3 Reasons why India won the 3rd Test match

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four
The victorious Indian cricket team

After suffering a humiliating loss by a massive margin of an innings and 159 runs in the second test match played at Lord's, team India finally managed to live up to its billing of being the no.1 ranked test side in the world. The visitors managed to beat the hosts by a comprehensive margin of 203 runs in the third Test match, which was played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The match turned out to be a one-sided affair with the visitors dominating the match, pretty much from the first day and it stayed that way throughout its conclusion.

The English team played well in patches and managed to win a couple of sessions but except for Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the second innings, none of the players could really make an impression in this Test match. On the other hand, as far as and team India was concerned, pretty much everything went right for them in all the three areas i.e batting, bowling, and fielding.

We look at the 3 reasons that helped team India to win the 3rd test match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.


#3 Good slip catching

England v India: Specsavers 1st Test - Day Three
Indian Slip Catching

India's slip cordon, especially KL Rahul, was outstanding in this match as they took some amazing catches during the course of the test match. Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant grassed a couple of chances between them. However, they were very safe for the most part of the match. They took some impressive catches themselves and contributed immensely.

The Indian slip cordon was much safer than their English counterparts and slip catches was one of the prime reasons as to why India managed to beat the hosts by such a massive margin in the third test at Trent Bridge to keep the series alive at 2-1.

#2 Solid opening partnerships

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Two
Shikhar Dhawan

Both Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul provided a solid base and scored more than 50 runs in both the innings of the test match. This is a rare feat for the Indan openers, especially in the overseas conditions.

It provided India with a strong foundation and the middle order ably capitalized on the good start provided by both KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan. The middle-order batsman helped India reach decent totals of more than 300 runs in both the innings.

However, the only negative was that after both the openers got off to a good start, none of them managed to convert it into a big score in both the innings. This is something which the management and the players themselves can work on for the upcoming test matches.

Getting off a good start in both the innings was another positive sign condition for team India and it was another important factor which helped them to win the match.

#1 Complete team performance

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day Four

Team India has often been criticised for being overly depended on a couple of individuals, especially in the overseas conditions. Prior to this match, in this series as well, no one barring a couple of individuals has made any match-changing contribution.

However, in this match, everybody contributed in every department, be it batting, bowling, and fielding. It was a complete team performance, where everybody played their role and contributed to the team at crucial times, which can be seen by the comprehensive margin of the victory.

Team India would be hoping that this performance is not just a shot in the pan. Rather, they would be hoping that this kind of win will provide them momentum for the remaining two matches of the five-match series.

Everybody played their part in this test match ably, which was the main reason behind India's decisive victory against England at Trent Bridge to keep the series alive at 2-1. The team will be having the positive momentum heading into the fourth test match which will be played at Rose Bowl, Southampton.

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