Gill misses hundred but India's lead swells against England

India had been in the box seat since grabbing a handy first-innings lead and are threatening to bat England out of the contest

Reuters
Published : 18 Feb 2024, 07:25 AM
Updated : 18 Feb 2024, 07:25 AM

Shubman Gill fell agonisingly short of a hundred but India extended their overall lead to 440 at lunch on day four of the third Test against England on Sunday.

India had been in the box seat since grabbing a handy first-innings lead of 126 and they were sitting pretty at 314-4 at the break, threatening to bat England out of the contest.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, who retired hurt after completing a century on Saturday, returned to bat and was on 149 with Sarfaraz Ahmed on 22 at the other end.

Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who flew home on Friday following a family emergency, has also reunited with the squad, the Indian cricket board said in a statement.

Resuming on their overnight score of 196-2, Gill looked destined for a hundred, while Kuldeep Yadav (27), who came in as nightwatchman on day three, rubbed salt into England's wounds by going after the spinners.

Gill was run out for 91 after a misunderstanding with Kuldeep and the former's desperate dive was not enough to save him.

Rehan Ahmed dismissed Kuldeep but India remained in control of the contest.

The five-Test series is level at 1-1.