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India v England, 5th Test, Day 4: Karun Nair 303*, IND 759/7d

Karun Nair became the second Indian player after Virender Sehwag to notch up a triple century. Thanks to his effort, India notched up a record 759/7 declared, their highest Test score. Relive all highlights of fifth Test day 4 between India vs England here.

cricket Updated: Dec 19, 2016 17:11 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Karun Nair became the second Indian player after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Tests.
Karun Nair became the second Indian player after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Tests.(BCCI)

Karun Nair became the second Indian player to score a triple century in Tests as India declared on 759/7, their highest Test score. Karun Nair’s 303* highlighted what was a record-breaking day for India. Virat Kohli will be eagerly pushing for a win on the final day. Relive all highlights of fifth Test, day 4 between India vs England here. (SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING INFO)

17:07 hrs IST: Speaking after the end of the day’s play, Karun Nair says, “Many situations in the middle when I had to play differently, with Rahul, Ashwin and Jadeja. I have to thank them for supporting me, egging me on. The first hundred is always important and I think when I got the first hundred, I didn’t feel any pressure. I was just playing my shots after that.”

17:05 hrs IST: That is stumps on day 4. What a record-breaking day for Indian cricket. Karun Nair becomes second Indian triple centurion after Virender Sehwag. India notched up their highest Test score in history. Overall, India are in a dominant position against England.

16:56 hrs IST: Only two overs remain in the day. But, with the speed with which Ashwin and Jadeja are bowling, we could be in for some more. But, Ashwin is slowing the pace down. So no extra overs for the time being.

16:52 hrs IST: Keaton Jennings survives some anxious moments from Ravichandran Ashwin. Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack. India want to get some quick overs.

16:48 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma has opened the bowling. England have a tricky few overs to survive. Alastair Cook just about manages to survive.

Karun Nair became the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Tests. (BCCI)

16:40 hrs IST: There it is! Historic moment for Karun Nair as he becomes the second Indian player after Virender Sehwag to score a triple century in Tests. He got there after Cook misfielded at cover point. He raises his bat and soaks in the delirious applause of the Chennai crowd, who are on their feet.

16:33 hrs IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja thumps Liam Dawson to wide long on to depart for a well-made 51. All eyes on Karun Nair as he is on 299.

16:27 hrs IST: Karun Nair pushes for the couple but is sent back at the last moment. Nervous in Chennai. he is nearing triple ton

16:21 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Heart-stopping moment for Karun Nair. He chips a flighted ball but it lands safely at long on.

Karun Nair eyed a triple hundred as India crossed 700 on day 4 of the Chennai Test versus England. (BCCI)

16:11 hrs IST: Karun Nair goes past AB de Villiers’ score of 278*. This was ABD’s maiden hundred and he achieved it against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2010. Brilliance.

16:08 hrs IST: 6,4,4. Carnage in Chennai and Karun Nair has gone berserk. He is taking Adil Rashid to the cleaners as India race past 700. Karun Nair looking good for a triple ton.

16:05 hrs IST: The 700 is up for India. Second time they have reached this score in Tests at home. Can they get past the magic figure of 726? One feels easily.

16:00 hrs IST: Karun Nair now has the fifth-highest individual score in Tests by an Indian batsmen. Virender Sehwag with 319 and 309 followed by VVS Laxman’s 281 and Rahul Dravid’s 270.

15:59 hrs IST: 250 up for Karun Nair. Take a bow. What a knock this is turning out to be. A statistician’s delight.

15:55 hrs IST: Nair is continuing to break records. India are also entering into record territory. Worst nightmare playing out for England.

15:46 hrs IST: India’s lead is near 200 and they are also nearing 700. No way out for England. They will have to stonewall on the final day. India 673/6.

15:38 hrs IST: Karun Nair is nearing his 250. What a record-breaking day he is having.

Karun Nair helped India register the highest total in Chepauk, going past England’s 652/7 declared in 1985. (BCCI)

15:29 hrs IST: With a four and a six, India have registered the highest Test total in Chepauk. England’s 652/7 declared was the previous highest at this venue in 1985. 700 on the cards?

15:22 hrs IST: Another boundary and Karun marches into the 230s. He is now third in the all-time list for highest individual score in Chennai. Virender Sehwag’s 319 is on top of the list.

15:16 hrs IST: Karun Nair now has the highest score at No.5 in Tests, beating the previous mark set by MS Dhoni against Australia in 2013, also in Chennai. His maiden hundred (double ton) is now the highest for India.

15:13 hrs IST: Nair launches a massive six down the ground and India now have the second-highest total in Tests in Chennai.

Ravichandran Ashwin departed for 67 as India extended their lead after Tea against England. (BCCI)

15:07 hrs IST: DROPPED! Karun Nair continues to battle on. Jake Ball straightens this delivery from wide of the crease, Karun pokes at it but Joe Root at slip cannot hold on to it.

15:05 hrs IST: Karun Nair’s maiden double century has put him in an elite company. Read here to find out.

15:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant catch by Buttler and the partnership between Nair and Ashwin ends.

Short of a length ball and Ashwin tries to guide it over slip, Jos Buttler dives to his left and takes a stunning one-handed catch.

Ravichandran Ashwin c Jos Buttler b Stuart Broad 67, India 616/6

14:53 hrs IST: The partnership between Ashwin and Karun Nair is nearing 200. This stand has given India the extra boost to push towards a declaration sometime towards the end of the day.

Karun Nair notched up his maiden 200 as India continued to extend the advantage against England in Chennai. (BCCI)

14:45 hrs IST: Karun Nair is the third Indian batsman to convert his maiden hundred into a double ton. Dilip Sardesai and Vinod Kambli are the others.

14:39 hrs IST: Karun Nair gets to his 200 with a fluent cover driven four off Jennings. He is the third Indian to convert his maiden Test ton to a double century. India 593 for 5.

14:36 hrs IST: India move on to 585/5. Karun Nair on 197 and is quite correctly rotating the strike to keep the pressure at bay.

14:34 hrs IST: Moeen Ali to start. Karun Nair to face. Ashwin, batting on 54 is at the other end.

14:31 hrs IST: Play to resume after tea. India are 105 runs ahead with five wickets remaining. India won’t be in a desperate hurry to declare. They have already won the series 3-0.

14:27 hrs IST: India have posted a total of 400-plus four times in this series after losing the toss. This speaks volumes of India’s batting depth. This Test has been dominated by two Karnataka batsmen -- KL Rahul and Karun Nair.

14:25 hrs IST: Meanwhile, in the Indian Super League football final in Kochi on Sunday, Sourav Ganguly’s Atletico de Kolkata gave Sachin Tendulkar’s Kerala Blasters a heartbreak. See the video highlights of a dramatic encounter.

14:14 hrs IST: Tea in Chennai and all eyes will be on Karun Nair. He is five away from a double ton. Will he get it? The lead is past 100 as well.

14:11 hrs IST: Ashwin given out LBW. He reviews. Missing leg stump. Keaton Jennings’ maiden wicket denied by DRS.

14:07 hrs IST: Close call for Karun Nair! He attempts the reverse sweep but realises the ball is dipping on him, he tries to adjust by attempting the leg glance but gets into an awkward tangle, the ball spins past him and just misses the leg stump. Follow live scorecard here.

14:05 hrs IST: Karun Nair enters the 190s. He needs to be very calm here.

14:01 hrs IST: India’s lead has crossed 100. They are in a good position to declare on day 4 itself and push for the win.

13:52 hrs IST: Ashwin brings up the fifty in style. His 10th in Tests. What a series he is having. India totally piling on the agony for England. Lead over 90 now. India 569/5.

13:50 hrs IST: Almost a wicket first ball in Test cricket. Jennings gets this delivery to zip off the deck and Karun hangs back, he looks to work it to mid wicket but misses it, Jennings goes up in appeal but the umpire does not give it, umpire’s call on hitting the stumps.

Karun Nair approached 200 as India’s lead neared 100 in Chennai against England. (BCCI)

13:46 hrs IST: Karun Nair is playing brilliantly off the back foot. He is in grand touch and is racing through the 170s. Will he achieve what KL Rahul was unable to?

