KL Rahul remained 1-run short of getting to his 200    IANS
KL Rahul remained 1-run short of getting to his 200 IANS

KL Rahul flourished for most part of the third day between India and England at Chennai in the fifth Test, but his brilliant innings ended in a heartbreak. Needing one run to become second Indian to score a double hundred this series, Rahul chased one way outside off, only to give a dolly at point. Rahul fell after a monumental 311-ball 199, which put India in a commanding position. It was a slower delivery from Rashid pitched wide of off stump. Rahul top-edged it to Jos Buttler at point. The 24-year-old Rahul struck 16 boundaries and 3 sixes during his innings which began in the final session on Day Two.

Rahul had opened the innings with Parthiv Patel for the first time. The openers remained unbeaten at stumps of Day Two and carried on to bring up a 152-run partnership. Parthiv scored his career-best 71 before getting out. Rahul was then joined briefly at the crease by Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli, but it was Karun Nair with whom he formed the next big partnership. The partnership added in excess of 100 runs. Nair did well to bring up his maiden Test half-century after a few failures earlier in the series.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs England, 5th Test at Chennai

Both Pujara and Kohli got out for scores less than 20 but Rahul did not let that affect India s innings. Despite having a strained knee that kept him troubling, Rahul stood there like a rock and got to his century. This was his fourth Test century and the first on Indian soil after the first three at Sydney, Colombo and Kingston. He eventually got to 150 and surpassed his career-best of 158 which he had scored in August this year in the Caribbean. Meanwhile, Nair got to his maiden half-century and provided Rahul with ample support from the other end. The two brought up 300 for India. KL Rahul is the ninth batsman to be dismissed on 199 and the second Indian after Mohammad Azharuddin. As Rahul got dismissed, India have 372 runs on the board with the loss of 4 wickets.