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Ravichandran Ashwin (left) and Ravindra Jadeja added 67 runs for the seventh wicket on the second day IANS

India recovered from a batting collapse to reach 271 for 6 at stumps on second day of the third Test against England, at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Earlier in the day, England were bowled out for 283. Mohammed Shami bagged the last two wickets and India made a strong start. Murali Vijay fell for a poor stroke, but Parthiv Patel batted well for his 85-ball 42. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli struck impressive half-centuries, but India suffered a middle-order collapse and lost the advantage of putting up a big total in the first innings. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

The left-handed Parthiv played with a lot of positivity, picking up boundaries on regular basis and rotating the strike well. He looked set for a big score but a debatable decision of sorts ended his stay at the crease. Towards the end of the day, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja added important 67 runs for the seventh wicket to keep England at bay for close to 14 overs. Ashwin was batting on 57 not out, while Jadeja was unbeaten on 31. Let us take a look at the highlights from the second day s play at Mohali:

Mohammed Shami mops up the tail: England resumed the second day struggling at 268 for 8 in their first innings. They had disappointed with the bat, but still, the hopes were alive for a total near the 300-run mark. However, the Indian pace spearhead Mohammed Shami did not allow that to happen, snaffling both the wickets early on in the day. It is tough to pick who is the best Indian pacer at present, Shami or Umesh Yadav. While Umesh has been bowling his heart out on almost every occasion, Shami has been really impressive since the West Indies tour. On Sunday, the first wicket that the Indian pacer grabbed was a perfect display of getting a batsman out with seam movement. Shami landed a delivery with the seam upright, and the ball held its line and shape, took the edge off Adil Rashid s bat and landed in Parthiv s gloves. The final wicket too went in Shami s kitty, with the bowler trapping Gareth Batty in front of the wickets to end England s innings at 283.

Obstructing the field and excessive appealing: Throughout this series, England have appealed hard. But there were a few instances on the second day which grabbed the attention. Early on in the Indian innings, James Anderson collected a ball in the follow-through and threw it back at Murali Vijay, who had defended it on the front foot. Vijay remained fixated where he was after checking out what Anderson was up to. Vijay s back foot was on the crease line and the ball hit him on the leg. Anderson appealed for obstructing the field, but the umpires rejected it.

Meanwhile, behind the wickets Jonny Bairstow has not only been quite vocal but he has also demanded a few DRS appeals to be taken. On two occasions in the first Test, he insisted to take a DRS appeal when the batsman had defended the ball well. But from behind the wickets, Bairstow could not figure out whether it had hit the pads, and resulted in wasting a couple of reviews. On Sunday, he kept appealing for leg-before when the batsmen had shown full face of the bat. Luckily for England, no DRS appeal was taken.

Parthiv Patel s dismissal raises eyebrows: Parthiv is not the tallest of cricketers, so when he danced down to play a Rashid delivery and was struck on the pads, umpire Marais Erasmus did not think it was out. But England saw something in it, and appealed. The DRS proves showed the ball pitched on the middle and would have hit the leg, but with the batsman coming far down from the crease, it was a doubtful. However, the left-handed batsman was adjudged out, and it raised a few eyebrows. The DRS showed three reds, but to the naked eye, the batsman was way down the wicket.

The Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli show: Once again, two of the best Indian batsmen were at the top of their game for a long time in the day s play. Pujara struck yet another half-century against England at home, and Kohli got to his 14th fifty in Test cricket. Pujara and Kohli added 75 runs for the third wicket, consolidating India s position in the game. They played extremely well against England who got some reverse swing and also got the ball to turn, but Pujara and Kohli did not allow the tourists to make any damage.

India collapse to lose all advantage: Everything appeared alright for India till the start of the final session. As soon as the play started, fortunes of the two teams turned drastically. Pujara fell without adding a run to his total of 51. Ajinkya Rahane was out leg-before for fifth-ball duck and Karun Nair was run-out following an embarrassing mix-up with Kohli. From 148 for 2, India slipped to 156 for 5 and then 204 for 6, with Kohli edging one through to the wicketkeeper. With England failing to put runs on board, India had the chance to bat long and pressurise the tourists. But India s collapse shut out the chances of getting to a big total in the first innings.

The unfortunate Karun Nair: The right-handed batsmen started off his Test career with a cover drive for boundary, but he could not add anything else to it. He was in fact, involved in a mix-up with his captain and fell short as the throw came in. Nair, thus became the 12th Indian to be run-out on debut, and overall the 147th cricketer in history to be dismissed in this passion. The last Indian to be run out on debut was Nair’s national coach Anil Kumble.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja punish England: There is no doubt in saying that England were flying high after denying India a chance to take a big lead. But their hopes of making any more damage to India were dashed by Ashwin and Jadeja, who added runs for the seventh wicket and defied England. Both Ashwin and Jadeja did not flinch when England were going hard at them, and played every single ball on its merit. The bad balls were punished, but Jadeja also took the opportunity of smashing a few deliveries in the air. Apart from the massive six off Rashid, the highlight of Jadeja s knock was a gentle flick off the pads for four when the second new ball was taken.

On the other hand, Ashwin chose Jimmy Anderson to punish when the ace bowler came into the attack with the second new ball. With a fine cover drive, he brought up his half-century in the 82nd over of the game, and drove the next delivery straight down the ground for another four. Not to mention, their partnership was perhaps the best in the Indian innings.

Ashwin became the second cricketer ever in the history to score five half-centuries and take five five-wicket hauls in Test cricket, after former New Zealand cricketer Daniel Vettori. He also became the 7th cricketer to score 500 runs and take more than 50 wickets in one calendar year.

(Devarchit Varma is a senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)