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India already having a lead of 208 started the final session of Day Three, with all wicket intact against England. Stuart Broad and James Anderson had other plans, the pair exhibited some magnificent show of swing bowling to put the home side under pressure. It was the Indian middle-order of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to help their side attain a 298-run lead with full two days of game remaining. Kohli remained not-out on 58*, while Rahane remained not-out on 22* with India going into stumps at 98 for 3, with an overall lead of 298 runs. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag

Kohli and Rahane looked in complete control against the spin of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, in particular Rashid who toiled hard for 12 long overs. Rashid was taken for runs having an economy going over 3.00, which is a rarity now. Kohli, who fell victim to Anderson on India’s tour of England, batted with utmost control and killed his urge to play the ball outside off-stump line. Kohli knocked off another half-century along side his name, when he took a single via a lovely looking cover drive. Kohli reached his 50 in 63 balls.

Post Pujara’s wicket it was the pair of skipper Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane who steered a sinking ship. Rahane who has been a flop show so far, struggled but hit some lovely boundaries though mid-on and mid-off region. Kohli on the hand, continued to score runs in the loot.

Pujara who made a made a 119- off 204 balls become Anderson’s first wicket this innings. Anderson got the ball to swing in late just before meeting the bat, and goes in between pad to rattle his middle-leg stump. Anderson and Broad have been exceptional so far in their exhibit classical swing bowling.

After twin strikes by Broad it was the pair Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. Kohli in particular looked fluent as he struck magnificent boundaries off the cover region.

Broad struck soon, as KL Rahul departed for 10. Rahul fell for the trick trying to go for the glorious drive. The ball took a faint inside edge into the hands of keeper’ Jonathan Bairstow as the replays’ suggested. Haseeb Hameed was the key to his dismissal after the young lad suggested Alastair Cook to opt for DRS.

Indian reply started with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay giving the hosts’ a poor start after the latter departed for just 3.Stuart Broad who was doubtful of bowling, came in and snatched up Vijay’s wicket after DRS went in his favor. The ball seamed back into the batsman and caught a inside edge into the pad, lobbing the ball towards diving Joe Root.

England had torrid time against Indian spinners as they collapsed with the fall of Ben Stokes and Jonathan Bairstow, who added 111 for the sixth wicket. Stokes made his sixth Test half century while Bairstow notched up his . 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.

The Alastair Cook-led side, which gave India a run for their money in the drawn Test in Rajkot, struggled against the Indian spinners at Visakhapatnam which is hosting its first-ever Test. Stokes was the highest run-scorer for his side with 77 while Root, Bairstow were dismissed for 53 respectively.

Brief scores:

India 455 (Cheteshwar Pujara 119, Virat Kohli 167; James Anderson 3 for 62, Moeen Ali 3 for 98) and 98 for 3 ( Virat Kohli 56*, Ajinkya Rahane 22*; Stuart Broad 2 for 6) lead England 255 all-out (Joe Root 53, Ben Stokes 77 , Jonathan Bairstow 53; Ravichandran Ashwin 5 for 67) by 298 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)