Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 11th Test fifty, while Virat Kohli was 10 runs away from his 14th, as India batted themselves into a strong position at tea on the second day of the ongoing third Test at Mohali on Sunday.
In what turned out to be a good session for the hosts, Pujara and Kohli put up an unbeaten 75-run stand for the third wicket as India reached 148/2. Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel was the only casualty for them in the session.
Resuming from their score of 60/1 at the end of the first session — which saw the departure of Murali Vijay for yet another low score — Patel and Pujara began to gather runs at a steady rate. Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid were opted at the start of the session by England skipper Alastair Cook, and the latter delivered the only breakthrough for them of the session by trapping Patel LBW, with the latter falling short of what would have been a fine half-century on international comeback.
The appeal by Rashid was initially turned down by umpire Chris Gaffaney, after Patel had moved down the track and defended the delivery on the front foot, only to get rapped on the front pad. While Cook and Co were unsure of going for the review, it was Patel's English counterpart Jonny Bairstow who influenced his captain to go for the appeal.
However, Pujara and Kohli managed to hold fort to ensure the hosts did not suffer any more casualties, despite pacer James Anderson delivering a tight spell that was marked with a substantial amount of swing.
Earlier, Mohammed Shami managed to clean the English tail without letting them cause too much damage with the bat, as the visitors were bowled out for 283. Shami finished with figures of 3/63. England added 15 runs to their overnight score of 268/8, after winning the toss and electing to bat.