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Kohli century leaves England facing big task to win 3rd test

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England leads the five-match series 2-0.

Virat Kohli's century helped all but clinch the third Test for India on day three as England were set the task of a record-high chase at Trent Bridge.

The fifth-wicket stand came after Keaton Jennings was out in the opening over of the day, before Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Ollie Pope were also dismissed to leave the hosts heading towards a resounding defeat.

They were going at almost five runs per over at the end of the day yesterday, however, as the first session began today, the two batsmen played extremely patiently, going at 2 runs per over.

Incidentally, Kohli aggregated 200 runs in the Test scoring 97 in the first innings and 103 in the second, thus making his effort the 12th time that Kohli has made 200 plus runs a Test match. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep. Kohli shared a partnership of 113 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara on the third wicket where Pujara was at 72 runs where he faced 208 balls.

Earlier, England were reduced to 84-4 at lunch as Ishant Sharma (2/70) took two quick wickets in the first hour.

It was tempting to perceive a certain glee in the torment Kohli was exacting - all the more so when his century arrived, with a steer past gully off Chris Woakes for his 10th four from 191 balls.

They could dictate terms after skittling England out for 161, with paceman Hardik Pandya taking a stunning five for 28 in six overs.

Kohli was out shortly afterwards, lbw to Woakes after missing a legside flick against the all-rounder.

To make matters worse for England, wicketkeeper and leading batsman Jonny Bairstow suffered a finger injury after failing to gather a swinging Anderson delivery.

Buttler was pressed into service as a replacement wicket-keeper after Bairstow failed to gather a swinging Anderson delivery by Pujara and took a painful blow on the tip of his left middle finger. The lead was already quite threatening and England would have expected to wrap up the Indian team as quickly as possible to have any chace of coming back in the match.

"The doctor has been in trying to relieve some pressure on it, but hopefully when he is needed he will be OK to bat", England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said on Monday. But 40 minutes in, the returning Ben Stokes found the edge of Pujara, who was safely caught at first slip.

Bumrah's penchant for bowling "no-balls" then prevented him from completing his five-wicket haul after Adil Rashid was caught by Kohli in the slip cordon. He was replaced behind the stumps by Jos Buttler but England hope Bairstow will be able to bat. By stumps, Jennings and Alastair Cook had whittled the target down to 498, and with two days remaining in the game England should have plenty of time for a round of golf tomorrow, should they want one.

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