KL Rahul missed out on a double century as India posted 391 for 4 in their first innings at stumps on Day 3 of the fifth and final Test against England in Chennai on Sunday. The hosts now trail England by 86 runs.
Rahul, who looked poised to reach his maiden Test double hundred, was dismissed for 199 when he chased a wide delivery from Adil Rashid and lobbed it to Jos Buttler in the covers.
In his innings, Rahul smashed 16 fours and three sixes. The opener was dejected after being dismissed and had his hands on his head. He was visibly disappointed while walking back to the pavillion.
Rahul’s 199 runs put India in a strong position in the fifth Test as the hosts are just 86 runs behind England’s first innings score of 477, and have six wickets in the kitty.
Rahul registered century stands with Parthiv Patel and Karun Nair, who was unbeaten on 71 at close of play with Murali Vijay at the other end. The social media was abuzz after Rahul’s innings and congratulated the batsman for his effort. While some congratulated him, others asked him to be proud of the innings in which he showed great resilience and spirit.
L Rahul 4th Test 100 – now 100s in Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies and now India
Also has 100s in Zimbabwe (ODIs) and USA (T20Is)#IndvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 18 December 2016
Happiness of scoring 199 runs drowned by the sorrow of not scoring 1 run. Cricket….a game obsessed with milestones. Well played, KL Rahul
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 18 December 2016
There will be a lot of talk on #KLRahul missing out on a double century. 199 is not a bad score to get!!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 18 December 2016
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 18, 2016
Classical & solid, with a bit of modern flair thrown in, that’s K L Rahul. Superb Knock!#INDvENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 18, 2016
India have already won the five-match series against England.