Rahul out on 199, In­dia reaches 391-4 vs Eng­land

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Lokesh Rahul was dis­missed one run short of his dou­ble cen­tury yes­ter­day as the se­ries took a fa­mil­iar turn with In­dia com­fort­ably reach­ing 391-4 at stumps on day three of the fifth test to trail Eng­land by 86 runs. Rahul hit a ca­reer-best 199 be­fore lob­bing a sim­ple catch shortly be­fore the close of play to Jos But­tler at point off Adil Rashid.In all, Rahul faced 311 balls, hit­ting 16 fours and three sixes. It was his fourth test cen­tury and would have been his maiden dou­ble ton.

Karun Nair was un­beaten on 71 in In­dia’s first in­nings, while Mu­rali Vi­jay was 17 not out.

Eng­land was all out for 477 in its first in­nings. In the af­ter­noon ses­sion, Eng­land had claimed the prize wicket of Vi­rat Kohli for 15 but then stum­bled against Rahul and Nair, who took their fourth-wicket part­ner­ship to 161 runs, adding an­other 116 runs in the fi­nal ses­sion. Both bats­men looked at ease, scor­ing just un­der four per over. Eng­land took the sec­ond new ball in the 85th over and al­most im­me­di­ately Eng­land cap­tain Alas­tair Cook dropped Nair - on 34 not out - at slip off Jake Ball.

In­dia crossed the 300-mark in the 86th over. Nair then reached his maiden test half­cen­tury off 98 balls. Rahul, mean­while, went past his pre­vi­ous best of 158 against West Indies in Ja­maica in Au­gust this year.

He went on to the high­est test score for an In­dian opener against Eng­land in In­dia, when he over­took Budhi Kun­deran’s 192, also scored in Chen­nai in 1964.

Rahul be­came only the sec­ond In­dian bats­man af­ter Mo­ham­mad Azharud­din to be dis­missed on 199 runs, who recorded this un­wanted feat against Sri Lanka at Kan­pur in 1986. In­jured opener Vi­jay then came out to bat, and sur­vived a DRS ap­peal for lbw in­stantly. Nair too had sur­vived a sim­i­lar shout ear­lier on. They took In­dia to stumps with­out fur­ther loss. In­dia had reached 256-3 at tea af­ter Eng­land dis­missed Kohli, who was caught at ex­tra cover off Stuart Broad.

Af­ter re­sum­ing overnight on 60-0, In­dia went to lunch at 173-1 af­ter Rahul and Parthiv Pa­tel (71) shared an open­ing part­ner­ship of 152.It was the high­est first-wicket stand for In­dia at home against Eng­land. The pre­vi­ous best was 135 runs by Sunil Gavaskar and Farokh En­gi­neer in Mumbai in 1973. In­dia has a win­ning 3-0 lead in the five-test se­ries.

— AP

CHEN­NAI: In­dia’s Lokesh Rahul, ges­tures as he leaves ground af­ter be­ing dis­missed by Eng­land’s Adil Rashid for 199 runs.

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