Rohit hits century as India take control of Oval test

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England's captain Joe Root (right) and England's James Anderson walk off as players leave the field due to bad light during play on the third day of the fourth cricket Test match between England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London on September 4, 2021. (Photo: Agence France-Presse)
LONDON,  - A dominant India took control of the fourth test against England at The Oval on Saturday, extending their lead to 171 when bad light ended play with 13 overs to bowl on the third day.اضافة اعلان

Rohit Sharma struck his first test hundred away from home and eighth overall.
The opener reached the landmark with a six over long-on off Moeen Ali as the touring side ended the afternoon session on 199-1 in their second innings.

The England bowlers were made to toil by the combination of Rohit (103 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (48 not out), who put on an unbeaten partnership of 116, making run-scoring look easy despite seamer-friendly overcast conditions.

Rohit constructed his innings perfectly, resolutely defending outside the off stump and taking runs off anything loose, with Moeen's off-spin often a target. He found an able in partner in Pujara, who played with uncharacteristic aggression, hitting seven boundaries.

England's only success in the first session was the wicket of KL Rahul, dismissed for 46 when he edged a ball that nipped off the seam from James Anderson to the keeper.

Rohit eventually was out for 127 caught Woakes, bowled Robinson. Pujara made 61 before being caught by Moeen, bowled Robinson.
At stumps, Kohli was not out on 22 and Jadeja 9.

Put into bat by the hosts on day one, India were bowled out for 191 in their first innings. England, with Ollie Pope top-scoring with 81, responded with 290 all out.

The five-test series is tied at 1-1.

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