India was just waiting for Karun Nair to beat a record 303 in his maiden century knock, to declare the inning. Nair remained unbeaten in the fourth day of England India fifth Test match to become the second Indian to join the 300 Club. Remarkably, Virender Sehwag, his Indian predecessor lauded the young player with a tweet, jesting that the ex-striker had to wait for 12 Years and 8 Months to have a fellow Indian to fill up his loneliness at that point. Nair played excellent notching 303 at a strike rate of 79.52. The player reached the milestone with a hefty four off Adil Rashid. India reached a record total of 759 for 7 as its first inning score in reply to England's 477. The figures India attained is the highest test total by any team.
England started its chase for the second inning by the evening session of the fourth day after India wrapped up the inning. The visitors started their second inning chasing 282 runs. India was trailing their first inning score by 14 runs at lunch, but by tea break, the team led by 105 runs. There were brilliant strikes from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Both the bowler-cum-batsmen scored half tons from their sides. After tea, the lower order batsmen gathered 177 runs in 25.4 overs in a run rate of 6.9 overs. In the stretch, Nair was firing the deliveries to take his ending 108 runs off just 78 balls after tea. His score before the tea break was 195.
Nair was trapped twice on 154 and 217, but got lives to earn the record figures. In the first instance, he swept Adil Rashid which Jonny Bairstow missed narrowly. The next instance was when Jake Ball found some seam movement, but Joe Root missed the catch. There was an excellent partnership in the inning with Ashwin. The players brought down 181 runs partnering in the sixth wicket. Ashwin was removed after he scored 67 runs after England attacked with the new ball. He also partnered with Jadeja when the player added a flashy 51 off 55. After being handed the third inning, England scored 12 runs losing no wicket by the end of the day.
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