2nd Test: Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Put India in Command vs England on Day 3

2nd Test: Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Put India in Command vs England on Day 3


Ravichandran Ashwin was behind in his component with nonetheless another five-wicket haul, environment adult a ideal launchpad for skipper Virat Kohli to extend India’s lead to 298 runs opposite England during stumps on Day 3 of a second Test on Saturday.

Courtesy Ashwin’s 5 for 67, India bowled out England for 255 in their initial innings to take a large 200-run lead.

Deciding opposite enforcing follow-on, India reached 98 for 3 in their second innings during tighten of play with skipper Kohli once again heading from a front with an aggressive 56 off 70 balls. His innings was laced with 6 boundaries.

First-innings centurion, Kohli, was batting in a association of Ajinkya Rahane (22).

While a representation has not run-down massively, batting on fourth and fifth day will be trickier and Kohli would like to take assign and set adult a aim over a strech of a visitors, who will be batting fourth.

After an indifferent initial session, it was Ashwin, who incited a tables on a visitors with his 22nd five-wicket transport in Test cricket.

The off-spinner faced some hurdles though he returned to slice by a tail with wickets in unbroken deliveries after Ben Stokes (70) and Jonny Bairstow (53) put on 110 runs for a fifth wicket.

With overnight total of 2 for 20, Ashwin had a gaunt initial spell (9-1-33-0) after he was introduced in a second over of a day, struggling to mangle a Stokes-Bairstow partnership.

But he returned in a second event and got a round to hold and movement off a representation in a excellent spell of 7.5-0-14-3, that enclosed a wicket of England top-scorer Stokes, who strike 11 boundaries.

Ashwin now has five-wicket hauls opposite all a Test nations he has played opposite — 6 opposite New Zealand, 4 any opposite Australia, South Africa and West Indies, dual opposite Sri Lanka and one any opposite Bangladesh and England.

In 2016, a 30-year-old has 52 wickets, dual behind Rangana Herath’s 54.

Earlier, Stokes carried England’s presence hopes and found a excellent fan in Bairstow (53), who batted brilliantly notwithstanding a uneasy ankle before being spotless adult by a fullish smoothness from Umesh Yadav with 10 mins to go for a lunch.

With 33 mins to tea, England’s initial innings folded for in 102.5 overs with a necessity of accurately 200 runs.

England, however, had an considerable initial event with Stokes and Bairstow oozing certainty and integrity on a representation with non-static rebound though small assistance for spinners.

Starting off from a pavillion end, Ashwin had an underwhelming initial spell that enclosed a initial round DRS mention usually to be overturned.

Bairstow got one to brush with a not-out outcome though an arrogant Ashwin showed a ‘T’ pointer though consulting his captain Kohli.

Then in a 55th over, Wriddhiman Saha unsuccessful to accumulate a round clean with Stokes’ backfoot out of double as a stumping event with a batsman on 24, was missed.

Stokes and Bairstow (53) dominated a initial event and with India unfortunate for a breakthrough, Umesh Yadav finally gave a opening when he spotless adult a latter with a fuller delivery.

Having finished his 12th Test half-century with a range opposite Yadav a integrate of overs ago, Bairstow was beaten by gait as he attempted to work a round divided before it cannoned into his leg branch after extending his pad.

Barring that opening towards a after stage, a initial event clearly belonged to a English left-right duo.

Having tripped over his ankle while walking out to bat, Bairstow defied pain and played beautifully and along with Stokes, a twin became a most-prolific pairing in 2016, removing past Alastair Cook and Alex Hales.

He looked entirely assured opposite Umesh Yadav opposite whom he brought adult his fifty pushing a round to a range that also brought adult their hundred partnership in 238 balls.

With his fifty, Bairstow also assimilated AB de Villiers (in 2013) as a many 50-plus scores in a calendar year though a yorker gave India a much-needed opening.

The representation looked like worn-out though Ashwin had to wait for his initial wicket compartment a 11th over of his day.

Stokes wicket probably non-stop a embankment for India as Ravindra Jadeja bowled Zafar Ansari (4) during a other finish before a Ashwin trapped Stuart Board (13) and James Anderson (0) leg before off unbroken deliveries.

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