India lost the wicket of Murali Vijay early in their innings, but were relatively steady at 60/1 at lunch on Day 2 of the third Test against England at Mohali on Sunday.
With Parthiv Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 37 and 8 respectively, India were trailing England by 224 runs, having bowled the latter out for 283 in their first innings earlier in the session.
Patel, who came in place of the injured Wriddhiman Saha for this match and marked his international comeback after four years, impressed with six boundaries off his bat, most of which were directed towards long-on and against the new ball pace duo of James Anderson and Chris Woakes.
Vijay, on the other hand, disappointed with the bat yet again, nicking one behind the stumps in Ben Stokes' first over of the day, walking off to the pavilion even though umpire Chris Gaffaney had hesitated in raising his finger.
Mohammed Shami earlier bowled a tight, seaming spell in the early overs of the day's play to help clean the English tail out and bowl them out for 283. The Bengal pacer shared the new ball with Ravindra Jadeja, and managed to square Adil Rashid up with a delivery that seamed away from the batsman and managed to get a leading edge to wicketkeeper Patel.
Anderson, having registered a king pair in the previous match, scored his first runs of the ongoing series with a boundary towards third man, and remained unbeaten on 13 at the end of the innings as Gareth Batty, coming in place of Zafar Ansari, was trapped LBW off Shami to give the latter his third wicket of the innings.
England earlier won the toss, with skipper Alastair Cook opting to bat first. The visitors though, couldn't make the most of dropped chances early in their innings as they collapsed to 92/4 at lunch. Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow though, guided the visitors to a competitive total with a fighting innings of 89, and was well-supported by Jos Buttler (43), who came in place of the struggling Ben Duckett.
First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 11:59 IST