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England strike late after Pujara, Vijay centuries

Adil Rashid (centre) removed Murali Vijay in the penultimate over
Adil Rashid (centre) removed Murali Vijay in the penultimate over
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Ben Stokes and England celebrating the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara
Ben Stokes and England celebrating the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara
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Cheteshwar Pujara (right) and Murali Vijay (left) scored centuries for India
Cheteshwar Pujara (right) and Murali Vijay (left) scored centuries for India
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England 537 (Stokes 128) v
India 319-4 (Vijay 126)
First Test, Rajkot, day three
Scorecard

England struck thrice in the third session to seize momentum after they were kept at bay by fine centuries from Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara to take them to 319 for four at stumps on day three of the first Test in Rajkot.

India still trail England by another 218 runs despite the mammoth effort from Pujara and Vijay. They started the day at 63 for naught.

In the second over of the day, Gautam Gambhir (29) was trapped LBW by Stuart Broad (1-54). Pujara (124) scored five boundaries in as many overs to get going but was kept in check by bouncers from Chris Woakes (0-39) as he was hit on the helmet on more than two occasions.

Pujara brought the 50-run stand with Vijay (126) as India were looking to slowly gain control. Vijay smashed Zafar Ansari (1-57) for a six and a four in the 46th over to bring his half-century and Pujara followed it three more boundaries in the next over to reach his fifty.

India went into lunch at 162 for one, adding 99 runs in the session.

Pujara brought the 100-run stand with Vijay in the fourth over of the second session. But, England bowled with lot of control post lunch as runs were hard to come by.

In his five-over spell during the second session, Broad bowled four maiden overs. After bringing their 150-run stand, India went into tea at 228 for one. Adding only 66 runs in the session but managed not to lose any wicket. Pujara was unbeaten on 99 as well after successfully using a review to overturn a LBW decision.

England took the second new ball when available and Pujara completed his century and with a six followed by two boundaries, Vijay completed his three-figure milestone as well.

After bring the 200-run stand, Pujara nicked a Ben Stokes (1-39) delivery to the slips. India were 277 for two at that stage.

Just when India looked in a dominant position to end the day, Adil Rashid (1-47) had Vijay caught at short leg in the penultimate over while Ansari had Amit Mishra (0) caught in a similar fashion in the final over as they restricted the home side to 319 for four at stumps, still trailing England by 218 runs.

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