India vs England, 5th Test, Day 4: Karun Nair’s Historic 303* Leaves England Devastated
Indian batsman Karun Nair created history on Monday, as he completed his maiden triple hundred (303*) in Tests and became only the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to achieve such a feat. Riding on his incredible knock, India declared after posting their highest ever Test score of 759/7, earning a lead of 282 runs. Batting second, the visitors did not lose a wicket for 12 runs at stumps on day four of the fifth Test in Chennai.
India, who had all three sessions under control throughout the day started off decently, knocking some bad balls for boundaries and leaving the good ones for Bairstow to grab.
Meanwhile, in 168th over Alastair Cook tried to contain Karun Nair with short pitch bowing but terribly failed as Karun countered with unsual shot.
Watch: An unusual Tennis shot played by karun Nair here:
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Dead, as one would call the surface, the pair still managed to leak the flow of runs in the first hour of the day. Meanwhile, playing his third Tests, Karun completed his first hundred by slicing the ball in the point area for a boundary to Ben Stokes.
He raised his bat in joy and was well appreciated by the crowd too. Two balls later, Liam Dawson grabbed his first scalp in Test cricket, trapping Vijay in front of the stumps for 29. India took stumps at 463 for five.
Heading into the second session, the approach of the Indian team seemed unaffected as they got some runs undergoing straight away. Ravichandran Ashwin, who hasn’t put a foot wrong in the series continued to prosper with each new stroke he played while batting. With Sun burning over the head, frustration was just creeping in for Alastair Cook’s England.
Not much to offer in the session, India compiled 119 more runs to their tally, as Nair stood five runs short of his maiden double ton and Ashwin registered his tenth half-century. The hosts without losing any more wicket took tea at 582 for five.
Post tea was when the drama began. Preserving few of the most delightful surprises under its sleeves, the third session had it all. Firstly, the right-handed batsman from Kerala brought up his first double century of his career and second of the series after Virat’s 235 in Mumbai. After completing 168 overs, England took the second new ball and quickly the damage was done. Ashwin cuts one and finds Buttler in the slip cordon for 67 runs. India lost their sixth wicket with a score of 616.
Not looking convinced with the total and the lead, Virat Kohli left it upon Karun Nair to march his way towards scoring a triple hundred and guess what, he just did what the doctor ordered. Injecting some pace into his innings, Nair outsmarts the bowlers to find boundaries at a rapid pace. Ravindra Jadeja, standing on the other side made the mockery of England bowlers with some lusty blows. India crossed 700 for the first time under Kohli’s captaincy and then reached 750 in no time too.
Next what? Was Karun Nair approaching a triple hundred? YES, in upper case. The 25-year-old then surpassed VVS Laxman’s 281 and Virender Sehwag’s 293 in quick succession. As the excitement was piling in, Ravindra played a miscued shot and gets caught in deep after bringing up his fourth Test fifty.
And then came a moment, the millions were eagerly waiting for. Karun Nair’s daddy hundred. A wide stride outside the off stump and Karun drives the ball over the boundary line and completes his maiden triple hundred. Smiles everywhere and the crowd erupts in happiness. India declared at 759 for seven, asking England to bat for few overs. The visitors successfully tackled 30 balls from the Indian bowlers and ended day four at 12 for zero.
At Stumps On Day Four:
India – 759/7; Karun Nair 303*(381), KL Rahul 199(311), Stuart Broad 2/80.
England – 12/0; Keaton Jennings 9*(13)
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