India lost 1 wicket scoring 54 runs at the end of the second day and came to the field on the third day morning with Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. Pujara was run out at the beginning of the day and returned to the dressing room. After 2 overs, Rohit made his way to the dressing room scoring 26 runs after being stumped by Foakes in Leach’s delivery. Eventually, he made a century in the first innings. Then Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant teamed up for the wicket. But India continued to lose wickets as usual due to England’s decent spin bowling. The captain stood as a shield at one end of the wicket but no one could give him a worthy company from the other end. The hosts lost 6 wickets to put on 106 runs on the board. Then Ravichandran Ashwin came on the wicket and formed a partnership with Kohli. India went to the lunch break with 156 runs for six wickets.
Returning from the break, the two batsmen put on 96 runs for the seventh wicket. Kohli picked up the 25th half-century of his career playing 107 balls. Soon after, Ashwin hit a boundary to Olly Stone and picked up his 11th fifty off 64 balls. But after returning from the drinks break, Indian captain Virat Kohli lost the wicket in Moeen Ali’s whirl. His worthy innings was built with 7 boundaries and he scored 62 runs off 149 balls. No other batsman could settle on the wicket after that. But Ashwin had just continued his work from the other end. The hosts went to the tea break with 221 runs on the board losing 8 wickets.
Olly Stone picked up Ishant Sharma’s wicket returning from the break. Ashwin was at the crease scoring 77 runs & India had only one wicket left. He might have thought then that the century for him might not come this time. But Siraj came to the wicket and accompanied him like a worthy teammate. He picked up the fifth-test century of his career, frustrating the English bowlers. This off-spinner was once the best all-rounder in the world in Tests. In the end, he returned to the pavilion scoring 106 runs being bowled by Olly Stone. His innings was made with 148 balls where he smashed 14 boundaries and 1 six. He was very patient on the dusty wicket of Chennai. He handled the initial storm very well. Ashwin has proved that runs come even on hard wickets if one survives.
Jack Leach (4-100, 33 overs), Moeen Ali (4-98, 32 overs), and Olly Stone (1-21, 6.5 overs) took the wickets for England.
Coming to bat for chasing down 482 runs, England is looking faded in the last session of the third day. They lost 3 wickets to pick up 53 runs. Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, and the night watchman Jack Leach are out. Joe Root and Dan Lawrence continued on the wicket being unbeaten. Axar Patel took 2 of the wickets. Ashwin has already started his main job by taking a wicket on the afternoon of the third day.
England needs 429 runs to win with 7 wickets in hand. The task is very difficult. It is well known that Joe Root and Ben Stokes will have to make a big contribution to the fight. The English will find some light of hope if these two can play well.
England – Rory Burns, Daniel Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Moeen Ali.
India – Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (c), Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma.
India (1st Innings) – 329/10 (95.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Shubman, 1.3 over), 2-85 (Pujara, 20.2 over), 3-86 (Kohli, 21.2 over), 4-248 (Rohit, 72.6 over), 5-249 (Rahane, 75.2 over), 6-284 (Ashwin, 82.3 over), 7-301 (Axar, 89.2 over), 8-301 (Ishant, 89.4 over), 9-325 (Kuldeep, 95.3 over), 10-329 (Siraj, 95.5 over)
England (1st Innings) – 134/10 (59.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Burns, 0.3 over), 2-16 (Sibley, 7.2 over), 3-23 (Root, 10.3 over), 4-39 (Lawrence, 17.6 over), 5-52 (Stokes, 23.2 over), 6-87 (Pope, 38.1 over), 7-105 (Moeen, 48.1 over), 8-106 (Stone, 49.2 over), 9-131 (Leach, 58.5 over), 10-134 (Broad, 59.5 over)
India (2nd Innings) – 286/10 (85.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Shubman, 11.2 over), 2-55 (Pujara, 19 over), 3-55 (Rohit, 21.1 over), 4-65 (Rishabh, 25.3 over), 5-86 (Rahane, 30.3 over), 6-106 (Axar, 36.1 over), 7-202 (Kohli, 65.4 over), 8-210 (Kuldeep, 67.6 over), 9-237 (Ishant, 76.4 over), 10-286 (Ashwin, 85.5 over)
England (2nd Innings) – 53/3 (19)
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Sibley, 8.2 over), 2-49 (Burns, 15.6 over), 3-50 (Leach, 16.6 over)
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