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India vs England, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli's 23rd Test century helps India build a commanding lead at Trent Bridge

After missing the century by three runs in the first innings, Kohli made sure he didn't miss out on another ton on English soil.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 20, 2018 20:56 IST ]
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Virat Kohli celebrates reaching his century on Day 3 of the 3rd Test.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli today scored his 23rd Test century on Day 3 of the 3rd Test against England in the ongoing five-Test series at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The captain has shown great form on the current tour having already racked up a century in the first Test at Edgbaston. After missing the century by three runs in the first innings, Kohli made sure he didn't miss out on another ton on English soil.

Though he failed to make a big contribution during India's innings defeat at Lord's in the 2nd Test, Kohli has once again shown why he is currently the best batsman going around in the longest format of the game. His century also helped India assume an unassailable position in the Test with a lead close to 450 runs. His partnerships with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were seminal in India getting into such a strong position.

Cheteshwar Pujara (72) was the only batsman to be dismissed in the second session. He was sent packing by pacer Ben Stokes when the scoreboard was reading 224. Resuming the session at 194/2, Pujara and Kohli started the session with some beautifully crafted shots before Pujara was dismissed by Stokes.

New batsman Rahane, who played a crucial 81-run knock in the first innings, joined hands with Kohli and forged an unbeaten 46-run partnership before umpires called for the break.

Earlier, in the first session, Pujara and Kohli helped India take their overall lead to 362 as India were 194/2. The duo stitched a crucial 83-run partnership for the third wicket to put India in the driver's seat.

(With IANS inputs)

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