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India set for lead despite England fightback

India set for lead despite England fightback

MOHALI: Half-centuries by Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin kept India on course for a first innings lead after England made a spirited comeback on day two of the third Test on Sunday.

Having bowled out England for 283 earlier in the morning, India looked in charge at 148-2 at tea before Adil Rashid’s double strike jolted the hosts who lost three wickets in 19 balls to slump to 156-5.

Ashwin enhanced his new-found batting reputation with an unbeaten 57 while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was batting on 31 at stumps with India trailing by 12 runs.

“I’d say we’ve recovered really well and we’ve an advantage because two of our all-rounders are playing,” Pujara told reporters.

“We’d be looking to get a lead of around 75-100 runs.

“Our lower order has been contributing in all test matches and we expect them to contribute tomorrow as well,” Pujara added.

Paceman Mohammed Shami claimed the last two English wickets earlier in the morning as the tourists added 15 runs to their overnight score before being dismissed for 283.

Murali Vijay walked out with Parthiv Patel, his third opening partner of the series, to lead India’s reply and it turned out to be an eventful yet brief stay for the right-hander.

Vijay survived an obstructing-the-field appeal, was dropped by Jos Buttler and the batsman eventually walked off, nicking a harmless Ben Stokes delivery even though umpire Chris Gaffaney did not spot the nick.

Patel, by contrast, looked determined to make the most of his chance return to the Indian side after eight years in the wilderness.

The diminutive 31-year-old, replacing injured regular wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, smacked six boundaries in his 42 before Adil Rashid dismissed him leg-before.

Pujara and Kohli then joined forces to frustrate the tourists with the steady accumulation of 75 runs for the third wicket.

Dropped on 35 by Jonny Bairstow, Pujara went on to make 51 before falling to a Rashid long-hop and his dismissal sparked off a middle order collapse.

Rashid, in his next over, trapped the scoreless Ajinkya Rahane leg-before with a googly and Karun Nair’s Test debut was soured after his almighty mix-up with Kohli.

Buttler was outstanding at backward point, diving to stop the ball and then throwing down the stumps to send back Nair for four.

Kohli showed tremendous restraint for major part of his knock, especially as England attacked him with a heavily-packed off-side, but he eventually fell to a soft dismissal, edging Stokes behind the wicket. Kohli’s 62 included nine boundaries.

Ashwin hit eight boundaries in his unbeaten knock, having raised 67 runs with Jadeja for the seventh wicket.

Scoreboard

ENGLAND (1st Innings, overnight 268-8):

A.N. Cook c Patel b Ashwin 27

Haseeb Hameed c Rahane b U. Yadav 9

J.E. Root lbw b J. Yadav 15

Moeen Ali c Vijay b Shami 16

J.M. Bairstow lbw b J. Yadav 89

B.A. Stokes st Patel b Jadeja 29

J.C. Buttler c Kohli b Jadeja 43

C.R. Woakes b U. Yadav 25

Adil Rashid c Patel b Shami 4

G.J. Batty lbw b Shami 1

J.M. Anderson not out 13

EXTRAS (B-8, LB-3, NB-1) 12

TOTAL (all out, 93.5 overs) 283

FALL OF WKTS: 1-32, 2-51, 3-51, 4-87, 5-144, 6-213, 7-258, 8-268, 8-266, 9-268.

BOWLING: Mohammed Shami

21.5-5-63-3; U.T. Yadav 16-4-58-2; J. Yadav 15-5-49-2; Ashwin 18-1-43-1; Jadeja 23-4-59-2 (1nb).

INDIA (1st Innings):

M. Vijay c Bairstow b Stokes 12

P.A. Patel lbw b Rashid 42

C.A. Pujara c Woakes b Rashid 51

V. Kohli c Bairstow b Stokes 62

A.M. Rahane lbw b Rashid 0

K.K. Nair run out 4

R. Ashwin not out 57

R.A. Jadeja not out 31

EXTRAS (B-8, LB-3, NB-1) 12

TOTAL (for six wkts, 84 overs) 271

FALL OF WKTS: 1-39, 2-73, 3-148, 4-152, 5-156, 6-204.

TO BAT: J. Yadav, Mohammed Shami, U.T. Yadav.

BOWLING (to-date): Anderson 16-3-36-0; Woakes 15-5-47-0; Moeen Ali 9-1-19-0 (1nb); Adil Rashid 24-4-81-3; Stokes

15-2-48-2; Batty 5-0-29-0.

courtesy: dawn news

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