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  • 3:48 PM IST

    Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the Match. Four wickets in the game and a fine 90.

  • 3:48 PM IST
    Really sad 🙁

  • 3:46 PM IST

    Cook confirms that Hameed will return home for some treatment. He is out of tour. Meanwhile, Kohli says the cheers from England fans after they won the toss motivated his side as the match was still to be played and for this Team India ‘toss does not matter’.

  • 3:33 PM IST
    Parthiv says the welcome he got in the dressing room did not make him feel that he was returning to the side after 8 years. He admits he was nervous but his teammates helped him. Ashwin had lower abdominal strain but still emerged out as one of the stars. About Ashwin’s bowling, Parthiv says he got deceived by the off-spinner a number of times.
    Sanjay Manjrekar interviews the two heroes from this game. So who will be the Man of the Match. Jadeja, I suppose. However, check this out:
    Tale of two captains.

  • 3:27 PM IST

    An inside out hit ensures the game is over. India lead 2-0. Parthiv remains not out on 67 from 54 balls. It is the fastest fifty by an Indian wicketkeeper in Tests.

  • 3:25 PM IST
    Yes, the world has changed and that boundary from Parthiv will mean that India will not lose a Test series against England in 8 years.

  • 3:17 PM IST
    So India are not winning by 9 wickets. Pujara attempts a sweep off Rashid, gets a top edge and Root takes a good catch. A wasted chance to up your batting average 🙂

    Cheteshwar Pujara c Joe Root b Adil Rashid 25 (50)
  • 3:15 PM IST
    Murali Karthik, a man who knows well about selection woes, mentions why Parthiv should play the next Test.

    He congratulates his little mate by saying, “Very well played @parthiv9.. After keeping for so long on an up and down wicket to be brisk as ever.. Well batted both digs mate"
  • 3:12 PM IST

    Pujara dances down the track and flicks Batty for a boundary. India inching closer to a victory. This has been a dominating show from India.

  • 3:04 PM IST
    Parthiv has a lot of domestic experience playing against spinners. Rashid’s not a worry for him. He manages a boundary and smacks the leggie over long-on for a six. He moves to 49. A nice cut gets him his fifty. A fifty in Test cricket after 12 years and it’s his 5th overall. Good stuff, champ. Hope he opens in the next Test too.
  • 2:57 PM IST

    Parthiv has had it enough. Short from Moeen Ali, the little man pulls it over midwicket for a boundary. Absolutely hammered away. Brilliant stuff. His strike rate continues to be over 100. Now he targets Stokes, plays a brilliant upper cut for another boundary. Parthiv, you little beauty.

  • 2:46 PM IST
    England have managed to slow down the proceedings. But let us take a moment to applaud the young man Haseeb Hameed. With an injured little finger, this little man displayed his steely nerves.

  • 2:38 PM IST
    Interesting numbers, again. A new effective spin trio for India. Meanwhile, England’s off-spinner Moeen Ali has beaten Pujara’s outside edge.

  • 2:35 PM IST

    England start with Ben Stokes post tea. First ball, Parthiv looks to flick as the ball thuds onto his pads. Huge appeal, umpire says ‘not out’, England use their second review and there’s a clear edge. Parthiv beautifully places the next ball through the third slip region for a boundary. When he walked out to bat, there were some words exchanged between Parthiv and his Mumbai Indians teammate Jos Buttler. This Test has been intensely fought.

  • 2:30 PM IST
    And the numbers will stay the same unless we see a miracle.

  • 2:29 PM IST
    These are interesting numbers and concerning for India. If Parthiv is dropped it will be sad, also Gautam Gambhir had one bad innings and was dropped.

  • 2:19 PM IST
    Alan Butcher’s tip for Murali Vijay

  • 2:13 PM IST

    Leans forward and Pujara drives Rashid through cover for a boundary. Another four bye. India have made a strong start 33 from 6 overs. India take tea.

  • 2:10 PM IST
    Pujara gets into the act and cuts two through the off-side for boundaries. Anderson is not liking this and bowls a good bouncer. Alex Tudor is being optimistic here. No harm but it’s India going up 2-0 in a while.
  • 2:06 PM IST

    The ball from Woakes stays low but Parthiv executes a brilliant pull shot. Good adjustment and the pull fetches him four. Isn’t this little man brilliant to watch? Width from Woakes in the last ball and Parthiv cuts for another boundary. I am enjoying this from Parthiv. Yes, I belong to the Parthiv era and it’s refreshing to see him back in the national side.

  • 1:59 PM IST
    If we take out his hundred at Rajkot, Vijay has struggled in the last couple of tours. If Parthiv sits out in the next Test, it will be very harsh on him.
  • 1:58 PM IST

    Very good bowling from Anderson. The short ball climbs onto Pujara and misses the gloves by a whisker. England review but it’s unsuccessful. Brilliant piece of bowling from the ace Englishman.

