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ENGvIND: Virat Kohli’s masterful century puts India in command on day 3

Virat Kohli salutes the crowd as he leaves the pitch after getting out lbw for 103 runs during the third day (Photo By PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Indian team continued their domination with Kohli scoring his 23rd test century and Hardik Pandya remaining not out on 50 declaring their innings with a lead of 520 runs on the third day of 3rd test match played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham just finished a few moments ago. England openers survived 9 overs.

Starting on the overnight score of 124 for 2, both Kohli and Pujara started cautiously with good bowling from England bowlers. Both of them showed discipline. Pujara reached his half-century off 147 balls while the Indian captain looked confident from the word go by completing 18th 50 from 82 deliveries. India went into lunch at the score of 194 for 2.

After the lunch break, the Indian captain Virat Kohli and Pujara continued to grind the England bowlers. Ben Stokes dismissed Pujara for 72. Both Kohli and Pujara added 113 runs for 3rd wicket which put the hosts under pressure. Virat Kohli played solidly with a sound technique. Rahane also played slowly. At the tea break, India were 270 for 3.

Anushka Sharma cheered from the stands as Virat Kohli scored his 23rd Test century (Pic Source: Reuters)

In the third session, Indian captain Virat Kohli completed his 23rd test century off 191 balls. He has scored the most centuries by an Indian captain outside the subcontinent with 7 centuries from 20 innings. Chris Woakes dismissed Kohli for 103. After that James Anderson got the wicket of the young debutant Pant for just 1.

Hardik Pandya came to the crease and looked in positive mood with attacking stroke play. Rahane was dismissed by Adil Rashid for 29. Both Pandya and Rahane added 47 runs for the 6th wicket. Pandya scored 50 off 50 balls. Adil Rashid dismissed Mohammed Shami for 3 runs. India declared their innings on 352 for 7 with a massive lead of 520 runs.

The England openers Cook and Jennings survived 9 overs scoring 23 runs. It was good bowling display by Indian new ball bowlers but could not pick any wickets. With 498 runs required, it looks like India are on the verge of winning the third test match.

England 161 in 38.2 overs ( Jos Buttler 39, Cook 29, Hardik Pandya 5/28, Ishant Sharma 2/32, Bumrah 2/37) and 23 for 0 in 9 overs ( Jennings 13*, Cook 9*) need

India 329 for 94.5 overs ( Kohli 97, Rahane 81, Dhawan 35, Pant 22*, Chris Woakes 3/75, Stuart Broad 3/72, James Anderson 3/64 ) and 352 for 7 d ( Kohli 103. Pujara 72, Dhawan 44, KL Rahul 36, Adil Rashid 3/101, Ben Stokes 2/68) 498 runs to win.