England declared their second innings at 260-3, giving India an improbable target of 310 runs with just 49 overs remaining in the Rajkot Test on Sunday.
The visitors captain Alistair Cook got yet another century on the subcontinent, hitting an impressive 13 boundaries enroute to a masterly 130. Yet, it was his opening partner, the teenaged debutant Haseeb Hameed who almost stole the headlines, falling short of a what would have been a memorable century by just 18 runs.
Amit Mishra, woeful in the first innings was the one who got rid of Hameed and then got rid of the in-form Joe Root to give the hosts some joy.
And when Ravindra Jadeja caught Cook off Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling in the 76th over, the skipper immediately declared the innings.
England cannot lose this game, and have to get 10 quick wickets if they are to win the Test. Highly improbable, barring an unforeseen Indian batting collapse and it is likely the Rajkot Test will end in a draw.