England's lead goes past 150 despite Jadeja's dogged performance

Alastair Cook (46*) who missed out on his hundred in the first innings is closing in on a half-century again. Can he do it this time around and script a dream exit?

 

India - 292

England - 332, 114-2 (43.0 Overs)

Scorecard

Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat for India on day three amid concern that the team would fall over soon. However, the two showed resistance with the debutante and the comeback man both being extremely cautious.

They showed impeccable judgement of the off stump and did not fish with nagging deliveries. Jadeja in particular showed the resolved to fight it out and left balls on length.

Adil Rashid was brought in to bowl by Joe Root but he could not pull off anything special. As soon as Moeen Ali took the ball, he dismissed Hanuma Vihari (56) on a delivery that did not come inside but went straight after pitching. Ishant was dismissed by Moeen in a similar manner.

Mohammed Shami was dismissed in an attempt to slog the ball out of the park. Amid all this, Ravindra Jadeja kept farming the strike. He was on 86 when there was a misjudgement and Jasprit Bumrah was run out by a fair margin.

India were able to pull back England's lead to less than 50. Now the task was to wrap them up and set up a chasable last innings total.

It was somewhat a repetition of the first English innings as the batmen played and missed quite a few but did not edge the ball. Keaton Jennings was nicely set up by Mohammed Shami as he left a ball that knocked out his stumps. Moeen Ali was bowled through the gate by Ravi Jadeja.

However, Joe Root (29) and Alastair Cook (46) kept chipping away in the middle and did not allow any further damage till the close of play. England are 114 for two with a lead of 154 and are better placed in the match.

Alastair Cook who missed out on his hundred in the first innings is closing in on a half-century again. Can he do it this time around and script a dream exit?

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