Rahul falls agonisingly short in double-century bid


KL Rahul agonisingly missed out on a double hundred as India pushed the fifth and final Test with England in Chennai towards a draw with a dominant day three.

India - who have already won the series having taken an unassailable 3-0 lead - had begun the day 60-0 in response to England's first-innings 477, and they continued to frustrate the tourists' bowling attack. 

Rahul produced a stunning display, only to be robbed of a maiden 200 just under six overs from the close.

Rahul looped an Adil Rashid (1-76) delivery that was well wide of off stump to Jos Buttler at cover point and immediately sunk to his knees in devastation.

Despite missing out on that milestone, Rahul's effort and partnerships of 161 with Karun Nair (71 not out) and 152 with Parthiv Patel (71) helped move India to 391-4 at the close, still 86 runs behind.

Parthiv struck seven fours en route to a sixth Test half-century, finding particular success through the off-side, but his huge opening stand with Rahul came to an end when he edged Moeen Ali (1-96) to Buttler at cover.

England will have been hopeful of quickly working their way through the India middle order after Cheteshwar Pujara (16) and India captain Virat Kohli (15) - the man who has contributed the most to their downfall - in relatively short order.

Kohli, coming off a magnificent 235 in the fourth Test, chipped Stuart Broad (1-46) to Keaton Jennings at extra cover, but Rahul found another capable partner in Nair.

Having seen his hundred brought up courtesy of an overthrow, Rahul continued to turn the tourists' day in the field into another arduous experience as he recorded the second highest Test score by an India opener against England.

Rahul clipped a four off his legs to bring up his second Test score of 150, with Nair's maiden half-century in the longest format coming courtesy of a neat flick to the left of deep midwicket.

However, a day that had been largely filled with joy for Rahul ended in agony, as he opted to play a rash shot at an extremely poor Rashid delivery, becoming the ninth Test player to suffer the disappointment of losing their wicket on 199.