India Vs England Third Test Match Highlights:
- England ended day 3 on 23-0
- India declared at 352-7 in their second innings
- England need 498 runs to win
- Kohli scored 103 for his second century of the series
The second innings for India brought more good news for them in the India Vs England Third Test match. After restricting England to a meager 161, India made the most of their dominance to strengthen their hold on the match. Lead by captain Virat Kohli’s century, the Indians scored 352 in their second innings to set the English a massive total of 521.
How utterly good is Virat Kohli? With 97 under his belt in the first innings, the Indian captain decided to improve on his mistake of missing out on a century in the second innings. An innings which oozed class saw Kohli put on a magical show for us. Stamping his class and authority all over the pitch, Kohli for the umpteenth time this series made mincemeat of England’s famed bowling line-up on his way to his second century of the series.
With India stepping out under overcast conditions on Day 3 with a comfortable cushion of a 200 run plus lead, England knew they had to start racking up the wickets quickly to stay alive in the match. However, Pujara and Kohli were inspired form. The duo continued their overnight partnership to not only tire out and exhaust England’s pacers but also kill them off mentally. Outstanding temperament and application under swinging conditions saw the pair complete India’s 360-degree transformation in the batting department this match.
While Pujara applied himself on the wicket, grinding out an innings of 72 which saw him pile misery on England for 208 balls, Kohli played the perfect antidote to Pujara’s innings. He kept the scoreboard ticking, always busy in his 103. Not for one instance was Kohli’s footwork or technique at fault as the world’s best batsmen taught everyone how to play under immense pressure. The century not only took India to 352 but also saw Kohli sit head and shoulders above the rest with 439 runs in the series, miles in front of Root at 203.
Chasing a record total to seal the series in their name, England ended the day a 23-0. With two days of play left, England requires 498 in 180 overs in India Vs England Third Test match.