Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant reaction catch to dismiss danger man Joe Root raised hopes that India could finish the third Test on the fourth day itself, as the visitors are in trouble at 156-7 at lunch. England have a paltry lead of 22 runs and with just three wickets remaining, the writing is very much on the wall.
Opening the innings after Haseeb Hameed’s finger injury, Root batted well despite seeing most of his teammates fall prey to the guile of the Indian bowlers. A 12th Test hundred looked on the cards as the young batsman continued to stymie the best efforts of Virat Kohli and co.
A rare error in judgement on his part and some brilliant reflexes on Rahane’s, cruelly ended his innings on 78. The fact that his innings has contributed to more than 50 percent of his side’s total tally in the second innings tells a story in itself.
Veteran Gareth Batty didn't last long, dismissed for a duck by Ravindra Jadeja and Jos Butler briefly threatened before losing his head, getting out for just 18.
The teenaged Hameed, contrary to most expectations took to the field despite sporting a suspected fractured finger and is batting on 13 with Chris Woakes who has scored a solitary run.
Jadeja’s contribution with the ball has proven vital only a day after his heroics with the bat, as he bagged the wickets of first Batty and then of Root.
Young Jayant Yadav was the other bowler to get a breakthrough, removing the dangerous Butler before he could wreak too much havoc.