Cheteshwar Pujara was left eyeing a primary Take a look at century in additional than two years as he held agency alongside India captain Virat Kohli to maintain England at bay at Headingley on Friday.
India have been 215-2 of their second innings, nonetheless 139 runs adrift of England’s first-innings 432, when dangerous gentle led to an early shut on the third day of the third Take a look at.
Pujara, nonetheless, was 91 not out and Kohli 45 not out — a highest rating this collection for each batsmen, with their unbroken stand value 99 runs.
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It was all a far cry from India’s first-innings 78 following Kohli’s choice to bat first.
Though Pujara has 18 a whole bunch from his 88 earlier Checks, he has not reached three figures at this degree since making an outstanding 193 towards Australia at Sydney in January 2019.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma made 59 — the opener’s second fifty of the collection following his 83 in India’s 151-run win within the second Take a look at at Lord’s that put them 1-Zero up on this five-match collection.
“This innings of ours was by no means about survival,” Rohit instructed reporters after stumps on Friday.
“We had an intent to attain runs and Pujara actually confirmed that … Something free he was able to pounce.”
India misplaced simply two wickets in 80 overs’ batting on Friday however England will be capable to take the brand new ball as quickly as play resumes on Saturday.
“Hopefully it will likely be cloudy tomorrow,” mentioned paceman Craig Overton, who dismissed opener KL Rahul on Friday due to an excellent slip catch by Jonny Bairstow.
“We’ve simply bought to get caught in, look to benefit from the brand new ball, as a result of it’ll perform a little bit off the floor, after which stick in for the remainder of the day.” England resumed on 423-Eight after captain Joe Root had made 121, his sixth Take a look at century this 12 months.
However the tail added simply 9 runs on Friday, with Mohammed Shami (4-95) the choose of India’s assault.
James Anderson, already essentially the most profitable quick bowler in Take a look at historical past, had taken 3-6 as he ripped via India’s high order on Wednesday.
However he was unable so as to add to his tally of 629 Take a look at wickets as an assault lacking injured fellow quicks Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes and Mark Wooden, in addition to all-rounder Ben Stokes, toiled arduous with out a lot reward.
– Bairstow stunner –
However Overton, recalled rather than Wooden, produced a rising supply that took the shoulder of Rahul’s bat with second slip Bairstow, a wicketkeeper by commerce, holding an outstanding left-handed catch as he dived in entrance of Root at first slip.
Rahul had fallen for eight, however England hopes his exit would spark one other spectacular India hunch have been dashed by Rohit and Pujara.
Robinson, nonetheless, twice thought he had Rohit lbw within the 30s. Rohit had made 35 when an India assessment confirmed the ball lacking leg stump. Worse adopted for England when Rohit on 39, with India 73-1, was given not out to a straighter supply just for Root to be instructed by the umpires he’d gone previous the 15-second time restrict when he signalled for a assessment. Replays indicated the ball would have hit center stump.
However Rohit was lbw after tea to the persevering Robinson — on umpire’s name — to finish a partnership of 82.
Pujara, famend for dour resistance, accomplished a comparatively brisk fifty on a floor the place he performed for Yorkshire by hooking Overton for his ninth 4 in 92 balls.
Rohit’s exit introduced Kohli, with a meagre common of 24 in Checks for the reason that begin of final 12 months, to the crease.
Root introduced again Anderson, who had had the star batsman caught behind for simply seven within the first innings, to the assault.
However he clipped Anderson off his pads for a boundary second ball and likewise struck the England nice for a sublime cover-drive that sped to the rope.
Amid darkening skies, Root bowled his off-breaks alongside these of frontline spinner Moeen Ali to maintain the sport going.
However though the floodlights have been on full beam, dangerous gentle nonetheless curtailed play late within the day.