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The teenaged-batting prodigy Hameed braved the injury and batted through pain to serve his side, which badly needed him AFP

After bundling out England for 236 in their second innings, India were 33 for 1 at at tea on Day Four chasing 103 to win the third Test in Mohali. Parthiv Patel (16) and Cheteshwar Pujara (13) were in the middle with opener Murali Vijay sent back early for naught by Chris Woakes. This way, India need another 70 runs to win the game and they should hunt this total down in the final session on Day Four. Both Parthiv and Pujara have looked extremely composed in the middle, having hit three boundaries each. Going by their approach, a win could come early in the final session for India. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali.

Earlier, an impressive show by the Indian spinners and a brief-yet-devastating spell of fast bowling by Mohammed Shami with the new ball wrapped up England s second innings for 236. This way, England have set India a target of 103 to win. For England, Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed scored fighting fifties to lend the total some respectability, while for India, Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets while Ravindra Jadeja, Shami and Jayant Yadav took two wickets each. England had earlier scored 283 in their first innings and India had replied with 417, thus taking a 134-run lead.

Hameed and Woakes walked out to bat in the post-lunch session hoping to maximise the lead. Jadeja and Ashwin started the proceedings for India. They were bowling before lunch too, but perhaps they were given a go straightaway after the lunch with the idea of wrapping up the things soon. But both Woakes and Hameed played the two spinners at ease. Woakes in particular, looked comfortable against the spin duo and even got a few boundaries against them. The runs came quickly in the first hour of the second session, generally considered the best time to bat in a Test in India.

After the 80th over, England s score read 191 for 7. The new ball was available at this point. Indian skipper Virat Kohli did get his spinners out of the attack, but persisted with the old ball bringing Umesh back into the attack. Jadeja bowled one more over of spin before the new red cherry was taken, interestingly on Umesh s insistence.

The results started showing. Hameed played out the first over with the new ball and Shami came into the attack from the other end straightaway. The first ball he bowled to Woakes was a nasty bouncer, which hit the batsman s helmet and took off its neck guard. The players quickly checked up with him if he was alright. The damage perhaps was done on this ball itself, as a visibly shaken Woakes was meted out the same treatment on the next ball, on which he could not survive. All he could manage was to edge the sharp bouncer while trying to avoid it and ending up giving a regulation catch to Pathiv Patel.

Adil Rashid, who walked out to replace him, could last just two balls before another bouncer from Shami ended his stay. He was caught by Shami s partner in crime Umesh at fine leg while trying to hook the bouncer. James Anderson, the last man in, then tried to delay the inevitable for some time, by adding 41 runs for the last wicket with Hameed, who continued to impress all and sundry.

The story of England s innings, apart from Root s 78, was young Hameed s resilience. The teenaged-batting prodigy braved the injury and batted through pain to serve his side, which badly needed him. Though he could not help them avoid a potential defeat, he did let the world know what he is made of with a fighting fifty. He did not have to look too far for inspiration, with his family being present in the stands to cheer for him.

England had started the day on a bad note when Jadeja got rid of night-watchman Gareth Batty on the second ball of the day. He was replaced by the swashbuckling batsman Jos Buttler, who straightaway made his intent clear, opening his account with a huge six off Jadeja s delivery over long-off on the seventh ball he faced. But before he could turn into a major threat and take the game away from India with his typical blitzkrieg, Jayant dismissed him for 18.

The next sight at the stadium was an inspiring one, when injured Hammed walked out to bat at No.8. Root and Hameed then gave a good account of England s fighting spirit. While Hameed showed rock solid defence, Root defended as well as ensured the runs kept coming. England also took a slender lead in the process, going past the Indian lead of 134.

Just when it seemed the two will take England to lunch, Root was dismissed by Jadeja off a brilliant one-handed effort by Ajinkya Rahane. England had lost their top four wickets in the last session on Day Three. Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes and Moeen Alli fell to Ashwin while Jonny Bairstow was scalped by Jayant, as England had ended Day Three on 78 for 4.

India need another 70 runs to win, which they should ideally get in the final session.

Brief scores:

England 283 (Jonny Bairstow 89, Jos Buttler 43; Mohammed Shami 3 for 63, Jayant Yadav 2 for 49, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 59, Umesh Yadav 2 for 58) and 236 (Joe Root 78, Haseeb Hameed 59*; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 80, Jayant Yadav 2 for 21, Mohammed Shami 2 for 37 Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 62) lead India 417 (Ravindra Jadeja 90, Ravichandran Ashwin 72, Virat Kohli 62, Jayant Yadav 55, Cheteshwar Pujara 51, Parthiv Patel 42; Ben Stokes 5 for 73, Adil Rashid 4 for 118) and 33 for 1 (Parthiv Patel 16*, Cheteshwar Pujara 13*; Chris Woakes 1 for 16) by 69 runs.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)