IND 1st inngs: 257/6 after 74 overs (Washington Sundar 33, R Ashwin 8)
STUMPS ON DAY 3! Washington survives a close call as the ball bounces over the stumps after he defends it. India then get four byes to wrap up the day. England were once again the more dominant team today, with Dominic Bess picking four wickets. But Cheteshwar Pujara (73 off 143) and Rishabh Pant (91 off 88) brought India back in the game. And an important, unbeaten partnership for the seventh wicket in the final session. England are very much on top, they will try and drive the game forward on day four.

IND 1st inngs: 253/6 after 73 overs (Washington Sundar 33, R Ashwin 8)
Archer returns for one final over for the day and concedes just a single. Last six balls of the day remaining. Leach with the ball in hand.

IND 1st inngs: 252/6 after 72 overs (Washington Sundar 32, R Ashwin 8)
Shot! Leach tosses it up and Washington drives it powerfully through cover and mid-off for four. Nice, confident stride out by the left-hander.

IND 1st inngs: 247/6 after 70 overs (Washington Sundar 27, R Ashwin 8)
Washington survives! He attempts a no-look six, like the one he famously hit in Australia, but the ball doesn’t go far enough. Luckily for him, though, Archer can’t hold on to the catch running behind from mid-on.

IND 1st inngs: 245/6 after 69 overs (Washington Sundar 25, R Ashwin 8)
Two full-tosses by Bess but Washington fails to get even a single off either. This has been a good partnership, though. India will feel a lot more confident if these two can survive till stumps.

IND 1st inngs: 237/6 after 66 overs (Washington Sundar 19, R Ashwin 6)
Again: Washington doesn’t offer a shot, England appeal for LBW, umpire says not-out, DRS is taken, ball-tracking takes long to show up, replay shows ball going over the stumps, England lose a review.

IND 1st inngs: 236/6 after 64 overs (Washington Sundar 18, R Ashwin 6)
Plenty of time wasted as England review an LBW shout after Washington doesn’t offer a shot. Ball tracking takes a good five minutes to show up and the replay then shows that the ball was going way over.

IND 1st inngs: 230/6 after 61 overs (Washington Sundar 16, R Ashwin 3)
Another tight over by Bess. Washington and Ashwin have the game, of course. India will hope they settle in and bat till stumps at least.

IND 1st inngs: 225/6 after 56.4 overs
WICKET! Rishabh Pant is gone! He misses out on a century yet again as Bess gets his fourth wicket. The left-hander steps out and tries to hit another six but mistimes it, Leach runs in from deep extra-cover to take the catch. Pant walks back for a brilliant 91 off 88 (9 fours and 5 sixes) as R Ashwin joins Washington Sundar at the crease.

IND 1st inngs: 221/5 after 56 overs (Rishabh Pant 87, Washington Sundar 14)
Joe Root brings himself on and bowls a tidy over to Pant. Five dot balls followed by a single. Time for drinks.

IND 1st inngs: 220/5 after 55 overs (Rishabh Pant 86, Washington Sundar 14)
Two fours for Washington! The left-hander with a couple of elegant strokes against the off-spin of Bess. The runs continue to flow for India.

IND 1st inngs: 202/5 after 52 overs (Rishabh Pant 82, Washington Sundar 0)
FOUR AND SIX! Pant hasn’t changed his approach and he’s still going after Leach. Smart batting from the left-hander as he first uses the pace of the ball to scoop one for four, before hoicking another one for six.

IND 1st inngs: 192/5 after 50.4 overs
WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara with the most unfortunate dismissal! He pulls it and the ball bounces off the short-leg fielder’s back and loops to the fielder behind him for a simple catch. Dominic Bess gets his third wicket. So, So unlucky. The end of a fantastic partnership. Pujara walks back for 73 off 143 as Washington Sundar joins Rishabh Pant at the crease.

IND 1st inngs: 188/4 after 49 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 72, Rishabh Pant 69)
This time Pujara picks four off Bess on the off side. The offie tosses it up and the right-hander comes down the track and beats mid-off. Masterful batting against spin.

IND 1st inngs: 182/4 after 48 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 67, Rishabh Pant 68)
Archer drops it short and Pujara cuts it for four. For all of Pant’s aggression, Pujara has done really well to keep pace with the left-hander.

IND 1st inngs: 177/4 after 47 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 62, Rishabh Pant 68)
That’s the 100-run partnership between Pujara and Pant! Bess returns to the attack and drops it short, Pujara rocks back and pulls it comfortably for four. Still a long way to go for these two batsmen but they’re looking solid at the moment.

