India were 354 for seven at lunch on day three of the third Test against England in Mohali on Monday.
India, who resumed on their overnight score of 271-6, lead by 71 runs in their first innings with Ravindra Jadeja (70) and Jayant Yadav (26) at the crease. The hosts added 83 runs in the first session for the loss of only one wicket, to steady the ship and frustrate the hosts.
England started the day with Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali bowling in tandem, leaving the experienced James Anderson to come in later. Ashwin began the day with a boundary, adding to his overnight score of 57. From then on, it was Ashwin and Jadeja building on a potentially solid partnership, which was worth 97 in the end.
However, England managed to get their solitary breakthrough – that of the very consistent Ravichandran Ashwin – as the all-rounder was dismissed for 72. Ben Stokes, introduced late into the attack, struck in his first over as Ashwin was caught at point by Jos Buttler.
Ashwin's dismissal brought Jayant Yadav on crease as the newcomer stitched up another partnership with Jadeja to take India forward.
The two partnerships of the morning – between Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant took India to a reasonably solid score after much of the top order failed to make a big total on the second day, even as England failed to make a dent. The 53-run unbroken stand between Jayant and Jadeja heading into lunch has the potential to hurt England's chances consideraby, unless they manage to break it soon in the second session .
The highlight of the first session, however, was Ravinder Jadeja's celebration as he reached his half-century – he started with a subdued version of his sword celebration before unleashing the full one, brandishing his bat as a sword. If the 'Rajput' manages to turn this into a three-digit score, expect a more flamboyant celebration.