India took a 51-run lead over England in the fourth Test on Saturday with Virat Kohli hitting a magnificent 147 not out.
Kohli helped India overtake England’s first-innings 400 as it reached 451-7 at stumps on the third day.
Jayant Yadav was undefeated on 30 after so far adding 87 runs for the eighth wicket with Kohli, the pair coming together on 364-7.
India had resumed the day on 146-1 and England could be forgiven for dreaming of a first-innings lead after restricting the hosts to 307-6 _ before India responded with two key partnerships.
After tea, Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (25) extended their seventh-wicket partnership to 57 runs.
India’s 350 came up in the 114th over and Kohli then celebrated his 15th Test hundred, running and punching the air, as he reached the milestone off 187 balls. Overall, he faced 241 deliveries and hit 17 fours.
At the other end, Jadeja holed out trying to clear the ropes, caught off Adil Rashid (2-152).
England took the second new ball in the 130th over, and it could have paid off immediately but Joe Root dropped Yadav (on 8) in the slips off James Anderson (0-43).
Yadav got another life later in the 139th over, when he seemed to have edged behind off Moeen Ali (2-139), but didn’t walk.
England had already exhausted its quota of DRS reviews by then.
Kohli and Yadav brought up their 50-partnership off 82 balls, as India reached 450 just before stumps.
India leads the five-match series 2-0.