IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: India 314/4 at Lunch, Lead England by 440 Runs

Published By: Ritayan Basu

Last Updated: February 18, 2024, 11:50 IST

IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: Yashasvi Jaiswal batting (AP)

IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: Yashasvi Jaiswal batting (AP)

Shubman Gill was run out for 91 but Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sarfarz Khan’s fifty-run parternship helped India’s lead to go past 400.

Shubman Gill fell for 91 but India extended their lead to 440 and the team confirmed the return of Ravichandran Ashwin on day four of the third Test against England on Sunday.

India reached 314-4 at lunch after losing overnight batsmen Gill, run out, and Kuldeep Yadav, for 27, in Rajkot.

Yashasvi Jaiswal returned to bat after he retired hurt on 104 on day three and moved to 149 at the break, batting alongside debutant Sarfaraz Khan, on 22.

Gill looked fluent after he resumed the day on 65 but a mix-up with Kuldeep got him run out when England skipper Ben Stokes, playing his landmark 100th Test, fired a throw at the bowler’s end.

Gill dived to get back to his crease but his bat was in the air when Tom Hartley clipped the bails and the batsman hit the ground in frustration.

Kuldeep, a nightwatchman who batted with assurance in his 91-ball knock including a six, couldn’t last long after leg spinner Rehan Ahmed got him caught at slip.

The left-handed Jaiswal, who struggled with his back after his third Test ton and a 159-run stand with Gill on Saturday, has remained attacking and has hit 11 fours and seven sixes.

Ashwin “will be back in action” for the last two days after he was forced to leave for Chennai to attend a family emergency, hours after reaching the coveted milestone of 500 Test wickets on the second day of the match.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is pleased to announce the return of Ravichandran Ashwin to the squad after a brief absence due to a family emergency. Ashwin had to temporarily withdraw from the squad after Day 2 of the 3rd Test in Rajkot to attend to a family emergency,” BCCI said in a statement.

“Both R Ashwin and the team management are pleased to confirm that he will be back in action on Day 4 and will continue to contribute towards the team’s cause in the ongoing Test match,” the statement added.

India bowled England out for 319 to take a handy lead of 126 as their bowlers, led by Mohammed Siraj, delivered in Ashwin’s absence as India were left with 10 players to bat and bowl.

Ashwin’s fellow spinners Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets each.

The five-match series is level at 1-1 after England won the opener, but India bounced back in the second match.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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