With the efforts of Sundar and Rishabh Pant (101), India managed to put 160 runs in the lead and England would now seek rearguard action to delay the inevitable. England was 6 without loss when lunch was taken.
Sundar and Axar Patel continued the third day at 294/7, easily leaving the first hour behind them. The duo achieved brisk runs, adding further misery to the tired English bowlers.
India scored 50 runs in the first hour. Both Batters extended their partnership to 106 runs, but with seven runs from his first half-century, Axar (43) was dismissed via run-out in the 114th innings.
The next round was Ben Stokes’ Ishant Sharma (0) and India was reduced to 365/9 with Sundar four runs away from his first ton. At the same time, Stokes bowled Mohammed Siraj (0) cleanly, putting an end to India’s first innings.
In addition to Pant and Sundar, Rohit Sharma also contributed with valuable 49 runs. After England won the throw, they had 205 runs in their first innings before being bundled in the third session of the first day of the Final Test.
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