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Jadeja fifty consolidates India position in Mohali test

By Amlan Chakraborty

MOHALI, India (Reuters) - Ravindra Jadeja struck a career-best 70 not out as he and his lower order colleagues earned India a substantial 71-run first innings lead by lunch on the third day of the third test against England on Monday.

The hosts were 354 for seven at the break with Jayant Yadav batting on 26, the pair having already amassed 53 runs for their flourishing eighth-wicket partnership.

Resuming on 271-6, the Indians needed four overs to erase the 12-run first innings deficit with Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin frustrating the English bowlers.

Ben Stokes finally separated them, inducing an edge from Ashwin which Jos Buttler collected at backward point to give the all-rounder his third wicket of the innings.

Ashwin, who hit 11 boundaries in his 72, cobbled together a match-high 97-run stand with Jadeja and India will expect them to forge a similar partnership with the ball when England eventually bat for a second time.

Jadeja featured in a second 50-plus partnership with fellow spinner Jayant as India, 1-0 up in the five-match series, consolidated their position in the contest.

Jadeja smashed six boundaries and a six in his third test half-century while Jayant contributed three boundaries.

(Editing by John O'Brien)

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