Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes all performed extremely well with bat for their teams in the third test match of the India vs England Test series. Trent Bridge marked a Royals show with a maiden test century for Buttler, Rahane’s 81 off 131 balls and Stokes’ 62 off 187 balls.
"It's been a long time coming and a few months ago it was a million miles away. It's a huge moment for me," Buttler said after his maiden test century. Buttler received a test recall after his exemplary performances for the Royals during Season 11 of the Indian Premier League. He was the highest run scorer for Rajasthan Royals during the tournament which helped the team qualify for the play offs.
Ajinkya Rahane, Vice-Captain of the Indian test team and captain of Rajasthan Royals, speaking about his half century, said,“The belief was that if the ball was there to hit, I will hit.”
India moved to 307 for six on the first day of the third test, with the highlight being the 159-run partnership between Rahane and Virat Kohli on that day.
Stokes, a crucial player for England who also won the first test for England, put up a great partnership with teammate Buttler in the third test. Their fifth wicket partnership of 169 runs pulled England from 62-4 to 231-5 on the fourth day of the test. This partnership has received wide spread praise in the UK with Michael Vaughan stating that "the partnership should be replayed over and over again to the England team " and Jonathan Agnew echoing thispraise.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 21, 2018
Stokes also bowled well during India's second innings, picking up the wickets of KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara. Speaking of Ben Stokes' bowling, Rahane added, "We all know Stokes, he plays with me in the IPL, so that helps I guess. It’s about taking one ball at a time and giving your best. We were looking to bat first; our intent was positive. Rajasthan Royals players were applauded by twitteratis.
— TestMatchLix (@MrLix) August 21, 2018