Cook was short of his crease on 190, taking evasive action from a Virat Kohli throw and the ball hitting the stumps before he managed to put his bat down. He won’t do that again.

The captain and Jonathan Trott (87) put on a stand of 173 and Kevin Pietersen followed with an imposing 54 from just 85 deliveries.

Samit Patel put on 33 while Ian Bell fell cheaply, caught behind for five from the bowling of hard-working Ishant Sharma.

Keeper Matt Prior and spinner Graeme Swann are still in and frustrating India with a 56-run partnership before stumped.

England wrapped up day three six wickets down for 509, a lead of 193 which they’ll be looking to increase tomorrow before having a crack at the Indian top order later on day four.

India bowled tight today, keeping England’s batsman from piling on runs in the first two sessions until Pietersen came out and put on a show.

The pitch is starting to wear and show signs of turn, encouraging for England’s spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann who will be looked on to provide the wickets that will take England to 2-1 up in the series.

A series win with be the first for England in India since 1985.

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