India sets England 521 to win 3rd test, clinch series

Only four teams have scored more than 400 to win a Test, West Indies' 418 to beat Australia in 2003 being the highest.

Kohli's declaration left England with an awkward nine overs in which to bat.

After resuming on 23 without loss after nine overs, they suffered an nearly instant blow when Jennings was caught behind off the fifth ball of a cloudy morning.

England had been stuck on 62 for 14 deliveries when Root fenced an edge to second slip off Bumrah, Rahul holding his fifth catch of the match away to his right.

To make matters worse for England, wicket-keeper and leading batsman Jonny Bairstow suffered a finger injury after failing to gather a swinging Anderson delivery.

He was sent for X-rays and in early afternoon the European Central Bank confirmed he had sustained a small fracture to his left middle finger. "I like the way he plays the game it's fantastic to see", he said.

England's one-day gloveman Buttler took over behind the stumps.

The evening session started off in much the same way as the afternoon session had finished - with Buttler and Stokes looking at ease at the crease and untroubled by anything the India attack threw at them. Plus, it was Bumrah who struck early as well and backed up by Mohammed Shami". I don't think I can underestimate that feeling. "That comes down to two things concentration not being good enough, or confidence".

At the break, Ajinkya Rahane (17 not out) was giving Kohli company as India consolidated their overall lead to 438 runs.


Coming onto Kohli's batting after tea, Kohli got a life on 93 when Jennings missed a catch at gully off James Anderson (1/55) in the 91st over.

Michael Vaughan has labelled Virat Kohli the best batsman in the world across all formats after the India skipper registered his 23rd Test ton on Monday to put the visitors in command of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge.

Kohli, who scored his first hundred in England in the first Test of the series, made 97 before being dismissed by Adil Rashid.

"He's a high-quality player, and has shown he's learned a lot on this tour alone.

But Kohli failed to capitalise on the chance as he was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes (1/49) soon.

"When I was injured I was working on my fitness, my training schedules", added the 24-year-old, playing just his fourth Test following a debut against South Africa in Cape Town in January.

Falls: 1-60 (Rahul), 2-111 (Dhawan), 3-224 (Pujara), 4-281 (Kohli), 5-282 (Pant), 6-329 (Rahane), 7-349 (Shami).

India were 194-2 in their second innings at lunch on the third day, a commanding lead of 362 runs. Not only that but after this dominant victory the tourists will be only too keen to get at Joe Root and Co. once again and will doubtless back themselves for victory in the fourth clash at Southampton starting next week.


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