India were able to build on the solid start that Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay had made to the innings on Day 2. As Day 3 began, Pujara departed without putting any runs on the board, thus missing out on a half-century. Vijay, on the other hand, stayed put and built another 100-run-partnership with skipper Virat Kohli. In the process, he got to his 8th Test century nad thus ended a bad run of form.
Adil Rashid finally dismissed Murali Vijay for 136 runs. Kohli stuck on but India kept losing wickets on the other end. R Ashwin, Parthiv Patel and Karun Nair all departed without making any considerable change on the scoreboard and India found themselves 307/6 from 267/2.
Ravindra Jadeja then stuck on with Kohli and the two put up 57 runs for the seventh wicket before the former was caught behind off a Rashid delivery. But that was the last wicket that England got in the day. Jayant Yadav then gave the perfect support for his skipper and runs started coming thick and fast for India. In the process, Kohli got to his 15th Test century. India ended the day with 451 runs on the board with a loss of seven wickets, thus holding a 51-run lead over England. Kohli and Jayant Yadav have now put 87 runs for the eighth wicket.
Here is how twitterati reacted to the day’s play:
England had their moments today but now India well ahead. India need another 40-50 to control the game, England quick wickets in the morning
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 10 December 2016
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 10 December 2016
Take a bow , Virat Kohli. The hunger is just unbelievable.Avg of over 50 in all formats now.Eng should struggle to save this one.#IndvsEng
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 10 December 2016
There are players…and then there’s Virat Kohli. Best player of this generation. 😊👏👍🙏
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 10 December 2016
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 10 December 2016
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 10 December 2016
Masterclass century from @imVkohli says a scribe in the Wankhede press box. But he is a master. `Nuf said
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 10 December 2016
Kohli has now crossed Sachi Tendulkar for the most Test centuries by an Indian captain. He now has eight since taking over from MS Dhoni in 2014. He is third in the all time list for most centuries in Tests by Indian captains, trailing Mohammad Azharuddin (9) and Sunil Gavaskar (11).