Chennai: Welcome to our Live coverage of Day 3 of the fifth Test match between India and England at Chepauk stadium.
INDIA 1ST INNINGS
OVER 108 | SCORE 391/4 (Nair 70, Vijay 0)
STUMPS! 135 runs in the session and that big wicket of KL Rahul. India still look set to match and even pass England's total of 377. Murali Vijay would be looking to build his innings from the start on Day 4 after coming on at no. 6.
OVER 103 | SCORE 372/4 (Nair 70, Vijay 0)
TRAGIC! KL Rahul departs on 199. Disappointing end to a glorious innings. Adil Rashid claims the wicket. Murali Vijay comes in at No. 6 and survives an LBW.
KL Rahul c Buttler b Rashid 199 (311b)
OVER 100 | SCORE 361/3 (Rahul 193, Nair 64)
KL Rahul not far from clinching his maiden Test double hundred. Highly impressive from the 24-year-old.
OVER 96 | SCORE 342/3 (Rahul 179, Nair 59)
Karun Nair brings up his maiden Test half-century but can he convert this into a hundred? He has the right partner in the fomr of KL Rahul who is cruising towards a double hundred.
OVER 91 | SCORE 320/3 (Rahul 169, Nair 47)
Excellent from Karun Nair to be edging towards his first Test fifty, having scored 13 runs as his highest earlier.
OVER 85 | SCORE 292/3 (Rahul 154, Nair 34)
KL Rahul completes 150 as England take the 2nd new ball. Stuart Broad back in charge hoping to make the most with the new ball in hand.
OVER 80 | SCORE 273/3 (Rahul 145, Nair 24)
The partnership between KL Rahul and Karun Nair is past 50-run mark. This is a confident start from India post TEA session.
It's TEA after 74 overs have been bowled in Chennai and despite Virat Kohli's departure, India hardly look troubled. KL Rahul should be hoping of converting his 100 into a bigger one as additional responsibility falls on his shoulders after the departure of Kohli.
OVER 73 | SCORE 249/3 (Rahul 132, Nair 13)
Not long left before Tea is called. India trail England by 228 runs as KL Rahul marches towards his 150.
OVER 66 | SCORE 224/3 (Rahul 114, Nair 6)
A rare early departure for Indian skipper Virat Kohli but KL Rahul continues going strong. Karun Nair the new batsman to step in.
V Kohli c Jennings b Broad 15 (29b)
OVER 56 | SCORE 200/2 (Rahul 103, Kohli 8)
Not the perfect outing for Mr. Reliable Cheteshwar Pujara but KL Rahul brings his 4th Test ton with Virat Kohli the new batsman at the other end.
CA Pujara c Cook b Stokes 16 (29b)
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OVER 50 | SCORE 180/1 (Rahul 91, Pujara 16)
KL Rahul into 'nervous 90s'! Every ball in this phase is a threat, can the 24-year-old grab his 4th Test hundred?
OVER 48 | SCORE 173/1 (Rahul 89, Pujara 11)
It's LUNCH in Chepauk! Parthiv Patel's departure the only setback but India look stable chasing England's total of 477.
OVER 46 | SCORE 162/1 (Rahul 88, Pujara 1)
Pathiv Patel falls to Moeen Ali after going for his second big shot in an over. Same delivery but different result this time as Patel heads back to pavilion ruing what could have been a century.
PA Patel c Buttler b Ali 71 (112b)
OVER 40 | SCORE 146/0 (Rahul 79, Patel 65)
Chepauk stadium pitch hardly giving anything to cheer for to England bowlers, as Rahul, Patel continue to progress without much hassle in way.
OVER 32 | SCORE 109/0 (Rahul 68, Patel 44)
Lokesh Rahul completes his 50 while Parthiv Patel just 6 runs away from matching his partner's feat. Partnership over 110 runs now. Mature start from the Indian openers on Day 3.
OVER 26 | SCORE 85/0 (Rahul 48, Patel 34)
KL Rahul oozing with confidence, having hit two sixes already. The opener is cruising towards another half-century with Parthiv Patel not far away too.
OVER 23 | SCORE 72/0 (Rahul 37, Patel 33)
Unfazed by early morning trouble, KL Rahul, Parthiv Patel already playing their shots. India off to a confident start in Chennai.
09:29 AM IST: KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel are back on pitch to resume 3rd day's play in Chennai.
At stumps on Day 2, Indian openers Lokesh Rahul and Parthiv Patel had got team to a decent start by adding an unbeaten 60-run stand for the opening wicket partnership in reply to England 's formidable total of 477 runs.
Lokesh Rahul (30) and Parthiv Patel (28) have done their job to an extent for the Indian team, however, the team management would want them to add an even biggest stand for the first wicket.
Pathiv deserves a round of applause for stepping in and be India's emergency opener despite wicket-keeping for 150 overs as Murali Vijay's injury forced him out of contention for opening slot. It still remains to be seen whether the local boy will come out to bat today in front of his home crowd.
Vijay had injured his shoulder while diving to stop the ball at point during the second session of play. The Chennai batsman is expected to bat down the order on Sunday.
Rahul consumed 68 deliveries for his 30 runs with three hits to the fence while Parthiv`s 52-ball knock comprised of just two boundaries.
England had begun their innings on a low, losing two wickets for just 21 runs. It was a terrific stand between Joe Root (88) and Moeen Ali (146) that helped the visitors not just stabalise their innings but also put a mammoth total on scoreboard.
Liam Dawson also entered history books for being the highest scorer (66) by an England debutant at No. 8 and his 108-run partnership with Adil Rashid, who made 60 himself, has given the visitors a good chance to salvage something from the final Test.