India vs England: Visitors in dire straits at Tea after getting bowled out for 255

AFP, Nov, 19 2016

Visakhapatnam: Premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed five wickets to help dismiss England for 255 and put India in firm control on the third day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Ben Stokes is upset at being dismissed. AP

Ben Stokes is upset at being dismissed. AP

Ashwin, who recorded his 22nd five-wicket Test haul, ran through the England lower order to give the hosts a 200-run lead into the second innings as they did not enforce the follow-on.

India were eight for no loss at tea with openers Murali Vijay (three) and Lokesh Rahul (one) stretching their lead to 208 runs.

The visitors rode on fighting half-centuries from Ben Stokes, who top-scored with 70, and Jonny Bairstow to stage a fightback after starting the day on 103 for five.

Bairstow's gritty knock was cut short just before lunch when Umesh Yadav castled the wicketkeeper-batsman for 53.

His departure ended a 110-run sixth-wicket partnership between him and his overnight partner Stokes who carried on the good work into the post lunch session.

Ashwin finally trapped Stokes lbw and even though the batsman reviewed the decision, the on-field call was upheld by the third umpire.

Adil Rashid scored an unbeaten 32 while pacer Stuart Broad, who underwent a scan on his right foot after Friday's play, also came out to bat.

However Ashwin got Broad (13) and James Anderson (0) off consecutive deliveries as the visitors finished one run short of avoiding the follow-on.

The Alastair Cook-led side, which gave India a run for their money in the drawn Test in Rajkot, have struggled against the Indian spinners at Visakhapatnam which is hosting its first-ever Test.

Published Date: Nov 19, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 19, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115