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India Vs England, 3rd Test, Day 4: Hosts Win Third Match After Penultimate Day Spectacle - As It Happened

The hosts set their opponents a 550+ target before returning their entire team to the pavilion in a session and a half to claim the win. Here are the highlights of India vs England, 3rd Test

IND vs ENG, Day 4 Action (Photo: AP/Ajit Solanki)

Hello and Welcome!

What seemed an even competition at one point, threatens to turn into an utterly one-sided affair, as India ramp up the score for the final days of the third Test. Having successfully returned the entire Three Lions' team on Day 3, the Men in Blue then set about increasing the gap between them, with Yashasvi Jaiswal scoring a ton to add to their total. India finished Day 3 with 196 runs for the loss of two wickets and a lead that had stretched beyond the 300-run mark. (Streaming | Cricket News)

They will pick up where they left off on Day 3; follow it here live.

India vs England, 3rd Test, Playing XIs

England (Playing XI): Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Ben Foakes(w), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, James Anderson

India (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Jurel(w), Ravichandran Ashwin*, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

*Unavailable due to personal emergency.

Can Siraj Keep Up His Good Form?

Reminder: Jaiswal Still In Play

Some might have been perturbed by the visuals of Yashasvi Jaiswal walking back to the pavilion shortly after his century yesterday, but the Indian batter merely retired out and is still in contention to bat on Day 4. India have, so far, lost Rohit Sharma and Rajat Patidar, with Shubman Gill and Kuldeep Yadav on crease.

Day 4, Session One...

...Here we go!

200 Up For India In Second Innings

They currently lead England by 326 runs with eight left to bat.

Ashwin On His Way Back

Ravichandran Ashwin is on his way back to the stadium in Rajkot, after leaving the camp to deal with a family emergency a few days ago. The spinner's return will be a big boost to the hosts!

India Steady With 60 Overs Gone

The Men in Blue have taken complete control of this Test match with their lead already in the 350s. India still have eight wickets left; at this rate, it is more likely that they declare their innings before the end of the day today than return to the pavilion all out.

Breakthrough For England!

Anguish for Shubman Gill, who walks back to the pavilion with 91 in 151 balls after being run out by Ben Stokes. It's the wicket they have been waiting for, could it now spark an England comeback to breathe some verve into this quickly fading Test match?

Jaiswal Returns To Crease...

...and will pick things up at 104 from 133 runs. He had returned to the stands retired hurt the day before.

Another One Bites The Dust!

Kuldeep Yadav walks back to the pavilion after giving away his wicket to Rehan Ahmed. Yadav, again, performed his duties as the night-watchman admirably, dragging India from a sticky situation toward the end of Day 3 to a position of strength on Day 4.

Sarfaraz Khan up next for India.

India 400 Ahead Now

It will be interesting to see what the Indian coaching team does now. With the first session quickly reaching its end, will Rahul Dravid and Co opt for their batters to bat for one more, or will they be more aggressive and push England onto the crease in the hopes of securing a win early.

It will take a record chase from here on for England to win, but the spectre of a draw must be looming large in the back of the Indian coaching team's ming.

Session One Ends

118 runs and two wickets later, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sarfaraz Khan walk back to the pavilion for lunch; Jaiswal is a run away from 150, while Khan is looking every bit as exciting as he did in the first innings.

India ahead by 440 in the match.

Session Two Begins!

...and Jaiswal has his 150 in 192 balls. He seems certain for a long spell in the Indian team following his form, so far, in the series.

Six, Six, SIX! 

Yashasvi Jaiswal is making light work of Jimmy Anderson of all people, treating Test cricket like T20. He hits the veteran for three sixes in succession, placed beyond the peripheries, all over the pitch. What a remarkable display from the youngster, who is now 21 away from his second double ton already!

Back-To-Back Fifties For Sarfaraz!

What a start to Sarfaraz Khan's Test career, he scores his second half-century in as many innings, this one coming in 65 balls.

Second Double Century For Yashasvi Jaiswal!

What a passage of play for the Indian team as Yashasvi Jaiswal completes the second double century of his Test career - mere moments after Sarfaraz Khan scored his semi-ton.

