Nov 28, 2016 Highlights 16:30 (IST) OUT! Ashwin strikes first ball on his comeback over. Excellent review by Kohli. The ball hits Stokes' backpad. The orignal decision was not out. Three reds on Hawkeye and Stokes falls for 5. Kohli 16:07 (IST) 15:19 (IST) 15:02 (IST) After 14 overs,England 27/1 ( Joe Root 14 , ) 13:55 (IST) India lead by 134 runs thanks to yet another noteworthy contribution from the lower-order. It felt like, Stokes was the only bowler who looked for wickets and duly got two. The hosts are in the 13:50 (IST) 13:44 (IST) After 137 overs,India 414/8 (Umesh Yadav 10,) 13:42 (IST) 13:30 (IST) 12:58 (IST) After 126 overs,India 385/8 (Jayant Yadav 37, Umesh Yadav 0) 12:51 (IST) After 124 overs,India 381/8 (Jayant Yadav 33, Umesh Yadav 0) 12:47 (IST) OUT! Rashid strikes in his comeback over. Jadeja continuing with his attacking approach looks to go over the long-on fielder, but Woakes, the victim of his onslaught, catches it. He misses his 11:36 (IST) Lunch, Day 3: A brilliant session for hosts. Englad have not troubled India at all. To be fair, the pitch is not doing anything. But they could've done more after Stokes dismissed Ashwin in his 11:27 (IST) Milestone: Jadeja and Jayant have completed their 50-run partnership off 101 balls. England have lost their plot, can they stage a comeback in the second session? Watch out for cricket expert 11:05 (IST) How big is the contribution from Jadeja? England have missed a trick or two and have failed to put pressure on the hosts. Where is this match heading to? Can India reach the 400-run mark? Stay tuned 10:45 (IST) 10:19 (IST) OUT! Stokes strikes in his first over of the day. Ashwin's miscued drive is caught at point by Buttler. Stokes starts with a wicket maiden. Ashwin c Buttler b Stokes 72(113) 09:32 (IST) 16:45(IST)
Watch our cricket expert Ayaz Memon analyse the Day 3 in Firstpost Gameplan. 16:42(IST)
Jayant Yadav: Really enjoyed getting maiden Test fifty and enjoyed batting with Jadeja. Definitely the confidence has grown with the wickets and the runs. If I bat well, I can feel it in my bowling. The best thing about this team is it didn't make me feel I was playing for the first time. I didn't feel out of place in the dressing room. They shared experience with me that might help me. 16:38(IST)
Stumps, Day 3: India have dominated the day. Right from the first session, where Ashwin, Jadeja and Jayant made vital contributions. It was Ashwin (again), who lead from the front and got rid of Cook and Moeen in his first spell. Jadeja did well to curb the runs. Jayant Yadav took the all important wicket of Jonny Bairstow, while a bowling change helped India dismiss Stokes. England still trail by 56 runs, and there's still uncertainity on Haseeb Hameed's participation. Stay tuned as our cricket expert Ayaz Memon analyses the day's play. 16:32(IST) 16:32(IST) 16:30(IST)
OUT! Ashwin strikes first ball on his comeback over. Excellent review by Kohli. The ball hits Stokes' backpad. The orignal decision was not out. Three reds on Hawkeye and Stokes falls for 5. Kohli replies to Stokes' celebration ( in the last innings) by keeping his finger on the lip. Stokes lbw b Ashwin 5(19) 16:23(IST) After 36 overs,England 78/3 ( Joe Root 36 , Ben Stokes 5)
Stokes plays out Jayant Yadav's 6th over.
The day has certainly belonged to India. Stay tuned as our
cricket expert Ayaz Memon reviews the Day 3 of third Test shortly after stumps. 16:20(IST) After 34 overs,England 77/3 ( Joe Root 35 , Ben Stokes 5)
Jadeja comes back into the attack, replacing Shami. Short and Root punches it to deep point for a single on the fifth ball.
16:18(IST) 16:17(IST) After 34 overs,England 76/3 ( Joe Root 34 , Ben Stokes 5)
Only one run off Jayant's seventh over.
