India’s quest for a rare overseas series victory on English soil took shape on day three of the Edgbaston Test, as first R Ashwin and then Ishant Sharma made inroads into the England batting.

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Ashwin, continuing from where he left off on Thursday evening, struck two early blows including the huge wicket of Joe Root, and then in a very fine spell of 6.4-0-21-3 before lunch, Ishant stunned the hosts further. Reeling from the non-stop attack fro Ishant, England slipped to 86/6 at the interval.

As soon as play resumed after lunch, Ishant grabbed a fourth wicket to make it three wickets in the over. Sam Curran, in his second Test, helped England get past 150 with a sparkling 63, and when he was last out the target for India was 194.

By stumps, India were 110/5 with 84 runs required with Virat Kohli 43 not out and Dinesh Karthik 18 not out.