ENG v IND 2018: 3rd Test, Day 3 – India sets 521 runs target for England thanks to Virat Kohli's 23rd Test century 

Australia is the only one team to win a Test in England by scoring more than 400 runs.

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara added 113 important runs | Getty India ended day three of the third Test at Trent Bridge on the top as they set a target of 521 runs for England to get in two days time.

India started day three of the 3rd Test on 124/2 and kept going on and on from there. Though Cheteshwar Pujara went into a shell and played with an utterly defensive mindset. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, kept playing his shots and runs kept coming at a slow pace. During the course of play, England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow copped a stinger on his fingers and had to leave the field for scans. Jos Buttler took over the keeping duties for the rest of the innings and it was later reported that Bairstow had fractured his middle finger of the left hand.

Pujara and Kohli added 113 runs in 48 overs. Pujara scored his 50 in 147 balls and was eventually out for 72 in 208 balls with 9 fours. He was dismissed by Stokes, caught by Cook. Virat Kohli confidently moved to his century, his second of the series in 191 balls with 10 fours. In the process, Kohli broke Mohammad Azharuddin’s record of most runs (426) in a Test series by an Indian captain against England in England.

Kohli was trapped LBW by Chris Woakes for 103 and then Ajinkya Rahane went back for 29, bowled by Rashid. James Anderson removed Rishabh Pant for 1, caught by Cook. Rashid also accounted for Mohammad Shami, but Hardik Pandya raced to his 50, ending up with a run-a-ball 52 with 7 fours and one six.

Virat Kohli finally declared with India scoring 352/7 and with a lead of 520 runs. Adil Rashid (3/101) and Ben Stokes (2/68) were the picks of the England bowlers.

England ended day three on 23 runs with no loss in the nine overs they faced. They still require 498 runs to win.

BRIEF SCORES:
INDIA 329 & 352/7d (V KOHLI 103, C PUJARA 72) AND
ENGLAND 161 & 23/0 (K JENNINGS 13*)

England require another 498 runs to win with 10 wickets in hand


By Jatin Sharma - 20 Aug, 2018

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