Trent Bridge, Aug 19: India captain Virat Kohli fell three runs short of a century as India produced an improved batting display to reach 307-6 at stumps on the first day of the third test against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
Chris Woakes (3-75) reduced India to 82-3 at lunch after Joe Root had made the tourists bat but Kohli (97) and Ajinkya Rahane (81) put on 159 for the fourth wicket India's first century stand of the series to take control.
Kohli's innings had 11 boundaries and with only three runs remaining for a coveted 23rd Test hundred, Kohli went for an expansive cover drive off a tossed-up delivery from leg-spinner Adil Rashid (1/46 in 9 overs) only to be snapped by Ben Stokes at first slip.
This is only the second time in Kohli's career that he has been dismissed in the 90's. He would feel more dejected because Rashid was the weakest link in the England attack leaking runs with rank long hops.
Rishabh Pant, a 20-year-old wicketkeeper making his debut, was unbeaten on 22.
India trails 2-0 in the five-match series after disappointing batting efforts led to defeats at Edgbaston and Lord's.