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  • 5:03 PM IST

    So, India end at 319 for 4, having batted brilliantly throughout the third day. Vijay fell for 126, Pujara scored 124, and their 209-run stand for the second wicket has ensured that the day belongs completely to India. India are behind by another 218 runs, but the hosts would be confident to produce another strong batting show to knock them off. Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane will be key to India’s plans.

  • 5:00 PM IST

    Another WICKET! India had sent in their nightwatchman Amit Mishra, but the move flopped as the tailender who was promoted up in the order became first wicket for Ansari in the innings.

  • 4:56 PM IST

    WICKET! England have struck once again, very late in the day. Murali Vijay, surprised with a googly off Rashid, has played straight in the hands of short leg. Vijay walks back after a splendid 126 off 301 balls, studded with 9 boundaries and 4 sixes.

  • 4:52 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 317/2 in Overs 107 | Vijay 126 (300), Kohli 24 (64): Well past the time when the play should have been called off for the day, but there are another 6 overs left. Kohli has got a good start here, but the need is of another big innings. Vijay was hobbling after being struck on the right leg, but he wants to keep going on and on.

  • 4:32 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 308/2 in Overs 102 | Vijay 123 (290), Kohli 18 (44): Moeen is back in the attack, and Indians are once again punishing the ace England spinner. Virat Kohli cover-drives Moeen for a FOUR, after which Vijay dances down to smash the bowler down the ground for a SIX. India bring up their 300! India trail by 229 runs, and need 29 more to avoid follow-on.

  • 4:19 PM IST

    This is the 67th over of the day that just got over. England, who have 3 specialist spinners in their ranks, are behind by at least 14 overs. The end of play is about 12 minutes away, but since England are behind, we will have a slightly extended session.

  • 4:12 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 291/2 in Overs 98 | Vijay 117 (279), Kohli 7 (31): Virat Kohli, who is in a desperate need of runs against England in Tests, has made a cautious start. The footwork is looking positive from the Indian captain, who is not interested in deliveries outside the off at all. India trail by less than 250 runs now, need another 46 to avoid the follow-on.

  • 3:53 PM IST

    It goes without saying that English tails would be up anticipating another wicket after the dismissal of Pujara. They had to work really hard for a breakthrough, but now that they have got an under-pressure batsman at the crease and the other one tiring up, England have the right to get excited now.

  • 3:45 PM IST

    India trail by more than 250 runs. Pujara and Vijay have done half of the job all by themselves, the others should put India in a commanding position.

  • 3:41 PM IST

    Let’s hope Kohli betters all these poor numbers in this long Test series.

  • 3:39 PM IST

    It’s going to be one hell of a contest between Kohli and the English bowlers, since the right-handed run machine averages around 20 (home and away) overall, 13.40 in England and around 31 at home (after 1 century at Nagpur) in that wretched series of 2012. He would have had nervousness throughout the day, sitting in the stands padded up to walk out to the middle. Pujara and Vijay made him wait for long, but nw the time has arrived.

  • 3:37 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 279/2 in Overs 91.1 | Vijay 112 (269): So the local boy has fallen after a resolute hundred, and walks out India’s champion batsman and captain Virat Kohli. It will not be wrong to say that Pujara has thrown it away. The delivery from Stokes had width, and Pujara played a cut stroke straight into the hands of the England captain who was standing as a widish slip.

    OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara c Alastair Cook b Ben Stokes 124 (206)

  • 3:35 PM IST

    WICKET! Pujara has played it straight to Alastair Cook in the first slip. England get a wicket, of all bowlers, it is Stokes who has the prized scalp.

  • 3:33 PM IST

    India now trail by 260 runs, need another 60 runs to avoid the follow-on.

  • 3:29 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 271/1 in Overs 90 | Vijay 105 (265), Pujara 123 (203): India dominating a sapless England side. England have even tried Zafar Ansari’s spin with the second new ball but they have not been able to make any breakthrough. Pujara and Vijay have put India in complete control with their unbeaten stand of 200 and more runs for the second wicket.

  • 3:17 PM IST

    India now need only 78 runs more to avoid follow-on.

  • 3:08 PM IST

    After some treatment, Vijay is back on the feet again. It has been a very frustrating day for England so far, and if the second new ball does not get them wickets, then I am not sure what will. Unlike England, India have rarely given their opposition any chance to make a breakthrough.

  • 3:04 PM IST

    Vijay is hurt! Woakes hit him just above the knee roll on the right leg, and Pat Farhart once again sprints to the middle to take care of his lad.