16:13(IST) After 33 overs,England 75/3 ( Joe Root 33 , Ben Stokes 5)
Shami, from round the wicket, starts with an attempted yorker, Stokes blocks it. Shami's second delivery doesn't carry to Parthiv who collects on one bounce. On the hips and Stokes clips it to deep square leg for a boundary. Outside off line, length ball and Stokes leaves it alone. A bouncer and Stokes manages to keep it down.
OUT! Jayant's delivery keeps low and Bairstow edges it Parthiv while trying to defend. Terrific effort by Parthiv to hold onto it. Bairstow c Parthiv Patel b Jayant Yadav 15(34) 16:04(IST) After 31 overs,England 68/2 ( Joe Root 33 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 13)
Outside off and Root leaves it alone, same outcome on the third ball. Double appeal from India, Shami's ball nips back in and Karun dives to catch it. Kohli discusses for a review. It was going down and Root didn't edge it. Good decision made. The last ball goes for four byes down the leg side.
15:59(IST) After 30 overs,England 64/2 ( Joe Root 33 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 13)
Root comes down the ground and flicks it past mid-wicket, no run. Root pulls out while Jayant was in his run-up, the offie is not impressed at all. Root clips it and takes on Jadeja, who's fielding at mid on. Had it been a direct hit the batsman could've been in danger.
15:54(IST) After 29 overs,England 63/2 ( Joe Root 32 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 13)
Joe Root cuts Shami on the fifth ball and collects a single. Bairstow blocks the last ball.
15:49(IST) After 28 overs,England 62/2 ( Joe Root 31 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 13)
Bairstow drives it to covers, and Shami makes a dangerous and needless stop at extra cover, he stepped on the ball. Fortunately there was no mishap, England run 3. An inside edge on to the pad and they run a single. Double on the second last ball.
15:45(IST) After 26 overs,England 56/2 ( Joe Root 30 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 8)
Shami comes from other end to give a breather to Jadeja. Bairstow cuts to deep backward point for a single. Similar shot by Root and same result. Bairstow dabs it to third man and runs one.
15:40(IST) After 26 overs,England 53/2 ( Joe Root 29 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 6)
Jayant Yadav replaces Ashwin to come into the attack. Root comes down to the ground and plays it straight to Kohli at mid-wicket. Brilliant fielding by Kohli on the next ball, not letting the pressure slip. Root works to square leg and Kohli makes a diving stop. Jayant starts off with a maiden.
15:36(IST) After 25 overs,England 53/2 ( Joe Root 29 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 6)
India all over England currently. Root drives towards point to take a single. Bairstow flicks to mid-wicket for a boundary.
15:34(IST) After 24 overs,England 48/2 ( Joe Root 28 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 2)
A flick to mid-wicket by Root to pick up a single on the third ball and Bairstow defends the next three balls.
15:30(IST) After 23 overs,England 47/2 ( Joe Root 27 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 2)
Maiden for Jadeja. His spell so far: 9-3-12-0. England trail by 87 runs.
15:28(IST) After 22 overs,England 47/2 ( Joe Root 27 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 2)
Ashwin bowling from round the wicket to Bairstow now. After a forward defence off the first ball, Bairstow flicks to mid-wicket to bring Root on strike. Root goes on the back foot, makes room and punches to deep extra cover. Root picks up a couple on the next ball.
15:24(IST) After 21 overs,England 40/2 ( Joe Root 21 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 1)
Bairstow plays out the first five balls of Jadeja. Yikes, the last one keeps low and almost crashes onto the stumps. Bairstow manages to cut it away and takes a singe.
15:21(IST) After 20 overs,England 39/2 ( Joe Root 21 , Jonny Bairstow (W) 0)
Moeen is aware that the ball is spinning, goes to the pitch of the ball and nudges it towards mid-on for a single. Root dabs it to point for another one. Ashwin removes Moeen for 5.
OUT! Ashwin deceives Moeen with flight. The southpaw tries to work into the leg side, but lobs it to Jayant, who takes a running catch near mid-on. Moeen Ali c Jayant Yadav b Ashwin 5(20) 15:15(IST) After 19 overs,England 37/1 ( Joe Root 20 , Moeen Ali 4)
Silly point, two slips deployed for Root. Root punches to point for a single. A leg slip and slip for Ali. The southpaw taps it to covers and takes a single.
