source inspiration for the current unit as it was a series-winning victory for the visitors. The Rahul Dravid led side defeated England by seven wickets back then to register a famous 1-0 series win over the hosts, their last series win in England.advertisementTheir previous match in 2014 ended in a draw before India went on to lose the series 3-1.Virat Kohli is a good captain and will get better with time: Kumar SangakkaraAfter a slow start at Edgbaston, England pacer James Anderson found his mojo back at Lord’s in the second Test as he took nine wickets to condemn India to an inning and 159 runs defeat.Anderson also became the first bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord’s during the second innings and India should get ready for another trial by swing.Anderson is also the highest wicket-taker at Trent Bridge. The pacer has snared 60 wickets in just nine matches at an average of 18.95, with seven five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls.Can Virat Kohli’s India respond to harsh criticism from former players?His new-ball partner, Stuart Broad has taken 37 wickets in eight matches in Nottingham. While Mike Atherton (1083) holds the record of being the highest run-getter at Trent Bridge, current captain Joe Root has scored 405 runs at the venue in four matches at an average of 81. The last time India played England at Trent Bridge in 2014, Root slammed an unbeaten 154.Meanwhile, Kohli has had a forgetful time in 2014 with scores of 1 & 8 in the two innings.Virat Kohli’s team only enjoying coffee in English conditions: Sandip PatilTrent Bridge has also witnessed some of the most memorable England wins in the recent year. It was here in 2005 that England took a series-winning 2-1 lead against Australia to regain Ashes for the first time in 16 years. They defeated their arch-rivals once again in 2015 to secure the Ashes.England are heavy favourites for the third Test and are looking to seal the series, while the job for Kohli and Co would be to defy all the odds as they fight to stay alive in the series.last_img

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