Jadeja registered his highest Test score and helped India take a crucial lead    IANS
Jadeja registered his highest Test score and helped India take a crucial lead IANS

Ravindra Jadeja missed his maiden Test ton, while Jayant Yadav scored his maiden Test fifty as India took a crucial 134-run lead against England on Day Three of the third Test at Mohali. India ended their first innings of 417, with five batsmen getting past the fifty-run mark. For England, Ben Stokes took a five-for while Adil Rashid took four wickets. The duo though failed from letting India take a huge lead in the context of the game. The fall of India s last wicket saw tea being taken. England will now begin their second innings in the final session of Day Three. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali.

Earlier, India started the second session exactly from where they had left. Jadeja took his time to get into the groove post lunch, scoring just a couple of runs from the first 20-odd balls he faced. But then he cut loose in the 122nd over of the innings being bowled by Chris Woakes, hitting him for four boundaries and taking 16 runs off the over. He entered into the 80s for the first time in his Test career in doing so. That perhaps signalled his intent of getting runs early. Jayant, meanwhile, continued to display his rock-solid defence, prodding and pushing for singles.

Jadeja soon entered the 90s and just when it looked he would get to his maiden Test ton, he threw it away. Rashid, who replaced Woakes, got him on the first ball of his spell. However, it was not Rashid s wicket. It was Jadeja who gifted it to him by giving elevation to his shot and getting caught on the boundary line at long-on. His aggressive intent earned him a few runs, but deprived him of what could have been his first century in international cricket. There were certainly no signs of any declaration message by then. There was no need to declare at that point, to be honest. Nonetheless, his timely knock was potentially a match-winning one.

Umesh Yadav then came out to join the other Yadav, Jayant. Known to wield his willow hard, Umesh showed intent to stay at the wicket rather than start tonking the ball from the word go, suggesting patience and plan to bat long was the way forward. Jayant kept playing like a proper batsman; nice footwork, shot selection and the way he played balls on merit. Also the senior partner in the middle now, Jayant cut down on rotating the strike frequently and protected the tailender Umesh. He avoided singles early in the over and took a single off the last ball even if a couple was available, showing immense maturity and understanding of the situation.

Immediately after drinks, Alastair Cook went back to his go-to-man Stokes. England employed some smart field settings so as to dry up the runs and prevent Jayant from shielding Umesh. Moeen Ali replaced Rashid from the other end and was welcomed by Umesh with a huge six over mid-wicket, which also brought up 400 for India. Jayant got to his maiden Test fifty, just in his second Test, in the next over. It became the seventh occasion in the history of Test cricket when No. 7, 8 and 9 scored 50s in an innings. Interestingly, all of them have come in 1976 or afterwards. For India, this was the first time.

Umesh got a reprieve when Cook dropped him in the first slip off Stokes bowling. The Yadavs had some luck by their side as Jayant too got a life when a thick outside edge beat Jonny Bairstow s gloves and raced towards the boundary. Stokes put an end to the luck in the same over though, when Jayant hit one straight to Moeen at short mid-wicket, thus bringing his fine 55-run knock to an end. Stokes returned in the next over to close India s innings for 417, when Umesh edged one to Bairstow who did not fumble this time around. Mohammed Shami was the last man standing, as India took a potentially match-winning lead of 134 runs.

With England opener Haseeb Hameed suffering from a finger injury, ace batsman Joe Root has joined Cook as an opener in the second innings.

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) trail 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) by 134 runs at tea on Day Three.

(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)