Jadeja’s 86 brings India back in contention

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LONDON, Sept 9 (PTI): England extended their overall lead to 60 after Ravindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 86 helped India narrow the gap on the third day of the fifth Test here Sunday.

At tea, Alastair Cook was batting on 13 not out, while Keaton Jennings was unbeaten on 7 runs, as England reached 20 without loss in their second innings.

This was after Jadeja scored 86 not out as India finished their first innings at 292, conceding a 40-run lead. The left-hander faced 156 balls and hit 11 fours as well as a six.

Post lunch, India tried to extend their innings as long as possible. Ishant Sharma (4) though fell in the fourth over after the break, caught behind off Moeen Ali (2-50).

At the other end, Adil Rashid (1-19) dismissed Mohammed Shami (1) who again tried to hit out instead of putting a price on his wicket.

Jasprit Bumrah (0) did just that, and batted out 14 deliveries, which allowed Jadeja to smash the ball around. In doing so, he put on 32 runs for the tenth and final wicket.

Jadeja reached his ninth Test half-century off 113 balls, after India had crossed 250 in the 84th over. England were so flustered that they took the new ball in hope of dismissing the last wicket quickly.

The partnership, and India’s innings ended through a run-out in the 95th over as Jadeja finished unbeaten.

Earlier, Hanuma Vihari scored a half-century on debut as India reached 240 for seven at lunch.

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