India vs England: Visitors lose way after good start by Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes

AFP, Nov, 19 2016

Visakhapatnam: Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow struck defiant half-centuries but India continued to choke the England batting on the third day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Ben Stokes celebrating his 50 against India. AP

Ben Stokes celebrating his 50 against India. AP

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav bowled out Bairstow (53) just two overs before the end of the first session to halt England's recovery and leave the visitors on 191 for six at lunch.

Overnight batsman Ben Stokes was batting on 55 with Adil Rashid on one at the break as the visitors still trailed by 264 runs in the first innings.

Stokes and Bairstow showed tremendous application during their 110-run partnership which helped England improve their position from the overnight 103 for five.

But just when it seemed the duo would play out the session, Umesh Yadav got a fuller ball to get through the defence of Bairstow, who started the day on 12.

The left-right batting combination of Stokes and Bairstow tackled the Indian bowling with a positive mindset, hitting 13 boundaries between them.

Stokes though survived a stumping chance on 21 when wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha failed to collect the ball cleanly off Ravichandran Ashwin while the batsman's foot was dragged out.

The all-rounder went on to record his eighth Test fifty, forcing Indian skipper Virat Kohli to rotate his bowlers from either end.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow also completed his half-century with a boundary against Ravindra Jadeja as the sixth-wicket partnership crossed the 100-run mark.

England's batting show in the morning session was a welcome change from their struggle against spin on day two when they were reduced to 80 for five in response to India's 455.

Ashwin, who led the charge with two wickets on Friday, saw no success as the hosts worked hard for their only wicket of the session.

The visitors, who drew the first Test in Rajkot, still require another 65 runs to avoid the follow-on with four wickets in hand.

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