Rahane and Pujara’s dogged century stand keeps India in the game
Stumps India 181 for 6 (Rahane 61, Pujara 45, Wood 3-40, Ali 2-52) and 364 lead England 391 by 154 runs
Wood went off injured late in the day after trying to save a run, tumbling at the third-man boundary, but was poised to come back in for the second new ball before bad light denied England’s pacers a spell at India’s tail and eventually brought the day to an end, with eight overs to spare. India had crawled to 181 for 6 in 82 overs by stumps, 154 ahead on a pitch that has changed flavour rapidly in favour of the bowlers.
That brought India down to their last recognised batting pair of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. Ali managed to separate them as well, with a dream offbreak that squared Jadeja up to knock the top of his off stump. Jadeja’s appreciation of a pitch that would allow such a delivery might have only come once he was back in the dressing room, for it was the last over before the second new ball was due. On an up-and-down pitch, England could have inflicted a second collapse of the day on India had the light held up.
The first collapse, that reduced India to 55 for 3, saw England take control of the game. Right from the start of the day, James Anderson went slightly shorter with his length than he usually does, with the new ball consistently getting big on KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. The pair looked assured enough on the front foot once again, but Joe Root had seen enough to hand the ball to Wood as early as the sixth over. In the first innings, he had come on in the 20th, with the openers well set.
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Varun Shetty is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo