England in command at the Ageas Bowl

Gary Ballance notched 156 before he was dismissed in the morning session. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
Gary Ballance notched 156 before he was dismissed in the morning session. Picture: Dave Vokes/LMI Photography
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Ian Bell struck his 21st Test century as England took a stranglehold of the third Test against India.

The Warwickshire batsman, who has an outstanding record at the Ageas Bowl, hit a brilliant 167 on the second day at the Ageas Bowl.

He joined Gary Ballance (156) in reaching three figures, while debutant Jos Buttler (86) came up narrowly short as England pressed their advantage home before declaring on 569 for seven.

And in a testing final hour for the visitors, Jimmy Anderson dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for six as India reached stumps on 25 for one.

England, who trail the five-match series 1-0, will resume their hunt for wickets with a lead of 544 tomorrow morning.