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Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 3 for AFP

England bundled out for 255 runs chasing India‘s score of 455 runs in the first innings. After gaining a lead of 200 runs, host openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay added 8 runs to the score before the umpires decided to take tea. Ben Stokes continued his resistance having notched up his eight Test half century. Stokes was helped by Jonathan Bairstow, who also continued making merry in his record breaking year. Stokes eventually departed for 70 from 157 balls. Stokes along with Bairstow added 100 for the sixth wicket to ensure England avoided the follow-on score, with helped from some lusty blows by Adil Rashid at the fag end of the innings. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 5 wickets including the final two to bundle out England for 255 runs still trailing India by 200 runs. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

Ashwin struck in the very next ball and got England’s final wicket in James Anderson. Anderson goes on the back foot to defend and gets the ball to strike him on the back leg. The ball does not turn handing Ashwin another Test 5-for. Rashid remained not-out on 32 off 73 balls, which included six scintillating boundaries.

Rashid played a good hand down the order for England, along with Stuart Broad. Broad departed soon as on-field umpire Kumar Dharmansena took ages to give him out. Ashwin bowls a short of length delivery which went past Broad’s bat and struck him on his front leg. With no reviews available for England, Broad is leaves the field with a heavy heart.

Ravindra Jadeja finally after two days of hard work got to his first wicket of the match in the form of Zafar Ansari. Ansari played down the wrong line and missed a full length delivery which wrapped his back leg. The ball clearly took the pad first, which would have rocked the off stump and middle. Ansari did take a review but was overturned immediately as replays suggested no edge.

Rashid continued to make runs and shows is talent with the bat. Rashid was keeping the score board ticking with regular boundaries.

Stokes continued to get easy four’s against Jadeja. India’s strike spinner Ashwin brought and controversial end to a momentous knock by Stokes. Ashwin got the ball to dip into the batsman and found the gap between bat and pad to declare Stoke leg-before. Stokes did call in for the review buyt their was no conclusive evidence of an edge.

England brought up their 200th run via a Rashid boundary. Rashid leg-glanced the ball to a boundary off the pad against Umesh. Adil continued to make merry striking two more boundaries in the same over, after getting hit on the elbow. Adil’s second boundary came over square, short and wide ball which the batsmen obliged. After get hit on the elbow, Adil cashed in on another boundary between mid-off and cover.

England were already 352 runs adrift starting Day Three, had Stokes and Bairstow to thank them. Bairstow along with Ben Stokes showed why they are England s most dependable pair lower down the order for an year or so. Both Stokes and Bairstow recorded their fifties enabling England to reach 190 for 6 run mark by lunch. Bairstow brought up his 12th Test half-century, while Stokes displayed much grit and determination to bring up his eight Test half-century.

Bairstow became Umesh’s only wicket after the ball jagged back into to the batsmen in a perfect display of reverse swing. Bairstow was left completely clueless about the hereabout of the ball, to depart for a 152-ball 53.

Earlier on Day Two, Ben Duckett, who fell for mere five became Ashwin’s first wicket, who bowled him up as the batsmen played down the wrong line. Ashwin’s second wicket came in the form of England’s best batsman in Joe Root, who crossed his 24th Test half-century. Root was caught by Umesh, after the batsman mistimed a ball outside off and lobs it up in the air.

Moeen Ali, fell for a single to Jayant Yadav after being trapped leg-before. Although initially turned down by the umpire, the DRS went in favour of the hosts. Alastair Cook was dismissed for a mere couple, with just four runs on the board, and it was Mohammed Shami, who gave the hosts the opening breakthrough.

Brief scores:

India 455 (Cheteshwar Pujara 119, Virat Kohli 167; James Anderson 3 for 62, Moeen Ali 3 for 98) and 8 for 0 (KL Rahul 1*, Murali Vijay 3*) lead England 255 all-out (Joe Root 53, Ben Stokes 77 , Jonathan Bairstow 53; Ravichandran Ashwin 5 for 67) by 208 runs.

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, currently tripping on #BlackMirror and #TheFlashS03, enjoying his weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms, daily playing cricket once every few hours, and also venturing into table-tennis. He can be followed on Twitter @capturethecatch)