India vs England, 1st Test, Day 3: Ashwin, Ishant cut England down to size

England slumped to 86 for six at lunch. Their overall lead is only 99 runs.

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Ravichandran Ashwin started proceedings on day three of the first India vs England Test at Edgbaston, and with his second complete over of the day had Keaton Jennings edging one to slip. The tone had been set.

India went on to claim four more wickets in the session – three by Ishant Sharma – as England slumped to 86 for six at lunch. England’s overall lead was 99 runs.


With the conditions seemingly fit for pace bowling, Indian skipper Virat Kohli persisted with Ashwin from one end and the offspinner sent down 13 overs in the session. After Jennings’ wicket, Ashwin got Joe Root when the England skipper pushed a back-of-a-length delivery towards leg slip where KL Rahul took a very sharp catch.

Photos: Ishant, Ashwin run riot on day three 

Mohammed Shami, who started the morning with Ashwin, bowled seven overs without extracting much, but the introduction of Ishant left England reeling. The departure of Root had already dented the hosts and with Dawid Malan, still smarting from dropping Kohli twice a day before, looking out of sorts India had their chance.


Malan had trouble facing Ashwin’s guile, and against Ishant he remained on the backfoot. Ishant set up Malan coming round the wicket bringing the ball in to the left-hander with the angle. However, the bowler got one to seam late and Malan was squared up. The edge flew to gully where Ajinkya Rahane made no mistake.

Jonny Bairstow hung around and kept the scoreboard ticking but against a spirited Ishant, he too succumbed when Ishant got one to straighten off a good length. The edge went to Dhawan at first slip.

One ball later, Ishant managed the same length, this time to left-hander Ben Stokes and the away swinger took the edge and went straight into the hands of Kohli at slip.

Brief Scores: England 287 & 86/6 (Bairstow 28; Ishant 3/21; Ashwin 3/34) lead India 274 by 99 runs

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