15:12(IST) After 18 overs,England 35/1 ( Joe Root 19 , Moeen Ali 3)
Root pushes Ashwin's delivery to mid-wicket for a single. Ali plays out the rest.
15:11(IST) After 17 overs,England 34/1 ( Joe Root 18 , Moeen Ali 3)
Looked like Moeen edged to Parthiv, but no that wasn't the case. Lots happening right now. 3 off Jadeja's 6th.
15:06(IST) After 16 overs,England 31/1 ( Joe Root 17 , Moeen Ali 1)
Moeen Ali walks out to bat at No 3 for the first time in Tests. Meanwhile, Jadeja surprises Root with a delivery that jumps from good length, which Root edges to the vacant gully region, forcing Kohli to make a field change. Just one run conceded by Ashwin in the following over. 15:05(IST) 15:02(IST) After 14 overs,England 27/1 ( Joe Root 14 , )
Jadeja appeals for another lbw, this time against Root, though the latter was too far down the pitch. Root manages to get a single after squeezing a delvery that stays low towards point. Cook retains strike for the following over with a single off the last ball.
Another appeal for an lbw by Ashwin in the first ball of the following over, though there seemed to be an inside-edge as suggested by a small noise. Meanwhile, Root is standing too close to the stumps, which Ashwin complains to the umpire against, although Root doesn't seem to hive much a care.
BOWLED EM! No need for DRS in this case, as Ashwin beats Cook's defence with a straighter one that crashes into the English skipper's defence.
Alastair Cook b Ravichandran Ashwin 12(49) 14:53(IST) After 12 overs,England 25/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 11 , Joe Root 13)
After an eventful couple of overs, Jadeja decides to go round the wicket, and bowls his second maiden of the innings so far. Cook gets a double off a cover drive in the following over by Ashwin, before getting beaten by an Ashwin delivery that beats his defence completely.
14:52(IST) 14:49(IST) After 10 overs,England 23/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 9 , Joe Root 13)
Another quick over from Jadeja (he gets done with his quota of six balls before you can blink). Big appeal for an lbw by Jadeja against Cook, and Kohli goes for the review straightaway after umpire Erasmus turns it down.
Ashwin however, traps Cook lbw, with umpire Gaffaney raising his finger instantly. Cook goes for the review, and saves himself yet again as the ball is found to be pitching outside leg.
14:48(IST) After 8 overs,England 21/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 9 , Joe Root 11)
Ravindra Jadeja introduced in the seventh over, replacing Shami in the attack, as Kohli opts for spin from both ends. Starts off with a maiden. Kohli, meanehile has set a slip and a short-leg for Cook.
Earlier during the Indian innings...
14:30(IST) After 5 overs,England 17/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 6, Joe Root 10)
Beautiful! Root drives Shami through covers for a four and pulls it to mid-wicket on the next for a double
14:25(IST) After 4 overs,England 9/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 6 , Joe Root 3)
Ashwin comes into the attack in the fourth over and Cook plays him out.
14:24(IST) After 3 overs,England 9/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 6 , Joe Root 3)
Just the two singles off Shami's 2nd. Meanwhile, Cook goes past Steve Waugh's tally of 10927 runs and is now the 10th highest run getter in Test cricket with 10928* runs.
14:17(IST) After 2 overs,England 7/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 5 , Joe Root 2)
Root opens his and England's account with a single to deep point. Cook drives on the backfoot through covers for a boundary. 7 off Yadav's 1st.
14:14(IST) After 1 overs,England 0/0 ( Alastair Cook (C) 0 , Joe Root 0)
Shami starts off with a maiden.
Haseeb Hameed, who was injured in the first innings, will not open England's innings. Alastair Cook walks out with Joe Root.
Early tea has been taken. According to the new rule, tea should be taken if a team is bowled out within half hour of it. Advantage England to be honest, the openers wouln't have to face the odd 2-3 overs before the completion of session. 13:55(IST)
India lead by 134 runs thanks to yet another noteworthy contribution from the lower-order. It felt like, Stokes was the only bowler who looked for wickets and duly got two. The hosts are in the driver's seat.