13:39 hrs IST: Ashwin comes closer to his fifty. Meanwhile, Karun Nair is employing the sweep brilliantly and he is finding the gaps. India cross 550.

13:30 hrs IST: England appeal for a catch and the umpires are not so sure. They ask for the third umpire. Bat hitting the ground. No edge. Move on.

13:27 hrs IST: Another England spinner notches up a hundred. Moeen Ali is leading the pack, followed by Liam Dawson and now Adil Rashid joins in.

13:20 hrs IST: In the over before the drinks break, Karun Nair had apparently edged a reverse sweep but the umpire did not give it. England do not have any reviews left. The agony continues as India move to 532/5, leading by 55 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Karun Nair’s partnership neared 100 as India extended the lead past 50 (BCCI)

13:11 hrs IST: The partnership between Ashwin and Karun Nair is heading towards 100. India’s lead has gone past 50. Wonderful stuff. Karun Nair slog sweeps Rashid to the deep square leg boundary. He hit it all along the ground.

13:04 hrs IST: The Gabba Test was a classic in every aspect. However, one man, Asad Shafiq stole the show with a brilliant display as he broke a record set by the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers.

13:01 hrs IST: Ashwin, who has also been in great form, is closing in on his fifty. Yet another lower-order partnership is hurting England.

12:52 hrs IST: Following the Brisbane classic in which Pakistan lost a humdinger by 39 runs, there has been an interesting suggestion by Waqar Younis on Salman Butt’s inclusion in the team. He has a point. Butt has scored two hundreds in Australia.

12:50 hrs IST: Karun Nair notches up his 150. India are attacking brilliantly. No doubt about it, Kohli is pushing for a result.

Karun Nair notched up his 150 as India extended their domination. (REUTERS)

12:45 hrs IST: Nair uses his feet brilliantly, comes down the track and thumps Moeen down the ground for a boundary. He follows it up next ball by rocking back and cracking a shortish ball past cover.

12:43 hrs IST: Nair unfurls the square drive brilliantly as India near 500. Ashwin is also looking to play aggressively.

12:36 hrs IST: Nair uses the upper-cut brilliantly to fetch himself another boundary. Excellent batting and India are now extending their advantage rapidly.

Ravichandran Ashwin smashed a huge six off Moeen Ali to give India the lead against England in Chennai. (BCCI)

12:31 hrs IST: BANG! Now Ashwin delights his home crowd with a big six off Moeen Ali. With that shot, India have taken the lead. India 480/5 vs England, lead by three runs.

12:22 hrs IST: India trail by six runs in Chennai. Both batsmen are looking comfortable. 2016 is the year of the tail, so England will have to encounter India’s real batting now.

12:13 hrs IST: Moeen Ali gets some extra bounce and spin. On day 4, the pitch is slowly but surely showing it’s tricks.

12:09 hrs IST: Welcome back for the second session. India are closing in on the lead and England will be desperate to restrict their lead to under 100.

Karun Nair’s maiden century has put India in a great position to take the lead against England in Chennai. (BCCI)

11:32 hrs IST: That is lunch and India are in a great position, thanks to Karun Nair’s century. They are trailing by just 14 runs and look in great position to take a healthy lead.

11:24hrs IST: Nair continues to bat well. Ravichandran Ashwin is looking in good touch. Karnataka-Tamil Nadu partnership in full display. Sigh, the politics of the Cauvery!

11:15hrs IST: Stokes has looked the most likely to get a wicket here. A short ball is played uppishly past gully by Nair. The good length delivery stays low and Ashwin barely manages to keep it from hitting his pads. Then a leg-cutter almost gets Nair, the leading edge almost carried all the way to mid-off. India 451/5.

11:11hrs IST: Stokes bowls a maiden to Nair. Dawson’s over brings two singles.

11:06hrs IST: Dawson to Nair, who works it away for a single. Ashwin takes strike, and drives one at Jennings at silly point. It doesn’t pop up. Next delivery is pulled short, Ashwin tries to cut and misses. Replays show there was no bottom edge. India 447/5.

