A dominant India took control of the fourth Test towards England at The Oval on Saturday, extending their result in 171 at stumps on day three, as Rohit Sharma struck his first Test hundred away from dwelling and eighth general. The guests had been on 270-3 when unhealthy gentle introduced a untimely finish to proceedings.
Earlier, the England bowlers had been made to toil by the mix of Rohit (127) and Cheteshwar Pujara (61), who placed on a partnership of 153 for the second wicket, making run-scoring look simple regardless of seamer-friendly overcast situations.
Rohit constructed his innings completely, resolutely defending outdoors the off stump and taking runs off something free, with Moeen Ali`s off-spin typically a goal. He discovered an ready accomplice in Pujara, who performed with uncharacteristic aggression, hitting 9 boundaries.
England threatened a quick comeback after Ollie Robinson eliminated each Rohit and Pujara within the first over with the second new ball, however skipper Virat Kohli (22 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (9 not out) steadied the innings.
Put into bat by the hosts on day one, India had been bowled out for 191 of their first innings. England, with Ollie Pope top-scoring with 81, responded with 290 all out.
The five-match Test sequence is tied at 1-1.