On the third day of the third Test between India and England at Trent Bridge, Virat Kohli did what Virat Kohli knows the best - score a century. The Indian skipper further enhanced his reputation as the 'best batsman in the world' by making a brilliant 103 as the visitors declared their second innings at 352 for 7, setting England a daunting target of 521.
For the second consecutive day in a row, India battered their opponents, and were all over them. On Day Two, it was Hardik Pandya with the ball. And on Day Three, it was Kohli with the bat. Overnight batsmen Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara began the proceedings on the third day at 124 for 2, and did not allow the hosts a chance to make a comeback for the whole of first session.
The two reached their respective half-centuries by lunch, and barely gave the opposition bowlers a sniff at their stumps. Though, England finally managed to make a breakthrough, but only after conceding 100 runs in a session and a half and watching India's lead almost touch 400.
Pujara was dismissed for 72, after getting caught in the first slip by Alastair Cook of Ben Stokes' bowling. But if the English bowlers thought this would bring them back in the game, they were wrong!
Ajinkya Rahane, who scored a well made 81 in the first innings, stuck at the crease along with his skipper Kohli. The duo shared a 55-run partnership, during which Kohli also completed his 23rd Test century. But soon after the ton, he dispersed, as Chris Woakes caught him leg before for 103. England handed India another blow within the space of six balls, as James Anderson removed Rishabh Pant.
Though, soon after Hardik Pandya came to the crease, and played a T20I-like innings. He scored run-a-ball 52 as India declared their innings at 352 for 7, setting England a target of 521.
In reply, English openers Cook and Keaton Jennings played nine overs, and looked fairly comfortable. Against the fast bowlers, both the left-handers played some lovely strokes, and seemed home. But the introduction of Ravichandran Ashwin brought out some mistakes from Cook.
The former England skipper looked all at sea against the off-spinner, struggling to play him. Though, he somehow survived, as the hosts ended the day without losing a wicket.