IND 1st inngs: 172/4 after 45 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 57, Rishabh Pant 68)
Another boundary for Pant. This time he uses Anderson’s pace, keeps soft hands and opens the face of the bat to guide it past gully for four. Pujara, meanwhile, gets another painful blow to his injured finger.

IND 1st inngs: 167/4 after 44 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 57, Rishabh Pant 63)
India dealing in boundaries at the moment but England are still well in charge. The visitors just need to take a step back and relax. But they too have been taken on a ride by Pant.

IND 1st inngs: 163/4 after 43 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Rishabh Pant 63)
One short and wide delivery from Anderson to start the over and Pant smashed it past point. And then, on the last bat, he hit one for four off the back foot. The amazing Pant show continues.

IND 1st inngs: 155/4 after 42 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Rishabh Pant 55)
Archer starts things off in the new session and Pant actually plays a few defensive strokes as well. Important to get his eye in before he starts going for the big shots. That is what most would think. Pant may not care.

And we are back for the post-tea session. Pujara and Pant in the middle for India and they will continue their dance of ice and fire.

IND 1st inngs: 154/4 after 41 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Rishabh Pant 54)
TEA ON DAY 3! England took control in this session with Dominic Bess removing Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession. But India are fighting back with this partnership between Pujara and Pant. The visitors, though, are still well ahead in the contest.

IND 1st inngs: 153/4 after 40 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Rishabh Pant 53)
FIFTIES FOR PUJARA AND PANT! The two have upped the ante over the past half hour or so. They have different styles but they’re playing a crucial hand for their team.

IND 1st inngs: 143/4 after 39 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 48, Rishabh Pant 48)
Now Pant goes after Bess. Hits one over extra cover for four to inch closer to another half-century. The Indian innings is moving along briskly at the moment.

IND 1st inngs: 129/4 after 36 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 39, Rishabh Pant 43)
SIX! And again, Pant hits Leach over long-on. The ball just about sails over this time. The left-arm spinner is tossing it up and Pant is backing himself to clear the rope. He has faced 30 balls so far and hit two fours and four sixes.

IND 1st inngs: 119/4 after 34 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 38, Rishabh Pant 34)
SIX! Pant steps out to Leach again and deposits one over long-on. He isn’t holding back! England wouldn’t mind this at all, though. Good over for India, 11 runs from it.

IND 1st inngs: 107/4 after 32 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 35, Rishabh Pant 25)
TWO SIXES! First two maximums of the Indian innings and no surprise that they come from Pant’s bat. The left-hander is taking on the left-arm spin of Jack Leach despite three fielders in the deep on the leg side. He steps out and whacks both sixes over deep mid-wicket. Risky, risky batting.

IND 1st inngs: 92/4 after 31 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 34, Rishabh Pant 11)
Now back-to-back fours for Pujara! He comes down and drives consecutive deliveries from Bess to the long-off fence.

IND 1st inngs: 84/4 after 30 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 26, Rishabh Pant 11)
Back-to-back fours for Pant off Archer. The left-hander will play the way he does and go for his shots. Fine captaincy by Root, though, he’s attacking brilliantly.

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IND 1st inngs: 76/4 after 26.3 overs
WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane is gone too! The Indian innings is collapsing! Rahane steps out and drives a full-toss from Bess in the air, Joe Root dives across at cover and takes a sensational one-handed catch. Poor cricket from India’s vice-captain, he departs for 1 off 6. Rishabh Pant has joined Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease.

IND 1st inngs: 71/3 after 24.4 overs
WICKET! Dom Bess gets the big wicket of Virat Kohli! The off-spinner draws Kohli outside off and the India captain pokes at it, the ball takes the inside-edge of the bat and Ollie Pope completes a fine catch at short-leg. Massive blow to India, they’re in a real spot of bother now. Kohli walks back for 11 off 48 as Ajinkya Rahane joins Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease.

IND 1st inngs: 70/2 after 24 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 24, Virat Kohli 11)
Anderson bowls his third maiden over. He’s moving the ball both ways and bowling a probing line. Kohli wants to have none of it and seems more than happy leaving balls.

IND 1st inngs: 70/2 after 23 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 24, Virat Kohli 11)
Sharp turn for Bess! Pujara eyes the vacant cover region but the ball spins in drastically and he just about manages to block it. Promising signs for England.

IND 1st inngs: 69/2 after 22 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 24, Virat Kohli 10)
Another maiden from Anderson. He isn’t giving an inch and is getting some reverse too. Pujara happy to defend.

