Kohli got able support from Murali Vijay, who stroked his way to his second century of the series, and Jayant, who is fast turning into a vital cog in the Indian lower middle order.
After posting a commendable 400 in the first innings, England’s meek show with the ball has handed the reins firmly in India’s hands. The hosts have a 51-run lead after Day 3, with Kohli not out on 147 and poised for a cavalry charge on Day 4. That is what England would want to prevent, though.
The day may have belonged to India, but all is still not lost for England. The pitch is offering considerable help for the spinners, and batting will get harder and harder hereafter. Kohli’s wicket now is the key for both sides. Getting Kohli early on Day 4 would be the difference between a deficit of let’s say, 70 and that of 150. If Kohli is allowed to score as freely as he has been, in no time India’s lead would read 100, 150, 200 and so on.