Karnataka opener KL Rahul missed his maiden double hundred by just one run while Karun Nair registered his first Test fifty to power India to 391 for the loss of four wickets at stumps on day three of the fifth Test match against England at Chennai.
Opening alongside KL Rahul, Parthiv Patel started the proceedings for India in style, whacking one for a boundary in the very first over of the day. That four was just a beginning. The pair then completed their first century stand in Tests.
Parthiv Patel, who came up the order to in place of injured Murali Vijay, brought up his second fifty of the series. After glancing Moeen Ali for a four over deep long-on, Patel mistimed the next ball only to find Jos Buttler at cover on 71. Have to mention, Parthiv stood for a total of 199 overs on the ground, 157 while wicket-keeping & 42 while batting. England camp looked happy with the scalp given that lunch was around the corner. The hosts took lunch at 173 for one, adding 113 runs from their overnight score of 60 with the loss of one wicket.
In the second session, KL Rahul found gaps on couple of occasions to inch himself closer to a triple-digit score. Before he could raise his bat, in-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara nicked one to Cook at the first slip, kudos to an overthrow, the right-handed batsman completed his fourth Test hundred, first against England and also in India.
Walked in next was India’s captain Virat Kohli. The pair who had tasted batting together in the Sydney Test, anchored the innings towards a safer platform. Kohli, who scored his third double hundred in Mumbai, couldn’t make an impact at the Chepauk Stadium. In the anxiety to score some quick runs, he got out for just 16. After a good start, India were reduced to 211 for three.
Karun Nair, playing his third Test, then joined Rahul at the crease. Both batsmen flourished, as Karun completed his maiden half-century in the meanwhile. Approaching his first double hundred, KL Rahul was struggling while running between the wickets, showing signs of cramps holding him down. However, tackling each obstacle coming his way, he marched himself into the 190s with a huge six to Liam Dawson.
Overs later, he swept one to Adil Rashid for a four towards fine leg to get to 199. With everyone standing on their seats to cheer for him, he drags one outside the off-stump into the air and in no time, the ball was in Buttler’s hand. He got out on 199, becoming only the second Indian after Mohammad Azharuddin to walk back on this number.
Murali Vijay, who did not open because of a shoulder injury, came onto bat. He confronted the spinners with couple of fours as he and Nair successfully negotiated another blow for India. At stumps, India stood tall at 391 for four, 86 runs behind England’s first innings total.
Meanwhile, you can watch Vijay’s epic reaction Cook asked for a review:
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At Stumps on Day Three:
India – 391/4; KL Rahul 199(311), Karun Nair 71*(136), Ben Stokes 1/37.