Karun became the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to notch up a triple ton in Test cricket. Karun’s unbeaten 303 steered India to 759/7 declared in reply to England’s 477 in the fifth Test at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.
Karun’s 381-ball knock included 32 boundaries and four sixes. The Karnataka player had failed in his first two Tests, but came up with a big knock to stake his claim for a regular place in the Indian middle order.
Karun’s parents hail from Chengannur in central Kerala. Karun’s knock was not a flawless one, but the 25-year-old hung on to help India, who have already wrapped up the series with a match to spare, gain a sizable lead.
He looked more in control when he stepped out to hit debutant Liam Dawson for six and reached triple figures by slicing Ben Stokes for a boundary.
Murali Vijay was lucky not to be given caught behind to Broad, who celebrated the ‘dismissal’, after UltraEdge technology showed a faint nick, but England had used up their reviews and could not challenge the decision.
Vijay was unable to truly capitalise on the reprieve, however, as he became Lawson’s first Test victim. The regular opener, batting down the order following a shoulder injury, reviewed a leg-before decision, but had to depart after making 29.
Stokes bowled with lots of hostility, generating reverse swing from an otherwise flat track, and claimed a chip off Karun’s bat with a short delivery and nearly had him caught at mid-off with another.
(With agency inputs)