Jaiswal had scored his previous in the last Test match against England...and he is now on the prowl for the most sixes in a Test innings by an individual in history!

And That's That For India

The Men In Blue declare their innings with a 556-run lead over England, giving the visitors four-and-a-half sessions to try and chase down the total. Sarfaraz Khan, who ended India's second innings with a barrage of boundaries, allows the young Yashasvi Jaiswal to take the lead and take in the plaudits as the duo walk back to the pavilion, signalling an end to an outstanding batting display by the hosts.

A Quick Turnaround...

...and England are on the crease to bat. Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett open the innings.

Slow Start For England

The Three Lions have just made 15 runs, approaching sixth over, so far. Is this an indication of their wider, more conservative strategy? With the target slightly out of reach, could England be playing cautiously to nick a draw?

Breakthrough For India

Mohammed Siraj and Dhruv Jurel combine to run Ben Duckett out for just four runs. A huge loss for England and a big, big get for India early on in the visitors' innings.

And Another!

Jasprit Bumrah gets Zak Crawley for 11 off 26 and India are firmly in control as session two comes to a close. The Players head in for tea ahead of the final session of the day.

Final Session Of Penultimate Day Underway

England are 18-2 and chasing a mammoth score. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin is back in the stadium and was seen warming up during the break!

It's All Gone Terribly Wrong For England...

...they now lose Ollie Pope to a Ravindra Jadeja delivery, with Rohit Sharma taking the catch at first slip. The visitors are 20-3.

Bairstow Gone!

England are crumbling. They are 28-4, with Jonny Bairstow the latest to walk back to the stands with four from three balls. India are six wickets away from a win.

England Shore Things Up

It has not been exciting, but Joe Root and Ben Stokes are getting the job done - for now. After an early scare, the England captain and his compatriot have slowed down the match, as they look to reach the end of the day without any major removals from here on.

Up-Root-Ed!

Joe Root is a tad unlucky as he receives his marching orders from the umpire following a review for LBW. There was not much in it, with the third umpire going with the on-field one's call after the soft signal was given as out. England down by five.

And Stokes Follows

We are heading for a Day 4 result at this rate. Ben Stokes is now caught with his leg blocking the wicket and the umpire calls out. Stokes reviews but three red signals show him that it was a wasted appeal.

England Seven Down On Fifty!

Rehan Ahmed attempts to show a bit of aggression but his shot lands straight into the thankful hands of Mohammed Siraj. England are staring at defeat in Rajkot.

Ashwin Returns...

...and is greeted with huge cheers from the crowd!

In The Final Stretch For The Day

And if it stays like this for six more overs, the tie will head to its fifth day in Rajkot. England are lightyears away from winning it, but they have defended the last hour, down by seven already, admirably.

Call It The Commentator's Cruse...

...because England have lost another wicket! Ravindra Jadeja, called back in action, gets Ben Foakes, who edges one behind in the grateful gloves of Dhruv Jurel. Two more wickets needed for a home win!

Ash Gets One Now! 

India just a wicket away from victory in Rajkot! Ashwin gets Hartley to loud cheers from the crowd.

England Not Going Down Without A Fight

Mark Wood is out there blasting deliveries all over the pitch for fours and sixes. It may be a lost cause but it sure is great fun for those watching inside the stadium. England over 100 now.

That's That For This Tie!

Wood goes for a maximum but ends up giving his catch to Yashasvi Jaiswal in the deep. Ravindra Jadeja gets the wicket, his fifth of the innings, and India win by a huge, huge margin.

No Shortage Of Player Of The Match Nominees...

...but the award is likely to go to Ravindra Jadeja, who claimed seven wickets overall and scored a century in the first innings. Yashasvi Jaiswal is another strong candidate, after the batter completed his second double century in as many games.

Meanwhile, coach Rahul Dravid will be happy with the performances of the two debutants; Sarfaraz Khan scored two half-centuries in as many innings while Dhruv Jurel put in a good display behind the wickets.

India, England Head To Ranchi Next

Where a win for India will hand them the series. India win the third match by 434 runs and lead the contest 2-1.

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