Day 3 of England vs India at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton promises nail-biting action as the Test series stand pretty equal after a sensational century by Cheteshwar Pujara as India took a slender lead against England on Day 2. The visitors recovered from a tricky situation when they were hanging at 195/8 and then went out to post 273 runs on board. England, the hosts lead the five-match Test series by 2-1 as they finished the Day 2 with six runs on the scoreboard without any loss. Indian bowlers will look to trouble the English batsmen as Virat Kohli and co take the field on Day 3.
ENGLAND VS INDIA 4th Test DAY 3 Highlights and SCORECARD:
#OUT! Final ball relief for India. India's golden boy for the day doing the magic again. It was angled in by Shami and went away kissing the outside edge of the bat. Pant takes a good catch. England finish Day 3 with massive 233-run lead. Not going to easy for India given their track record in the fourth innings especially overseas.
# Last over of the day! Can Shami repeat what he did before lunch? He would hope that Rashid comes on the strike as Curran has been too big a task for India throughout the series.
#OUT! Ishant does the trick for India, removes Buttler. But he has done the damage by taking England's lead over 200.
#Fifty for Buttler!! Ashwin bowls a full toss and punished. Buttler once again playing saviour for England. He scores his 9th Test fifty.
#OUT! Ashwin finally gets rid of stubborn Stokes. England 180/6
# SCORECARD after 50 overs: England 134-5; Buttler 12(12); Stokes 12(58)
#OUT! Skipper Joe Root is run out. Can you believe this? A run out in Tests is a crime. Stokes calls for a needless run and Root obliged. Shami, with a great throwing arm fires a direct hit from mid on.
#OUT! Shami takes another wicket. He provided India with a breakthrough rigtht before lunch and takes another on the first ball of his over post lunch. Bairstow departs. Mohammed Shami on a hat-trick.
#Lunch Break!: India will be happy to go to lunch with a wicket. They will also have enough time to plan things further. Removing skipper Root will be another task post lunch.
# OUT! Shami provides India a much-needed breakthrough by removing Jennings. He goes for a review only to release he has wasted one for his team. England three down.
# OUT! Ali fails to repeat his first innings heroics. Rahul takes a brilliant catch at second slip. England 33/2.
# Moeen Ali replaces Cook: England's first innings hero Moeen Ali gets a promotion. A good thought if it works, bad if it doesn't.
# OUT! Bumrah provides India their first breakthrough. Cook goes for the pitched up delivery and the ball kisses his bat and goes directly to Rahane in slips.
# After 8 Overs, England are 13/0
# No real movement for Ishant Sharma as both the openers are handling him with ease.
# Cook and Jennings at the crease for England, Ashwin to start the day for India.