Ben Stokes produced his second ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ performance of the summer as his magnificent century powered England to an unprecedented, unthinkable one-wicket victory at Headingley to keep the Ashes alive.
Stokes hit 135 not out, channelled the spirit of Sir Ian Botham in 1981 and even eclipsed his match-winning turn in the World Cup final, to lead England to their record chase of 359.
Anything less and Australia would have retained the urn at 2-0 with two to play but what transpired was simply one of the most incredible roars of defiance ever seen on a cricket field, as he led last man Jack Leach in an unbroken stand of 76 for the final wicket.
Stokes hit eight sixes and 11 fours as he instantly laid claim to one of the greatest innings of all time, while Leach’s solitary run was the one that levelled the scores.
The visitors were batting at 185-3 when stumps were drawn on day three with their overall second-innings lead standing at 260. Skipper Kohli will resume his innings from 51 on Day Four while his deputy Rahane will start the day on 53.
Earlier, India had been bowled out for 297 runs in their first innings before their bowlers restricted West Indies to 222.
Will India seize total control of the first Test on Day Four or will the hosts produce a late fightback? Find out by following the ball-by-ball updates from Antigua below.
Hosts England are faced with an unprecedented task as they take the field against Australia on Day Four of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.
England will start the day batting at 156-6, still 203 runs away from pulling off their highest successful run chase in Test cricket history. Skipper Joe Root holds the key to the side after he dug in with an unbeaten 75 on Saturday and how he fares on the penultimate day could decide the fate of the Test.
Australia, meanwhile, are just seven wickets away from retaining the historic urn on England soil for the first time since 2001.
Can the hosts pull off the improbable at Leeds or will Australia’s bowlers come back strongly with the second new-ball? Follow the ball-by-ball action from Headingley below to find out.