IND 1st inngs: 69/2 after 21 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 24, Virat Kohli 10)
Kohli just about survives. Bess tosses it up and the skipper tries to work it to the leg side, but he doesn’t reach the pitch of the ball and it almost carries to catching mid-wicket. Good bowling from the offie.

IND 1st inngs: 67/2 after 20 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 23, Virat Kohli 9)
An absolute peach of a delivery from Archer to Root! It was angled in and swung away late, Kohli searched for it and was comprehensively beaten. Top drawer battle this.

IND 1st inngs: 65/2 after 19 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 22, Virat Kohli 8)
A single each for Kohli and Pujara in that Bess over. The bounce hasn’t been erratic in this Indian innings so far. England will hope their spinners starting getting purchase soon.

IND 1st inngs: 63/2 after 18 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Virat Kohli 7)
And now a maiden from Archer to Pujara. The English pacers have done a fine job for their team but Bess is coming back into the attack.

IND 1st inngs: 63/2 after 17 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Virat Kohli 7)
Maiden over from Anderson to Kohli. The senior pro is mixing his length up well and Kohli is being very watchful.

IND 1st inngs: 61/2 after 15 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 20, Virat Kohli 6)
Anderson bowls four dot balls before Kohli flicks one past mid-wicket for a couple. There’s plenty of history between these two greats of the game. We have a fascinating battle on our hands!

12.10 pm: We’re ready for the start of the second session. Can Pujara and Kohli give India the big partnership they need? Let’s find out!

IND 1st inngs: 59/2 after 14 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 20, Virat Kohli 4)
LUNCH ON DAY 3! The end of another good session for England. India have scored quickly but the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill by Jofra Archer are a huge plus for the visitors. India have two of their most experienced batsmen at the crease now, they will be hoping for a big partnership.

IND 1st inngs: 59/2 after 13 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 20, Virat Kohli 4)
Spin from both ends for England as off-spinner Dominic Bess joins the attack. Pujara and Kohli pick a single each in that over. Last over before lunch coming up.

IND 1st inngs: 57/2 after 12 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 19, Virat Kohli 3)
Jack Leach joins the attack and Pujara steps out to flick him through mid-wicket for four. Not much turn for the left-arm spinner in his first over.

IND 1st inngs: 51/2 after 11 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 14, Virat Kohli 2)
Stokes bowls it short and wide and Pujara cuts it away comfortably for four. India have raced to fifty, thanks mainly to Gill, but they need a big partnership here.

IND 1st inngs: 44/2 after 9.2 overs
WICKET! Oh dear, Shubman Gill is gone! The right-hander hits another elegant boundary through mid-wicket but then pushes the next ball too hard and James Anderson takes a superb diving catch at mid-on. Jofra Archer gets his second. Virat Kohli comes to the crease as Gill walks back for 29 off 28. A wasted opportunity for the youngster, he was looking great.

IND 1st inngs: 40/1 after 9 overs (Shubman Gill 25, Cheteshwar Pujara 9)
Interesting move by England. Ben Stokes joins the attack, comes from around the wicket, and bowls short with two fielders in the deep on the leg side. Gills is a bit of a compulsive puller. No harm done to India in that over.

IND 1st inngs: 37/1 after 8 overs (Shubman Gill 23, Cheteshwar Pujara 8)
Another impressive over from Archer. He’s running in hard and really bending his back. India’s batsmen will know things will get a lot more comfortable once they see-off this spell.

IND 1st inngs: 35/1 after 7 overs (Shubman Gill 22, Cheteshwar Pujara 7)
Gill is putting on a bit of a show. Two superb flicks for four off Anderson by the youngster. Sunil Gavaskar in commentary is impressed by the time Gill has to play his shots. “He never looks hurried, never makes late adjustments, and plays with surety.”

IND 1st inngs: 27/1 after 6 overs (Shubman Gill 14, Cheteshwar Pujara 7)
Classy shot from Pujara! Archer attacks the stumps and the right-hander flicks it past mid-wicket for four. He loves that region. But Archer follows that up with a beaut to beat the outside edge.

IND 1st inngs: 22/1 after 5 overs (Shubman Gill 13, Cheteshwar Pujara 3)
Testing over from Anderson to Pujara. India need their No 3 to get stuck in as he so often does. This is a solid start for England with the ball and things could get out of hand for the hosts if they lose another wicket here.

IND 1st inngs: 19/1 after 3.3 overs
WICKET! England strike early as Jofra Archer removes Rohit Sharma! It was short and slightly outside off, Rohit poked at it and edged it to the keeper. The right-hander walks back for 6 off 9. Cheteshwar Pujara joins Shubman Gill at the crease.

