In­dia se­cure 134-run lead in third Eng­land Test

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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. –

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