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Summary

  1. Hameed takes two catches at short leg
  2. Rashid removes Vijay; Ansari picks up Mishra's wicket
  3. Sublime hundreds from Vijay & Pujara
  4. Eng 537: Stokes 128, Root 124, Moeen 117
  5. First Test in five-match series, Rajkot
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Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    Ind 319-4 (218 behind)

    We've seen some silky strokeplay from Cheteshwar Pujara and a valiant innings from Murali Vijay lasting 483 minutes, but England stuck to their task and were rewarded with those two late wickets to make the scoreboard look a little more respectable.

    Can they take the remaining six India wickets tomorrow and take a decent first innings lead? Join us from 03:45 GMT on Saturday to find out. Cheerio now.

  2. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    England will be thinking positively now. If they get a couple of early wickets tomorrow, especially Kohli, cor blimey.

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    Chris Collins: Pleasantly surprised by Rashid today. His bowling wouldn't look out of place in the Indian team! 

    Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes
  4. Post update

    England coach Paul Farbrace on Sky Sports: "Going into the last 10 minutes we were saying one more wicket will give the boys a lift but to get two has been huge. To only give away 60-odd runs in that middle session is outstanding on that pitch.

    "The breakthroughs show the importance of keeping going all day, holding in there for as long as you can on a flat pitch. One early wicket tomorrow and we are in a very good position. We think we have done particularly well today.

    "The spinners held the Indian batsmen in these conditions. Our spinners showed they have learnt a lot from the Bangladesh experience.

    "There is a lot of cricket left to play so we are not getting carried away."

  5. By the session

    Ind 319-4 (218 behind)

    Just to run through the breakdown of the sessions for you, in the morning India scored 99 in 27 overs for the loss of that one early wicket, in the afternoon England were wicketless but conceded only 66 in 29 overs and in the final session 91 were added in 29.3 overs with three wickets going down.

  6. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    I think Rashid has done well and Alastair has used him well. He has given him short spells and the batters weren't able to get used to him. 

    All you can do is a professional performance. Maybe, in the end, England have just shaded the day. 

  7. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    I thought India won the first session of the day comfortably. Pujara played beautifully and Vijay played well. England won the afternoon, hands down - 66 runs in 29 overs? They fielded like tigers. People ran hard, saved twos, saved threes. It was a really good performance.

    Through the evening session, they did the same thing and I think India missed a trick - they should have moved it on. In the end, from nowhere at all, they got their reward.

    You can't say it was a great day for England but they got something out of it. 

  8. Post update

    Centurion Cheteshwar Pujara on Sky Sports: "I think England bowled good lines but I knew that if I stayed in there I can get my shots on loose balls. Sometimes you have to respect international bowlers when they are bowling well in Test matches.

    "If we can bat well on day four then we can be positive going into day five as I expect the ball to start turning more on day five. Here in India you always expect more turn at least by day four."  

  9. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    I thought the pitch has played very well from a batting point of view. Many of the seamers on both sides have bowled really well but it hasn't done anything for them. They have given everything.

  10. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    It's been an interesting day and just came to life a little more at the end with those two wickets. 

  11. Summary of the day

    Ind 319-4

    India resumed on 63-1 and lost Gautam Gambhir to the first ball of the second over, a wicket for Stuart Broad in his 100th Test.

    The hosts scored 99 for the loss of that one wicket in the 27-over session to reach 162-1 at lunch. Cheteshwar Pujara was given out lbw on 86 but successfully reviewed the decision and survived being hit on the head three times by bouncers to make a superb century full of strokeplay, witnessed by his proud father.

    Pujara put on 209 with Murali Vijay, who was dropped by Haseeb Hameed on 66 but went on to make 126 in a marathon innings spanning 483 minutes.

    England claimed two wickets in four balls at the end of the day, Hameed taking the catch both times, with India closing 218 behind. 

  12. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    A little boost and you can't begrudge it for England. It's particularly pleasing that it's Ansari and Rashid who have taken the wickets and that's a better catch from Hameed who took it low down by his ankles.

  13. Close of play

    Ind 319-4

    So India close day three of the first Test still 218 runs behind, with six wickets intact.

  14. WICKET

    Mishra c Hameed b Ansari 0 (Ind 319-4)

    Amit Mishra is the nightwatchman but he's caught at short-leg too. And with the half the ground in complete shadow, that will be it. A little late flurry and the England players are all smiles as they head to the pavilion, hugging the debutant Hameed who has taken two catches in the space of four balls.

    England celebrate
  15. WICKET

    Vijay c Hameed b Rashid 126 (Ind 318-3)

    But there you go, a googly from Rashid bounces a little higher, catches the glove of a fatigued Vijay and Hameed, who dropped him on 66, pouches it safely at short-leg.

    England celebrate
  16. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    If the pitch does not deteriorate then this is not a good pitch for Test cricket but in this part of the world things can happen, pitches can deteriorate very quickly. It is not like in England where it is sometimes easier to bat on day four than it is on day one.

  17. Ind 317-2

    220 runs behind

    It's like an album guys, sometimes you have to give it time to appreciate the intricacies and subtle nuances. I'm enjoying Tom Chaplin's debut LP. He loves his cricket. Will there be a tidal "wave" of wickets tomorrow? Accurate again from Woakes, just the single conceded. But you're right, it might well be a draw.

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    Colin: I'm sorry but this match is going to be a very dull draw.

    Raj: Even if something dramatic happens on day five, is a possible four days of boredom worth it?  

  19. Ind 316-2

    Vijay 126, Kohli 23

    Duckett disappears into the heavily shaded area at third man to retrieve a Kohli cut that brings the captain two more in Moeen's 22nd over.