IND 1st inngs: 15/0 after 3 overs (Rohit Sharma 2, Shubman Gill 13)
What a shot from Gill! That was sensational. Anderson pitches it on a length and the right-hander plays nothing more than a firm front-foot defense to send the ball straight back for four. He follows that up with a good leave and front-foot block. Top batting.

IND 1st inngs: 10/0 after 2 overs (Rohit Sharma 1, Shubman Gill 9)
Runs for Gill! The young right-hander has started positively again. Picks two each from either side of the wicket before pulling Jofra Archer confidently for four to end the over.

IND 1st inngs: 2/0 after 1 over (Rohit Sharma 1, Shubman Gill 1)
A single each for the Indian openers in the first over. Anderson is accurate as always to begin with, a hint of movement for him.

10.22 am: We’re ready for the start of the Indian innings. Rohit Sharma to face the first ball and James Anderson is up against him. Here we go!

10.11 am: England’s marathon innings ends with Anderson attempting a slog against Ashwin and getting clean-bowled. Ashwin and Bumrah finish with three wickets each, while Ishant Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem got two each. India gave away 45 extras, including 20 no-balls.


ENG 1st inngs: 577/9 after 189 overs (Jack Leach 14, James Anderson 1)
Ashwin’s figures at the moment: 55-5-146-2. This is the most number of overs he has ever bowled in a Test innings.

ENG 1st inngs: 576/9 after 187 overs (Jack Leach 14, James Anderson 0)
Eventful over from Ashwin! Leach first steps out and lifts the ball straight over for four. The left-hander then gets a reprieve as Pant bungles a simple stumping opportunity. And the over ends with four byes for England as Anderson swings and misses.

ENG 1st inngs: 567/9 after 185.3 overs
WICKET! Bumrah strikes off the first ball after India finally decide to take the third new ball! Bess is out LBW and has to walk back for 34 off 105. The right-hander has played a good hand for his team. India, though, will be wondering if they should’ve taken the third new ball earlier.

India have taken the third new ball finally!

ENG 1st inngs: 567/8 after 185 overs (Dominic Bess 34, Jack Leach 9)
Some aggression from England! Bess steps out and lifts one over mid-wicket for four. Super shot. Ashwin didn’t see that coming. Five runs from that over.

ENG 1st inngs: 562/8 after 184 overs (Dominic Bess 29, Jack Leach 9)
A couple of brilliant yorkers already by Bumrah but Leach has done remarkably well to keep them out. The left-hander has a solid defence.

ENG 1st inngs: 560/8 after 183 overs (Dominic Bess 29, Jack Leach 9)
A couple of singles from that Ashwin over. The off-spinner getting some turn early on. Pant wants him to pitch it fuller.

ENG 1st inngs: 558/8 after 182 overs (Dominic Bess 28, Jack Leach 8)
India bowl their 20th no-ball of the innings with Jasprit Bumrah over-stepping for the seventh time. He has bowled the most no-balls in this innings. Goes without saying that India will need to address this issue soon.

ENG 1st inngs: 556/8 after 181 overs (Dominic Bess 28, Jack Leach 7)
Steady start from Ashwin to get us going on day three. Just a single for Leach in that over. England comfortable to defend in the first over of day three.

9.30 am: We’re ready for the start of day three! England’s Dominic Bess and Jack Leach are at the crease. Ashwin Ravichandran has the ball in hand for India. Here we go!

9.24 am: In case you’re wondering, here are the qualification scenarios for the ICC World Test Championship final:

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9.18 am: Ben Stokes was full of praise for skipper Joe Root at the end of day two:

Watch: It’s frightening how well Joe Root is batting at the moment, says Ben Stokes

9.12 am: Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem spoke about the challenges faced by the Indian bowlers during the first two days of the Test:

Watch: Shahbaz Nadeem on Ben Stokes’ counterattack, no-ball troubles, Chennai pitch and more

9.02 am: It was another hard day’s work for the Indian team on Saturday with Joe Root and Co piling on the runs:

Watch highlights: Joe Root, Ben Stokes power visitors to 555/8 as England dominate first Test

8.50 am: Hello everyone and welcome to live coverage of day three of the first Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

Captain Joe Root scored a brilliant double century in his 100th Test as England continued to frustrate India, amassing 555/8 by stumps on the day two. Virat Kohli and his men will be keen to begin their first innings quickly on Sunday and claw their way back into the contest.