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  • 5:20 PM IST
    I will be back with Day Four’s live blog. Still difficult to digest the 199. Another day dominated by India.

  • 5:01 PM IST

    Vijay flicks Moeen for a boundary. Now he drives one beautifully for another boundary. It is stumps. India are 86 runs behind.

  • 4:59 PM IST
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  • 4:50 PM IST
    The other Rahul from 2006. This is what I was talking about. Even the best fall to these.

  • 4:48 PM IST

    Rahul’s dismissal reminds me of Rahul Dravid’s dismissal against Ramnaresh Sarwan from the 2006 tour.

  • 4:47 PM IST
    He jinxed him… Good to see Ben Stokes running to Rahul and congratulating him.
  • 4:45 PM IST

    Vijay survives. Very good first ball from Rashid. That was a googly that spun in sharply. It struck him outside off-stump.

  • 4:43 PM IST

    He is the second Indian player after Mohammad Azharuddin to fall for 199. Is Murali Vijay out the first ball. England have reviewed.

  • 4:42 PM IST

    And we jinxed him at 199. A poor ball from Rashid. Widish and tossed-up, he smacks and straight to Jos Buttler at point. Unbelievable 🙁

    OUT! KL Rahul c Jos Buttler b Adil Rashid 199 (311)
  • 4:39 PM IST
    A sweep gets him to 199. Tudor is right but let’s not jinx him. But this is a possibility.
  • 4:37 PM IST

    A terrible review from England. They waste one. Nair stays on. There are eight more overs remaining today.

  • 4:36 PM IST

    Nair attempts another reverse sweep and finally Bairstow, I mean reviews.

  • 4:34 PM IST
    Nair plays a reverse sweep to move to 69. So Parthiv, Rahul and Karun have all got their highest scores in this Test, while Kohli has got his lowest of the series.

  • 4:33 PM IST

    Rahul has moved to 195. Will he do a Sehwag from here to get to the landmark?

  • 4:28 PM IST

    LIVE – India 361/3 (100) | KL Rahul 193 (306), Karun Nair 64 (124): Moeen sweeps one to the fence for a boundary. Now steps down the track and that’s a SIX! This has been an absolute exhibition of quality batting.

  • 4:22 PM IST

    Nair almost returns a catch to Ali. He looks to flick the tossed up ball from Meen. The leading edge almost carries to Moeen. Both Moeen and Dawson have bowled well in this spell.

  • 4:08 PM IST
    We may just see the 200 today. Dawson is bowling a better length.

  • 3:55 PM IST

    Nair gets 2 through midwicket. An attractive stroke off the next ball, the one that passes through mid-on gets him to his maiden Test fifty. A very neat knock.

  • 3:43 PM IST

    England’s over-rate hasn’t been impressive. There’s still 20 overs to go after this. Rahul gets a thick outside edge towards the third man region for another four. More frustration for England.

  • 3:36 PM IST
    Another milestone for Rahul.

  • 3:35 PM IST
    Look, who is cheering the Englishmen…

  • 3:32 PM IST

    With that single, these Karnataka boys bring up their 100-run stand.

  • 3:27 PM IST
    300 up for India. Also Rahul has reached his highest Test score.
  • 3:23 PM IST

    Dropped! Cook drops Nair. Ball gets Nair to drive. Playing away from the body, Nair gets an outside edge and Cook drops it. He gets his fingers and spills it. Bairstow gives a chase and it’s FOUR.

  • 3:21 PM IST
    This has been his day.

  • 3:16 PM IST

    Meanwhile, Root and Rahul shake hands and make it up. My other colleague Paulami is quick to mention, “Shuru shuru mei we hated each other.” Yes, the app ad. This is what the cricket season has done to us. We have memorised all the ads.

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    While all this is happening, England have taken the second new ball. Broad to start…
  • 3:14 PM IST

    My colleague Rohan says, “England was prepared for Virat Kohli. Rahul wasn’t in their syllabus. Not fair for England.”

  • 3:09 PM IST
    Rahul clips Root through midwicket for a boundary. That’s his 150. Very good knock.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    What was that?

    Some drama here. Rahul plays it straight to Root and the latter throws at the stumps.Root apologises immediately. There’s a heated arguement. Rahul isn’t happy. And guess what? Rahul escapes a run out. Why didn’t he Bairstow run him out?
  • 3:02 PM IST

    The second new ball is available now but England had the ball to Joe Root. Will the man with golden arm strike? He has 15 Test wickets. A drive fetches Nair 2 runs. He now executes a perfect reverse sweep for a boundary. Nair is looking good. He has batted close to an hour and half.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates for the third day’s play in the fifth Test between India and England, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. This is Suvajit Mustafi, and I will be bringing you the live cricket updates and scores from the match. It was England all the way on the opening day but India managed to win two sessions on the second day to make a comeback. England reached 284 for 4 at stumps on Day One with Moeen Ali batting on 120. They were reduced to 321 for 7 before a solid lower-order show guided them to 477.

India were 60 for no loss at the stumps. India opened with KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel. This was their fourth different opening pair in this series. Parthiv had to open the innings because of an injury to Murali Vijay. The local boy injured his shoulder while he dived to stop a ball. Vijay is the fresh addition to India’s already injured brigade. The hosts have already lost the services of Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya courtesy injuries. Replying to a stiff total, India will hope Vijay is fit enough to bat as his injury is external.

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

Moeen, despite his grit, fell to another short-pitched tactic from Indians. Umesh bounced him back to pavilion but his spin-partner Adil Rashid stepped up to the occasion. Along with debutant Liam Dawson, Rashid added 108 for the eighth wicket to help England to 477.

Earlier, after a poor show from the openers, England middle-order stood up to the occasion with Moeen scoring 146, Root 88 and Jonny Bairstow 49.

Considering the depth in Indian batting, England have a steep task ahead if they have to claim 20 wickets on this benign Chennai track. The 0-4 drubbing in 2011 is still afresh in the minds of Virat Kohli and co.

Being the No.1 ranked Test side, Kohli will eye to end the year with another win. Expect another gruelling contest on Day Three.


India: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball.