4th Test Day 3 Eng v Ind: Sharma's ton, Pujara push India ahead at The Oval
India took control of the fourth Test with an excellent display with the bat which helped them gain a 171 run lead.
At the end of the third day India reached 270 for three with skipper Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja at the crease when play was called off early because of bad light.
Earlier, India resumed at their overnight 43 for no loss. Opener Lokesh Rahul (46) was the first one to fall with the score at 83 for one. Then Rohit Sharma (127: 256b, 353m, 14x4, 1x6) added a crucial 153 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (61: 127b, 201m, 9x4). Together the Sharma-Pujara pair pushed England onto the backfoot as they had a wicketless middle session.
With the pitch flattening out it was getting difficult for England to make a breakthrough. But post tea, the Indian batsmen lost their way a bit as they lost Pujara and Sharma to the second new ball.
Sharma scored his first Test hundred on overseas soil with a huge six off Moeen Ali.
Thereafter, Kohli added 33 runs for the fourth wicket with Jadeja. But bad light intervened and forced England to use spinners Ali and captain Joe Root. But the moment the ball was thrown to Chris Woakes play was called off.
India will be hoping to score a massive second innings total because the pitch is flattening out and making it difficult for bowlers to make breakthroughs.
India 1st Innings: 191 (61.3)
England 1st Innings: 290 (84)
India 2nd Innings: 270-3 (92)
Fall of wickets: 1-83 (KL Rahul-33.6 ov), 2-236 (Rohit Sharma-80.1 ov), 3-237 (Cheteshwar Pujara-80.6 ov)
End of Day 3: India lead by 171 runs
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Toss: England, elected to field
Venue: The Oval, London
Start time: 1100 hrs (UK Time)
Match officials: Alex Wharf, Richard Illingworth (On-field umpires); Michael Gough (TV Umpire); Mike Burns (Reserve Umpire); Chris Broad (Match-referee)