Rohit ton leads India assault

05 September 2021 01:57:39 GMTPlus11
Rohit Sharma has finally made a Test century outside India

A century from opening batsman Rohit Sharma has helped India into a strong position by tea on day three of the fourth Test against England at The Oval.

The opener's ton powered the tourists to 199-1 at tea and they are 1.001 to win the match and take a 2-1 lead in the five-Test series, while England are 1501.00 for victory in south London and the draw is a 51.00 chance.

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India started their second innings in a precarious position, trailing by 99 runs after England racked up 290 in reply to the tourists' first-innings total of 191.

However, Sharma and opening partner KL Rahul almost knocked off that deficit in a stand of 83, before the latter was caught behind off James Anderson in the morning session.

Pujara also impresses

Number three Cheteshwar Pujara has also frustrated England's bowling attack, reaching 48 not out at the tea break, while Sharma is unbeaten on 103.

He reached his eighth Test century, and his first overseas, with a six off England spinner Moeen Ali and that shot was symbolic of India's dominance on the day.

They lead England by 100 runs with nine second-innings wickets in hand, having fought back brilliantly after being reduced to 127-7 on the first day of the match.

India had collapsed to 78 all out on the first morning of the third Test at Headingley, where England levelled the series with a comprehensive innings victory, but their batsmen have found their form at a crucial point of the series.

The fifth and final Test starts at Old Trafford on September 10th and England need quick wickets in the post-tea session if they are to avoid heading to Manchester 2-1 down.

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