Skipper Virat Kohli scored his 23rd Test century as India on Monday declared their second innings after taking a mammoth 520-run lead against England on 3rd day of the third Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Besides Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara (72) and Hardik Pandya (52) also made useful contributions for the team. After his maiden five-wicket haul, Pandya smashed run-a-ball fifty with the help of seven boundaries and a hit over the fence.
Earlier, starting at the overnight score of 124 for 2, India had perfect conditions for batting on a humid and warm day and Kohli and Pujara looked to grind and play for time with no hurry whatsoever.
It could be seen in the manner Pujara took his sweet time to get going, even as Kohli set off quickly for the day. They scored 70 runs during the wicketless session.
Things were moving along nicely when Pujara edged a Stokes’ delivery to Cook at first slip against the run of play. Kohli and Rahane then batted with purpose as India’s lead continued to swell with time.
Coming onto Kohli’s batting after tea, Kohli got a life on 93 when Jennings missed a catch at gully off James Anderson (1/55) in the 91st over. Soon after, the Indian skipper celebrated his hundred off 191 balls.
After Kohli’s fall, Rishab Pant (1) failed to accelerate the innings but Rahane and Pujara put on 47 runs for the sixth wicket. India’s lead crossed 500 with Mohammed Shami (3) being the last man to be dismissed before Kohli declared the innings.
Chasing the gigantic 521-run target, England were 23 for no loss in their second innings at stumps. England openers - Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook were batting on 13 and 9, respectively with two full days play remaining.
(With inputs from PTI)