11:00hrs IST: Stokes to Nair. That one jumped! Short from Stokes and that one rose, took the edge and goes over the slip cordon for a boundary. It appears to have broken Nair’s bat. Stokes follows it up with an attempted yorker and Nair dispatches it behind point for another boundary. Stokes pitches it up and Nair drives and misses. The batsman opens the face of the bat to run the final delivery down to third man for a single. Eventful over.

10:48hrs IST: And Murali Vijay is out plumb to Liam Dawson. The hosts needs to consolidate now. India 435/5.

10:41hrs IST: That’s it. A well-deserved century for Karun Nair. India 435/4.

Karun Nair of India celebrates his Hundred runs during day four of the 5th Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. (BCCI)

10:37hrs IST: Oh. That could have been it. A long hop from Dawson. And Nair misses out, pulls it away to square leg for a single to move to 99.

10:25hrs IST: Nair is three runs away from a maiden ton. On the other end, Vijay is ticking along nicely. A nice drive off Ben Stokes takes him to 29.

10:17 hrs IST: Karun Nair moves into the 90s. England are not finding the going easy. Deficit down to 60. India 417/4.

10:08 hrs IST: WHAM! Karun gets closer to his century as he launches Liam Dawson into the stands at wide long on. He is showing no nerves at the moment.

10:01 hrs IST: Karun Nair closes in on his maiden century and India have crossed 400. Smooth progress done so far.

09:52 hrs IST: Meanwhile in Chennai, Vijay and Nair are making smooth progress.

09:51 hrs IST: All over in Brisbane! Australia achieve a magnificent 39-run win. Brave, sensational and stunning effort from Pakistan in Brisbane. Asad Shafiq played the knock for the ages but Pakistan came up short. Australia continue their sensational unbeaten run in Brisbane while Pakistan lose their 10th consecutive Test in Australia.

09:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Shafiq falls. This is so tragic! He goes for 137. Brilliant ball from Starc and Australia one wicket away from a win. Pakistan need 41 more. Can they repeat the Karachi heroics?

09:40 hrs IST: Asad Shafiq gets a boundary to deep backward point and Pakistan now have the highest fourth innings score in Australia, going past India’s 445 in Adelaide in 1978.

Stuart Broad and the England team had some concern with the footmarks near the bowler’s popping crease on day 4. (BCCI)

09:35 hrs IST: Stuart Broad opens the attack and Karun Nair negotiates him easily. There is some concern about the landing area near the bowler’s popping crease. England skipper Alastair Cook and the bowlers converge and have a discussion with the umpire.

09:29 hrs IST: Yasir Shah was given out LBW. He reviews and the ball is missing the stumps. The force is with Pakistan. India, on the other hand, are all set to begin the fourth day.

09:26 hrs IST: Just out of reach of Nathan Lyon. Pakistan need just 50 more to win. Inching closer to history.

09:24 hrs IST: All eyes will be on the local lad, Murali Vijay as he tries to give India the lead. Any lead in excess of 150-200 could put the pressure back on England, allowing Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to work their magic.

09:18 hrs IST: The Asad Shafiq-Yasir Shah partnership has gone past 50. Pakistan need less than 60 to win this historic Test. What an achievement this will be if they do it in Australia’s fortress.

09:10 hrs IST: However, all eyes will be on the Gabba. Pakistan are on course to achieve something truly historical against Australia. Asad Shafiq’s century has reduced the amount of runs needed to less than 60. Follow live updates here

09:05 hrs IST: A warm welcome to day four of the fifth Test between India and England in Chennai. Karun Nair is on course for a maiden century and India will be aiming to take a healthy lead in the Test.

The Chennai Test could see more personal milestones being set. After KL Rahul missed his maiden double century by a run, another Karnataka batsman will in focus at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Karun Nair was batting on 71, his maiden Test fifty, at stumps with Murali Vijay, who dropped down the order following a shoulder injury, on 17 at the other end.

England, desperate to salvage a consolation win after losing the series 3-0, tried seven bowlers on Day 3 on Sunday. But KL Rahul’s 199 defied the visitors for most parts of the day.

Rahul fell agonisingly short of his maiden test double century as he helped his team to 391 for four in a robust reply to England’s first innings total of 477.

The elegant right-hander made 199 before throwing his wicket away and squatting at the crease, head-in-hands, after the anti-climactic end to a stellar 311-ball knock.