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Lokesh Rahul and Parthiv Patel put on a record opening stand as India reached 173-1 at lunch Sunday on day three of the fifth cricket test against England.

The 24-year-old was fluent during his knock and was judicious in his shot selection, becoming the second opener after Sunil Gavaskar to score so many runs in a Test innings against England. Rahul reverse-swept Moeen Ali easily for several boundaries.

2 - Rahul has become only the second Indian batsman in Test history to be dismissed for 199 after Mohammad Azharuddin against Sri Lanka in the 1986 Kanpur match.

On what he thought of Rahul's knock: I don't think I have ever played a game where someone has got out for 199. On the other side, Rahul brought up his fourth Test century - first in India - with a glance down the leg side.

6 - Each of Rahul's six global centuries (across all formats) have come in a different country.

Rahul reached his half-century with a dab to third man, and then smacked Broad through mid-wicket for another four.

The southpaw stepped out to hit Moeen Ali for his seventh boundary but fell for a career-best 71 two balls later, trying to repeat the risky shot against the turn.

Rahul opened for India with Parthiv Patel, due to Murali Vijay's injury after England posted 477 in their first innings.

'I was hitting the ball in the middle and the chances I took came off. Broad too was at the receiving end of the punishment from Rahul and Patel. After he perished, England inflicted serious damage by prising out the key scalps of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in quick succession.

The left-right hand opening combination of KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel worked wonders for India as their overnight partnership of 60 runs continued further till they were separated after adding 152 runs.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Liam Dawson, Jake Ball.