Chennai - Karun Nair notched his maiden Test century on Monday as India looked
poised to take a first innings lead on day four of the fifth Test
against England in Chennai.
India, who resumed the day on 391 for 4, advanced to 463 for 5 at lunch - 14 behind England's first innings 477.
25-year-old Nair, who is playing in only his third Test after making
his debut earlier in the series, played a patient knock as he moved from
his overnight 71 to 122 not out off 217 balls with 11 fours and a six.
shared a 63-run fifth-wicket stand with Murali Vijay (29) before
debutant Liam Dawson got his first Test scalp with his left-arm spin.
Dawson, who scored an unbeaten 66 in England's first innings, pinned
Vijay in front of his stumps and he was given out lbw for England's only
wicket of the morning session.
Vijay had a stroke of luck on 21 when the umpire turned down a caught-behind appeal off Stuart Broad.
had usewd all their reviews and were unable to challenge the decision,
but television replays suggested there had been a little nick off the
England skipper Alastair Cook rotated his bowlers on the flat
pitch at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium in an attempt to apply
pressure to the batsmen.
The tactics did restrict India to just 72 runs in the session but the tourists could only pick up a single wicket.
India have already secured the five-Test series and hold an unassailable 30-0 lead.