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17-Feb-2024 12:23:00 GMT
Ind v Eng - 3rd Test, Rajkot

Jaiswal sparkles as India nose ahead despite Duckett ton

India 445 (Rohit 131, Jadeja 112, Sarfaraz 62) and 196 for 2 (Jaiswal 104, Gill 65*) lead England 319 (Duckett 153, Siraj 4-84) by 322 runs

Rajkot: England are in a dire position in the third Test after a dramatic collapse and spectacular Yashasvi Jaiswal century on day three gave India complete control in Rajkot.

A breathtaking fightback on the second evening had seemingly handed England all the momentum when they resumed on 207-2 in response to India's 445.

But the tourists lost their last eight wickets for 95 runs to be bowled out for 319, an implosion that began when Joe Root's reverse scoop at the pace of Jasprit Bumrah was caught at second slip.

Jonny Bairstow was out fourth ball for a duck and Ben Duckett tamely patted a very wide delivery from Kuldeep Yadav to cover to fall for 153.

Captain Ben Stokes made 41 but then became the first in a final slide of 5-29 after lunch as England conceded a first-innings deficit of 126.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep conjured a beguiling spell and paceman Mohammed Siraj claimed 4-84 as India's bowlers put in a huge effort following the loss of Ravichandran Ashwin, who withdrew from the Test overnight because of a family emergency.

Jaiswal rammed home India's advantage with his second hundred in as many matches, adding an increasingly damaging 155 with Shubman Gill, who remains 65 not out.

England's bowlers were taken apart by India's free scoring in the evening session before Jaiswal retired hurt with a back problem on 104.

By the end, the hosts had moved to 196-2, 322 ahead and primed to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

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