Nottingham, Aug 20: Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and skipper Virat Kohli (54) helped India take their overall lead to 362 at lunch as India were 194/2 in their second innings on the third day of the third Test against England here on Monday.

Pujara and Kohli were at the crease when umpires called for the break. The duo stitched a crucial 83-run partnership for the third wicket to put India in the driver's seat.

Resuming from the individual overnight scores of 33 and 8, Pujara and Kohli played out the opening hour cautiously. Pujara was dropped at the slips when he was 40 but after that the Indian batters played freely. In the process, Pujara and Kohli completed their half centuries in style.

England bowlers, on the other hand, struggled to find the right length and were punished regularly. Towards the end of the session, skipper Joe Root also came to bowl as their front-line bowlers were struggling.

Brief scores: India: 329 all out and 194/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 56 not out, Virat Kohli 54 not out; Adil Rashid 1/38) at lunch against England: 161 all out.

 

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NEW DELHI, Dec 11: As the Congress is inching towards victory in three big states that went to polls over the last few weeks, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said "bure din jane wale hain", taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his promise "ache din aane wale hain(good days are ahead)". The slogan, designed ahead of national elections in 2014, was the hightlight of the BJP's campaign.

Votes are being counted in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana. The Congress has lost Mizoram to its regional rival Mizo Nation Front (MNF).

In his poetic style, the cricketer-turned-politician said, "Bure din jaane wale hain aur Rahul Gandhi aane wale hain... kuch hi samay baad Lal Qile pe jhanda fehrane wale hain (Bad days will go away and Rahul Gandhi will unfurl the national flag at Red Fort)."

Does he mean that the Congress chief is going to become the prime minister in next year's Lok Sabha elections?

"Why not? Rahul Gandhi is going up while Narendra Modi is going down. Public sab janti hai (people can see through). The results have given us hope. Voters have laid the foundation... all roads lead to Red Fort now," he told NDTV.

The Congress leader, who was earlier part of the BJP, has been relentless in his attack on PM Modi and his party over a host of issues, including the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal and farmer suicides.

"The wave in favour of Narendra Modi in 2014 that had helped the BJP come to power with a comfortable majority has turned out to be 'poisonous' for the common man," Mr Sidhu said.

The Punjab minister has also accused the prime minister of acting like a puppet in the hands of moneybags. "The prime minister is a 'katputli (puppet)' of capitalists. If a farmer fails to repay a loan of Rs. 1 lakh, the government beats drums. But when (industrialists) Adani and Ambani do not repay Rs. 1.5 lakh crore, you do 'pappi-jhappi' with them (hug them)," he said.

He also took on PM Modi over unemployment and the centre's 'Make in India' initiative.

"When Rafale jets will come from France and bullet train from Japan, what will people do here? They will fry pakodas (fritters)," Mr Sidhu said referring to the NDA government's decision to buy 36 ready-to-fly fighter jets from France and India's agreement with Japan for the bullet trains.

Courtesy: www.ndtv.com