Alastair Cook's stumps were broken in two halves as he was scalped for 2 by Mohammed Shami    AFP
Alastair Cook’s stumps were broken in two halves as he was scalped for 2 by Mohammed Shami AFP

India continued their dominance on Day Two of the second Test as the bowlers restricted England to 103 for 5 after their batsmen piled up 352 runs at Visakhapatnam on Friday. England rocked India in the first session thanks to three quick blows from Moeen Ali. Moeen picked up captain Virat Kohli for 167, and followed up by consecutive wickets of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja. Ashwin got to yet another fifty, helping India go past the 450-run mark. Debutant Jayant Yadav made a defiant entry to the Test arena with his composed batting and scored 35 runs on debut. He also bagged a wicket to make it special. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

England stuttered with their batting, barring Joe Root who got to his fifty on his 50th Test. Stumps were broken (literally); Ashwin struck and Saha was electric behind the stumps. India had a great outing with the bat on Day One as Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara had scored centuries. Although the opening batsmen might have failed, their ace players once again stood out at Vizag. There were not any major milestones to look forward to but here are some highlights that stood out on Day Two:

Moeen Ali’s triple-blow: India s captain Kohli was all set to get to his third double-century when Moeen decided to change the chart of the game. The second delivery of Moeen s 12th over saw Ben Stokes drop Ashwin at slips and providing Kohli the strike. But Kohli was not as lucky as Ashwin; the ball was outside off delivery, and this time Stokes made no error.

That was not it; Moeen was in for further celebrations. Saha entered at No. 7 and was initially declared out by the umpire on 3. Saha indulged in some serious discussion with Ashwin for a review that went against the hosts. Moeen finally got his third wicket in the same over. However, there was a missing inside-edge before striking the pad, proving Jadeja was not actually out. After Ashwin’s denial for the review, Jadeja decided to walk-off.

Ravichandran Ashwin-Jayant Yadav s balance act: Ashwin witnessed the fall of Saha and Jadeja at the non-striker’s end. He knew he had to put his best foot forward. Ashwin had joined Kohli on Day One after Ajinkya Rahane had fallen for 23 in the last session. He added 35 with his captain, but India lost 3 wickets inside 12 runs. However, Ashwin found the perfect partner in newbie Jayant, who sailed through on debut. They together stitched 64 runs to take India beyond the 450-run mark. Ashwin got to his half-century before making his way back for 58.

Jayant might not have got the big shots but the way he complimented Ashwin, was pleasing to the eyes. Jayant started by defending a fullish delivery from Moeen and then picking up the pace to get ones or twos in between. Jayant had just three boundaries to his name but his domestic experience came handy lower down the order. Jayant fell prey to Adil Rashid s whirlwind delivery lead to his exit, disabling him from getting to his maiden Test fifty.

Mohammed Shami leaves Alastair Cook s stumps in splits: India had already set the target of 455 against England. It was time for the Indian bowlers to stand up for the target set by their batsmen with 2 centuries and a fifty. Shami was called into attack but found no luck with immediate effect, but came with a beauty in his second over breaking Cook s off-stump into two. Cook aimed to angle it away but the ball seamed back, sharply hitting the off-stump and eventually breaking it into halves.

Indian spinners back on top: The Indian batsmen had put all their efforts with centuries from Kohli and Pujara and a fifty from Ashwin. It was time for the bowlers to take on their role and get early wickets. Shami had already dismissed Cook. Now Ashwin took over the role of a bowler after his fifty: He pegged back Ben Stokes’ leg-stump. Then Root, who got a fifty in his 50th Test, was caught by Umesh Yadav at long-off, misjudging the shot and finding his way back to the dugout. Root had scored 53.

It was time for Jayant to get his maiden Test scalp. Moeen was on strike. The ball pitched off, hit him on middle and was projected showing hitting the leg. Jayant discussed with Saha, and Kohli went for the referral. Jayant got a wicket on debut. Even Kohli could not contain his excitement after the review favoured the hosts. Jayant was also spot on with his fielding skills. A misunderstanding between Haseeb Hameed and Root lead to the former being sent back for 13 thanks to an electric throw from deep by Jayant.

Joe Root s 50th special: It was a special moment for both India as well England, for both Kohli and Root were celebrating their 50th Tests. Kohli ensured he celebrated this milestone in a special way as he got to his 14th Test century. Though he was pretty close to get to his third double-century, Kohli was dismissed for 167. Root was all set to move on the path set by Kohli but managed to score fifty, though he remains the highest run-scorer so far for England.

(Shruti Hariharan is a Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)