India secure 134-run lead in third England Test
INDIA’S first innings saw four halfcenturies as the hosts secured a commanding 134-run lead against England on day three of the third Test in Mohali yesterday.
India, 271-6 overnight, were bowled out for 417 in the afternoon session, prompting the umpires to call for early tea at the Punjab Cricket Association ground.
Ravindra Jadeja topped with a dominant 90 while Jayant Yadav’s 55 – his maiden fifty in only his second game – gave the England bowlers a frustrating two sessions of play.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli (62) and Cheteshwar Pujara (51) also struck crucial knocks on day two to contribute to India’s total.
Seam bowler Ben Stokes claimed his third Test five-wicket haul while leg-spinner Adil Rashid took four wickets for the visitors.
Stokes (5-73) worked hard to wipe off the tail but got little support from his fielders with skipper Alastair Cook and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow dropping catches in one of his overs.
Earlier, Jadeja fell 10 runs short of bagging his maiden Test century with his aggressive style of play proving to be his downfall against Rashid.
The left-hander jumped out of his crease against the leg-spinner only to give away a catch to Chris Woakes.
But it had been mostly Woakes at the receiving end of Jadeja’s attacking play, the batsman hitting the bowler for four boundaries in an over.
Jadeja, who registered his careerbest Test score surpassing his 68 at Lord’s in 2014, and Jayant Yadav put on 80 runs for the eight wicket.
Jadeja, who started the day on 31, took over the responsibility of piloting the innings after the fall of his overnight partner Ravichandran Ashwin (72).
His wicket ended the 97-run seventh-wicket stand between him and Jadeja as the duo lifted India after the hosts lost four wickets in the final session on November 27.
India regained the upper hand after Rashid and Stokes led England’s fightback on day two, when their quick strikes after tea reduced India to 156-5 and then 204-6. –