Ravi Ashwin scored a magnificent century to put India firmly in the driving seat against England at the end of Day 3 of the second test in Chennai on Monday.
Resuming at overnight score of 54/1, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out in a bizarre fashion in the first over for 7.
The hosts lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma (26), Rishabh Pant (8), Ajinkya Rahane (10) and debutant Axar Patel (7) to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.
Skipper Virat Kohli along with Ashwin brought the innings back on track with a valuable 96 run stand for the seventh wicket, before the former was trapped leg before wicket to Moeen Ali for a well made 62.
Kuldeep Yadav became Ali’s fourth victim as he fell for just 3. Ishant Sharma was involved in a 27 run stand with Ravi Ashwin before the former was caught at backward square leg by Olly Stone off Leach.
Mohammed Siraj and off spinner Ashwin frustrated the England bowlers with a 49 run stand for the final wicket.
The 34 year old reached his century with a six and a boundary of Moeen Ali. Stone claimed the final wicket of the latter for a superb 106, as India were bowled out for 286 setting England a daunting target of 482 runs.
Chasing 482, England lost Dom Sibley leg before wicket to Axar Patel in the 9th over. The pair of Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence put on 32 runs for the second wicket, before the former edged an Ashwin delivery to Virat Kohli at slips for 25.
In the very next over Axar struck once again by dismissing night watchman Jack Leach for a first ball duck.
Skipper Joe Root survived a close LBW shout in the final over against left arm spinner Patel as England ended Day 3 at 53/3, still requiring an unlikely 419 runs to win.
Stumps at the end of Day 3- ( India 329 and 286 (R Ashwin 106, Virat Kohli 62; Moeen Ali 4/98, Jack Leach 4/100) vs England 134 and 52/3 (A Patel 2/15)