OUT! England's frustrating day ends. Umesh nicks it to Bairstow off Stokes. Stokes grabs a fiver. U Yadav c Bairstow b Stokes 12(42) 13:48(IST) After 138 overs,India 417/9 (Umesh Yadav 12,Mohammed Shami 1)
Rashid comes back into the attack. Get ready for some big hits. Yadav slams it over Shami's head for a single. Umesh goes for the big one, but manages to get a single only.
13:44(IST) After 137 overs,India 414/8 (Umesh Yadav 10,)
DROPPED! Cook puts down a regulation chance of Jayant off Stokes at first slip. One more! Stokes can't believe it (he should Amir to know how it feels). This time it was Bairstow, a genuine edge and the glovesman fails to catch it despite the dive. Jayant gets another life and four runs. He won't complain. A wide! Finally, he gets his man. His fourth wicket of the match. Jayant departs after a fine knock.
OUT! Jayant hits it straight to mid-wicket off Stokes and falls for 55. Jayant Yadav c Moeen Ali b Stokes 55(141) 13:37(IST) After 136 overs,India 408/8 (Jayant Yadav 51, Umesh Yadav 9)
Jayant works Moeen to leg side for a single. This stand must be frustrating for England. Yadav drives it to mid-on and takes 1 run. Cook shines the ball (no lolly involved) in hope for some revere. Big turn on the last ball.
13:33(IST) After 135 overs,India 406/8 (Jayant Yadav 50, Umesh Yadav 8)
Jayant hits maiden fifty. Stokes has been brilliant with the old ball, but a wicket has eluded him. Constantly troubling both the Indian batsmen. A slip and a short leg positioned.
FIFTY! Jayant brings up his maiden Test fifty with a single. 13:29(IST) After 134 overs,India 405/8 (Jayant Yadav 49, Umesh Yadav 8)
Moeen Ali comes back in the attack. Oh, hint of turn. Umesh plays on the back foot, England make a half-hearted appeal for LBW, but umpire looks disinterested. MASSIVE! Umesh slog sweeps Moeen for a six over deep mid-wicket. India crosess the 400-run mark.
13:26(IST) After 133 overs,India 399/8 (Jayant Yadav 49, Umesh Yadav 2)
Jayant gets beaten on the off-side again. Cook brings the field up to stop the single. Stokes bowls a bouncer on the last ball and Jayant ducks. The wait for his fifty continues.
13:20(IST) After 132 overs,India 399/8 (Jayant Yadav 49, Umesh Yadav 2)
Rashid bowling from round the wicket now. Jayant makes room and cuts Rashid to the deep backward point for a double on the fourth ball. Oh okay, back over the wicket. Jayant is just a hit away from his maiden Test fifty.
13:17(IST) After 131 overs,India 396/8 (Jayant Yadav 46, Umesh Yadav 2)
Cook tosses the ball to Stokes after drinks. He bowls a bouncer and Jayant ducks it. Jayant drives it towards point for a single. Umesh tries to drive and gets beaten on the outside edge.
For the Manchester United fans, should Michael Vaughan be sent off for kicking the bottle? 13:11(IST) After 130 overs,India 395/8 (Jayant Yadav 45, Umesh Yadav 2)
Jayant sees a short one, and immediately readies himself for a pull to mid-wicket. Does that effectively and gets a four. Umesh finally gets off the mark with a slog sweep, runs two. And it's drinks India lead by 112 runs and are certainly in the driver's seat
13:07(IST) After 129 overs,India 388/8 (Jayant Yadav 40, Umesh Yadav 0)
Jayant plays it in the air in the leg side, but no trouble as it falls well short of the mid wicket fielder. He drives it to long-on for a single. Oh, Batty manages to beat Umesh completely. Even Bairstow misses it.
13:04(IST) After 128 overs,India 387/8 (Jayant Yadav 39, Umesh Yadav 0)
Just a push to leg side on the fifth ball and Jayant shouts, "Aaja, aaja." Umesh blocks the last ball and Jayant keeps the strike.