  • 1:53 PM IST

    Parthiv drives straight and gets 3. Vijay on strike. He is out on the fifth ball. Extra bounce from Woakes and Vijay edges to Root at second slip.

    OUT! Murali Vijay c Joe Root b Chris Woakes 0 (8)
  • 1:52 PM IST

    Parthiv smacks Woakes through cover for a boundary. India need 99 more. Seems 99 is the number of the day. Bengal were bowled out for 99.

  • 1:49 PM IST

    Indian batsmen are out in the middle. James Anderson starts with a tight maiden over. Pakistan lost 10 wickets for 99 runs this morning against New Zealand. If England can repeat that they will pull off a three-run win. I do not see that happening though 😀

  • 1:38 PM IST
    Hameed goes for another lofted stroke and Jadeja is placed there. He stops the ball and fires in a good throw at Anderson’s end, who is short of the crease. That’s the end of the England innings. Very good gesture from Kohli as he congratulates young Hameed for his fighting spirit. Other Indian players do the same. Smart work from Jadeja to throw at Anderson’s end.

    OUT! James Anderson run out (Jadeja/Ashwin) 5 (11)
  • 1:34 PM IST

    England 235/9 (90) | Haseeb Hameed 58 (154), James Anderson 5 (11); Lead by 101: Shami is back in the attack. Hameed opens the surface of the bat for a boundary and follows that with a flick for 2. Once again, on the fifth ball, he gets a single and Anderson lets go the bouncer to Parthiv.

  • 1:28 PM IST

    He is in visible discomfort because of his finger but that does not stop him from lofting Ashwin over deep midwicket for a six to bring up his 2nd Test fifty. This young lad is brilliant. His family is elated. His father Ismail thumbs up to his teenaged son. Very good batting. Top stuff!

  • 1:24 PM IST

    It is bizarre that Kohli has removed Shami from the attack and Jadeja is greeted with another slog sweep from this young man. Why will you remove a bowler from the attack who had been bowling so well or will this be change of ends? No Ashwin to continue.

  • 1:21 PM IST
    Just when they were discussing about Hameed’s classical old-school batting, he plays a lofted sweep to Ashwin for a boundary and gets a single of the fifth ball. It’s only his third Test and he has had to adapt so much. This young guy has a good future for England.

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Helloo and Good Morning! Welcome to the Cricket Country’s live coverage of India vs England 3rd Test, Day Four at Mohali on Tuesday. Visitors England trail by 56 runs with 6 wickets remaining in the second innings of the third Test against India at Mohali. We will bring you all the live updates, analysis and memes of the Day Four of this battle of attrition. Given the context of the game, India are well ahead in the race, for they now need 6 wickets to take 2-0 lead in  the 5-match series. England, on the other hand, will have to bat out of their skins to put up at least a respectable total for India to chase in the fourth innings. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

Day Three belonged to India. They took a healthy lead of  134 runs, thanks to late blitz by the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav, as they scored a half-century each. For England, Ben Stokes took a stunning five-wicket haul, dismissing the likes of Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Ashwin, among others. In addition, leg-spinner Adil Rashid’s figures read 4 for 118. In reply, India restricted England to 78 for 4, thanks to Ashwin’s 3 for 19. All the same, the highlight of the day was Jayant’s maiden half-century.

“It is really proud moment getting a maiden Test fifty. Really enjoyed batting with Jadeja. He took the pressure completely away from me. Just took it ball by ball. Being an all-rounder, it’s a plus, you take your confidence into different skills. If you’re more confident you can execute your skills better. I feel the best thing about this team is, they didn’t make me feel as if I was playing for the first time,” Jayant said after the end of day’s play.

The pitch showed signs of deterioration, for the English batsmen failed to find their feet.

“The idea was to bowl at the stumps. Bairstow wasn’t judging the length correctly. It’s turning and the odd one was straightening, so it worked out eventually. We have got 4 good wickets today, and looking to pile on the pressure tomorrow,” Jayant concluded.

Ashwin, especially, displayed a remarkable show. He bowled in the line of stumps, making the batsmen play every delivery. And that’s how he got the better of England captain Alastair Cook. He tossed the ball up, forcing Cook to lean forward. But despite spinning it away, the ball held its line and dismantled Cook’s defence.

To make matters worse, Moeen Ali fell to Ashwin’s tricks of trade and holed out straight to mid-on. And then came the big wicket. Ashwin yet again drew Stokes forward, but this time he sharply spun it away from him and trapped him lbw. On the other hand, Jayant sent the in-form Jonny Bairstow back to the pavilion.

As a matter of fact, India were 1-0 up after the two Tests in the last two series against the same opposition, like they are now. Nonetheless, they ended  up losing the series. Now that the visitors have lost 4 crucial wickets, he is highly unlikely that they will emerge triumphant.

Playing XI:

India: Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel (wk), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav

England: Alastair Cook (c), Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Gareth Batty, James Anderson