England skipper Alastair Cook and fellow opener Keaton Jennings neared fifties as they frustrated India on the final morning. The 97-run opening stand was the key in England surviving the first session. (UPDATES)
Cook, dropped on four, and fellow left-handed batsman Jennings held firm as spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra extracted turn but didn’t find enough bite on the MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch, which continued to play well. (SCORECARD)
England, 12 for no loss overnight after India rode on Karun Nair’s unbeaten 303 to amass an all-time record 759/7 declared, gradually chipped away at the hosts’ 282-run first innings lead.
At lunch, the visitors were 97 for no loss, still 185 runs behind. Cook was on 47 and Jennings, who hit a century on debut in Mumbai, on 46.
India made a promising start on Tuesday. Skipper Virat Kohli started the day with Ashwin and pacer Ishant Sharma and the off-spinner had Cook immediately in trouble.
In one superb maiden over, Ashwin’s flighted deliveries dipped and turned and the England skipper was tentative playing forward.
Off the fifth delivery of that over, the third of the morning, he drew Cook’s outside edge, but wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel didn’t stretch enough to his stronger left side, allowing the ball to brush his gloves and drop.
Cook again failed to control a delivery in Ashwin’s next over, but the ball ballooned and fell just beyond the forward short leg fielder.
On 16, Cook again edged Ashwin but it dropped just short of Murali Vijay at second slip.
Cook and Jennings then got set and steadily picked up runs despite being ringed by fielders. The England skipper drove Ishant Sharma past cover for four and Jennings swung Umesh Yadav to backward square leg boundary.
India lead the five-Test series 3-0.