Not a bad start to the career, eh? 13:01(IST) After 127 overs,India 386/8 (Jayant Yadav 38, Umesh Yadav 0)
Jayant takes a single on the third ball. England are not helping their cause at all by spreading the field. Just a slip and short leg deployed even for Umesh. However, Umesh continues his resistance. 13 balls, no run.
12:58(IST) After 126 overs,India 385/8 (Jayant Yadav 37, Umesh Yadav 0)
Jayant cuts it to the off side and runs two, India's lead
crosses 100 runs. Umesh, with his unorthodox batting, has defended all the ten balls he's played so far. 12:54(IST) After 125 overs,India 382/8 (Jayant Yadav 34, Umesh Yadav 0)
Jayant Yadav looks in no hurry. Just looking to rotate the strike. Jeez, Umesh almost plays it straight to the short leg. Oh hold on, it was a tough chance for Duckett (substitute fielder).
12:51(IST) After 124 overs,India 381/8 (Jayant Yadav 33, Umesh Yadav 0)
Rashid strikes first ball. While, talks of Jadeja should have looked to play a couple before going for the big shot are inevitable. This very approach took him into the nineties. He would be devastated to miss out on the ton. Umesh Yadav plays out the next five balls.
OUT! Rashid strikes in his comeback over. Jadeja continuing with his attacking approach looks to go over the long-on fielder, but Woakes, the victim of his onslaught, catches it. He misses his ton by 10 runs.Some respite for England finally. Jadeja c Woakes b Adil Rashid 90(170) 12:45(IST) After 123 overs,India 381/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 90, Jayant Yadav 33)
Jayant gives the strike to Jadeja on the second ball. Jadeja nudges it to square leg for a single and enters the nervous nineties. Only 2 off Batty's 13th
12:42(IST) After 122 overs,India 379/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 89, Jayant Yadav 32)
Jadeja shuffles across the off stumps and whacks Woakes little wide of the mid-on fielder. And another, Jadeja is making a move now. He cuts, the point fielder dives but it reaches the fence. Hattrick of boundaries. This time he slams it straight down the ground. Cook, Woakes and Anderson having a bit of a discussion to stop this mini onslaught. Meanwhile, Jadeja is 15 away from a maiden century. Two dots followed by another boundary to deep midwicket. Kohli is delighted in the dressing room. What an over for India! 16 off it!
12:36(IST) After 121 overs,India 363/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 73, Jayant Yadav 32)
Jadeja pushes Batty's delivery to long-on for a single. England has managed to curb runs, maybe Cook should bring in a couple of close in fielders. The field is spread and there's hardly any pressure on the Indian batsmen.
12:33(IST) After 120 overs,India 362/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 72, Jayant Yadav 32)
Snorter from Woakes, almost gets rid of Jayant. The batsman was a little bit tentative there, lapse in concentration, good length, outside off line, Jayant prods forward and gets beaten. Smart bowling from Woakes, attempts a yorker, Jayant manages to defend it. An off-cutter and Jayant reads it beforehand and blocks it. Solid and watchful from Jayant, Woakes bowls it on the stumps and Jayant stands firm and plays it back to the bowler. Another maiden. India lead by 79 runs.
12:29(IST) After 119 overs,India 362/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 72, Jayant Yadav 32)
Batty bowling from round the wicket, Jayant nudges it to mid wicket and another misfield. No harm done though. Jayant tickles the next to fine leg for a single. Jadeja taking his own swee time, thinking about the century maybe? Jadeja blocks the last four balls.
12:26(IST) After 118 overs,India 361/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 72, Jayant Yadav 31)
For some reason, Woakes is bowling far too wide and Jadeja is happily leaving it. "Good leave again," says Laxman Sivaramakrishnan from the commentary box. Jadeja has played 152 balls and is aware of the pitch is behaving. England should force him to play and bowl on stumps rather than tempting him to drive. Five leaves in a row and make it six.
12:23(IST) After 117 overs,India 361/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 72, Jayant Yadav 31)
Batty continues. A short leg deployed for Jayant. After blocking the first two deliveries, he plays the third one straight down the ground for a single. Jadeja punches to covers for a single. Jeez, the odd one that keeps low. Jayant goes on backfoot and manages to defend it.
12:20(IST) After 116 overs,India 359/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 71 , Jayant Yadav 30)
Woakes bowls from the other end. Good length and Jayant blocks it. 5 fielders on the off side for Jayant. Sloppy this from England. Jayant pushes it to off side and Stokes misfields and India steal a quick single. Stokes lies on the field in disbelief. Outside off and Jadeja leaves it alone. He drives the next one straight to short cover.
12:15(IST) After 115 overs,India 358/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 71 , Jayant Yadav 29)
Batty to bowl the first over after lunch. Jadeja works it to the leg side for a single. Jayant dabs it extremely late to third man and runs 3.
12:12(IST) 12:08(IST) 11:58(IST) 11:49(IST) 11:45(IST)
All-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav built a strong partnership after the dismissal of Ravichandran Ashwin, as India found themselves in a comfortable position of 354/7 at lunch on the third day of the third Test at Mohali.
11:44(IST) 11:39(IST) 11:38(IST) Watch our cricket expert Ayaz Memon review the first session of Day 3.
Lunch, Day 3: A brilliant session for hosts. Englad have not troubled India at all. To be fair, the pitch is not doing anything. But they could've done more after Stokes dismissed Ashwin in his first over of the day. This session might just cost England the match. India lead by 71 runs, and Jadeja-Jayant will look to attack in the second session. Stay tuned for our cricket expert Ayaz Memon's analysis. 11:27(IST)
Milestone: Jadeja and Jayant have completed their 50-run partnership off 101 balls. England have lost their plot, can they stage a comeback in the second session? Watch out for cricket expert Ayaz Memon's analysis of the first session shortly. 11:23(IST) 11:21(IST) After 110 overs,India 348/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 67 , Jayant Yadav 23)
It's been a poor morning for the visitors so far. They have failed to get the breakthroughs, plus the hosts are scoring wilfully. Bairstow has had a couple of waggish shouts, even Stuart Broad would feel embarassed before appealing for those. The hour keeps getting worse for the visitors, Jadeja pushes Rashid's delivery to mid-off for a single, and Jake Ball (substitute fielder) has a shy at non-striker's, he misses and the ball runs away for a four. Batty, who has been heavily underused, comes into the attack and allows only 1 run off his 6th over. Hosts now lead by 65 runs.
How big is the contribution from Jadeja? England have missed a trick or two and have failed to put pressure on the hosts. Where is this match heading to? Can India reach the 400-run mark? Stay tuned for our
cricket expert Ayaz Memon's review of the first session of Day 3. 11:00(IST) After 104 overs,India 336/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 58 , Jayant Yadav 21)
Stand and deliver! Jadeja punches Stokes' on the bakfoot towards mid-on for a boundary. Ordinary bowling from Stokes, he's bowled two wides in his 20th over. Rashid bowls it short and Jayant puts it away for a four like a boss and smiles, seems like he thoroughly enjoyed the shot. India's lead has crossed the 50-run mark.
FIFTY! Jadeja gets to the milestone with a single. And as expected, he celebrates with some sword-wielding. A fine innings but he must be aware of the fact that job is still not done. 10:40(IST) After 99 overs,India 318/7 ( Ravindra Jadeja 49 , Jayant Yadav 14)
Jayant Yadav, I know I'm repeating but has scored a double century in first class cricket. And he has batted like a proper batsman so far. He's punished two bad deliveries of Anderson and sent them to the fence. Jadeja meanwhile is one hit away from a well deserved half century.
10:32(IST) 10:21(IST) 10:19(IST) OUT! Stokes strikes in his first over of the day. Ashwin's miscued drive is caught at point by Buttler. Stokes starts with a wicket maiden. Ashwin c Buttler b Stokes 72(113)
10:14(IST) 10:12(IST) After 94 overs,India 301/6 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 72 , Ravindra Jadeja 46)
So England bring Anderson into the attack, maybe Cook wanted to see if the (comparitively) new ball is offering some help to spin. Woakes continues from other end, and oh he has created tow chances within three balls. Ashwin's lob just falls short of point and a ball later Ashwin's edge falls well short of Bairstow. But Ashwin is hardly perturbed by those edges. He drives Woakes through covers for a four and two balls later a carbon copy of the previous and he gets the same result. An untroubled start for India, the visitors need to break this partnership as early as possible to not let the Test slip away.
10:08(IST) Report, Day two: India posted 271/6 in their first innings, trailing England by 12 runs at the end of the second day of the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Sunday.
Ravichandran Ashwin (57 batting) and Ravindra Jadeja (31 batting) were in the middle at stumps.
England were all out for 283 runs in their first innings.
Virat Kohli and Alastair Cook. AP
Having mopped up the England tailenders early in the opening session, India rode on some excellent batting by skipper Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and comeback man Parthiv Patel to dominate first two sessions before the visitors hit back with four quick wickets after tea.
Kohli, who was involved in a 75-run partnership with Pujara, was the top scorer among the Indian batsmen with 62 runs off 127 balls.
The usually flamboyant Indian captain played a patient knock, hitting nine boundaries before being caught behind off Ben Stokes' bowling.
Pujara posted a patient 51 off 104 balls before being sent back by leg-spinner Adil Rashid.
Ashwin then continued his rich vein of form with the bat to ensure a positive end to the day for the hosts.
Rashid was the most successful among the England bowlers with figures of 3/81 while pacer Ben Stokes, who received an ICC reprimand for his spat with Kohli on Saturday, returned 2/48.
The traditionally pace-friendly Mohali pitch offered appreciable lateral movement to the pacers while spinners also managed to extract a fair bit of turn.
The Indians started their first innings with comeback man Parthiv Patel opening the batting with Murali Vijay (12).
Patel enjoyed a steady start to his comeback to international cricket after a gap of several years as India posted 60/1 by lunch.
Patel survived a nervous start, almost edging an outgoing delivery from pacer James Anderson to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
But he gradually found his groove, hitting a couple of boundaries to get the scoreboard ticking. He notched up six boundaries over the 73 balls he faced until the lunch break.
Vijay, however, was struggling at the other end. His uncomfortable stay of 38 balls ended when a half-hearted flash at a Stokes delivery found a slight outer edge on the way to the wicketkeeper.
Pujara then strode to the middle and played solidly for 22 deliveries -- including two hits to the fence -- to ensure that the hosts went into lunch without further mishap.
Patel departed a short while after the resumption of play, trapped leg before by Adil Rashid.
The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman scored 42 off 85 balls with six hits to the fence.
That was the only bit of celebration England could enjoy before tea as Kohli and Pujara struck up a steady partnership.
The visitors gained the upper hand in the post tea session, pegging the hosts back with an excellent effort with the ball as well as in the field.
Rashid struck in only the second over after tea as Pujara holed out to Chris Woakes on the leg-side.
The leg-spinner struck in his very next over, trapping Ajinkya Rahane leg before. Rahane, who lasted all of six balls, was outfoxed by the spin as the ball his front pad plumb in front of the wicket.
Debutant Karun Nair did not enjoy a good start to his Test career as he was run out following a horrible mix up with Kohli.
Ashwin joined Kohli and the duo proceeded to produce a 48-run partnership.
After Stokes claimed the prized wicket of Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin added 67 runs between them to take the hosts closer to the England total.
Ashwin brought up his half-century with a boundary off Anderson through the off-side and celebrated the landmark by driving the very next ball to the ropes.
The star off-spinner hit eight boundaries during his 82-ball stay in the middle and was unbeaten on 57 at the close.
Jadeja also batted aggressively, hitting three boundaries and a six to post 31 runs off 59 balls.
Earlier, England started at the overnight score of 268/8 before fast bowler Mohammed Shami cleaned up the remaining two wickets for figures of 3/63, limiting the visitors to 283 in the first innings.
Fellow fast bowler Umesh Yadav, star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav bagged two wickets each. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja got one wicket.
Shami dismissed overnight batsman Adil Rashid (4) with his very first ball, a superb delivery that pitched on around the off and middle stump and seamed away slightly, taking the outer edge of the bat on its way to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.
Anderson, the next batsman in, started off with an edge through the third man area for a boundary. He remained unbeaten on 13.
But the England innings did not last long. Shami trapped Gareth Batty (1) leg before to bag his second wicket of the morning and put an end to the visitors' first innings.
With inputs from IANS
First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 17:15 IST