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England’s tour of India – 3rd test match at Mohali – Day 2

Mohali: All-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin (57*) alongwith Ravindra Jadeja rescued India from a tricky situation in the, while chasing England’s 1st innings score of 283. Ashwin had been involved in two useful partnerships, first adding 48 runs for the sixth wicket with Virat Kohli and then an unbroken 67 runs partnership with Jadeja, as India ended second day at 271 for six.

Earlier this morning, Mohammed Shami removed both the overnight batsmen in space of 11 balls as the vistors ended thier firsa innings after adding 15 runs to their overnight total. For India, Shami took 3 wickets for 63, whereas Jayant, Umesh and jadeja picked 2 wickets each.

In reply, Indian openers took the score to 39, before Vijay edged one to Bairstow of the bowling of Stokes. In-form Pujara then joined Parthiv Patel as the two took India’s score to 60 for one at lunch. Patel departed after lunch on when the score was 73. He was trapped LBW by Rashid for 42. From there on it now usual Pujara – Kohli show till tea. India went to tea at 148 for two. Just when it looked that these two will take the match away from the visitors, a Pujara was caught in the deep by Woakes of a Rashid’s long hop. Before, Pujara fell for 51, his 11th test fifty, he had added 75 runs with Kohli.

Soon, India found themselves from 148 for two at tea to 156 for five, as they lost three wicktes for 8 runs. Rahane, was trapped in front of wicket by Rashid without scoring, debutant Karun Nair got runout for 4, after a mixup with Kohli. Ashwin and Kohli added 48 runs before Kohli departed for 62 – his 14th Test fifty, as he nicked one to keeper of Stokes, as India were 204 for six. From hereon, Ashwin incompany Jadeja added 67 useful runs to take India 12 runs short of England’s 1st innings score.

Brief Score at the end of Day – 2:

England: 283 all out (Bairstow 89, Buttler 43, Shami 3/63, Jayant 2/49)
India: 271-6 (Kohli 62, Ashwin 57*, Rashid 3/81, Stokes 2/48)

India trails England by 12 runs

England’s Tour of India 2016 – 1st Test Match at Rajkot – Day 3

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara lead India’s fightback

Rajkot: Fighting centuries by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India reach 319/4 at the end of day 3 of the ongoing first test match against England at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. India is still 218 runs behind England, who had finished their first innings at 537.

Pujara, who came into bat at the fall of Gautam Gambhir (29), combined well Vijay to put on 209 for the second wicket. In the process Pujara scored his 9th test hundred, while Vijay also reached test hundred for the 7th time. By the time, Pujara (124 runs of 206 balls, 17 fours) was dismissed by Ben Stokes, India had reached 277.

Vijay was then joined by Captain Virat Kohli. Just when it looked that these two will see of the day for India, a sudden loss of concentration cost Vijay (126 runs of 301 balls, 9 fours and 4 sixes) his wicket. He was caught Haseeb at short leg of the bowling of leg spinner Adil Rashid. The ploy of sending Amit Mishra, as a night watchman didn’t work as too was caught Haseeb at short leg this time of left arm spinner Zafar Ansari.

Loss of two wickets in space of four balls means that onus will now be on Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is unbeaten on 26 runs and the remaining batsman to try take India close visitors mammoth first innings score.

Brief Score Board at the end of Day 2

England – First innings (537 all out in 159.3 overs)

Ben Stokes – 128                        Ravindra Jadeja 30-4-86-3
Joe Root – 124                            Mohammed Shami 28.1-5-65-2
Moeen Ali – 117                          Umesh Yadav 31.5-3-112-2

India – First innings (319/4 in 110 overs)

Murali Vijay –  126

Cheteshwar Pujara  – 124