IND vs ENG: Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli Spill Magic as India Propel on Day 3 of Vizag Test
Ravichandran Ashwin’s fifer and Virat Kohli’s unbeaten fifty propelled India to a commanding position as the hosts ended Day 3 at 98/3, with an overall lead of 298 and seven wickets remaining in the second Test at Visakhapatnam.
Day 3 of the second Test match saw England owing the better part of the first session with the batting pair of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow stitching together a 110-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Umesh Yadav, with a peach of a ball, dismissed the right-handed batsman, as the full in-swinging delivery clipped Bairstow’s middle stump off. Smiles on the face of Indian players showed how important the scalp was for the host right before the lunch. England ended first session at 190/6.
Coming back in the second session, England tried hard to persist with their tail as avoiding the follow-on appeared to be their prime concern. Ben Stokes, who batted well since morning ,fell for 70 to Ashwin – who latter picked up Stuart Broad and James Anderson to finish with the figures of 5/67, his 22nd fifer in Tests. The visitors were dismissed for 255 runs in their first innings, trailing behind 200 runs.
India, who chose not to enforce the follow-on, came out to bat with around six overs left for the tea. Resuming their innings in the last session at 8/0, hosts lost both their openers cheaply as Broad scalped two even after suffering from a sore ankle. First innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara couldn’t stay for long either as Anderson found the gap between his bat and pad to dislodge the bails. At 40/3, the situation didn’t seem to relaxing for India.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane then pulled them of trouble as both batted throughout the session with the Indian skipper registering his 13th half century.
India at Stumps on Day 3:
England: Ben Stokes 70(157), Jonny Bairstow 53(152), Ravichandran Ashwin 5/67
India: Virat Kohli 56(70), Ajinkya Rahane 22(54), Stuart Broad 2/6.
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