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India grind out 438 lead as England face record target

India grind out 438 lead as England face record target

England, who lead the five-test series two nil, were left to pick over an astonishing day which began well when they quickly picked up India's four remaining first innings wickets.

England require another 498 runs to win over the final two days of play and history suggests that is highly unlikely.

After England resumed on 23-0, India paceman Ishant Sharma removed Keaton Jennings (13) with the fifth ball of the day and fellow opener Alastair Cook (17) in his next over, both to catches behind the wicket.

However England should have had Kohli out in the 90s for the second-straight innings.

It was the latest dropped catch in the cordon by England this match and Anderson, whose duels with star batsman Kohli have been a feature of this series, put his head to his hands in evident despair after the ball went for four.

The India captain began the day at the crease and contributed to a 113-run, 289-ball stand for the third wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (72) en route to a knock of 103 and a 521-run lead after a declaration.

To make matters worse for England, wicket-keeper and leading batsman Jonny Bairstow suffered a finger injury after failing to gather a swinging Anderson delivery.

England lost four wickets before lunch on day four of the third Test against India as their hopes of a new world record run chase were effectively ended. "Definitely there were times when I thought that race was run".

"You do fret if you don't get runs, but the way I was batting in the nets and the way I was moving my feet, I knew I was just a game away from a big score".

In the list of most centuries by Indian batsmen in SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) in Tests, Kohli is now only behind the great Sachin Tendulkar. He chose to take the review but DRS suggested that the ball was clipping the leg-stump and Kohli had to walk back.

Shortly beforehand, as if to confirm England were shredded by their miserable experience, Jennings let a straightforward gully chance slip through his fingers as Kohli moved from 93 to 97 with a thick edge on a drive at Anderson. Virat Kohli turned towards his wife Anushka Sharma and blew out a flying kiss, making Anushka and the spectators go "awww"!

Kohli was not at his most fluent but this was an ideal innings given India's situation and an edged four off Chris Woakes, his 10th boundary in 191 balls during almost five hours at the crease, saw the star batsman to a 23rd Test hundred.

"He's a high-quality player and he's shown that he's learned a lot on this tour alone.

The now 59-year-old Kapil scored 5,248 runs at 31.05, including eight hundreds, during a 131-Test career that yielded 434 wickets at 29.64 as well for the fast bowler.


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