Stuart Broad bagged the wickets of India's opening batsmen    AFP
Stuart Broad bagged the wickets of India’s opening batsmen AFP

India were seen struggling against England when they first lost their top-order, falling prey to England bowlers on Day Three of the second Test at Visakhapatnam. Murali Vijay was the first on the target with a catch at the gully by Joe Root. Vijay got an inside edge to it and that ended the Vijay innings for 3. In Broad’s next over, he struck again and got his second wicket of the next opening batsman and Virat Kohli’s 1st choice opener KL Rahul, who was gone for 10. Once again the sword was hanging over Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. They tried their best to build a steady partnership once again, however, Pujara was taken by James Anderson for 1 and managed to build just 23 runs for third wicket. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

England had torrid time against Indian spinners as they collapsed with the fall of Ben Stokes and Jonathan Bairstow. Both the batsmen added 110 runs for the sixth wicket with their fifties. However, it was Ravichandran Ashwin’s special day as he got 50th Test wicket in this year and also bagged his 22nd fifer for 67 runs. India dismantled England for 255 providing lead of 200 runs for India.

The Alastair Cook-led side, which gave India a run for their money in the drawn Test in Rajkot, have struggled against the Indian spinners at Visakhapatnam which is hosting its first-ever Test. Stokes was the only highest run-scorer for his side with 70 while Root, Bairstow were dismissed for 53 respectively.

Root got to his fifty on his 50th Test and tried going the Kohli way. But his attempts failed and he was gone for soon after he secured his half–century.