  • 3:00 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 252/1 in Overs 83 | Vijay 103 (254), Pujara 106 (177): Take a bow, Murali Vijay! This has been one of his best innings in recent times! Vijay gets to his seventh Test ton after a long, long wait. The right-hander guides one past the first slip, and punches in the air in celebration. India are past the 250-run mark, and with only one wicket down, they are letting know who is the boss here. WOW.

  • 2:58 PM IST

    Focus moves on to Vijay, who is one hit away from what will be his seventh century in Test cricket. England’s lead is less than 300 now, this pair has actually spoiled their party. With a long batting line-up to come, India can be said being in complete command.

  • 2:46 PM IST

    A Pujara hundred was expected on this wicket. It is now time for the others to chip in. Virat Kohli in the stands has been padded up since morning. There is Rahane, then Ashwin, Saha, Jadeja, Shami… India must keep batting with the same passion.

  • 2:42 PM IST

    There it is! He has battled hard today and now he gets the reward! Pujara gets to his 9th Test century, an extremely crucial one though. His side needed him to deliver, and Pujara has done that! The right-hander waited for long to get to the landmark, but not anymore. He pushes one on the off sides and sprints to complete a single, and makes it in on time even though the fielder had broken the stumps.

  • 2:40 PM IST

    SECOND NEW BALL TAKEN by England. Pujara on 99* since last 30 minutes or so. He will face Woakes.

  • 2:39 PM IST

    England have taken a review against Vijay. Moeen’s delivery was straight on the foot, and the bat came down straight to push it to the leg side. The ball was at least a kilometer away from the pads. Don’t know what were they appealing for.

  • 2:34 PM IST

    We are back with live action. Pujara on 99 not out. Vijay on 86 not out. India need 309 more to come at level with England; 109 to avoid follow-on. Only 1 wicket has fallen in 2 sessions so far. Will there be any in the final session?

  • 2:15 PM IST

    LIVE: INDIA 228/1 in Overs 79| Vijay 86 (236), Pujara 99 (166): TEA And the wait continues, Pujara remains unbeaten on 99 as both team take tea. Murali Vijay gave Pujara the strike for the last few balls of the session to get to his landmark but Pujara blocked everything. This session included 29 overs, with only 66 runs coming. India still trail by 309 runs. The partnership for the second wicket stands at 160 off 329 balls as India still trail by 309 runs.

  • 2:10 PM IST

    Last over before tea, Vijay on strike. Pujara on 99*.

  • 2:05 PM IST

    Pujara on 99…

  • 2:01 PM IST

    Ben Stokes return to bowl. He has given away 28 runs off 4 overs so far.

09(1)

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the third day’s play between India and England, at Rajkot. The first Test for India at this venue is turning out to be a pretty tough one, as they are behind by 474 runs in the first innings, with England posting a mammoth total of 537 in their first innings. I am Devarchit Varma, bringing you all the live cricket updates and scores from the third day’s play, with the hope that India show their might with the bat on this crucial day. India were 63 for no loss at stumps on the second day, with their openers providing a strong start. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay knocked off some crucial runs from England’s total, but India still need to bat extremely well. They trail by overall 474 runs, and need to score another 274 to avoid follow-on. Gambhir was batting on 28 off 68 balls, having struck 4 boundaries in the final session. The right-handed Vijay was solid as well, scoring 25 off 70 balls with 4 boundaries. England tried out as many as 5 specialist bowlers in the 23 overs they bowled in the final session, but none of them could make a mark.

Earlier in the day, in an extended post lunch session, England were bowled out for a strong total of 537 in their first innings. For the first time in many years, England had as many as three of their batsmen going on to score centuries, but none of them went on to make it big. However, none of the centurions were needed to carry on batting as aided by some embarrassingly sloppy fielding by India, most of the English batsmen were able to get starts and trouble the scorers.

Joe Root and Moeen Ali added 179 runs to provide England a strong platform for a big total in the first innings. While Root was dismissed for 124 on the first day, Moeen was left stranded on 99 not out, and the left-hander did not waste time on the second day morning to get to his fourth century in Test cricket. Moeen was eventually dismissed for 117, for which he consumed 213 balls with 13 boundaries and 2 sixes. Ben Stokes was the third centurion in the English innings. The left-handed batsman, however, did not look deserving for a century as he played a few loose strokes which may have resulted in his dismissal way well before the ton. Post his century, Stokes slowed down even more, which was one of the reasons why England could manage only 87 runs with last 4 wickets.

For India, it was a tiring effort on the field. Their ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled as many as 46 overs for 167 runs, in which he was able to bag 2 wickets. Both of Ashwin’s wickets had come on Day 1. Umesh Yadav took 2 for 112 off his 31.5 overs, while Mohammed Shami claimed 2 for 65 from his 28.1 overs.

TEAMS:

India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn.