IND vs ENG: R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja’s Late Resistance Revive India on Day 2
All-rounders Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja clubbed 67 runs for the 7th wicket to revive India from a middle order collapse on the day two of the third Test match at Mohali. India at stumps are 271/6, trailing behind 12 runs with four wickets in hand.
Proceeding the innings on day two at 268/4, England lost their remaining two wickets within 24 balls and were all out at for 283 runs. Pacer Mohammed Shami grabbed three wickets as spinners settled for two each after the end of the first innings.
Parthiv Patel, who returned to the Test side after eight years, opened the innings alongside Murali Vijay. The pair seems to share a good coordination in the middle as boundaries started to come in. In the 15th over, Ben Stokes gave England the first breakthrough as he nipped Vijay for just 12 runs. Parthiv Patel then continued to find gaps with some backing from Cheteshwar Pujara as runs kept coming in. The hosts were 67/1 at Lunch.
As the 31-year-old was approaching his 5th Test fifty, a flighted delivery from Adil Rashid caught him in front of stumps, ending his impressive stint at the crease for 42 runs. The spotlight then shifted to India’s prolific run-scorer in the series so far, Virat Kohli & Cheteshwar Pujara. The pair batted through the session which saw Pujara bring up his 11th Test fifty, continuing his good form with the bat. India at tea were 148/ 2.
What came next was nothing but a sheer shock. On the second ball after tea, Pujara was holed out in deep mid-wicket by Chris Woakes, a catch which was reviewed and proved legal subsequently. Adil Rashid then picked up Ajinkya Rahane for nought, adding more misery to his already poor form. Making his debut, Karun Nair was run-out on four, courtesy a misunderstanding between him and the Indian skipper. India from 148/2 were reduced to 156/5 in the span of 18 balls. To say the least, the hosts came under severe pressure.
Virat Kohli then trimmed down his run-scoring pace and along with Ravichandran Ashwin eye to laid a partnership. Serving as a rescuer for team India on most occasions, the right-handed batsman did nothing new as he brought up his 14th half century and second of the tour. His gritty efforts to stay on crease was cut short by a delivery from Ben Stokes, which kissed the edge of his bat and went straight into Bairstow’s hand, dismissing him for 62.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja then took it upon them to deny England a heavy lead in the first innings. From James Anderson’s seamers to Adil Rashid’s flippers, the pair was successful in ducking the good deliveries and dismissing the bad ones for a boundary. Ashwin’s half century proved his significance with the bat in this year for India.
Trailing behind at 79 runs on one stage, India closed the gap to just 12 runs now. With Jadeja and Ashwin at the crease, India will look to stretch the lead to of more than 75-run lead.
At Stumps On Day Two:
England – 283; Jonny Bairstow 89(177), Mohammed Shami 3/63, Jayant Yadav 2/49.
India – 271/6; Virat Kohli 62(127), Ravichandran Ashwin 57*(82), Adil Rashid 3/81
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