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Ind vs Eng 5th Test, Day 4: Karun Nair's triple ton powers India to 759

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Dec 19, 2016, 8:59 am IST
Updated Dec 19, 2016, 6:09 pm IST
Karun Nair becomes second Indian after Virender Sehwag to score a triple ton in Tests.
Karun Nair brings up his double ton as India punish England in the fifth and final Test in Chennai. (Photo: PTI)
 Karun Nair brings up his double ton as India punish England in the fifth and final Test in Chennai. (Photo: PTI)

Chennai: Karun Nair’s triple hundred (303 not out) was a showstopper as India took 282-run lead over England in the fifth and final Test here on Monday. The Karnataka batsman became the youngest Indian to score a triple ton in Tests as England, who trail India by 270 runs, ended day four at 12 for no loss.

Karun cashed in on every opportunity that was there as India punished listless England bowling attack on a pitch that offered no help for the bowlers. While the local lad Murali Vijay could only score 29, local boy R Ashwin (67) and Ravindra Jadeja (51) offered solid support to Karun.  

 

India 759/7 from 190.4 overs

Triple hundred for Karun Nair! Chepauk erupts, the dressing room is on its feet, England players rush in to congratulate Karun. This is a very special knock from the youngster as he becomes only the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to score a triple ton in Test cricket. Savour this moment, young man.

India declare the innings as Karun brings up his triple ton. Lead England by 282 runs.

India 751/6 189 overs:

India 616/6 from 171 overs:

WICKET! Stunner, an absolute stunner from Jos Buttler! R Ashwin gets out after scoring 67 runs on his home crowd. Stuart Broad gets his second wicket.

 

India 600/5 from 168 overs:

Double hundred! Well played, Karun Nair. He had to wait for those 15 minutes as teams went in for tea. But that did not trouble him as he creamed one through the covers to score a brilliant double ton.

India: 582/5 from 165 overs

Tea! India have completely dominated that and lead England by 105 runs and are in the position to call the shots in this Test. Karun Nair is just five runs away from his maiden double Test ton, Ashiwn has also completed his half century.

India: 568/5 from 159 overs

Fifty! Ashiwn brings up his half century, outstanding innings from the ICC No. 1 all-rounder. No doubt, the crowd cheered so loudly for the local lad. India lead by 91 runs.

 

India: 539/5 from 155 overs

Nair is slowly inching towards his maiden double Test ton, and that will be some achievement, he is batting on 166. Ashwin is unbeaten on 40 and the partnership is now worth over 100 runs. India lead by 62 runs.

India: 509/5 from 145 overs

Nair completes 150 and the crowd is happy for him. India have also crossed 500-run mark. The partnership between Nair and Ashwin is now worth 74 runs.

India: 487/5 from 141 overs

India have crossed the England's first innings total of 477 and now lead by ten runs. The hosts still have five wickets in hand and considering the team's lower order's performance in the series; it looks like England bowlers are in for a long day in the field.

 

India: 463/5 from 135 overs

Lunch! India are now just 14 runs behind England's first innings total and they would be aiming to get a healthy lead in the first innings.

India: 451/5 from 131 overs

India now trail by 26 runs. Ashwin has made a slow start here as he is unbeaten on two from 21 deliveries. Nair is batting on 117.

India: 435/5 from 124 overs

Out! India lose Vijay immediately after Nair scores his century. Liam Dawson picks up his first Test wicket, the spinner removes the opener, LBW. R Ashwin has come out to bat.

 

India: 435/4 from 123 overs

Hundred! Nair brings up his maiden Test century with a boundary.

India: 425/4 from 120 overs

Nair is just three runs away from his maiden Test match hundred, India now trail by 52 runs. The partnership between Vijay and Nair is now worth 53 runs.

India: 402/4 from 113 overs

India have crossed 400-run mark in the first innings, they still trail by 75 runs. Captain Kohli clapped in acknowledgement. Karun Nair is batting on 79, Murali Vijay is unbeaten on 20.

Chennai: Welcome to fourth day's play of the fifth and final Test between India and England in Chennai.

 

India ended the fourth day at 391/4 and still trail England by 86 runs. The fourth day belonged to the hosts, except for the unfortunate dismissal of KL Rahul, who got out on 199 and missed out on his maiden double ton.

Karun Nair is still batting on 71 and Murali Vijay is unbeaten on 17, the opener came down the order to bat due to an injury.

India still have some batting left to come and considering the lower order's impressive performance in this series, the batting team would be hoping to take a healthy lead in the first innings.

 

For England, the aim would be bowl out India as early as possible and restrict them from getting a big lead.

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