Karun Nair became only the third player in Test history to turn his maiden hundred into a triple century and took India to their highest-ever total in Tests in the fifth Test against England. After India immediately declared at 759, England ended the day at 12/0, 270 runs behind the hosts.
Nair completes his first century
India resumed the day at 391/4 with a close eye on taking the innings lead. Murali Vijay, who picked up a shoulder injury yesterday, came in to bat with overnight unbeaten batsman Karun Nair. England started the day with spinners from both the ends, and it seemed a good ploy as Dawson could manage to extract turn from the wicket.
Vijay looked tentative against the English spinners and never looked settled. But it was the middle-order batsman Karun Nair, who stole the show by showing sublime application and artistry against the variable turn and
In the seventh over of the day, Vijay tried to drive a Stuart Broad ball, which should have been left alone, only to
But Vijay couldn’t build on that life as he became the only man to get out in the first session. He became Liam Dawson’s maiden Test wicket after making 29 runs. Another local boy Ravichandran Ashwin was giving company to Nair at lunch on 9.
Nair’s dominance continues – completes maiden triple century
England failed to find a breakthrough as Ashwin and Nair continued to amass runs at will. The former brought up his half-century in the 159th over much to the joy of the local fans with a boundary off Jennings. The bowler nearly avenged that a few overs later when he trapped the Indian spinner in front of the wicket for what would have been his first Test wicket. However, Ashwin asked for the review and the ball-tracking system suggested that it would miss the leg stump. Ashwin survived but was eventually dismissed by Stuart Broad for 67 as Buttler took a brilliant catch in the gully.
Karun Nair kept going at the other end,
Ravindra Jadeja, who joined Nair after Ashwin’s dismissal, played a very aggressive knock at the other
England end day with no loss
India declared the innings immediately after Nair's triple century with just five overs left in the day. An aggressive Kohli, looking to pick up a wicket, started the second-innings proceedings with two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, but England openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings nullified them and ended the day at 12/0.
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