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India vs England, 1st Test, Day 3, Highlights: Visitors strike twice before stumps
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Stumps, day 3: Just when one felt that India has dominated the day, England took two wickets in the final few minutes of the day to remove centurion Murali Vijay and night watchman Amit Mishra. Centuries from Vijay and Pujara has put the hosts in a strong positon. India are behind by another 218 runs, and with Kohli, Rahane, Saha and Ashwin still left, the hosts have a great chance to consolidate on the platform set. England on the other hand improved their bowling in the 2nd and 3rd session and would aim to bowl out India as early as possible.
Pujara on partnership with Vijay: We have been batting well even in the NZ series. The communication has been really good, and we have been discussing plans. We have a decent total on the board. We didn't want to lose too many wickets. Still Virat and Jinx are there, as are Ashwin and Wriddhiman are there, and they all can contribute. I think there will be a lot of turn on this wicket.(On his use of DRS to survive an lbw decision on 86) I thought it hit me on the back leg, and thanks to DRS I survived.
Pujara: Yeah I think its a great achievement, specially the first Test at Rajkot. Great feeling after getting a 100. I had been batting well in the New Zealand series. Just wanted to continue that way. Have played a lot of first-class games here, and was looking to play my natural game. Initially I thought I would just continue playing my shots.
OUT! Rashid gets rid of Vijay for 126. The leggie bowled a googly, and it bounced more than Vijay must have expected. The ball kisses the glove and Hameed catches it at short leg easily. Vijay looked tired at the end and was struggling, but a magnificent innings comes to an end.
After 103 overs,India 309/2 ( Murali Vijay 123 , Virat Kohli (C) 19)
England have deployed close in fielders for Vijay now, one at silly mid on and a forward square leg. Kohli has a word with him and asks him to be patient, maybe? Now Bairstow is standing up to the stumps. Moeen comes back into the attack and gives 1 run off his 19th. The field for Kohli is completely different as compared to Vijay. Kohli is batting more freely now, after tickling Broad's delivery to the fine leg fence, he cover drives Moeen for another four in the following over to bring the 300-run mark. Vijay has joined the party now, dances down the ground and hits it over the bowler's head for a six. Woakes comes into the attack and Cook keeps a short cover for Kohli.
After 98 overs,India 291/2 ( Murali Vijay 117 , Virat Kohli (C) 7)
Kohli taking his own time to get in, no hurry whatsoever. Broad and Stokes are bowling in tandem. The Indian captain finally breaks away, drives towards cover-point to get his first boundary. A loud appeal from England, as Virat tries to pull Stokes, Dharmasena says no. Cook asks Bairstow and Stokes about the review, but decides to not take it.
Preview: England rode on a strong batting performance in their first innings to secure an upper hand on the second day of the first cricket Test match against India here on Thursday.
Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Moeen Ali struck centuries to spearhead England's charge as the visitors finished their first innings at 537 runs.
India were 63/0 at stumps in reply to England's challenging first innings total.
Indian openers Gautam Gambhir (28 batting) and Murali Vijay (25 batting) were at the crease at the close of the day's play at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Both Gambhir and Vijay have hit four boundaries each.
Stokes was the highest scorer for the visitors with 128 while Root scored 124.
Ali, who was on 99 at close of play on Wednesday, completed his century before being dismissed for 117.
Jonny Bairstow missed out on what would have been a well-deserved half-century as he scored 46 runs in a 57-ball innings that included five boundaries and a couple of hits into the stands.
For India, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja returned figures of 3/86 and pacers Mohammed Shami (2/65). Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2/167) and pacer Umesh Yadav (2/112) however proved expensive.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra (1/98) bagged one wicket.
Resuming at the overnight score of 311/4, Ali and Stokes continued to score at a decent clip, producing a 62-run partnership.
Ali, who completed his century with a single off Shami, could not last long after reaching the landmark as the pacer soon had his revenge with a superb incoming delivery that sent the off-stump tumbling.
Ali tried to leave the delivery after misjudging the bounce and had to pay the price.
Ali's departure did nothing to contain the visitors' scoring rate as Stokes and Bairstow added 99 runs between them to pile up the hosts' woes.
Bairstow fell to a rash shot as he tried to hit a wide-ish ball from Shami through the off-side, but only managed to edge it to Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha.
Although Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid were dismissed cheaply, Zafar Ansari produced a patient 83-ball 32 to bolster the England total.
By the time Stokes was caught behind off Yadav's bowling a short while before tea break, the visitors already had a challenging total on the board.
(With inputs from IANS)
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