KL Rahul departed on 199    AFP
KL Rahul departed on 199 AFP

India reclaimed control of the fifth and final Test against England at Chennai as KL Rahul and Karun Nair batted out almost the last session without any problem. Both batsmen stitched a 161-run stand between them to frustrate an already exasperated England unit. England after starting Day Three on suitable note, getting wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara ended up being the more dejected side as India s total became intimidating by the over. India ended Day Three at 391 for 4, with Murali Vijay and Nair batting on 17 and 71 respectively.

Rahul and Nair continued accumulating runs as a boundary by the former brought-up a valuable 50-run stand for the fourth wicket. Rahul finally displayed out his T20-esque style of batting, as deployed the upper cut against Ben Stokes. Nair persisted to ride his luck as a thick edge of the bat ran past the slip fielder for a single. Funnily for England, Cook did not take the new ball after the 80th over, rather brought on Joe Root to bowl. Root did show a bit of anger against Nair, who dispatched the former for a boundary playing the reverse sweep. Root s aggression did not stop there; he returned a beaming throw to the wicketkeeper that zipped past Rahul s shoulder who stood completely unchallenged. This was followed with a war of words and then shake of hands.

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

Rahul known for hitting big hundreds went on to achieve his second 150-plus score, which came off Root s bowling. Rahul reached the landmark off the 253rd delivery.

Cook finally took the first ball after the 84th over as Broad was handed the new cherry to work his magic. The new ball nearly did its duty as Nair batting on 34 at the time edged a ball to the slip region, which was dropped by a leaping Cook.

The new ball also worked in India s favour as the pace and bounce enabled Rahul and Nair whip quick runs. The pair checked yet another milestone from their list of many as a single towards cover brought-up the 100-run stand.

After staying in the 40 s for six long overs, Nair displayed why is a force to reckon in the future as he sublimely put away Ball for a boundary straight down the ground to bring up his first Test fifty.

With the new ball in his hand, Liam Dawson did manage to outfox Rahul and Nair in the 95th over getting both to edge the ball, only for it to fall short of the fielder.

Rahul nearing his maiden double ton took charge against Moeen and whacked him straight over his head for a maximum. Rahul played an exquisite sweep shot to get to 199 off Rashid s bowling.

In an anti climatic display, Rahul played an absolutely howler of a shot to give a simple catch to Jos Buttler. Rahul departed making 199 from 311 balls that included 16 fours and 3 humongous sixes. He looked to clear the cover-point fielder off a wide tossed up delivery from Rashid, only to find Buttler there.

Both Rahul and Nair batter with immense concentration in middle to write-off any threat England bowlers posed adding a 161-run stand for the fourth wicket

Coming in at No. 5 was the injured Vijay who on his first ball survived a leg-before call against Rashid. India went to stumps at 391 for 4, trailing England by 86 runs.

Brief scores:

England 477 (Joe Root 88, Moeen Ali 146, Liam Dawson 66*, Adil Rashid 60, Jonathan Bairstow 49; Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 101, Ishant Sharma 2 for 42) lead India 391 for 4 (KL Rahul 199, Parthiv Patel 71, Karun Nair 71*; Ben Stokes 1 for 37) by 86 runs.