Ravichandran Ashwin added three more wickets to his Day 2 tally as India dispatched England for 255 runs in the first innings in the second Test at Vizag. Despite losing three quick wickets in their second innings, Virat Kohli's aggressive fifty increased India's lead to 298 runs by end of day 3.
After starting the day 3 at 103/5, England's batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes put in a dogged display to counter the Indian spinners in the first hour. The duo
England win the morning session again
While coming out to the crease, Bairstow appeared to have twisted his ankle and had to go back in to get some treatment. India's struggles with the DRS continued as Ashwin wasted the last review for an lbw shout when the ball had quite clearly been swept away by the bat/glove. A few overs later, Ashwin would have realized his mistake when Stokes decided not to offer the shot to a ball angling into the stumps. The ball made contact with the pad outside off stump but the umpire sided with the batsman. However, replays suggested that a review might have sent the all-rounder back at the score of 21.
After that, England produced a brilliant display of Test batting with both Stokes and Bairstow not giving the Indian bowlers a sniff of their wickets. Both Englishmen crossed their fifties while England moved closer to the 200-run mark. Surprisingly, it was a pacer who got the Indians the breakthrough they craved for. Bairstow tried to hit a Umesh Yadav ball on the off stump down the leg side, but the ball lacked the pace he was hoping for and ended up smashing his stumps after going through his pads. Following the wicket, England scored just one run in 15 balls as both teams broke for lunch with the score at 191/6.
Ashwin quickly wraps up things
Despite providing the vital breakthrough by removing Jonny Bairstow, Umesh Yadav frustrated captain Virat Kohli with his spell after the lunch. While Mohammad Shami bowled decently after the second new ball was taken, Umesh often bowled short
Jadeja made quick work of Zafar Ansari by removing him for an lbw five overs later. Ansari wasted England's second review of the session with the
India stutter in the second innings
With a lead of 200 runs on their side, India struggled against the England pacers after starting their second innings. After playing 6 overs and scoring 8/0 before the Tea, India
England won yet another review when KL Rahul had a faint outside edge off Broad's bowling with the score at 17/1. But captain Virat Kohli was bullish in his approach, scoring at a quick rate against the English pacers. James Anderson then ran through the defence of Cheteshwar Pujara putting India in a fix at 40/3. But Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane calmed the nerves by adding 58 runs for the fourth wicket alongside Kohli. The Delhi batsman reached his fifty in 63 balls scoring five fours in the process as India ended the day at 98/3. India will look to add to their lead of 298 runs with Kohli and Rahane looking in fine touch.
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