Rabindra Jadeja struck a thrilling 86 before running out of partners as England bowled India out for 292 to establish 40-run first innings lead on the third day of the fifth test at the Oval on Sunday.
England had looked set to claim a much larger advantage when India begin the day on 174-6 but was initially frustrated 77-run seventh wicket partnership between Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari, both making their first appearance in the five-match series in which England holds an unassailable 3-1 lead.
Vihari first test innings ended on 56 just before lunch as he aged Moeen Ali through to wicketkeeper Johnny Bairstow and Ishant Sharma followed in identical fashion shortly after the interval. Adil Rashid then had Mohammed Shami caught in the deep to leave India 280-9.
England had the chance to secure a significant advantage when Jaspreet Bumrah was dropped at silly point off the next delivery and Keaton Jennings snatch at the ball turned out to be costly. From then on Jadeja expertly farmed the strike and hit a series of boundaries most memorably a six back over the head of James Anderson.