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Highlights India vs England, 5th Test, Day 3 Full Cricket Score and Result: Alastair Cook unbeaten as England take 154-run lead
India's quest to end the series on a high was severely dented.

Hello all. Welcome to CricketCountry‘s coverage of Day 3 of the fifth and final Test between India and England at the Oval. If you’re an Indian fan, you’d probably be wondering what can the Indian team conjure up being restricted to 174/6. On another forgettable day, Indian bowlers first let England get to 322 from 198/7. Then in reply, the batsmen surrendered even as Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul got starts.

Once Rahul departed, India lost wickets in a cluster. Debutant Hanuma Vihari had a jittery beginning to his Test career. But the important thing is that he is still out there, along with Ravindra Jadeja. They are the last recognised pair for India and key to India’s chances. But the way India’s middle order has fared in the series, anything above 200-220 should be considered bonus.

England, on the other hand, couldn’t have asked for a better day. They were rescued by Jos Buttler who batted with the lower order and put on 98 ruins with Stuart Broad for the final wicket. Then, the pacers struck. James Anderson and Ben Stokes picked up two wickets each to give England the upper hand. What will happen when the two sides take field on Sunday? Will India muster the courage to put up something significant? How much first-innings lead will England be able to acquire? Stay tuned. We’re about to begin Day 3 of this final Test.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.